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 joined Coastal Carolina Riverwatch Staff in September of 2018. She works to engage the community in efforts to protect our waterways through education, outreach, and advocacy. She presents to children and adults on various water quality topics, coordinates volunteers for litter cleanups and water monitoring, 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.
Shannon Arner- Marketing Specialist
Shannon Arner is the Marketing Specialist for Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, and joined the staff in August 2021. The natural beauty of the Crystal Coast is in part what wooed Shannon to move from the Triangle area to Beaufort, North Carolina and this lifestyle is what resonates with her the most. The southern warmth and generosity of spirit is in line with Shannon’s open and inclusive vibe and her ability to make anyone feel welcomed. The role of Marketing Specialist is a fitting one for Shannon as she connects the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch’s message and advocacy programs with the community, allowing individuals, businesses, and organizations to understand our mission to protect quality of water and quality of life in Coastal North Carolina, but also communicate ways that the community can become more involved.
Shannon believes wholeheartedly in making a difference. Proof of this passion is the significant effect she has on the people, places and endeavors to which she is connected. Shannon finds the ocean healing, which is another reason that she, her husband, Gerry, and their rescue dog, Betty White moved to live by it. In her free time, Shannon may be taking an impromptu trip with her husband and pup. She also volunteers with the NC Special Olympics, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, Carteret County Humane Society, and advocates for animal welfare, social equality, mental health, and of course, clean water for all.