Lisa Rider- Executive Director
Lisa Rider, Executive Director of the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, is a Coastal NC native. Lisa has over 30 years of volunteer experience removing marine debris from coastal waterways and over 15 years of experience in local government, solid waste infrastructure development, and coastal resource management.
In her spare time, Lisa is a certified Dive Master and has been guiding NC divers since 2014. She also volunteers as a diver at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
Since her passion is protecting the coast, it was natural that Lisa initiated the NC Marine Debris Symposium and serves on the Mid-Atlantic NOAA Marine Debris Program Consortium and leads the regional consumer debris prevention and removal planning team.
Lisa has received several awards during her career, including the NC Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award as the Conservation Communicator of the Year, North Carolina Environmental Educator of the Year, and the Carolina Recycling Association Recycler of the Year. She is a current National Recycling Coalition board member and advisor for the Plastic Ocean Project. Lisa was part of the eXXpedition Amazon crew in 2015 and sailed from Recife, Brazil to Bartika, Guyana studying ocean plastic.
Lisa joined the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Crew in 2019 to support the organization’s mission with strategic collaborative planning and groundswell advocacy at the forefront of that vision. Lisa remarks that she is “a proud eastern NC native, but with that pride comes responsibility. The responsibility to protect our coastal community environment for future generations.”
Larry Baldwin- Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance Advocacy Coordinator
Larry Baldwin has a long career in the Waterkeeper Alliance movement starting in 2002 as the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper. Larry has been, and continues to be, heavily involved in the fight against the corporate-controlled Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) which pollute our waters. He has worked with Environmental Justice organizations and the communities they serve to stop the negative impacts that the swine and poultry industry has on the water, air, and families of those who live in the vicinity of these operations.
Larry became the Crystal Coast Waterkeeper in January 2016. He is responsible for the monitoring and advocacy of the area covering Bogue Sound, Back Sound, Core Sound and the rivers, creeks, and coastal waters. Larry works closely and with local communities, businesses, and academic and governmental agencies, to educate them of potential water quality hazards and work toward resolutions.
His educational background includes a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA., and is a graduate of the School of Conservation, Professional Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Program, Atlanta, GA.
Rebecca Drohan-Program Coordinator
Rebecca joined Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Staff in September of 2018. She works to engage the community in efforts to protect our waterways through education and outreach. She presents to schools and aftercare programs on various water quality topics, coordinates volunteers for cleanups and other projects throughout the watersheds, and organizes the Crystal Coast Chapter of Ocean Friendly Establishments. Her background consists of outdoor environmental education at Hemlock Bluffs State Nature Preserve and grassroots organizing on pipeline and coal ash issues.
She holds a B.S. in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Ecology from Appalachian State University. Rebecca is in the process of becoming a certified Environmental Educator and serves as Secretary for Climate Reality Project Eastern NC Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys live music, investigating urban legends, and searching for snakes and salamanders.