Winyah Rivers Alliance Team


Christine Ellis, Executive Director

Christine EllisChristine joined Winyah Rivers as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper in August 2006. In January 2014 she took on the role of River Advocate focusing on education and advocacy in the North Carolina portion of our greater Winyah Bay Watershed. In 2015, Christine’s role was expanded to serve as Deputy Director then in 2018 to Executive Director. Christine has an MS in Environmental Management and a BS in Zoology (Biology).

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Cara Schildtknecht, Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Cara SchildtknechtCara joined Winyah Rivers as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper in May 2017. She leads the organization’s education and advocacy efforts in the Waccamaw watershed in both North and South Carolina. Cara is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University’s Master’s of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies program and earned her BS – Environmental Studies & BA – English at Shepherd University (SU) in Shepherdstown, WV.

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Jefferson Currie II, Lumber Riverkeeper

Jeff joined Winyah Rivers in August 2018 to watch over the Lumber River watershed in North and South Carolina. In November 2018, Jeff officially became the Lumber Riverkeeper. Jeff is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a native North Carolinian. Jeff has a BA in American Indian Studies from UNC-Pembroke with a BA and has completed the coursework for a Master of Arts in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Amanda Dickson, Bookkeeper

Amanda DicksonAmanda joined Winyah Rivers in spring 2019. Her niche is office administration, which has been focused primary in the engineering and architectural field. She has a passion for Scouts, and is a Den Leader and Assistant Cub Master at Pack 891. She looks forward to taking what she is learning at Winyah Rivers and applying it to our local BSA Troops and Packs.



Emma Gerald Boyer, Land Officer

Emma Gerald BoyerEmma joined Winyah Rivers as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper in 2015, leading the organization’s education and advocacy efforts until May 2017 when she stepped down as a result of growing her family. Emma is contracted as Winyah Rivers part-time Land Officer overseeing the Rocky Point Community Forest, property owned by Winyah Rivers in the Choppee Community on the Black River. Emma has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Riverkeeper Intern

Because of our close relationship with Coastal Carolina University and the location of our office at the Coastal Science Center, we welcome college students to intern with us and to assist in implementing our mission. We are happy to help train the next generation of conservation leaders!



President – Rev. Ronald Hartman of Murrells Inlet, SC

Vice President – Clay Swenson of Calabash, NC

Treasurer – Michelle Lewis of Kingstree, SC

Secretary – Debra Buffkin of Nichols, SC

Tom Badgett of Conway, SC

Reggie Daves of Conway, SC

Dee Duffy of Myrtle Beach, SC

Betty Gause of Conway, SC

Becky Goins of Pembroke, NC

Dan Hitchcock of Pawley’s Island, SC

David Shane Lowry of Lumberton, NC

Richard Moore of Pawley’s Island, SC

Martha Smith of Conway, SC

We invite you to join us!  Please complete the linked form, Board Member Responsibilities and Application.

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Winyah Rivers Alliance

P.O. Box 554 | 301 Allied Drive
Conway, SC 29528
843 .349 .4007

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