Congaree Riverkeeper Staff

Your Congaree Riverkeeper - Bill Stangler

Bill first moved to Columbia in 2005 from North Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina. In 2009, he graduated with honors and received his bachelors degree in geography. His studies focused on biogeography, landscape ecology, and river science, and he participated in numerous research projects on area rivers. Before becoming the Riverkeeper, Bill worked for several years as a local river guide. He also currently serves on the boards of Friends of Congaree Swamp and Palmetto Paddlers. In his spare time he is an avid paddler, hiker, and general outdoor enthusiast. 

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Development Coordinator - Brittany Kilpatrick

A lifelong South Carolinian, Brittany moved to Columbia in 2010 for law school at the University of South Carolina. After being admitted to the South Carolina Bar, she practiced with the South Carolina Department of Revenue, litigating primarily tax, administrative, and equity issues. In 2016, desiring to pursue more local advocacy, Brittany founded Bonded, an local online magazine that focuses on women, femmes, trans, and nonbinary individuals. She's a board member and organizer of Hoechella, a music festival by and for people of color, women, LGBTQIA, and nonbinary artists, Every Voice Every Vote, a prison civics and voter education program, and Engenuity SC's Women's Empowerment Board. In her down time, Brittany loves exercising outdoors with her pup, Tucker, and husband, John, hiking, reading, politics, current events, musical theater, local art, live music, and all things related to porch-sitting.

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