Our Team

Justinn oversees day-to-day operations and management and  ensures Coosa Riverkeeper has the resources needed to fight for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Coosa River. 

Justinn Overton

Executive Director

Frank oversees the Riverkeeper Patrol Program and actively patrols the river documenting pollution. He monitors water quality, responds to complaints, advocates for the river, and much more. 

Frank Chitwood

founding Riverkeeper

As the Staff Riverkeeper, Steven conducts the Riverkeeper Patrol Program by patrolling the river and documenting pollution. He also responds to citizen complaints, reviews permits for compliance, and assists with education and outreach.

Steven Dudley

staff Riverkeeper

Karli is responsible for the successful implementation of the popular Swim Guide program, Fish Guide program, and education and outreach initiatives.

Karli Riley

Program manager

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Our Interns

Meet the folks behind the samples, filing, volunteering & lab work! 

Abby Swain

Birmingham southern

Abby is a Junior Urban Environmental Studies major, Biology minor at Birmingham Southern College. Abby spends her free time swimming on BSC’s Swim Team & pledging for Kappa Delta. She has an unhealthy obsession with house plants and loves to spend her free time relaxing and friends. She plans to go to graduate school for Conservation Biology.

Ryder Andrews

Birmingham southern

Ryder is a senior Urban Environmental Studies Major at Birmingham Southern. Ryder spent the spring of 2018 interning for the Freshwater Land Trust & the summer of 2018 interning as OUR Lead Swim Guide Intern! He wants to use his vast experience to ensure our fishing holes & hunting grounds stay pristine for generations to come! Ryder is also the STAR kicker for the Football team at Birmingham Southern.

Tucker Watson

Lead lab intern

Tucker Watson is a Junior in Biosystems (Ecological) Engineering at Auburn University and is also pursuing a minor in Plant Sciences/Agronomy. As an ecological engineering student, he has explored various fields in natural resource conservation, hydrology, waste management engineering, and more. He has also worked for a water chemistry lab for over two years that has sparked an interest in soil and water quality. His school and work experience are what motivate him to make as much of a positive impact on environmental quality as he possibly can.

Sawyer Summers

Lead outreach intern

Sawyer is a junior industrial distribution major at UAB’s Collat School of Business. With education and experience in business and heart for environmental sustainability, he hopes to pursue a career that engages both. In his free time, you can find him exploring on his bike, enjoying live music, and relaxing with friends.

Sarah Perritt

North Route Sampler

Sarah is a Neuroscience major at UAB and has been involved in UAB’s Phage Genomics research program. There she helped to isolate and analyze the DNA of locally sampled viruses. She is excited to use her knowledge of microbiology to monitor the Coosa River, and the opportunity to educate the public about the importance of caring for our water quality.

Mikyla Scott

Central Sampler

Mikyla is a Junior with an interest in Environmental Justice and Plant Biology. She is a native to Central Alabama that has always had an interest in nature. She wanted to work with Coosa Riverkeeper to help preserve and beautify her local community as well as educate others on what Alabama has to offer.

Eyanna Bell

South Route Sampler

Eyanna was born and raised in Montgomery, Al. She is an upcoming junior at UAB, majoring in Biology. Eyanna is an aspiring doctor with a love for learning new things. She is so excited to work with Coosa Riverkeeper for the summer!