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Callie became HRWC’s first full-time executive director in January 2003. She has a Master’s Degree in Water Resources from Indiana University and is also a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Environmental Health Program. Before coming to work for HRWC, she worked for four years as a river basin planner for the NCDENR, Division of Water Quality, during which time she was assigned to several river basins including the Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, and Savannah. Other previous work experience includes water quality monitoring, sediment/erosion control compliance inspections, and environmental education for the Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Conservation and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Callie tells people that HRWC is “very different from other grassroots watershed organizations because of the real partnership that’s been established between citizens who care about streams and lakes and the local governments and organizations that can help affect change”. The founders realized that the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide a good delivery system for the communities we serve. It’s a model she thinks other communities should follow if they truly want to improve and protect water quality.
Callie and her husband, Philip live in the Tusquitee Community of Clay County, NC and are active members of Hayesville First United Methodist Church. Callie has served on several boards over the years including the Southwestern NC RC&D Council, Community Council of the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center, and Cherokee County Tourism Development Authority. She enjoys a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities in her spare time, as well as helping out around Moore Farm.
Tony began working as HRWC’s restoration program coordinator in March 2008. In 2007, he received an associate’s degree from Haywood Community College in Forest Management Technology and completed an internship with the U.S. Forest Service, Tusquitee Ranger District in the same year. Over the years at HRWC, Tony has gained extensive experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software; natural channel design principles for stream restoration; bioengineering techniques for bank stabilization; and design & installation of rain gardens for stormwater retention and treatment. In addition, he has become super proficient at identification & eradication of invasive plants.
Tony enjoys “educating people about how what they do on the land impacts water resources and how HRWC can help.” Tony is a Cherokee County, NC native and lives in Peachtree with his wife, Christina. An avid oudoorsman, his free time is usually spent fishing or hunting. He has two children; a son, Michael, and daughter, Ciera.
Raleigh joined HRWC in August 2016 as the Coalition’s Administrative and Outreach Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and a Master’s in Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs from American University. She was born in Portland, Oregon, but has traveled through all 50 states and lived in 10 before moving to Murphy, North Carolina.
Throughout her academic and professional career to-date, Raleigh has gained a considerable amount of experience working for nonprofit organizations and coordinating outdoor activities and events. During this time, she has developed a sincere appreciation for the natural world, and particularly those working to protect it. Serving as an AmeriCorps member in 2011-2013 provided her with new insights into the ways the public can make a difference in their communities and the world.
Raleigh is proud to be working at HRWC and making a real difference. “It can sometimes be difficult to see tangible impact in the nonprofit world, but with programs such as Adopt-A-Stream that regularly engage any and all interested citizens, HRWC makes itself felt in the community and the benefits can be tied back directly to the people and environment.”
Raleigh is thrilled to be back in the exquisite Appalachian Mountains. She enjoys taking the River Walk to work and for errands every day, exploring the plethora of natural treasures she is now surrounded by, and the fact that she now gets to work to protect water quality in the rivers, lakes and streams all around her.