Mobile Baykeeper’s Board of Directors has voted in new officers. Sumpter McGowin served as president for the last two and a half years guiding the organization through the major battles on coal ash, the Daphne Utilities sewage lawsuit, and the winning of multiple federal grants to fight litter. McGowin passes the presidency along to Steve McClure. Lyndsey Dixon assumed the seat of Vice President, Jep Hill took her former seat of Treasurer, and Lee Webb will remain Secretary. Mobile Baykeeper has served the Mobile Bay Watershed for more than 20 years. Their mission is to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities.
“The last two years have been a major transition in governance for Mobile Baykeeper,” says President Steve McClure. “Thanks to the generous support of Arcelor Mittal, we received a grant for board development and training. This allowed us to bring in consulting talent from both the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and Clear Point Strategy to help us reorganize our Board, update our strategic plan, and build a more resilient organization. This has allowed us to serve our community, our members, and partners much more efficiently and effectively.”
McClure recently retired from a successful engineering career at Hargrove Engineers and Constructors. He grew up sailing in Fairhope and is a past Commodore of the Fairhope Yacht Club. His past volunteer service includes the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of Fairhope’s Industrial Development Board, and he has served on the boards of the Hargrove Foundation, the Fairhope Yacht Club and the Fairhope United Methodist Church. He has served on Mobile Baykeeper’s Board of Directors since 2016.
Lyndsey Dixon currently works as a manager for Wilkins Miller Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. Born and raised in Montgomery, she has spent the past several years on the Gulf Coast with her family. She has served on Mobile Baykeeper’s Young Advisory Council since 2017 and joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Lee Webb serves in leadership roles with various local organizations, including: Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, M.S. Leadership of Greater Mobile, Eastern Shore Sertoma Club, and he serves as Chairman of the Industrial Development Board for the City of Fairhope. With over two decades in the banking industry, Lee joined Trustmark Bank in 2016 as a commercial lender, focusing on corporate banking. He resides in Fairhope with his wife and two children, and has served on Mobile Baykeeper’s Board of Directors for since 2016.
Jep Hill previously served as President of Mobile Baykeeper’s Young Advisory Council before joining the Board of Directors this past year. Jep is a native Mobilian who returned after studying at the University of Alabama. Jep is beginning a new career as the Director of Finance for McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Jep joined the board in 2016.
Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper’s Executive Director & Baykeeper for 22 years, couldn’t be happier with the talented team. “Every new leadership team brings new energy, new focus, and new tools in our work for Clean Water, clean air, and healthy communities,” says Callaway. “This team also has a committed history of loving and working for Mobile Bay.”
As for McClure, he has ambitious plans for the organization – but knows that in order to do good work for the community, they need the community’s support.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the President of the Board of Directors of this amazing organization as it continues to grow into our third decade of service,” says McClure. “The Mobile Baykeeper team has fought many battles over these last 20 years, but there is much more to be done to ensure we protect Mobile Bay for our children and theirs.”