SAVANNAH, GA – Sept. 14, 2016 – Ogeechee Riverkeeper recently announced the addition of five new members to its board of directors. Dr. Gregory Brock, Mr. Larry Hodges, Mrs. Lind Hollingsworth, Mr. Clay Mobley, and Mr. Jeffrey Williamson joined the 17-member panel.
Brock has been a professor at Georgia Southern University for 17 years and lives in Statesboro. He teaches economics and has published work, which is viewable under his Google Scholar profile, Gregory Brock. Brock enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding, and has been on two Ogeechee Riverkeeper paddle trips. He is on the executive committee of the Georgia NAACP and would like to create links between Ogeechee Riverkeeper and the NAACP through the recently formed NAACP committee on environmental justice. Brock and his wife, Jane Page, who is a minister at Unitarian Universalist of Coastal Georgia, have four children.
Hodges has a Bachelor of Science degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia and an extensive background in natural resources. He has held the following titles: natural resources planner for the Florida and Georgia Departments of Natural Resources, logging company owner and operator, and consulting forester and editorial director for Logger and Lumberman Magazine. Hodges is currently the trust forester for Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company. He is also one of the original organizers of Friends of the Ogeechee, as well as an original Ogeechee Riverkeeper board member.
Hollingsworth, a painter who works in mixed media, teaches painting and drawing classes at the Studio School in Savannah. She is also an adjunct instructor at Columbia College and teaches art appreciation and art history at the Hunter AAF and Fort Stewart satellite campus. Hollingsworth founded The Art School in Savannah. Since moving to the Hostess City 28 years ago, she has spent a lot of time on the Ogeechee River, boating, waterskiing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking with her family.
Mobley, currently an account executive with Optimum Water Solutions, previously served as the coastal director for the Georgia Conservancy, and as the executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association Georgia, which is a nonprofit organization that promotes the conservation of marine resources. He earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Georgia. Mobley said he has always loved the Georgia coast and is passionate about conserving the coast for generations to come. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children. Mobley volunteers as a lector at Blessed Sacrament Church, as a citizen advocate with Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, and lends his time to the Tybee Beach Task Force.
Founder of J. L. Williamson Law Group, LLC., Williamson began his career as an Internal Revenue Service agent before serving as in-house counsel for two accounting firms. As a frequent lecturer, he has presented many seminars on taxation and estate planning issues to various civic groups and investment professionals, as well as serving as a featured speaker at state- and national-level continuing education courses for attorneys and certified public accountants. Williamson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University and both his Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia. He owns several hundred acres bordering the Ogeechee River, and his dedication to preserving the land led to his interest in Ogeechee Riverkeeper. He plans to use his legal expertise to educate the Ogeechee Riverkeeper board about governmental programs and tax incentives for those interested in land conservation.
The board, led by Chair Dr. Keith Seibert, also includes Secretary Mr. Mark Dallas, Treasurer Mrs. Emelyn Hunter, as well as Mr. Charles Lewis, Ms. Kirsten Parent, Mr. Francis Allen, Mrs. Jamie Smith Arkins, Mr. Mike English, Mr. Tim Goodson, Mrs. Donna Love, Mr. Don Stack, and Mrs. Virginia Anne Franklin Waters.