Kent Griffin: Chairman
Kent grew up in Florida and developed a strong affinity for paddling, sailing, fishing and generally being on or in the fresh and salt waters across the state – particularly the St. Johns River and its tributaries.
After attending Wake Forest University, Kent started his career in public accounting. He later received an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and worked as an investment banker for JPMorgan and Raymond James in New York, San Francisco and Tampa, FL focused on real estate and corporate finance. Most recently, Kent served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Biomed Realty Trust Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust based in San Diego, CA.
Kent moved to Mt Pleasant with his wife and two children in 2015, partially drawn to the area by the unique water resources of the larger Charleston community. Kent is committed to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide achieved through grassroots advocacy at the local level.
Alyssondra (Alys) Campaigne: Vice Chair
Alys grew up on a farm in Maryland where she early became aware of the importance of protecting clean water when a local landfill polluted nearby wells. She was inspired to seek a career in environmental policy and spent a decade in Washington DC serving as Legislative Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (where she worked alongside NRDC Senior Attorney Robert F Kennedy, Jr., founder of the Waterkeer Alliance). She also served as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House and Senate, handling climate change and other issues before the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Alys is a founding principal of Engage Strategies, a policy and strategic consulting firm based in Mount Pleasant, SC. She leads assessments for prominent foundations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses that guide major federal and state-level investments to achieve policy change in diverse fields such as juvenile justice, marine plastics reduction, prescription drug abuse, education, food safety, asset inequality and state procurement. Alys also helped create and lead the External Affairs department of the Center for American Progress, a nationally influential think tank, managed corporate partnerships at the National Audubon Society, reviewed and recommended environmental grants at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and worked on congressional political campaigns. Alys holds degrees with honors from Wesleyan University and New York University. Locally, she serves on the Board of the Palmetto Scholars Academy and as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children.
Stuart McCluer: Treasurer
Stuart McCluer grew up exploring the waterways of both Virginia and Maine. For high school, he went out west and spent four years at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, which was founded on tenets of an “out of door life and study” and afforded students ample opportunities to access wilderness. During summers, he traveled and volunteered for both Oregon Trout, in Portland, Oregon, and the Center for Wooden Boats, in Seattle, Washington. College and law school were at The University of Virginia and The Washington & Lee School University School of Law, respectively, both of which afforded regular opportunities to return to the Goshen Pass section of the Maury River for fishing, kayaking, and general merriment. Between college and law school he spent two years in Manhattan, which included occasional saltwater fishing junkets via the A train.
After law school and a clerkship with a federal district court judge, Stuart and his wife Lane moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he was in general practice at first, occasionally serving as the City Attorney for Oxford, before starting his own plaintiffs-focused firm in 2007 with partner Bryant McCulley. While in Oxford, he joined the Board of the then-nascent Mississippi Innocence Project, which assists innocent prisoners seeking exoneration and release from prison on the basis of DNA evidence. He also served on the vestry of the local Episcopal church and as the president of the ABA’s local Young Lawyers chapter.
Since 2015, Stuart has lived on Sullivan’s Island with his wife and their three children and continued his practice of representing plaintiffs in multi-district litigation in courts around the country.
Rutledge Baker: Secretary
Douglas Logan’s amphibious life started at an early age with much of it spent on the waterways of Eastern Long Island. He enjoys boatbuilding, surfing and running.
He is a graduate of both SUNY Maritime College (B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography) and NC State (M.S. in Marine Science). Upon completing his B.S. he worked for the salvage company Maritime Explorations, recovering artifacts from the wreck of the pirate ship WHYDAH. Soon after, he joined the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, serving aboard research vessels in many places from Alaska’s Bering Sea to south of the Antarctic Circle. Doug has been a Charleston Harbor pilot since 1997.
He is stakeholder in the ecology of the Charleston area watershed because his James Island home that he shares with his wife and four children is in a community that relies on well water.
Andy was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He graduated from Woodberry Forest and then went on to the University of Montana for his undergraduate studies. Following graduation, he spent one year completely rebuilding a Whitby 42 from the keel up, which he subsequently joined in Panama to sail across the Pacific Ocean via Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, and throughout French Polynesia. After returning to the states, he spent the following 6 years working as a professional Captain (100 ton Masters License) delivering and racing sailboats up and down the entire East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Windward and Leeward Islands, and Western Mediterranean, which included two Atlantic crossings. Back in Charleston, he spent 6 years working for Cushman & Wakefield/Coppedge & Tison in the Commercial Real Estate market, and now serves as the Director of Development for Linden Construction. Through his entire life, Andy has maintained a very close tie to the water and to our local watershed in particular.
Mary Ann Stisher
Mary Ann’s love for the water started early as she spent her childhood on the Bohicket River fishing, crabbing and shrimping with her family. She attended high school at Bishop England before attending the College of Charleston where she majored in Business Communications and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2000.
Mary Ann has been heavily involved in the fitness and Watersports community over the past 10 years and in most recent years Mary Ann and her partners brought Orangetheory Fitness to South Carolina. They recently sold the franchises to and she is ready for her next adventure.
Mary Ann currently lives in downtown Charleston and enjoys anything on the water, traveling and adventures with her two children, Landon (8) and Madalyn (13).
Vijay Vulava, Ph.D.
Dr. Vijay Vulava is an environmental geochemist with the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at the College of Charleston and is also a faculty member within the MES Program.
Dr. Vulava has a broad education in environmental engineering and sciences from three different continents: (i) B.S., Civil Engineering, J.N. Tech. University, Hyderabad, India, (ii) M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and (iii) Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Vulava’s courses focus on the environmental aspects of earth’s surface environments. The primary focus is on environmental geochemistry and pollutant dynamics in the environment. Several of these courses involve hand-on lab and field activities to give students more feel for various applications of the core environmental sciences.
Walker Brock: Past Chair
The major decisions in Walker Brock’s life have been driven by proximity and access to recreational water. Devoting his adolescent years to teaching surf and sea kayaking and a graduate of a NOLS Instructor Course, Brock realized his passion for this natural resource at an early age.
However, it was in 2000, while studying at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland, that Walker’s water journey would truly begin. There, he became immersed in the sport of kiteboarding, a passion that would ultimately lead him back home to Long Island, where he would launch SkyWalk Kiteboarding. And although he no longer spends his workdays on the beach, Walker still oversees the retail business and the school, which teaches hundreds of new students each year.
At the request of a former kiteboarding student, Walker left his laid-back life on the coast to begin a career in real estate development at Hirschfeld Properties, a diversified real estate development and management company headquartered in New York. After six years, Walker left his job in the city as Hirschfeld’s Director of Development and decided to relocate full time to Charleston – to be nearer the water.
Walker is the founding principal of Canongate Capital, a diversified investment and asset management company with real estate and small business holdings in the Lowcountry, a place he and his wife, Olivia, now call home.
Andy Gowder, Esq.: General Counsel
Andy is a shareholder with the Charleston, South Carolina law firm of Pratt-Thomas Walker, P.A. His practice is focused on litigation and counseling in the areas of land use, environmental and real property law, local government, corporate formation and governance for both profit and nonprofit organizations, intellectual property and civil litigation. Mr. Gowder writes and speaks on legal topics relating to land use, urbanism, planning, sustainability and the environment. He is currently Chair of The American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section; as a member of the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar, a Full Member and Chair of the Sustainable Development Council the Urban Land Institute; and the former statewide Chair and Governance Chair of The Urban Land Institute, South Carolina District Council and the Rethinking Southern Cities Regional Council. As an integral part of his practice, Andy serves as general counsel for a number of local and regional nonprofits, as well as counsel for municipalities in SC.
He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1986 from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1983 from Wofford College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the bars of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the United States District Court for South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.