Emilee Syrewicze, JD
Emilee is a native of Northern Michigan and grew up with an ardent appreciation for clean water.
She attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Chemistry. She then fostered her interest in environmental policy by attending Vermont Law School and graduating with her J.D. in 2011.
Prior to coming to CRF in April of 2015, Emilee was the Executive Director of Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing in Traverse City Michigan.
Brandon is a native of Gastonia. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Environmental Science. He is currently in graduate school at UNC Charlotte where he will be defending his thesis this semester to earn his Master’s degree in Earth Science. For the last 12 years he has been a raft guide, primarily at the Whitewater Center and on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Brandon joined CRF in August of 2017 and served as the Director of Technical Programs before he was promoted to Riverkeeper.
Diana is a native of Charlotte. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Her love for the River and desire to protect it comes from spending time at her grandparents’ home on Lake Wylie. Diana began working at Catawba Riverkeeper in August 2012.
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Hillary began working for CRF in June 2016. Before Hillary came to CRF, she volunteered with Clean Air Carolina where she became acquainted with NC’s environmental community and the issues we face to try and keep our state clean and healthy. She is currently pursuing her masters in Environmental Policy and Management, which will only make her stronger and more knowledgeable in her current role.
Deb is an 8th grade science teacher with 14 years of experience in the classroom. Prior to being a teacher, Deb was a forester who worked in private industry and with forest landowners on forest land management. She has 8 years experience working with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation with their summer environmental camps. She has a passion for the outdoors and the water and enjoys every opportunity to be on the water sharing this passion.