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.”
Rebecca Drohan- White Oak Waterkeeper
Rebecca Drohan joined Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Staff as Program Coordinator and transitioned into the role of White Oak Waterkeeper. She works to engage the community in efforts to protect the Crystal Coast, White Oak River, and New River in coastal NC.
Rebecca coordinates and executes “boots on the ground” water quality monitoring and outreach projects. She leads local plastic reduction initiatives, as well as advocacy efforts to hold polluters accountable and strengthen citizen stewardship.
Rebecca holds a B.S. in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. Her background consists of outdoor environmental education at Hemlock Bluffs State Nature Preserve and grassroots organizing on pipeline and coal ash issues.
In her free time, she enjoys live music, investigating urban legends, and searching for snakes and salamanders.
Kelly Burke- Administrative Assistant
Kelly has spent the last several decades traveling all over the country as a professional, award-winning photographer. She has enjoyed many international publications such as in Rangefinder Magazine and WSJ. However, her passions had always been nature and protecting the environment, so she decided to pursue a career change and complete her B.S. in Natural Resources at Oregon State University with a concentration in wetland management and restoration.
Kelly has done volunteer work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and recently spent time in Chile, Patagonia researching their forest management systems and re-forestation efforts. She also held an undergraduate research position at Oregon State University focused on the Urban/Suburban Wildland Interface.
In her spare time Kelly loves to hike and make mini documentaries that educate the public about environmental issues. She is CCRW’s administrative assistant and the creator of Wetland Wednesdays.