Our Team

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Justinn Overton. Executive Director. Justinn oversees day-to-day operations and ensures Coosa Riverkeeper has the resources needed to fight for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Coosa River. Read her full bio.

franksqFrank Chitwood. Riverkeeper. Frank oversees the program work of our organization, including patrolling the river, educating the public, advocating for the river, monitoring water quality, responding to complaints and much more. Read his full bio.


002Board of Directors. The Coosa Riverkeeper Board of Directors manages the long-term vision of Coosa Riverkeeper, enables our staff and volunteers to work towards that vision, and acts as stewards of our organization in the community. Meet our Directors.


Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is a group of important community members and leaders in their respective fields that provide support and assistance to Coosa Riverkeeper when needed. Meet our Advisory Council.


2017 Spring Interns


Philip Akinyelure, Public Health & Epidemiology Intern

Philip is a graduate student in Public Health, Department of Epidemiology at UAB. He is from Nigeria. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University, in Nigeria. His hobbies are listening to music and watching people dance.






Isis Kanakri, Program & Outreach Intern
Isis is a Public Health major concentrated in Environmental Health Sciences. She likes to compose songs, paint, spend time outdoors, and volunteer for non profit organizations that aim to protect and preserve the natural environment. She spend more days outdoors in a year than she does indoors, and those days are spent by waterfalls, rivers, or lakes. She’s 23, married, and proudly celebrating being human every day by co-existing with planet earth and its inhabitants. She enjoys being a nature advocate from all perspectives whether it’s composting for a field, designing environmental t-shirts, engineering water treatment methods, or monitoring water quality in a laboratory because she thinks they are equally exciting.


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Brenna Hoppe, Fish Guide Outreach Intern

Brenna is a senior in UAB School of Public Health, and is concentrating in Environmental Health Sciences as well as Biology and Spanish. After graduation next Spring, she hopes to go on to receive her Master’s degree in Public Health and continue to help keep the great outdoors of Alabama a safe and healthy place for everyone to enjoy. Brenna was born and raised in Hoover, and spent many of her childhood days exploring the Cahaba River and camping with her family. Outside of school she is a server and bartender and tries to see as much live music as possible.




Reese Koehler, Fish Guide Outreach Intern

Reese is a senior getting dual degrees in Psychology and Public Health and wants to go to graduate school for industrial hygiene. He is a certified Lifeguard and CPR instructor, but he learned to swim in the Coosa River.






FullSizeRenderOlive Hayes, Program Research Intern

Olive is a student in UAB School of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health and recently has added Civil Engineering to her college curriculum as well. Once Olive completes her education, she hopes to work in the waste management field. Outside of school, she works as a bakery assistant and repurposes clothes to sell so that profits can go towards environmental advocacy organizations in the local community. In her spare time, she also enjoys spending time with her fur babies, traveling, and finding new music to listen to!



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