Category Our Staff

June 07, 2021

Trae Watson

Trae Watson is an ecological designer, artist, and master’s student at Auburn University studying landscape architecture. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trae was a cofounder of the Red Mountain Makerspace, a volunteer for the Sand Mountain Seed Bank, Moundville

June 07, 2021

Katie Sutton

Katie Sutton joined the Stewardship Team in June 2021. She graduated from Sewanee: the University of the South in 2018 with a degree in Ecology and a minor in Geology. She is from Chattanooga, Tennessee where she grew up with a love for exploring the outdoors, especially the creeks, rivers, and caves near her home. 

June 01, 2021

Faith Saucier

Faith Saucier, Communications Intern, is a master’s student at the University of Alabama studying advertising and public relations. She works on various projects for the society, including social media content, education, public and community relations, and equity, diversity and inclusion. Faith is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and has spent her entire life near the

June 01, 2021

Wil Rainer

Wil Rainer joined the Cahaba River Society in April 2021 as part of the Stewardship Team. He will be working with Education Director, Gordon Black, and Environmental Educator, La’Tanya Scott, on the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program as well as on the Cahaba River plant management program looking for taro among the lilies. He

May 30, 2021

James Dickey

James Dickey is serving as Cahaba River Society Stewardship Intern for Summer 2021. He is a recent graduate of the class of 2021 at The University of the South where he majored in Environment and Sustainability with a minor in Economics. James is from Atlanta, Georgia where he spent much of his time hiking and

January 09, 2018

Katie Robertson Shaddix

Katie Robertson Shaddix, Communications/Office Manager, coordinates the Cahaba River Society’s Web and print communications, handles administrative logistics, assists with financial management, event planning, membership, and maintains the membership database. Katie is an Alabama native who has spent her entire life in and around Alabama waterways, learning to swim in rivers before she could walk around them. She

January 09, 2018

La’Tanya Scott

La’Tanya Scott has served as Cahaba River Society Environmental Educator since April 2014, delivering hands-on environmental education programs to students in the classroom and in the field through the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program. La’Tanya is a skilled outdoor educator and role model who strengthens Cahaba River Society’s outreach and service to urban schools

January 09, 2018

Gordon Black

Gordon Black, Education Director, leads the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Program of river field trips for youth. Gordon has a national reputation as a teacher and respected practitioner of paddle-sports. He teaches and certifies instructors in canoeing, kayaking and swift-water rescue, with 48 years of experience in canoes. He worked for 16 years as an instructor,

April 28, 2017

Casey Laycock

Casey Laycock, Director of Development, joined the Cahaba River Society staff in 2016. She is responsible for growing and developing the organization’s communication and fundraising efforts as well as increasing partnerships and the impact of Cahaba River Society within the community.  Prior to relocating to Birmingham in early August 2016, she led and strengthened the

April 28, 2017

Tricia Sheets

Tricia Sheets, Director of Administration, works on policy, water quality programs, and oversees Cahaba River Society’s financial and personnel management systems. From 1994 to 2000, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee in Washington D.C. as a member of the Public Health/Environmental caucus advising the Clinton Administration on sanitary sewer overflow problems. She also served