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.
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.
Sam is a native of Charlotte who grew up frequently visiting family and hiking trails in the North Carolina mountains. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and in environmental studies. During undergrad, he worked in a marine science geochemistry lab, where he stayed for graduate school, studying hydrology and geochemistry in rivers across the state and earning a MS in 2011. Before joining CRF in 2012, he was a freelance journalist and an academic journal copy editor.
Director of Technical Programs
Brandon is a native of Gastonia. For his undergraduate degree he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Environmental Science. He is currently in graduate school at UNC Charlotte where he will be defending this semester for his M.S. in Earth Science. For the last 11 years he has been a river guide, primarily at the Whitewater Center and on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Brandon joined CRF in August of 2017.
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.