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Executive Director

Carmony Adler graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science. After graduating, Carmony moved to Columbia and has lived here for six years now. In 2019, she earned a Masters of Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins and became certified as a post-construction BMP inspector while working at SCDHEC in water quality. She has professional experience in conservation, water quality, science education, and nonprofit management.

Membership/Outreach Coordinator

Mary Virginia Tynan manages our membership and coordinates GCWA outreach efforts, including events and our newsletter, the Big Splash. She holds an MS in Counseling from Clemson University, but has had a long-standing interest in conservation and outdoor recreation, as well as an interest in education. She and her family live in Columbia.

Board of Directors

  • Trish Jerman - President

    Trish recently retired after a career spent working to protect the environment in non-profit, government and consulting organizations. Trish has written the South Carolina Nature Viewing Guide as well as articles and chapters on a variety of topics.
    First Full Term Expires: 2021

  • Scott Elliott, Esq. - Vice President

    Scott Elliott has more than 40 years of experience practicing law in the state of South Carolina, where he has been licensed since 1977. He began his legal career as a prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General's Office before going into private practice in 1982. In 1996, he founded Elliott & Elliott, P.A. with his wife who has since retired.
    First Term Expires: 2021

  • Sally Huguley, Ph.D. - Secretary

    A retired Richland District Two teacher, Sally Huguley is a National Board certified educator, who has served on Richland Two’s strategic planning committee and on several statewide committees developing school testing and academic standards. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a Statehouse reporter, a research assistant for the S.C. House of Representatives, and as speechwriter for former Gov. Dick Riley. Sally has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed since 1980.
    First Term Expires: 2021

  • Darrin Luksik - Treasurer

    Darrin is an accountant with Immedion, and a very active volunteer with the Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family live in the watershed where they enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits.
    First Full Term Expires 2022

  • Madilyn Fletcher, Ph.D. - Past President

    Madilyn is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina. She also served as Interim Director for the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, was Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program (formerly School of the Environment; SOE) and was a Professor in the Marine Science and Biological Science Programs. 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.
    Second Term Expires: 2021

  • Ann Cameron - Chair, Elections Committee

    Ann Cameron recently retired from a 35-year career at the University of South Carolina where she served most recently as the Executive Director of External Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences. Ann is also an alumnae of UofSC. A native of Columbia, she has a deep passion for the area and believes in good stewardship of Columbia's natural resources.
    First Term Expires: 2020

  • Lyle Darnall

    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.
    Second Term Expires: 2020

  • Bryant Davis

    Bryant Davis graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a degree in International Business and completed his MBA at the same institution. Currently, Bryant works with Richland County Government in the Department of Community and Government Services.
    First Term Expires: 2021

  • Gwen Geidel, Ph.D., JD

    Gwen Geidel is a Research Professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South Carolina and is the former Associate Dean of the School of the Environment and a former Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program at USC. She has lived in the watershed for many years and has served as president and secretary of the Quinine Hill Lake Association in the Gills Creek headwaters and currently serves on the GCWA Technical Committee. She has also served for many years as the CMCoG Environmental Planning Advisory Committee related to water and waste water issues. She has studied water quality issues during her entire career from both the scientific and legal perspective.
    First Term Expires 2022

  • John Hart

    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

  • Janet Heuer, MPA

    Janet Heuer is a retired public administrator, having worked in grant administration, community relations, and organizational and staff development. She received her BA and MPA from USC. She is a past board president of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and the SC Hospital Association Society of Educators. She is a life-long volunteer, having focused on JDRF, Alzheimer’s Association, ALS, Columbia Action Council, and numerous other community initiatives. She has lived in the Gills Creek Watershed for most of her life and has a passion for all environmental concerns. She enjoys gardening and continually seeks ways to improve the community.
    First Term Expires 2022

  • John Hudgens, Ed.D.

    Dr. John Hudgens began his career as an educator in Orangeburg and spent 22 years in Richland School District 2, the last 10 years as superintendent. His undergraduate degree is from Newbery College, Masters from Clemson University, and Ed Specialist and Doctorate from USC. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators, was SC Superintendent of the Year, and a member of the first class of The Order of the Flame in Richland 2. He has served as president of two Lions clubs and of the Forest Acres Rotary Club. At Forest Lake Presbyterian he has been an elder and a deacon. He has been both president and interim president of Newberry College, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate. He has also been interim president of Midlands Technical College and interim superintendent in several SC school districts. He was married for 58 years to Martha Eargle Hudgens (deceased) and has two children, John Hudgens, III, and Lillian Hudgens Dennis, and five grandsons.
    First Term Expires 2022

  • D. Michael Kelly, Esq. - Chair, Stewardship Committee

    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.
    Second Term Expires: 2021

  • Tom Kohlsaat - Chair, Technical Committee

    Tom Kohlsaat is retired from the SC Department of Natural Resources, where he established and managed the SC Heritage Trust land protection program and the Nongame and Endangered Species management program. He was instrumental in establishing the Congaree Land Trust and remains active in a number of local organizations.
    First Full Term Expires: 2022

  • Valerie Marcil

    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).
    Second Term: Expires 2021

  • Rob Robertson

    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 a part of Wine for Water since its inception in 2010.
    Second Term Expires: 2020

  • 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

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