John Tynan Executive Director John Tynan Prior to joining CVSC, John oversaw the customer service, marketing, and government relations sections of Central Arkansas Water. He has also served as the Deputy Director of Upstate Forever and Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Greenville. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.  He is also a 2010 Enviropreneur Fellow from the Property and Environment Research Center. Email John Find out why John is a Conservation voter


Rebecca Haynes Deputy Director Rebecca HaynesRebecca has over fifteen years of experience working on environmental policy in South Carolina with communities, utilities, and agencies while working at DHEC, American Rivers, and CVSC. A University of Georgia graduate, Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Certificate in Environmental Ethics, and a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. She is also active in the community as Founding Chair and former Board Member of the NoMa Bark Park, Past President of the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization, and a devoted “big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Email Rebecca Find out why Rebecca is a Conservation voter


Meredith McNeely Development Director Meredith Headshot A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Meredith has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations across the state. After graduating from College of Charleston with a degree in Arts Management, Meredith served as the Director of Development at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center in Aiken and the Director of Major and Corporate Giving at Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Meredith loves spending her time hiking and trying out South Carolina’s newest breweries. Email Meredith


Paul Black Mobilization and Data Manager A Pee Dee native, Paul has always treasured the natural beauty and wild places of South Carolina. He comes to Conservation Voters from South Carolina state government where he served in a variety of outreach roles as well as a statewide political campaign. Paul earned a BA in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and uses his knowledge and government experience to help fellow South Carolinians engage the systems in which we all live. In his free time Paul says he’s going to go to the gym but instead works on increasingly unnecessary DIY projects. Email Paul


Rebecca Geigel Finance and Data Manager Rebecca grew up in the wild, wonderful hills of West Virginia. She moved to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She gained her development experience through internships with the Boy Scouts of America, Indian Waters Council and the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network. When she’s not at work, Rebecca is probably planning her next trip, enjoying Columbia’s restaurant scene, or spending quality time with her closest friends. Email Rebecca


Natalie OlsonNatalie Olson Campaigns Director Natalie brings experience in both private sector and non-profit conservation. She earned an environmental science degree from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law. After passing the bar exam, Natalie worked for the SC Coastal Conservation League in Charleston as Land Use Program Director and Staff Attorney, focusing on environmental policy and permitting. Natalie returned to Florida for two years to launch a wetland mitigation banking and resource investment group and now calls Johns Island home, where she enjoys riding horses, hiking, and birdwatching. Email Natalie


Deitra website-Deitra Matthews Government Relations Manager A graduate of Savannah State University, Deitra holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coker College where she double majored in English and Psychology. She strongly believes that any public policy that is filtered through the question of “How are the Children?” will always yield the most durable outcomes. Her love for children and their families directly speaks to her earnest commitment to preserve and to protect the environment. She serves on The Ram Foundation’s Board of Directors, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital’s Board of Directors, the Strategic Committee with the National Hydrocephalus Association, and is a volunteer leader with Save the Children Action Network. Email Deitra


BrookerJohn Brooker Energy Project Manager John’s passion for conservation is rooted in understanding that our health, wealth, and prosperity are deeply tied to the health of our natural ecosystems. Prior to joining the CVSC team, John worked at The Medical University of South Carolina managing sustainability projects and communications. Before that, John worked in medical and environmental research. John has held various leadership positions in community nonprofits in the Lowcountry. John graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. On evenings and weekends, John can often be found fishing in the marsh or deep in the woods foraging for mushrooms while fending off mosquitoes. Email John


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Xavier Boatright Strategic Partnerships Director A native of Manning, South Carolina, Xavier holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a minor in Sociology from Presbyterian College. He also holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. A student athlete, Xavier spent four years as a defensive tackle/end on the Presbyterian football team. In 2013, Xavier had the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time in the National Football League. Xavier is experienced in educating and doing outreach to youth through sports as well, having served as a 1st/3rd/4th grade Special Education teacher’s assistant. Xavier spent 5 years in Asheville, North Carolina as an Environmental Justice Organizer and Researcher for Clean Water for North Carolina (CWFNC). Most recently, Xavier spent nearly two years with The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in South Carolina as an Organizing Representative working to achieve cheaper cleaner energy in the state. Email Xavier