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

Madilyn Fletcher, Ph.D. - 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.
First Term Expires: 2018

Trish Jerman - Vice President
Trish 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.
First Term Expires: 2018

Gregory Sprouse - Secretary
Gregory 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.
First Term Expires: 2018

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.
Second Term Expires: 2019

Valerie Marcil - Immediate Past 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).
First Term Expires: 2018

Ann Yancey - Chair Education Committee
Ann Yancey is a resident of the Cross Hill neighborhood and serves as Chair of the GCWA Education Committee. She is a graduate of Converse College and USC, where she was Director of Leadership South Carolina. She is also a board member of the Carolina Wildlife Center and is a rescue dog transporter for Kindred Hearts, East Coast Transport and Jesse's Place.
Second Term Expires: 2020

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.
Second Term Expires: 2019

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. Daughter McRae is 10 and a 4th grader at Brennen. They are members of Trinity Cathedral.
Second Term Expires: 2020

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 has several assets in the watershed including Trenholm Plaza, Shoppes at Woodhill, and Cross Hill Market.
Second Term Expires: 2020

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.
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.
First Term Expires: 2018

Ann Cameron is Executive Director of External Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences at USC. Ann grew up in Columbia and was educated in the Columbia Public School system and the University of South Carolina. As a native of Columbia, she has a deep passion for the area and believes in good stewardship of Columbia's natural resources. Ann and her husband Andy are parents to two grown children, four grandchildren, and live in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
First Term Expires: 2020

John Hart has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed for over 61 years. A graduate of The Citadel, he served as an architect’s representative on commercial building sites during his professional career. Now retired, he likes being involved in community activities both in Columbia and Pawleys Island, teaching Sunday School, playing golf and enjoying family and grandchildren.
First Term Expires: 2020

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.

Emily Freeman Jones - Past President and Board Member Emeritus
Emily Freeman Jones is a landscape architect employed at the University of South Carolina. She lives near Gills Creek below Lake Katharine.

Sam Agee - Board Member Emeritus
Sam is Chairman/CEO of Gateway Hospitality, a hotel management company. He has lived in Columbia for 30 years in the Lake Katharine neighborhood.

Tameria M. Warren, Ph.D. - Board Member Emeritus
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.

Six Ex-officio Members appointed by Jurisdictions

(One Each - Elected Official or their appointee)
Richland County - Jim Manning - Richland County Council Member -
City of Columbia - TBD
City of Cayce - Elise Partin
Forest Acres - Shaun Greenwood
Fort Jackson - Michael L. Hipp, P.E.
Arcadia Lakes - Mark Huguley

Executive Director

Fran Varacalli -

Board of Directors from past years...
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