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 (Board Chair) 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.

George Durban (Vice Chair) recently retired as Director of Trust for First Citizens Bank and lives along the Congaree River.

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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.

Joe McCulloch is an attorney with his own private practice in Columbia. He loves the outdoors and enjoys surfing and hunting.

Regan Norris works as an environmental scientist for a national consulting engineering firm. He is also an avid whitewater kayaker and fisherman.

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.

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.

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

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