Board Members

Cassidy Lord

Originally from Colorado, Cassidy has been paddling the waterways of the Southeast for nearly a decade. In fact, her passion for water has taken her all over the world to explore different aquatic ecosystems. She is currently a masters candidate in forest resources at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She is working on long-term forest conservation in the Upper Oconee watershed to protect local drinking water sources. In her free time, you can find Cassidy recreating outside in our beautiful Georgia landscapes. Contact Cassidy.


Peter Norris

Peter grew up in Southern California and developed a love of (salt) water early. He has paddled many rivers in California and the Northwest. He has a M.A. in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia. By day Peter is an IT Manager at the College of Education, UGA. Peter spends his spare time volunteering for local events, cycling, hiking, and paddling. He invites you to join UOWN to help protect our most precious resource, water. Contact Peter.


Megan Robertson
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Martinique Edwards

Martinique is a student at the University of Georgia studying Ecology and Environmental Health Science. Her research spans microbial population dynamics, microbial components of water quality, and antibiotic resistance in fresh and marine water systems. As hobbies, Martinique enjoys parkour training, exploring, gardening, and reading/learning. Contact Martinique.


Phillip Bumpers
Science & Monitoring Chair

Phillip received his M.S. at the Odum School of Ecology and is now an aquatic ecologist in the River Basin Center and Odum School, at the University of Georgia. Phillip is interested in how our river and stream ecosystems are altered by the activities of people—particulary the development of urban areas, nutrient enrichment, and climate change. He wants people to get excited about aquatic macroinvertebrates and what they can tell us about stream health. Like most of the board members he loves canoeing and all things rivers.  Contact Phillip.


Vicki Soutar
Oconee Waters Chair

Vicki was born and raised in Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia and has a BS in geology, MED in Science Education and a Specialist degree in Science Education.  She worked 30 years as a high school science teacher at Oconee County High School. As a Georgia Adopt-a-Stream volunteer and trainer, she monitored Calls Creek with her classes and now with UOWN. Serving as chair for the Oconee Waters Committee. In her spare time she enjoys SCUBA diving, underwater photography and taking classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UGA. Contact Vicki.


Bruno Giri
Education Chair

Bruno was born in Connecticut and raised in NC and VA. He attended William and Mary for undergraduate studies and completed a B.S. in Biology. He joined the Peace Corps following graduation and served as a fisheries extension volunteer in rural Nepal. He returned to the US and studied at Auburn University, where he completed a M.S. degree in water quality of catfish ponds. Since then, he has mostly worked as an analytical chemist for both the state and federal governments. He enjoys travel, delicious food and drink and being a volunteer for UOWN and other organizations in Athens. If you don’t know, Bruno loves to talk about how important it is to protect our natural resources and how it’s our responsibility to step up and work harder!! Contact Bruno.


Diane Windham
Water Trails Chair

Diane developed a love for creeks and rivers early in life growing up in Western Pennsylvania. She serves as the Recreation Chair for her local watershed group, is Co-Chair of the Upper Oconee Water Trail, assists with monitoring activities of Oconee Waters, and serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Water Resources, an advocacy group, in Oconee County, Georgia. She has been an avid paddler, hiker, and cyclist for all her adult life. As a retired educator she conducted activities in her school to encourage youth to be good stewards of the environment, and continues to be involved in educational outreach activities with individuals of all ages to make a difference in their communities. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Piedmont College.  Contact Diane.


Reilly Farrell
Reilly is a current undergraduate student studying ecology at the University of Georgia. He grew up with a love for everything outdoors and recently rediscovered that passion. This rediscovery influenced his major selection, his hobbies, and his choice of organization involvement (hello UOWN!). Reilly hopes to supplement his ecology schooling by getting involved with UOWN to understand how a nonprofit organization operates on a local scale. He sees UOWN as a way to monitor and influence ecological change in the Athens community. Contact Reilly.


Bear Jordan
Bear grew fond of natural sciences while playing in Chattanooga creeks; and if he is not outside, he is reading about it. Currently, he studies biogeochemistry at the University of Georgia hoping to understand how landscapes evolve through time in response to changing biotic pressures. At UOWN, Bear hopes to serve his community by organizing environmental monitoring efforts to protect our water resources. Contact Bear.


Bryan Nuse
Bryan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Georgia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia. He uses statistical models to study animal populations for purposes of conservation — mainly gopher tortoises and sea turtles at the moment. However, Bryan’s orbit as a graduate student centered on riverine and riparian birds. Bryan loves canoeing (see the Georgia River Survey and Fall Line South Field Institute), and believes that a community is better off when its people feel connected to their local streams and rivers. Contact Bryan.