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Deborah Visco Abibou, PhD - Restoration Programs Director

Deb leads our Volunteer Habitat Restoration Program and our Oyster Shell Recycling Program. She joined CRCL in 2015 and is a broadly trained ecologist. She earned a PhD from Tulane University. Originally from New York, she received her BS in Environmental Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2006 and gained ecology/conservation experience in Dominica (West Indies), Australia, California, and New Hampshire before beginning her graduate studies in New Orleans. She has managed multiple projects, secured funding, directed field crews, authored papers, and taught science at all levels. Most recently, she has served as Lead Bird Bander and Programming Director with the Woodlands Conservancy in Belle Chasse. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Nic Dixon - Outreach Associate

Nic assists in our community engagement efforts with workshops, interviews, data collection, and any additional communication tasks such as producing and distributing video content. Nic has had a diversity of lab and field research experiences in ecology ranging from the Yukon River Delta in Alaska to the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana He joined CRCL in 2014 after graduating from Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Jimmy Frederick - Communications Director

Jimmy leads the communications team. He joined CRCL in 2014 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. He is a native of Baton Rouge and earned a BA in Journalism and Marketing from Northwestern State University. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Molly Hughes - Habitat Restoration Technician

Molly lends field and logistical support to our Habitat Restoration Program and Oyster Shell Recycling Program. She joined CRCL in 2017 after earning her B.S. in environmental biology from Tulane University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Previously, she served as a research assistant in the Baumann lab at the University of Connecticut, studying the effects of hypoxia and ocean acidification on larval fish.. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Elizabeth Jones - Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth is an integral part of day-to-day operations. She joined CRCL 2013. Originally from Baton Rouge, Elizabeth attended Northwestern State University where she studied Business Administration. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Giovanna McClenachan, PhD – Senior Science Fellow

Giovanna is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida where she studies ecosystem level impacts of long-term oyster reef restoration in Indian River Lagoon. As CRCL’s Science Program Director from 2016 – 2018, Giovanna implemented the monitoring of CRCL restoration projects, including the oyster reef and plantings, and started the “Fishing for Data” program. Originally from Vermont, Giovanna received her BS in Environmental Science from Dickinson College and her PhD in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. Giovanna's research in Louisiana has produced multiple publications describing ecosystem response to the oil spill, including “Effects of oil on the rate and trajectory of Louisiana marsh shoreline erosion.” (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Kelly Messer - Information, Events and Design Director

Kelly develops and executes our public and private events, and is our lead graphic designer and webmaster. She joined the CRCL team in 2007. CRCL has long been known for its well-planned and orchestrated events, this due to Kelly’s artistic eye and attention to detail. As CRCL’s graphic designer, she is responsible for developing key informational pieces for both internal and external distribution. Kelly’s expertise in IT has allowed CRCL to incorporate the latest technology into its web design and computer networks. She also developed and maintains CRCL’s extensive database system. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Corey Miller - Outreach and Engagement Director

Corey leads our community engagement program. He joined CRCL in 2012. A 3rd-generation native of the New Orleans area and an alumnus of LSU, Corey received his Master of Sociology from the University of New Orleans through a research assistantship with the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART). (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Drew Ramsey- Development Director

Drew leads our business development and fundraising efforts. He joined CRCL in 2016 and is a native of New Orleans. Prior to joining CRCL, Drew served several local institutions. His experience includes more than two decades as a decorated reserve officer with the New Orleans Police Department and Director of Operations for the Simon Hubig Pie Company. Drew earned a degree in History from Louisiana State University. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Kimberly Davis Reyher - Executive Director

Ms. Reyher leads CRCL, setting strategic direction and overseeing staff and programs. Kim joined CRCL as Executive Director in June 2014 after 13 years with the World Wildlife Fund, where she served as Fisheries Program Director. In that capacity, she promoted fisheries sustainability through engagement 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 projects in more than 20 countries. Before joining WWF, she worked with the Ocean Conservancy in Florida and Washington, D.C. 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. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Christa Russell - Coastal Scientist

Christa is originally from Springfield, IL, she moved to New Orleans in 2009, and graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of New Orleans. Her previous work includes serving as an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte, where she focused on the monitoring and management of invasive species and volunteer involvement. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Marc Stevens – Communications Associate

Marc contributes to all aspects of the Communications Department. He joined CRCL in 2017, after graduating from Louisiana State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications. Prior to CRCL, Marc wrote as a freelance reporter and for The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper. Most recently, the Baton Rouge native worked as a communication specialist for the Baton Rouge Symphony. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Amy Tyrrell - Operations Director

Amy ensures that CRCL is run properly and efficiently. She joined CRCL in 2008. 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. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Emily Vuxton - Policy Director

Emily joins CRCL as our Policy Director. Before CRCL, Emily was a Coastal Policy Specialist at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Alexandria, VA. Previously, she served as a NOAA Knauss Sea Grant Fellow with the Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE. At IWR, she supported a number of environmental, coastal and navigation initiatives, including PIANC USA, an international navigation NGO, the USACE Resilience Initiative, the USACE Recreation Program, and the Future Directions initiative. She also served as an author on the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, analyzing policy challenges to implementing natural infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy affected areas. She has a Master’s degree from Duke University in Coastal Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Zoology. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Kacie Wright - Habitat Restoration Coordinator

Kacie joined CRCL in 2017 as the Habitat Restoration Coordinator where she plans, manages, and coordinates our volunteer restoration projects. She is finally making New Orleans her home after receiving her Masters in Sustainable Peacebuilding from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her bachelors in biology and environmental studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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