Our Team

Stephen Guesman, president of Friends of the Locust Fork River, aims to engender appreciation and affection for our wondrous river. Read full bio.

Nancy Jackson has monitored the river monthly for 23 years, served on the board for years, and remains devoted to river preservation. Read full bio.

Maria Brindle Maria Brindle loves swimming in the river, and is the Outings Coordinator. She enjoys her household, garden, birds, cats, and dog and is nurtured by the beauty of nature in Blount County. Read full bio.

Joe Still, board member, is a native Blount Countian whose connections with the wider community serve Friends of the Locust Fork River well. Read full bio.

Debra Gordon-Hellman has served on the FLFR board, and chaired the Education Committee, putting many years as an elementary and middle school teacher to good use. Read full bio.


Eleanor Wright is a board member, virtual conservationist, newsletter editor, and world traveler. Read full bio.

Cindy Lowry, board member, played as a kid on the Locust Fork, and now heads the Alabama Rivers Alliance, earning awards for her wide contributions to Alabama. Read full bio.

Ginny Humber organizes Kids’ Day on the River. She returned home to Alabama and loves to garden, play the ukulele, and talk to her chickens in silly voices. Read full bio.

Donna Matthews, is a long term woods explorer, FLFR supporter and member, now focusing on community outreach for FLFR. Read full bio.

Chris Cleveland, board member, loves the river, paddles his kayak often and widely, and married his wife on its banks. Read full bio.

Sam Howell helped found Friends of the Locust Fork River in 1991. He helped to win the “dam fight”, and he continues to work tirelessly for the river. After serving as president for a decade, he continues as a board member. Read full bio.

Leigh Lynn gets inspiration for her art from the river. She developed the FLFR website in 2004, and served as webmaster for 10 years. Read full bio.

Sharon Cook revitalized Kids’ Day on the River, monitors Blackburn Fork for water quality and loves their “Blackburn Lilies”, aka Cahaba Lilies. Read full bio.