Staff

Cyn Sarthou

Executive Director

cyn@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x202

Cyn is responsible for the day to day operations and staff management at Healthy Gulf. She is primarily responsible for foundation fundraising, and also works to elevate regional issues to a national level, and monitors federal agency action affecting coastal and marine endangered species in Gulf states. Cyn received her B.A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, her law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, and her Masters of Law in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1992.

Dwayne Breashears

Major Gifts Officer

dwayne@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x211

As the Major Gifts Officer, Dwayne works to cultivate business and individual donor relationships. A New Orleans native, Dwayne’s civic-minded roots run deep in the community having worked with the Volunteer and Information Agency (now Vialink), the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and WWOZ (first as Membership Director, then for 18 years as the Program Director). As Program Director, he was in charge of overseeing program scheduling and event coverage, coordinating multiple departments, and working with directors and production staff. He produced live event broadcasts including: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Gulf Aid, and A Great Night in Harlem. As a native New Orleanian, he has an in depth knowledge of the musicians, music and cultural history of the city and the region. He is also a Board Member for CubaNOLA Arts Collective, Upturn Arts and Engulf.

Kendall Dix

Campaign Organizer

kendall@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x205

Kendall works on the Gulf Fish Forever campaign to partner with chefs, fishermen and all who care about fish to advocate for science-based fishery management and the protection of essential fish habitat. Kendall also partners with community organizations and other environmental justice advocates to oppose petrochemical development that threatens the health and well-being of everyone on the Gulf Coast. Kendall has cooked in some of New Orleans' best restaurants and has a B.S. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. He enjoys eating, being outside, and eating outside.

Irene Dowling

Office Manager

irene@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x201

Irene is in charge of Healthy Gulf's bookkeeping and day to day operations. Irene received her B.A. in History and A.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked as a full charge bookkeeper for a CPA, in accounts payable for Hotel Management of New Orleans, and as an IT manger for the law firm of Jones, Walker.

Scott Eustis

Community Science DIrector

scott@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x212

With an extensive background in wetlands and fisheries research from his Master's from the University of New Orleans, Scott supports Healthy Gulf's Science and Water Policy team by analyzing wetlands restoration projects, providing scientific arguments in comments against bad developments and wetlands destruction, and by representing Healthy Gulf in many public forums. Scott has a bachelor's of science in Ecology from UGA's Odum School of Ecology, as well as a degree in English from UGA, and spends a lot of his time flying kites for Public Lab and learning about our natural world with the Louisiana Master Naturalists, GNO.

Raleigh Hoke

Campaign Director

raleigh@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x204

Raleigh works with Healthy Gulf's campaign and organizing staff to develop and implement winning advocacy campaigns that address some of the most pressing issues facing the health of the Gulf’s environment and communities. Before becoming Campaign Director, Raleigh worked for 2 years as Healthy Gulf's Communications Director and 5 years as Mississippi Organizer. He has also helped run several of Healthy Gulf's summer outreach offices. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.

Michael Hurst

Graphic Designer and Administrative Assistant

michael@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x215

As the Administrative Assistant, Michael is responsible for assisting the office manager with bookkeeping, filing of documents, and other office tasks. As the Graphic Designer, he is in charge of designing print materials for upcoming events, creating slides for the website and social pages, and designing the layout for the quarterly newsletter. He received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and started off as GRN's Design Intern in 2012 before being hired on at the beginning of 2013.

Harry Lowenburg

Campaign Organizer

harry@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x208

Harry works with low lying communities in New Orleans to develop strategies for increasing resilience to localized flooding. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and advocates for City implementation of the Greater New Orleans Water Plan, a plan focused on incorporating green infrastructure into New Orleans' approach to localized flooding. Harry began his career as a community organizer in 1977 working for the Seattle Light Brigade. He subsequently served as a chapter organizer for Oregon Fair Share; Executive Director of the Council Bluffs Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and a founding organizer of a congregation-based organization in Louisiana which later became All Congregations Together.

Dustin Renaud

Communications Director

dustin@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x214

Dustin works with program and development staff to ensure cohesive and impactful messaging across Healthy Gulf. Dustin grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and earned his B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his career as the Gulf Coast Program Manager for the National Audubon Society in the aftermath of the BP disaster. At Audubon, Dustin developed and managed three major programs: a citizen science program, a beach nesting bird protection program, and an advocacy and outreach campaign. Dustin has experience working at an advertising and PR agency, and he started his own business, Freesource, to provide resources to creative and tech freelancers. As a Mississippi Master Naturalist, Dustin loves to spend his spare time outside boating, biking and learning more about the natural world.

Matt Rota

Senior Policy Director

matt@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 x206

Matt is the Senior Policy Director for Healthy Gulf. Through his work with Healthy Gulf, he advocates for healthy waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. He also works with Mississippi River Basin organizations to promote policies that will reduce the Dead Zone-causing pollution flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Matt currently focuses on water pollution issues in Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, working to ensure adequate policies regarding the BP oil drilling disaster, wetlands, water quality, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are adopted and implemented in order to protect and restore waters of the Gulf of Mexico region. He is co-Chair of the Nutrients Workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative and has given numerous presentations on water pollution issues including the Dead Zone, sewage pollution, wetlands, and the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, at professional and technical conferences throughout the country. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and his Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.

Christian Wagley

Coastal Organizer, Florida & Alabama

christian@healthygulf.org
850-687-9968

Christian works to protect water quality, create a healthy energy future, and improve coastal resilience in communities along the Florida panhandle and southeast Alabama. His previous work experience includes land use planning, green building, clean energy advocacy, and the connection between community design and water quality.

Andrew Whitehurst

Water Program Director

andrew@healthygulf.org
504-525-1528 ext. 203

Andrew works to develop and implement healthy waters campaigns in Mississippi, advancing Healthy Gulf's public policy positions through administrative comment writing, public education, and mobilization. Andrew has a B.A. in English from L.S.U. in 1982; a Master's Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1990; and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. in 1997. His experience includes work in coastal fisheries research, law, and conservation outreach.

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