Winyah Rivers Alliance Team


Tina Christensen, Executive Director

Tina joined Winyah Rivers as our Executive Director in October 2020. Tina comes to Winyah Rivers after a long tenure at charitable institutions, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer management, and community development. As an avid kayaker and lakeside resident for many years, she has long advocated for the protection and monitoring of local watersheds and brings this passion to Winyah Rivers Alliance.

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Christine Ellis, Deputy Director

Christine 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. In 2020, Christine returns to her role as Deputy Director, assisting in the future success of Winyah Rivers under the leadership of our new 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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Emma Gerald Boyer, Contract Land Officer

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. She served as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper from 2015-2017 when she stepped down as a result of growing her family. Emma has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Dan Scheffing, Contract Forester

Dan is a registered professional forester, a member of the South Carolina Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters. With extensive experience in forestry and wildland management, Dan serves as our contract forester at Winyah Rivers Alliance’s Rocky Point Community Forest on the Black River.

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 – Vacant (VP is acting President while we transition)

Vice President – Clay Swenson of Calabash, NC

Treasurer – Michelle Lewis of Kingstree, SC

Secretary – David Shane Lowry of Lumberton, NC

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

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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