Nancy Appel

Friday, December 15, 2017

Nancy Appel joined the Coastal Conservation League in July 2014. A Minnesota native with more than 20 years of fundraising experience, Nancy previously worked as the director of philanthropy at The Trust for Public Land and director of development at the Hazelden Foundation and at several nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and is passionate about helping people give joyously. Nancy and her husband live in Mount…

Bobby Bernatavitz

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bobby was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He came to Charleston in 2016 to attend the College of Charleston and never left. He applied to GrowFood after learning about the positive impact of small-scale agriculture and the extraordinary effects fresh produce has on the mind, body, and overall attitude. In his free time, he enjoys surfing at Folly Beach, gardening, and taking care of his dog, Lady, and his two cats, Mia and…

Nancy Caraballo-Guerra

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Nancy is a native New Yorker, who came to visit her family in South Carolina with her husband and now they have made it their final home destination. She has over 15 years of administrative experience in a variety of industries. She loves interior designing as a hobby and has a creative sense of style. She shares her time in South Carolina with her husband, family and two dogs—Delilah & Hercules.

Emily Cedzo

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Emily joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2016. She is a proud North Carolina native who enjoys finding solutions for the wide array of issues at the intersection of communities and the environment. She obtained her Master of Environmental Management and certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School. Prior to that, Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. You’ll often find her working on…

Jason Crowley

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jason has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Before joining the League, he was the Preservation Director for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in New York, supporting communities from the East River to Montauk to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the region.

Riley Egger

Friday, December 8, 2017

A native Texan, Riley came to the Conservation League in 2020. She previously worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center where she focused on regional clean water campaigns for two years. Before relocating to the Lowcountry, she earned a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work you can find her falling down on rollerblades, brewing kombucha, or at the beach.

Trapper Fowler

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trapper is a Horry County native. He holds a B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University as well as an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University. Working as a field biologist instilled a great appreciation for the less charismatic species such as reptiles, amphibians, and carnivorous plants, as well as the management tools used to maintain their habitat like prescribed fire. Trapper hopes to use his field-based…

Ben Garris

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ben joined the Conservation League with a background in utility regulation, climate policy, and environmental justice, including professional experience working with cases before the South Carolina Public Service Commission. He is passionate about ensuring a just transition to a safe, reliable, and clean energy future for all South Carolinians. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College with a B.S. in Geography and a B.A in Environmental Studies. At home,…

Elizabeth Gibson

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Elizabeth comes to the league with a tenured career in human resources in the restaurant and healthcare fields. She has lived in many places (including other countries) but has always loved the beach and is excited to call Charleston her home. She holds 2 bachelor’s degrees from Duquesne University in International Business and Spanish and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Kansas State University. In her free time, she loves spending time with…

Kevin Gilly

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kevin grew up on the Jersey Shore in the Manasquan area. He came to Charleston in 1995 to attend the College of Charleston, fell in love with the Lowcountry and never left. After graduating with a degree in art history, Kevin moved into product distribution for local food and beverage purveyors. Kevin and his wife, Erika, have lived on Johns Island for 15 years, amongst many local farmers. When…

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