Our Baykeeper Team
We are a strong team of diligent and dedicated environmental advocates. Our team trusts one another to speak up, do the right thing, hold one another accountable, and commit to the end goal: a clean and healthy Mobile Bay Watershed and coastal resources where our community can swim, fish, work, and play.
CASI (KC) CALLAWAY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BAYKEEPER
Casi (kc) Callaway is from Mobile, Alabama, graduated high school from the last all girls' class of Julius T. Wright and received a degree in Philosophy and Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She began working in the environmental field as the Southeastern Regional College Campus Coordinator for Earth Day 1990. Casi then began working for Clean Water Action in Washington, D.C. She worked on local, state, and federal campaigns in many areas, including public education, research of political issues, lobbying at every level of government, and fundraising. Before leaving D.C., Casi attained the positions of the D.C. Field Canvas Director and the D.C. Office's Florida Program Director.
As Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper (formerly Mobile Bay Watch, Inc.), Casi is responsible for coordinating public education; community organizing; research and fundraising. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations. Casi is also active in the Junior League of Mobile and with Government Street Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Jarrett, have one amazing son, Coleman.
Cade grew up on Guntersville Lake in north Alabama. After earning his B.S. from Auburn University he took a position with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness restoration intern in Washington; however, sweet home Alabama called and Cade returned to work on his M.S. at Auburn University. He has completed all coursework and will receive his M.S. upon completion of his thesis. After getting married he followed his wife to her home in Baldwin County and has been exploring the treasures of the Gulf coast since. In his spare time Cade likes to kayak and bike with his wife and snow ski whenever he can. Cade is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the citizens of the Alabama Gulf coast and preserve the environment of this majestic area.
As Program Director, Cade works to make sure that projects Mobile Baykeeper engages in fit the vision and strategic plan of the organization. He is responsible for determining how and when to engage in policy matters to ensure responsible growth throughout the area. Cade manages Mobile Baykeeper's activities in protecting our waterways and communities from pollution resulting from infrastructure issues such as sewage overflows, construction stormwater, and industrial pollution. With assistance from the Program Coordinator and Education and Outreach Coordinator and guidance of the Executive Director and Board of Directors he designs and implements new programs to educate and engage citizens on environmental issues. He also oversees work related to citizen concerns on environmental issues.
Meredith is a born and raised Texan, but developed a strong passion for all things aquatic during her family’s vacations to the beaches of Florida and California. She graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a B.S. in Marine Biology. Following graduation, she moved back to Texas to work for the Marine Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Shortly after, she started graduate school there and obtained her Masters in Biology. She then moved to Mobile to begin working towards her second Masters in Marine Biology. She will complete this degree in December of 2019! She loves to spend time outdoors, whether it be hiking and camping in the mountains or skiing the slopes. Meredith is ecstatic to have the opportunity to preserve and protect the Mobile Bay Watershed, and work to provide its surrounding communities with clean water and air.
As Program Coordinator, Meredith researches local projects in regard to their environmental impact. She helps carry out existing Mobile Baykeeper programs and designing and works to implement new programs to educate citizens on environmental issues. Meredith also addresses and investigates citizen concerns on environmental issues to fulfill the organization’s mission.
JJ Moody is a Mobile native who has always loved playing outdoors. Growing up she spent her spare time at the beach, on the Delta, and exploring all things off the beaten path. With a sincere love for nature and a sense of curiosity, JJ decided to travel beyond the Gulf Coast to explore more of the mountains, rivers, and valleys in the U.S. After returning to Alabama, JJ made a home in Montgomery, where she earned her degree while working on social justice issues at the state and national level. JJ obtained her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Troy University and is currently in graduate school at the University of South Alabama.
As the Development Director, JJ is charged with contributing to the advancement of Mobile Baykeeper’s mission to ensure everyone has clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. She works with the team to ensure the strategic direction of fundraising efforts fits with the mission and propels the organization forward. She is also the Site Supervisor for AmeriCorps Members serving in the Volunteer Engagement Program.
Elsa Jeanne McVea
Events & Membership MANAGER
Elsa Jeanne was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a BBA and went on to earn an MBA from Louisiana State University. Upon graduating, Elsa Jeanne married her college sweetheart and moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she began a career in marketing. She eventually founded Crescent Creative Concepts, LLC with her business partner and enjoyed consulting and performing communications work for local businesses. Her most favorite project was creating and executing a three-day grand opening celebration for the newly renovated Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, MS. Most recently Elsa Jeanne served as the Director of Advancement for Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula, MS where she launched an alumni program and a foundation.
As the Events & Membership Manager, Elsa Jeanne is responsible for much of the social and fundraising aspects of Mobile Baykeeper, from leading our four major fundraising events to organizing frequent socials where our members and community can discuss the latest issues. She assists the Development Director in cultivating sponsors and partnerships for the organization. She is thrilled to have joined Mobile Baykeeper's team and looks forward to exploring her new hometown of Mobile with her husband and two daughters.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Ilka grew up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Ocean Springs. After spending two years at a land-locked college, she transferred to the University of South Alabama and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. While teaching in the Mobile County School System, she obtained her Masters in Elementary Education from Spring Hill College. She is a consummate educator with 20 years of both formal and informal education experience, including local education foundation programs. After spending 15 years as the education director at both the Exploreum Science Center and later GulfQuest Maritime Museum, environmental education called.
As the Education and Outreach Coordinator, Ilka leads education and outreach efforts for Mobile Baykeeper programs. She manages the educational component of Mobile Baykeeper’s Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) and the grants supporting this program. She happily works to develop community partnerships and leads community outreach events. Ilka and her husband live in Midtown Mobile with their daughter, Lina. Their favorite thing to do together is travel.
Astoria Jellett moved to the Mobile Bay area as a child and grew up catching lizards on the beaches of the Eastern Shore. After graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, she earned a BFA in Writing with a minor in Drawing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After a stint as Outreach Coordinator at a specialty coffee roaster, she worked as an instructional designer for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva, Switzerland. Shifting to a part-time remote position on UNITAR’s Green Development Programme enabled her to deepen her commitment to environmental issues in Nicaragua. There she worked as Executive Director and later Communications Director of the Selva Negra Community Foundation, which focused on promoting sustainable coffee farming practices. However, Nicaragua’s political instability led to the foundation’s closure and she returned to Mobile, where she was delighted to discover Mobile Baykeeper.
With a fierce belief that smaller, local organizations are the most effective at solving problems in all sectors, Astoria joined the Baykeeper team as Communications Coordinator in March 2019. She works with the directors of the Programs, Grants, Development, Education & Outreach, and Membership & Volunteer teams to raise awareness of Mobile Bay’s environmental issues, promote fundraising events, and increase membership. She writes and designs all promotional material, serves as a liaison to local media, and directs the organization's digital strategy through the management of social media, e-mail marketing, the Mobile Baykeeper website, and blog.
Emilee Foster was born in the Port City, but grew up in Leakesville, Mississippi and graduated from Greene County High School. She obtained her B.S. in International Studies from Spring Hill College in 2018 and began as an intern at Mobile Baykeeper that summer. She jumped at the chance to continue her service to the Bay through AmeriCorps. In her free time, Emilee likes to shop and go to the white, sandy beaches of Coastal Alabama. She also likes to spend time with her family and English Bulldog, Princess.
As the Administrator, Emilee is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in carrying out Mobile Baykeeper’s mission. She manages office operations, the Executive Director’s calendar, the Board of Directors and Leadership Committee, reports and correspondence, documents and financial solvency, and the membership database.