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Christine Ellis has been the Waccamaw Riverkeeper since August 2006 when she replaced Hampton Shuping, Jr. who had served since June 2002. Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, specializing in Zoology, from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco in California. Immediately prior to joining Winyah Rivers Foundation, she was employed as an Adjunct Professor at Horry-Georgetown Technical College and at Coastal Carolina University. She has an extensive background in environmental compliance and management for industry. Many of these skills translate nicely into the nonprofit world.
Christine is planning to step down as Riverkeeper effective January 1, 2014 and to take on a more limited role with the organization working on specific grant funded projects for the organization. As a result, Winyah Rivers Foundation has begun the search for a new leader of the organization. If you are interested or know of someone interested, check out the job description and follow the instructions for applying.
We are sad to see Christine step down as Riverkeeper as she has been an excellent asset to our organization and its success; however, we are peased that she will remain working with the Board and the new Riverkeeper albeit in a reduced capacity. From all of us at Winyah Rivers Foundation, thank you Christine!
I am proud to have served as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, proud to have led the education and advocacy efforts for this worthwhile cause and proud to be a member of the Winyah Rivers Foundation. I have enjoyed working with others who love the Waccamaw River and who have had a hand in protecting and preserving our natural heritage for ourselves and future generations to enjoy. Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us to meet our mission of river protections and our goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and for our future.
The work continues however and I urge you to continue your support for the organization and its new Waccamaw Riverkeeper. Much work remains to be done and we must always keep a vigilant eye on our wonderful rivers and their riches in order to protect them.
Kelly joined Winyah Rivers Foundation as the Assistant RIVERKEEPER® in February 2013. As a U.S. Air Force dependent daughter for 23 years, she had the opportunity to live in many beautiful areas of the country, including Myrtle Beach, SC, from 1982 to 1985. She started her environmental career at the age of 10. While living on Oahu, Hawaii, Kelly and her classmates wrote letters to members of congress to change the proposed location of a hazardous waste site next to their elementary school. They won!
Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury University in Maryland. She has previously worked for two RIVERKEEPER® programs, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and served as the Vice President of an all-volunteer watershed organization in Annapolis, Maryland, for more than two years. She has a background in natural resources management, water quality science, fisheries science and stream ecology. Her experience working with governments, businesses, community organizations, and volunteers of all ages will help further efforts in advocating for the ecological, social and economic health and integrity of the Waccamaw River watershed and the greater Winyah Bay watershed.
“The ‘aina and wai (land and water in Hawaiian) are not ours to destroy. We are all caretakers of this earth.” I look forward to becoming as involved in the Waccamaw River watershed community as I have been in the Chespeake Bay watershed. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Christine and Winyah Rivers Foundation volunteers to help protect and preserve the Waccamaw River for current and future generations.
Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® | Center for Marine and Wetland Studies | Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954 | Conway, SC 29528-6054 | (843) 349-4007 | Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org
Winyah Rivers Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity.