The mission of the Gills Creek Watershed Association is to restore and protect the Gills Creek Watershed by uniting citizens, government, organizations, and business.

Gills Creek Watershed Association Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Valerie Marcil - President
Valerie has been a resident of the Gills Creek watershed for over 25 years. From her first years in the area, she had a vision for a healthier and more accessible creek and was thrilled when the Gills Creek Watershed Association was founded. She worked for many years as an archaeologist, and was also a charter member of the City of Columbia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).
valerie.marcil@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2018

Madilyn Fletcher - Vice President
Madilyn is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina after being on its faculty from 1996 to 2011. She also served as Interim Director for the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment from 2011 to 2013. She was Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program (formerly School of the Environment; SOE) from 2006 to 2011, and was a Professor in the Marine Science Program and Biological Sciences. Recruited to USC in 1996 from the University of Maryland Center of Marine Biotechnology, she was Director of the Belle W. Baruch Institute (1996-2006), and the Marine Science Program from 1998-2000. Before her recent focus on coastal and marine issues, she pursued a highly successful research career in microbial ecology, and was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microbial Ecology for 10 years. She received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and her Ph.D. from the University College of North Wales in the U.K.
madilyn.fletcher@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

Sam Agee - Secretary and Chair of the Stewardship Committee
Sam is Chairman/CEO of Gateway Hospitality, a hotel management company. He has lived in Columbia for 30 years in the Lake Katharine neighborhood.
sam.agee@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2017

Mary McIntosh - Treasurer
Mary is an attorney in Columbia, S.C. Before starting her own practice, she was Legal Counsel and Vice-President with Wachovia Bank, and before that was Assistant Vice-President and Trust Officer with South Carolina National Bank/Wachovia Bank. Mary has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Emory University. She grew up on Forest Lake and now lives in the Rockbridge Road area in the watershed and is a member of the GCWA’s education committee. Mary became a member of the GCWA because she is interested in seeing the Midlands grow and prosper in an environmentally friendly and positive manner.
mary.mcintosh@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2019

Lewis Kirk - Interim Chair of the Technical Committee
Lewis grew up within walking distance of Gills Creek and spent many hours exploring its environs. He earned a BS in Botany and a Master's in Industrial Education from Clemson. He worked in commercial printing in sales, customer service, and digital prepress. He has been an active volunteer with the Gills Creek Watershed Association.
lewis.kirk@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2018

Tameria M. Warren, Ph.D. - Co-Chair of the Education Committee
Tameria is an environmental specialist at Fort Jackson. She is a board member of Sustainable Midlands, the Columbia Urban League Guild, and is the ministry leader for the Genesis Project at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road.
tameria.warren@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2017

Ann Yancey - Co-Chair of the Education Committee
Ann grew up in Virginia and came to South Carolina to attend college. She received a BA from Converse College in Spartanburg and an MEd from the University of South Carolina. Ann retired from USC where she worked as a Conference Coordinator for the Division of Continuing Education prior to becoming Director of Leadership South Carolina. She and her husband, Michael Tkacik, live in the Cross Hill Neighborhood where Ann serves as Secretary to the Neighborhood Association. She is an active volunteer with Carolina Wildlife Care and is a transporter for Kindred Hearts.
ann.yancey@gillscreekwatershed.org
Region of the watershed: Middle Watershed
First Term Expires: 2017

Judy Timmons - Elections Committee Chair
Judy is a founding member of the Environmental Stewardship Committee at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church and lives in the Rockbridge Road area of the watershed. She is a member of the GCWA's Education Committee.
judy.timmons@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2019

O. Alicia de Myhrer
Alicia is Chair of the Water Quality Committee of the Cary Lake Homeowners' Association. She is Director of Educational Programs of the Reading is Power, International Foundation (501 C3). She lives on Cary Lake in the Town of Arcadia Lakes.
alicia.de.myhrer@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2019

Julie Mayson is a resident of Arcadia Lakes and serves as the coordinator for the GCWA Adopt-a-Highway project. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in administration management.
julie.mayson@gillscreekwatershed.org
Second Term Expires: 2017

Rob Robertson was born in Columbia and grew up playing in many of the creeks, ponds, and lakes that comprise the Gills Creek Watershed. He is a graduate of Clemson with a BS in Management. Rob has been involved with the GCWA since 2009 and has been very helpful with clean ups, paddling events, and especially Wine for Water since its inception in 2010. Rob’s wife, Meredith, is an attorney with Riley, Pope, & Laney. Their daughter McRa is six years old and in the first grade at Brennen Elementary. They are members of Trinity Cathedral.
rob.robertson@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2017

Lyle Darnall is the Managing Director of Edens, where he has worked since 1999. A graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Business Administration and Finance, he is responsible for expansion of the company’s assets in South Carolina and neighboring states. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Edens has been a strong supporter of the Gills Creek Watershed Association and have several assets in the watershed including Trenholm Plaza, Shoppes at Woodhill, and Cross Hill Market.
lyle.darnall@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2017

D. Michael Kelly, Attorney, Owner of the Mike Kelly Law Group. Currently serves as Tanglewood Homeowner Association President and has long been active as a volunteer in the Midlands.
mike.kelly@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

Jeffry L. Dudycha is an Associate Professor in the University of South Carolina Department of Biological Sciences where he teaches classes in ecology, evolutionary biology, and genomics. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, and then earned a dual Ph.D. in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State University. Over a twenty-year science career, his main research focus has been the evolution of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems. In 2014, he received the Michael J. Mungo award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed since 2007.
jeff.dudycha@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

Carol J. Kososki is a community volunteer/activist and the retired Executive Director of the South Carolina Occupational Information System (SCOIS), a statewide computer network for career and occupational information in some 1500 sites throughout South Carolina. In 2005, she retired from South Carolina state government after 37 years of service. After several years of teaching experience at the high school and college level, she served in the SC Governor’s Office during two administrations and later founded SCOIS to assist career decision-makers with up-to-date college catalogue, jobs, and financial aid information. Carol is one of the founding members of the Gills Creek Watershed Association and currently chairs the Richland County Conservation Commission and is also a representative on the Transportation Penny Advisory Council.
carol.kososki@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

Gregory Sprouse is an urban planner with Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG), a regional planning agency serving Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, and Newberry Counties. For the past 13 years he has worked on a variety of local and regional community development, land use, transportation, and environmental planning projects. Mr. Sprouse holds a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
gregory.sprouse@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

Trish Jerman is the Manager for Programs, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff/Energy Office. She has also managed the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative, held positions with non-profits and in the private sector, and served as environmental advisor to former Governor Dick Riley. Trish has written the South Carolina Nature Viewing Guide as well as articles and chapters on a variety of topics. She was a founding member of the board of the SC Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and has served on a number of other boards and committees.
trish.jerman@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2018

James Blake Atkins, Ph.D. - Prior to retirement in 2014, Buddy had 38 years of diverse professional experience in government, academia and consulting. His areas of expertise include water resources and environmental engineering, watershed management, public utilities regulation, energy policy and agricultural conservation. Most recently, he was manager of the Richland County Conservation Department and previously served as a board member and Technical Committee Chair of the GCWA. He was formerly a Commissioner on the SC Public Service Commission, Research Associate Professor at USC and an Extension Water Quality Specialist at NC State University. In addition he worked for various governmental agencies including the US Geological Survey, SC Water Resources Commission, SCDHEC and the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation. He earned both a bachelors and doctoral degree in Marine Science from USC and a M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. He is also a Certified Mediator. Dr Atkins has served on the board previously.
james.atkins@gillscreekwatershed.org
First Term Expires: 2019

Advisory Board Members

Elliott Powell - Past Chair and Board Member Emeritus
Mr Powell is president of First Sun HR & Benefit Solutions, and was born and raised in the Gills Creek watershed. He currently resides on Lake Katharine. He was a founding member of the Gills Creek Watershed Association established in the early 1990s, served as the secretary of the original effort, and was the first chairman on the reorganized effort.
elliott.powell@gillscreekwatershed.org

Emily Freeman Jones - Immediate Past President
Emily Freeman Jones is a landscape architect employed at the University of South Carolina. She lives near Gills Creek below Lake Katharine.
emily.jones@gillscreekwatershed.org

Karen Jackson - Water Resources Agent, Richland County; Coordinator, Richland Countywide Stormwater Consortium karen7@clemson.edu

Carol Roberts - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Saluda & Catawba Watershed Manager robertck@dhec.sc.gov

Bill Stangler - Congaree Riverkeeper crk@congareeriverkeeper.org

Six Ex-officio Members appointed by Jurisdictions

(One Each - Elected Official or their appointee)
Richland County - Jim Manning - Richland County Council Member - manningjim@rcgov.us
City of Columbia - TBD
City of Cayce - TBD
Forest Acres - TBD
Fort Jackson - Michael L. Hipp, P.E. michael.l.hipp.civ@mail.mil
Arcadia Lakes - Mark Huguley mark.huguley@gmail.com

Executive Director

Erich Miarka - erich.miarka@gillscreekwatershed.org
Erich is a graduate of the Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management program at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in water resources and recently worked with national river conservation organization American Rivers. He has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed for over six years and is an active member of the outdoor recreation community. You can typically find him on one of Columbia's waterways fishing or kayaking with his dog.

Board members can serve two consecutive three year terms.

Board of Directors from past years...

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