Our Staff

Damon Mullis

Ogeechee Riverkeeper/Executive Director

Damon grew up in rural south Georgia where he spent his free time outdoors fishing and exploring local rivers and streams. His time in the great outdoors led to an appreciation of the natural world and a passion for understanding how it works, a quest that led him to Georgia Southern University where he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology. His research has focused on how physical and chemical changes in freshwater ecosystems affect their biological communities with projects, including studies on the connectivity between rivers and floodplains, the effects of beaver dams on freshwater invertebrate communities, secondary production of macroinvertebrates, nutrient monitoring, and water quality monitoring in rivers and streams. Before pursuing a career in science, Damon managed small businesses for over 13 years. When time permits, the Mullis clan, which also includes his wife, daughter, and two rambunctious canines, enjoys boating, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, and just generally being outside.


Justin Bristol

Community Engagement Director

Justin grew up outside of Columbia, SC where he developed a love for his local watershed by hiking and mountain biking on the bluffs overlooking the Broad River, and through countless tubing trips down the Saluda and Congaree Rivers. Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Public History from Armstrong State University, where he studied communication management, fundraising, and membership stewardship strategies in the scope of a non-profit institution. Off of the water, Justin is still an active cyclist—racing and volunteering at cycling events as often as he can—and a budding gardener. He and his wife, Jen, recently had a son and share their home with three rescue dogs, a cat, and a guinea pig.

Board of Directors

Ann Hartzell, Chair

Community Activist in Savannah

Tim Goodson, Vice Chair

Master Craftsman, Woodworker and Cabinetmaker in Wadley

Mark Dallas, Secretary

Retired English Professor (East Georgia State College) in Statesboro

Clay Mobley, Treasurer

Account Executive with Optimum Water Solutions in Savannah

Carolyn Altman, Director

Director Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University

Dr. Checo Colón-Gaud, Director

Associate Professor & Biology Graduate Program Director

Michael Dayoub, Director

Owner and President of Alpha Financial Management

Lind Hollingsworth, Director

Painter and Art Teacher at the Studio School in Savannah

Kirsten Parent, Director

Energy Inside Sales with Chatham Steel in Savannah

Jody Slater, Director

Riverfront Landowner, Retired Teacher and Business Owner

Don Stack, Director

Attorney with Stack & Associates in Atlanta/Savannah