Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Congaree Riverkeeper is comprised of dedicated individuals who bring their varied perspectives, interests and skills to guide policy development, raise financial resources, and assure proper management of the organization.

Steve de Kozlowski is retired from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources where he worked on a variety of water resource issues and now enjoys paddling and fishing our local rivers.

Robert Key is a Senior Vice President and portfolio manager with CCM Investment Advisors and a fan of the outdoors.

George Durban is Director of Trust for First Citizens Bank and Trust, and lives along the Congaree River.

Mandy Odum is a whitewater kayaking enthusiast, a longtime river advocate, and former owner of a local outfitter business.

Mullen Taylor is an attorney practicing in the area of environmental and natural resource law.

Viola Hendley is a teacher, and a community activist involved in the revitalization and preservation of the Olympia neighborhood, a historic mill village located in downtown Columbia alongside the Congaree River, and an advocate for cleaning and restoring Rocky Branch.  

Chris Kueny is President of the Riverland Park Neighborhood Association in Cayce, and owner/manager of Sub Station II in Cayce.

Debbie Parker, formerly the Legislative Director for the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, currently serves as Director of External Affairs at the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

Ed Eubanks is a partner in the law firm of Austin & Rogers practicing real estate and transactional law, and loves to fly fish.

James Smith is the founding partner of the law firm of James E. Smith, PA, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and a captain in the Army National Guard.

Dr. Mark Salley is a physician at Palmetto Health Baptist who loves to hunt, fish, and swim in the Congaree River basin.  He is devoted to preserving this wonderful natural resource.

Malcolm Leaphart is the founding President of the Saluda River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  He served on the Lower Saluda River Advisory Task Force and as a water quality and fisheries advocate during the federal relicensing of the Lake Murray hydro.

Our Board is working hard to raise funds and develop policy positions for the protection of the Congaree, Lower Saluda, and Lower Broad Rivers.