Henry Caddell, Mobile, Alabama
Hank Caddell is currently an attorney with Thiry & Caddell in Mobile, Alabama. From 1971-1978, he served as the Chief of the Environmental Protection Division of the Alabama Attorney General's office, and was recognized in 1978 as Alabama Air Conservationist of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. From 1979-1985, he worked for Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, providing pro bono legal services to low income clients.
In 1983, he founded Save Our Dunes Inc., and served as chairman until 1986. In 1993, Mr. Caddell founded the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust, an organization that purchases, preserves, and protects Alabama's remaining natural coastal habitats. He continues to serve as a member of their board of trustees.
Robert W. Hastings, Prattville, Alabama
Robert Hastings moved to Alabama in January 2002 to become the Director of the Alabama Natural Heritage Program in Montgomery. He is now semi-retired, but working part-time with the Heritage Program on projects involving red-cockaded woodpeckers, indigo snakes, and aquatic surveys. He recently completed a manuscript for a book entitled "The Lakes of Pontchartrain: Their Natural History and Environments."
Dr. Hastings is a professional marine biologist and received the Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University. He spent twelve years as a professor of zoology at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey where he also chaired the Biology Department for two years. He then became director of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, a facility of Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) located near Manchac, Louisiana, in the upper Lake Pontchartrain estuary.
Dr. Hastings is a dedicated environmentalist and has been active in numerous environmental organizations, including the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation as well as being a Sierra Club member for over 20 years. He has received many awards for environmental education, including the National Wetlands Award in Education/Outreach by the Environmental Law Institute in 2002.
Cynthia Ramseur is currently Choir Master at St. John's Episcopal Church. Before her recent career change, Cynthia was the president and co-founder of Natural Capital Development, an organization that builds broad-based community partnerships in areas such as conservation planning and ecotourism. She also founded South Coast Paddling Company LLC, offering kayak tours across southern Mississippi. Her past experience includes building environmental partnerships, policy review and grass roots organizing, and fundraising with Eco-Logic Restoration Services LLC, and project and fund development with The Natural Conservancy in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Ms. Ramseur received a degree in music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ms. Ramseur is also a member of the advisory board of the Land Trust for Mississippi Coast Plain, is a member of the Gulf Conservation Coalition, and is the director of the St. Cecilia's Girls Ensemble.
Ackie Adams, Dallas, TX
Ackie Adams is a long time supporter of GRN. She has worked for 15 years leading efforts in Dallas, to educate and organize Aveda salons during Earth Month raising funds to support the work of GRN and other environmental partners.
Through her work, Ackie has helped GRN reach hundreds of Aveda salon staff who spread the word about our efforts to protect the Gulf and its waters.
Although currently a Texas resident, Ackie grew up in coastal Mississippi and she is still very attached to the area. She is a mother of two and serves on their school’s PTA Environmental Committee as the Vice Chair.
Martina Cartwright, Houston, Texas
Martina Cartwright has taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law for fourteen years and is currently Managing Attorney/Clinical Instructor in the Law, Wills and Probate Clinic. Previously she was Interim Director/Clinical Instructor in the Environmental Law and Justice Center, where she outreached with community groups and organizations on existing state and federal laws and policies, interacted with agencies on development of environmental justice policy, and provided instruction in applicable federal and state environmental laws.
Ms. Cartwright has a JD with a concentration in International and Environmental Law from American University-Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. and a BA from the University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. She is currently pursuing an MPA in Environmental Policy from the University of Houston.
Martha "Marti" Collins, St. Petersburg, FL
Martha Collins is the founder of Collins Law Group where she has successfully litigated, lobbied, and negotiated for many of Florida’s largest precedent setting environmental and land use cases and polices.
She has appeared before numerous governmental agencies in Florida and Washington, D.C.; including, the Florida Governor, Cabinet and Legislature, and members of the United States Congress. Her work has been quoted or referenced in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, Politico, National and Florida Public Radio, other newspapers and blogs across the country and world, and in almost every major news media in Florida.
Martha Collins graduated from Tulane University before she simultaneously earned a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University and a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Martha is admitted in the Florida Bar and the Federal U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. Currently Ms. Collins is past Chair for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar.
May Nguyen, New Orleans, Louisiana
May Nguyen lives in New Orleans with her husband, Matthew Eitelberg. Nguyen grew up in Louisiana, California, and Colorado where she developed her appreciation for bayous, the Pacific Ocean, and snow-capped mountains. Her grandmother started the Saturday morning market in the farthest eastern part of New Orleans where immigrant communities continue to draw water from the basin and tributary of the Mississippi River to garden and build a new life in America.
Nguyen was the inaugural Business Development Director at the Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation after Hurricane Katrina. And after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Nguyen took a one year leave of absence from law school to serve as a strategist for a campaign to demand recognition for lost subsistence use of seafood that was used to feed families, barter for goods and services, and preserve community customs.
May has been a member of Women of the Storm since Hurricane Katrina – collaborating with women across the Gulf Coast to lobby Congress to invest in Louisiana and Mississippi and to pass the RESTORE Act. In her free time, May enjoys singing in her church choir - between St. Anthony of Padua Church and Mary Queen of Viet Nam Church.
Colette Pichon-Battle, Atlanta, Georgia
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. recently assumed the role of Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (Atlanta and New York City) with a mission to build a people-centered human rights movement in the US. Colette aims to connect the grassroots human rights movement to the climate movement in the United States through initiatives focused on economic, social and ecological equity.
In her previous role as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Colette worked on issues of global migration, community economic development, climate justice and equitable disaster recovery. She has prioritized working with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. Ms. Pichon Battle was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South, and in 2016 she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity for her work with frontline communities in the US South.
Hal Suter, Corpus Christi, Texas
Hal Suter has spent almost his entire life living on the Gulf Coast. Over the years, he has sold life insurance, conducted market research, been self-employed in in investments and property management, and was "sporadically reimbursed" for a side gig as a sportswriter and political columnist.
Mr. Suter is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and has been very active in the Lone Star Chapter and its Coastal Bend Regional Group, and he is currently the longest-serving Chair of the Executive Committee for the Lone Star Chapter. He was instrumental in bringing the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of organized labor, environmental groups, businesses, and social justice groups, to Texas. The Apollo Alliance has since merged with the Blue Green Alliance where Hal sits on the state board of directors, representing the Sierra Club.
As Chairmain of the Beach Access Coalition, Mr. Suter has been active in keeping the beaches on the middle Texas Coast open to the public. He has also been a member and leader of Toastmasters International where he won several speech contests. Mr. Suter holds a bachelor's degree from University of Austin and has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast since 1972.
Aaron Viles, New Orleans, LA
Aaron Viles is a senior grassroots organizer at Care2, an online community of 29 million members working to make society a better place. He joined the certified B corp after decades in the non-profit environmental advocacy field.
Aaron honed his craft while working for Gulf Restoration Network, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Faithful America, and serving as a volunteer leader for the Sierra Club, Dogwood Alliance and his church. He began his career with Green Corps, the field school school for environmental organizing.
When not in front of a screen or on a conference call, Aaron can be found doting on his daughters or pedaling furiously to keep up with the peloton.