Board Of Directors

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Aaron Viles, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chair

Aaron Viles is a senior grassroots organizer at Care2, an online community of 29 million members working to make society a better place. He joined the certified B corp after decades in the non-profit environmental advocacy field.

Aaron honed his craft while working for Gulf Restoration Network, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Faithful America, and serving as a volunteer leader for the Sierra Club, Dogwood Alliance and his church. He began his career with Green Corps, the field school school for environmental organizing.

When not in front of a screen or on a conference call, Aaron can be found doting on his daughters or pedaling furiously to keep up with the peloton. 

Henry CaddellHenry Caddell, Mobile, Alabama
Vice-Chair


Hank Caddell is currently an attorney with Thiry & Caddell in Mobile, Alabama. From 1971-1978, he served as the Chief of the Environmental Protection Division of the Alabama Attorney General's office, and was recognized in 1978 as Alabama Air Conservationist of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. From 1979-1985, he worked for Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, providing pro bono legal services to low income clients.

In 1983, he founded Save Our Dunes Inc., and served as chairman until 1986. In 1993, Mr. Caddell founded the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust, an organization that purchases, preserves, and protects Alabama's remaining natural coastal habitats. He continues to serve as a member of their board of trustees.

 

Cynthia RamseurCynthia Ramseur, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Treasurer

Cynthia Ramseur is currently Choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal Church. Before her recent career change, Cynthia was the president and co-founder of Natural Capital Development, an organization that builds broad-based community partnerships in areas such as conservation planning and ecotourism. She also founded South Coast Paddling Company LLC, offering kayak tours across southern Mississippi. Her past experience includes building environmental partnerships, policy review and grass roots organizing, and fundraising with Eco-Logic Restoration Services LLC, and project and fund development with The Natural Conservancy in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Ms. Ramseur received a degree in music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

 

AckieAckie Adams, Dallas, Texas

Ackie Adams is a long time supporter of GRN. She has worked for 15 years leading efforts in Dallas, to educate and organize Aveda salons during Earth Month raising funds to support the work of GRN and other environmental partners.

Through her work, Ackie has helped GRN reach hundreds of Aveda salon staff who spread the word about our efforts to protect the Gulf and its waters.

Although currently a Texas resident, Ackie grew up in coastal Mississippi and she is still very attached to the area. She is a mother of two and serves on their school’s PTA Environmental Committee as the Vice Chair.

 

Martina Cartwright

Martina Cartwright, Houston, Texas

Martina Cartwright is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the managing attorney for Wills, Probate, & Guardianship Clinic. She previously served as Director of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law’s Environmental Law and Justice Center. Ms. Cartwright has over 20 years of experience in clinical pedagogy.

Ms. Cartwright received her Juris Doctorate degree from the American University, Washington College of Law where she pursued a concentration in International and Environmental Law. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in History from the University of Baltimore, Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts. Ms. Cartwright has been admitted to practice in the states of Texas and Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and various federal courts.

Ms. Cartwright is a Clinical Legal Education Association board member, co-chair of the CLEA Conference Committee, Secretary of the AALS Elder Law Committee, and Board Member of the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA.

MartyMartha "Marti" Collins, St. Petersburg, Florida

Martha Collins is the founder of Collins Law Group where she has successfully litigated, lobbied, and negotiated for many of Florida’s largest precedent setting environmental and land use cases and polices.

She has appeared before numerous governmental agencies in Florida and Washington, D.C.; including, the Florida Governor, Cabinet and Legislature, and members of the United States Congress. Her work has been quoted or referenced in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, Politico, National and Florida Public Radio, other newspapers and blogs across the country and world, and in almost every major news media in Florida. 

Martha Collins graduated from Tulane University before she simultaneously earned a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University and a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Martha is admitted in the Florida Bar and the Federal U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. Currently Ms. Collins is past Chair for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar. 

May NguyenMay Nguyen, New Orleans, Louisiana

May Nguyen is from Louisiana.  Nguyen is the Community Outreach Director at Tulane Environmental Law Clinic where she develops and disseminates public education on environmental law and policy advocacy and coordinates and networks with diverse and often under-served environmental, small business, and community based groups to elevate grassroots environmental priorities and address environmental threats.  She also practices law part time at Garcia Law Firm where she handles contracts, succession, and nonprofit administration cases. Previously, Nguyen was a Strategy Consultant for Social Justice to nonprofits, most notably developing and implementing a novel "impact claims" strategy that successfully helped Louisiana’s coastal fishing communities demand recognition and calculate damages for their lost subsistence use due to the BP Oil Spill.  For her contribution, Nguyen received the Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneur Award.

J.D. 2013, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2010, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., 2004, Amherst College
Languages: Vietnamese (fluent), Spanish (proficient)

Colette Pichon-Battle, Atlanta, Georgia

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. recently assumed the role of Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (Atlanta and New York City) with a mission to build a people-centered human rights movement in the US. Colette aims to connect the grassroots human rights movement to the climate movement in the United States through initiatives focused on economic, social and ecological equity.

In her previous role as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Colette worked on issues of global migration, community economic development, climate justice and equitable disaster recovery. She has prioritized working with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. Ms. Pichon Battle was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South, and in 2016 she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity for her work with frontline communities in the US South.
 

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Hal Suter, Corpus Christi, Texas

Hal Suter has spent almost his entire life living on the Gulf Coast. Over the years, he has sold life insurance, conducted market research, been self-employed in in investments and property management, and was "sporadically reimbursed" for a side gig as a sportswriter and political columnist.

Mr. Suter is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and has been very active in the Lone Star Chapter and its Coastal Bend Regional Group, and he is currently the longest-serving Chair of the Executive Committee for the Lone Star Chapter. He was instrumental in bringing the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of organized labor, environmental groups, businesses, and social justice groups, to Texas. The Apollo Alliance has since merged with the Blue Green Alliance where Hal sits on the state board of directors, representing the Sierra Club.As Chairmain of the Beach Access Coalition, Mr. Suter has been active in keeping the beaches on the middle Texas Coast open to the public. He has also been a member and leader of Toastmasters International where he won several speech contests. Mr. Suter holds a bachelor's degree from University of Austin and has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast since 1972.

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