Kim joined CRCL as Executive Director in June 2014 after 13 years with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she served as Fisheries Program Director. In that capacity, she advanced strategies to promote fisheries sustainability through engagement on seafood supply and demand working with fisheries around the world and influential players in the seafood industry. Kim co-led the development of a $29 million tuna management project with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, led the International Smart Gear Competition which awards cash prizes for fishing gear innovations and supervised 20+ projects in more than 20 countries. Kim also spent 6 years at the Ocean Conservancy (formerly the Center for Marine Conservation), first as a regional advocate in Florida, and then as the fish conservation program director in Washington, D.C. A native of Tampa, Kim received a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Dartmouth College, and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University.
Kelly joined the CRCL team in April 2007 and currently serves as Director of Member Services. Kelly has spent many summers fishing in Grand Isle, LA. She enjoys traveling, cooking and painting.
A native of south Louisiana, Amy Tyrrell received a BA in Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University. After spending eight years working for nonprofits in Texas and Arkansas, Amy returned to her beloved Louisiana in 2008. Since that time she has served CRCL as Program Director and currently as Director of Operations. A history buff and amateur photographer, Amy enjoys spending her weekends touring and photographing the many historical homes and gardens of south Louisiana.
Restoration Program Director
Hilary came to CRCL as the director of our Community-Based Restoration Program in January, 2011. Originally from Boise, ID, Hilary has been working on various coastal restoration programs across Louisiana since earning her master’s degree in oceanography & coastal studies from LSU in 2006. In her free time, Hilary prefers to spend time outdoors hiking, running, cycling, and fishing.
Charles "Chuck" Simmons
Chuck is a graduate of Mississippi College with a degree in Marketing. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in Jackson, MS. Chuck joined CRCL’s staff after retiring from a 30 year career with a large national organization, serving as an executive director for the last 14 years. Chuck loves Louisiana, particularly the coast, and enjoys fishing and golf. He is married to Janet and has four children and two grandchildren.
A 3rd-generation native of the New Orleans area and an LSU alum, Corey received his Masters in Sociology from the University of New Orleans through a research assistantship with the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART). His passion for both nature and human interaction has fittingly landed him in the position of Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, where he spends much of his time interacting with coastal citizens to help address their concerns and needs as we move toward a restored ecosystem. Corey enjoys any free time spent outdoors, especially on the water with a fishing pole in-hand. WHO-DAT !?
Morgan has served as CRCL’s Technical and Policy Analyst since September of 2011. In this role, she synthesizes technical and scientific information to evaluate coastal policies, programs, plans, and projects. Additionally, she coordinates the development of core program content for CRCL’s biennial State of the Coast Conference. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Loyola University at New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan. Morgan enjoys spreadsheets, taking to the trails with her three dogs, and practicing her Francais with Cajuns, especially those that cook well.
Jimmy is an award winning journalist and broadcaster who joins CRCL as the Communications Director after a 20 year career in public relations, governmental affairs and local and regional media. Jimmy served as the public relations manager for Cox Communications earning five national awards for his community affairs initiatives. Jimmy also served as the executive producer, program manager, production manager and on-air talent for Cox Communications’ regional television channel which allowed him to hone his media skills in all facets of the industry. While at Cox, Jimmy was also able to cultivate close working relationships will local, regional, state and national elected officials.
Jimmy’s media credentials include being the legislative reporter for the Louisiana Network, where he won five Associated Press awards, and content manager for WBRZ in Baton Rouge. As content manager, Jimmy managed a newsroom of 26 reporters, anchors and photographers producing three newscasts daily.
Jimmy has spent much of his life fishing the waters of coastal Louisiana from Calcasieu Lake to Venice, so he has experienced firsthand the ravages of coastal erosion. His goal is to use his talents and expertise to help ensure his two young sons have the opportunity to enjoy one of the United States’ most precious resources—Coastal Louisiana
Jimmy is a native of Baton Rouge and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Marketing from Northwestern State University.
Jenny has served with CRCL as our Volunteer Coordinator since January 2014. She grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana but is pretty sure she was supposed to be born south of the I-10 corridor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Wetland Ecology from LSU. Jenny enjoys spending her free time participating in obstacle races, stuffing her face with delicious Louisiana food and discovering awesome New Orleans street bands.
Elizabeth joined the CRCL team in May 2013 and currently serves as Office Manager. Originally from Baton Rouge, Elizabeth attended Northwestern State University where she studied Business Administration. In her spare time, she strives to be a positive influence in the community and for the youth. She enjoys motivational speaking, writing books and poems, dancing, volunteering, traveling, spending time with her family and being an active football and soccer mom for her 2 handsome sons.
Nic is serving with CRCL as an AmeriCorps member of the Louisiana Delta Service Corps team for the 2014-2015 year. Growing up loving and playing in the Louisiana outdoors, and now as a recent graduate from Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, he is excited to be involved with coastal restoration. He lives for hard (but meaningful) field work, and is most happy when he is outside in remote locations. Nic can usually be found at the local skate park riding BMX, on the parade grounds playing ultimate Frisbee, or in a salt water marsh chasing reds and specks (but usually with a hard head on the end of the line).