Board & Staff

Gills Creek Watershed Association Board of Directors

  • 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

  • Trish Jerman - Vice President, Secretary

    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.
    Second Term Expires: 2021

  • 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).
    Second Term: Expires 2021

  • Ann Cameron

    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

  • Scott Elliott, Esq.

    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

  • 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

  • Sally Huguley, Ph.D.

    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

  • D. Michael Kelly, Esq.

    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

    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 Term Expires: 2021

  • Darrin Luksik

    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.

  • Mary McIntosh

    Mary is an attorney in Columbia, S.C. Before starting her own practice, she held offices with several banks. 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.

  • 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

  • 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. In addition to chairing the elections Committee, she is a member of the GCWA's Education and Events Committees.
    Second Term Expires: 2019

  • 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

Our Staff


Eric E. Goff, Ph.D. became the Gills Creek Watershed Coordinator in April of 2019. Dr. Goff received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina and has a range of professional and educational experiences that provide the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complexities of watershed management. He is a native of the midlands, and lives with his family in Forest Acres, where he has come to know and value Gills Creek over the years.

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.

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