Board of Directors

Coosa Riverkeeper is very fortunate to have an active and engaged board that takes our programs and governance very seriously. Take a few minutes to meet the men and women behind our organization that help keep us afloat!

Chuck Graham, President

Chuck is Client Executive for the Global Sales Division of Ricoh Business Solutions and has spent 20 years in the technology industry.  Growing up near Cheaha Mountain he developed a love for the outdoors at a young age.

 

As an avid competitive bass fisherman Chuck has spent countless hours fishing the waters of the Coosa River. A majority of those hours have been spent on Lay Lake which has resulted in a special attachment to that portion of the river. During his time on the water he has witnessed first hand the need for the care and protection of this valuable resource. Chuck loves Alabama football, good music and spending time with his wife, Susan and their two kids, Lyla and Caleb.  

Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Immediate Past President & Secretary

Kathleen grew up mostly in Alabama, where she returned in 2012 after her hometown was devastated by a tornado. With over three decades experience working as an environmental engineer, business professional, and educator, Kathleen has been a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor since 2009.

 

In 2014 Kathleen moved to Wetumpka, Alabama on the banks of the Coosa River, where she has joined other community leaders in revitalization efforts as part of the Main Street Wetumpka Design Committee. In addition to Coosa Riverkeeper, Kathleen serves on the volunteer boards of several Alabama non-profits while working as a community organizer and consultant for sustainability and political interests. 

Kristin Trowbridge-Alford, Vice President

Kristin lives in Birmingham, Ala., as an entrepreneur,
activist, homemaker and volunteer. She is a sales consultant for the skin care and cosmetic line, Beauty Counter, Kristin has the opportunity to not only place safe products into our homes, but to help further the company’s mission to push for more regulation and higher standards in the beauty industry. 

 

When she’s not busy in the city, Kristin loves to spend time with her husband, Josh Alford, their four children and two dogs at her family’s cabin on Lake Mitchell, where in her childhood she lived as a full-time resident. A former state slalom ski champion and national competitor, Kristin’s love for the lake and the community there permeates her bones. As an adult, she returns to the Coosa with a newfound appreciation for its origins, its beauty and a passion to preserve what remains for her children and future generations.

Hays Latimer, Treasurer

Hays Latimer is a Certified Financial Planner at Pearson and Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of OneAscent Financial Services, where he helps families and organizations become better stewards of their financial resources. He and his wife Meredith live in Cahaba Heights with their daughter Margaret Anne.  He is a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham, where he serves on the Vestry and as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.  Hays is an avid river and creek fisherman, and regularly participates in the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament events.  He is passionate about protecting the Coosa River and its tributaries in order to preserve them for current and future generations.

Abraham Odrezin, At-Large Board Member

Abraham is a Registered Landscape Architect living in Homewood AL. He has a strong passion for the outdoors, conservation and sustainable design hopes to lend his knowledge of site planning and natural systems to assist the Coosa Riverkeeper.  

 

He enjoys exploring and learning firsthand the vital role the Coosa (and neighboring) watersheds provide to Alabama residents.  As a father of two young children he also wants to ensure his kids have clean water and healthy ecosystems for generations to come.  Abraham is also an avid Photographer and enjoys hiking, paddling and fishing the Coosa (and neighboring) waterways.

Cecil Bostany, At-Large Board Member

Cecil Bostany is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the firm of Warren Averett, LLC in its Birmingham office. He has a house on Lake Logan Martin. He is a current Board member and past Chairman of the Board of Birmingham Metro YMCAs in 2001 and 2002, an Executive Committee Board member of both BioAlabama and TechBirmingham and a Board member of the Birmingham International Center and Innovation Depot, the business incubator in Birmingham. Cecil is also a member (since 1986) and former President of the Rotary Club of Shades Valley in Birmingham.

 

Josh Tidwell, At-Large Board Member

Josh is the managing partner of Big Wills Outfitters where he takes thousands of peoples paddling on Big Wills Creek near Gadsden each year. Josh is on the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team and is an organizer of the Coosa River Kayak Anglers, an active kayak fishing group on the river. 

 

Josh has been featured in on multiple kayak fishing blogs and was recently highlighted in Southern Exposure Film Fellowship Series documentary on the Waters of the U.S. Rule. To watch the documentary, please click here. 

Richie Gudzan, Outreach Committee Chair

Richie has always been drawn to water; growing up surfing, fishing & paddling all over the Southeast, water is the most consistent influence in his life. It inspires his artwork, serves as the root of his business Paddle Out, and consumes his leisure time too!

 

 Since living in Birmingham he has been drawn to the Coosa and its tributaries- he says “There’s truly nothing like paddling moving water and catching wild native fish!” Plus, Richie is the brains behind our popular Coosa River Game Fish t-shirts!

Greg Brockwell, Legal Committee Chair

Greg is an attorney at the law firm of Brockwell Smith LLC in Birmingham, Alabama.  His law practice focuses mostly on representing local individuals and businesses in litigation and other disputes.  

 

Greg is a native of Anniston and spent his youth roaming around the woods of the Coosa watershed.  He now lives in Homewood with his wife and two children.  Greg enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors—trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, and fly fishing.

Lawrence Lockhart Myatt, At-Large Board Member

Lawrence considers himself  “a jack of all trades and a master of none.” As a graduate of South Carolina State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education. His favorite activity since childhood has been exploring the outdoors with the sun on his face. 

 

He has been married 21 years to his wife, Jacqueline, and together they have a beautiful son, Joshua. His hobbies include art of any kind, wood working, nature photography, and agroforestry. His passion in this life is to assist other in any way possible to achieve a beautiful life. Lawrence has volunteered with Coosa Riverkeeper for years and been instrumental in the planning and execution in many of our fundraising events— plus he’s an amazing gluten-free baker!

Doug Morrison, Governance Committee Chair

Doug is a Senior Systems Analyst at Integrated Benefits Solutions since 1995.  Doug and his wife, Joannie, live on Big Canoe Creek in Springville.  He likes to hunt, fish, paddle, camp and hike, basically almost anything outdoors.  He is current President of The Friends of Big Canoe Creek, since 2008. He was also one of the original Board members of Coosa Riverkeeper, and served a few years as President. 

After a year off he has returned to serve on the Board.  

 

Living on Big Canoe Creek has taught him the importance of a clean watershed, seeing firsthand the incredible living creatures that exist within the ecosystem of a watershed.  He was the recipient of the River Hero award from the Alabama River’s Alliance in 2015. Working with the Coosa Riverkeeper, The Friends of Big Canoe Creek, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy to remove the Goodwin Mills Dam on Big Canoe Creek in 2013, has been one of the most treasured conservation events he has been involved in.  Doug wants to do his part to preserve our beautiful waters and educate others of the need to protect this valuable resource in the process. 

Dr. Beau Beard, At-Large Board Member

Beau is a sports chiropractor, human performance specialist and health conservationist that owns and operates The FARM: Functional Athletic Rehabilitation & Movement with his wife Dr. Sloan Beard, where they work with athletes ranging from little league to the Olympics. 

 

When not in the clinic Dr. Beard allocates his time to local and national conservation efforts, hunting, fishing and trail running.

 

David Smith, At-Large Board Member

David is an Account Executive for Siemens Industry, Inc Smart Infrastructure Division and has been in the ACR industry for over 20 years. He is a husband and father to Becky and Michael Smith. With a huge love for skinny water, he has spent countless hours fishing some awesome places from his kayak and his jet boat.

 

He is a den leader in his sons Cub Scout Pack. In 2015, David was the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Angler of the Year. He has a huge love for just being on the water and making sure the river has someone looking out for it. 

AJ Mercer, Rotaract Fellow

A.J. is a Certified Public Accountant at the Birmingham, AL office of RSM US LLP, where he works in their audit practice specializing in real estate investment funds. He is a Birmingham native and is a resident of Cahaba Heights.

 

As an avid fisherman, A.J. grew up fishing and exploring the lakes and rivers surrounding Birmingham, as well as the waters of the Alabama coast. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors and is passionate about conserving the state’s natural resources for future generations. A.J. is the former Chairman of The University of Alabama Ducks Unlimited Chapter (2015-2016) and is a member of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham.