Board Members


Peter Norris

Peter grew up in Southern California and developed a love of (salt) water early. He has paddled many rivers in California and the Northwest. He has a M.A. in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia. By day Peter is an IT Manager at the College of Education, UGA. Peter spends his spare time volunteering for local events, cycling, hiking, and paddling. He invites you to join UOWN to help protect our most precious resource, water. Contact Peter.



Cassidy Lord

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Phillip Bumpers
Science & Monitoring Chair

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Bruno Giri
Education Chair

Bruno was born in Connecticut and raised in NC and VA. He attended William and Mary for undergraduate studies and completed a B.S. in Biology. He joined the Peace Corps following graduation and served as a fisheries extension volunteer in rural Nepal. He returned to the US and studied at Auburn University, where he completed a M.S. degree in water quality of catfish ponds. Since then, he has mostly worked as an analytical chemist for both the state and federal governments. He enjoys travel, delicious food and drink and being a volunteer for UOWN and other organizations in Athens. If you don’t know, Bruno loves to talk about how important it is to protect our natural resources and how it’s our responsibility to step up and work harder!! Contact Bruno.




Vicki Soutar
Oconee Waters Chair

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Diane Windham
Water Trails Chair



Martinique Edwards
Martinique is a student at the University of Georgia studying Ecology and Environmental Health Science. Her research spans microbial population dynamics, microbial components of water quality, and antibiotic resistance in fresh and marine water systems. As hobbies, Martinique enjoys parkour training, exploring, gardening, and reading/learning. Contact Martinique.




Bryan Nuse
Bryan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Georgia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia. He uses statistical models to study animal populations for purposes of conservation — mainly gopher tortoises and sea turtles at the moment. However, Bryan’s orbit as graduate student centered on riverine and riparian birds. Bryan loves canoeing (see the Georgia River Survey and Fall Line South Field Institute), and believes that a community is better off when its people feel connected to their local streams and rivers. Contact Bryan.