Deborah Visco Abibou, Ph.D. - 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 Ph.D. 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.)
 

Wes Bollinger - Aerial Monitoring Development

Wes joined CRCL via Americorps' Serve Louisiana program as the Aerial Monitoring Development position in 2018. Wes has worked on paleontological digs, invasive species assessments, Scottish field geology, and most recently, a phylogenetic revision of several south Kenyan river minnow species. At CRCL, Wes will be developing usage protocols for our aerial drone in monitoring restoration efforts. He graduated from Tulane University with a double B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Geology, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Katie Denman - Restoration Associate

Katie joined CRCL as our Restoration Associate in 2018. Before CRCL, Katie was the Shoreline Access Manager for Rhode Island Sea Grant. She earned a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and focused her graduate studies on the redeveloped nomination process for National Marine Sanctuaries. Katie’s area of interest is in coastal community engagement and outreach. Katie has a breadth of experience in various non-profits in Florida, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, and Costa Rica. As the Restoration Associate, Katie will be assisting with the Habitat Restoration Program, and the Oyster Shell Recycling Program is increasing outreach for both programs. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Thomas Donley - Finance and Administration Director

Thomas is responsible for the financial management, resources and daily operations of CRCL. Prior to joining CRCL, he was the Finance and Administration Manager for ILGA-Europe – a human rights member organization – in Brussels, Belgium for over five years. Before joining ILGA-Europe, he was an Audit Senior for a large regional accounting firm called Eide Bailly specializing in nonprofit and governmental audits. He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he graduated with a degree in accounting. (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.)
 

Kathryn Loomis – Outreach Assistant

Kathryn serves as a Serve Louisiana AmeriCorps member with CRCL’s Outreach and Engagement Program. She works to increase CRCL’s capacity to engage a greater number of residents who work, live, and enjoy life in coastal Louisiana so that they may work towards a more secure future. She actively recruits participation in CRCL’s newly developed app, Fish for Data, and supports efforts to network with community-based organizations to improve resilience through restoration. Before joining CRCL in 2018, she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in her hometown with a B.S. in Resource Biology and Biodiversity. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 

Giovanna McClenachan, Ph.D. – 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 Ph.D. 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 critical 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 develops 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 Outreach and Engagement program, assisting residents of coastal Louisiana to become more informed, engaged, and prepared for the future of our changing coast. Through the program, CRCL develops innovative ways to reach residents- infographics, videos, presentations, and community forums as well as working directly with other community based organizations. 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.)
 

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 develops and implements monitoring of CRCL’s restoration projects, including oyster reef restoration and swamp, marsh, and dune plantings. She also coordinates CRCL's Oyster Shell Recycling Program, which recycles waste oyster shell from local restaurants for use in living shoreline projects across Louisiana's Coast. Originally from Illinois, she moved to Louisiana in 2009, and earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of New Orleans, focusing on the conservation and ecology of swamp, marsh, and reef ecosystems. She joined CRCL in 2015, following a term 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. Before 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.)
 

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 some 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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