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 and 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 and Find out why Rebecca is a Conservation voter

Meredith McNeely Director of Development & Operations 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


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

Xavier 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

Jalen Brooks-Knepfle Energy Project Manager Jalen graduated from the College of Charleston with an English major and environmental studies minor. She then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, which sparked her interest in energy law and policy. During law school, she worked with local organizations like South Carolina Environmental Law Project and the Coastal Conservation League, and pursued research opportunities in energy law. She now lives in Charleston, where she enjoys exploring local parks and volunteering with the Charleston Animal Society. Email Jalen

Zach BZach Bjur Land, Water, and Ocean Project Manager Zach grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry and his passion for conservation was born in South Carolina’s salt marshes and maritime forests. He graduated from the College of Charleston with degrees in Biology and Political Science. He has worked for Organizing for America and the SC Department of Natural Resources. Zach’s latest project, Apparent Winds, was a global sailing journey documenting responses to climate change around the world. He is now back in Charleston with a new found appreciation for our state’s wealth of natural beauty. Email Zach