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.
Frank 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.
Board 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 Summer Interns
Brenna grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and has lived in Birmingham since 2012. She attended UAB for a BS and an MS- both in biology-, and she is currently pursuing an MPH in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Her goal is to connect her knowledge of nature and the environment with human health. Some of her hobbies include spending time outdoors, reading, art, trying new foods and local restaurants, and teaching her rabbit new tricks.
Serra is from Talladega, AL. She studies Aquaculture/Aquatic Biology at Gadsden State Community College. She loves being outdoors swimming, fishing, kayaking and hiking.
Alana is a native of Somerville, AL, is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health and Toxicology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from UAB in 2014, graduating magna cum laude with honors in global and community leadership. She spent the following year with Impact America, an AmeriCorps program, immersed in public health and non-profit work. Alana hopes to use her degree and the experience she gains in the field to pursue a career monitoring water quality and protecting the health of both people and the environment. In her spare time, Alana enjoys hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing.
Lorren Stubblefield, Anthropology & Outreach Intern
Lorren is from the Fort Payne, AL, area and is a junior at UAB. She is pursuing a Batchelors Degree in Anthropology with a focus on Peace, Justice, and Ecology. Lorren strongly believes that access to clean water is a human rights’ issue, and she hopes that her experience with Coosa Riverkeeper will bridge the connection between her studies and the ongoing issues of clean water access. In her spare time, Lorren enjoys hiking, swimming, and going to concerts.
Sandhya Krishna, Program & Outreach Intern
Sandhya is a senior at UAB majoring in Biology and also on the 5 year program to a Masters of Public Health. This is her second summer interning with Coosa Riverkeeper and she says, “I’m thrilled to start working on my projects. My passion is wildlife conservation and I love working with Justinn and Frank to combine that interest with public health to promote citizens to take care of their environment.”
Olive Hayes, Program Research Intern
Olive is a student in the 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 private tutor 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.
AJ Brown, Marketing & Program Intern
AJ is from Enterprise, AL. He is currently a junior at UAB majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health sciences. He would like to pursue a career that works to create clean energy and improve water quality to ensure the sustainability of our planet. Some of his hobbies include snowboarding and playing the piano.
Weston Robles, Business & Outreach Intern
Weston is a native of Mobile, AL. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his minor in Urban Environmental Studies at Birmingham Southern College. Some of his hobbies consist of bike rides, hiking, trail running and fishing.