a coalition: a group of people who have joined together for a common purpose
Robin Whitfield | Founder | Director
An artist & naturalist, Robin graduated from Delta State University in 1996 with a BFA in painting and drawing. After establishing her home & business in 1999 just off the square in downtown Grenada, she has spent hundreds of hours hiking, kayaking, birding, meditating, and painting in the Chakchiuma Swamp. She has been on the Mississippi Arts Commission Roster since 2006, an artist-in-residence for ArtPlace Mississippi since 2002 and an Audubon Master Naturalist of Mississippi since 2007. In 2009 Robin established the Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp organization, and committing herself to the work of preserving and protecting Chakchiuma Swamp for all to enjoy.
Jennifer Stuvee | Secretary
Member of Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp since 2014
Sandra McCaulla | Treasurer
An active member of FCS since 2010. A member of the Green Thumb Garden Club since 1992 and have been voted into every office at least once. A member of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. Board of Directors, holding several positions including: former Director of Hills and Delta District, Awards Chairman, Smokey Bear-Woodsy Owl poster Chairman and Publicity Press Book Chairman. A member of The Design Masters Study Club in Greenwood. Third Vice President for the Mississippi Flower Show Judges Council.
Allison Ashmore | Education Committee
An active member of FCS since 2010, and in 2008 became a certified Audubon naturalist. Enjoys gardening and passing on the produce to church members and friends. Raises asparagus, raspberries, and blueberries and selected herbs; grows native plants for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Feeds the wildlife around her home: deer, fox, hummingbirds, all sorts of birds, raccoons, squirrels, etc.
Gale Moore | Education Committee
Gail is a member of the Grenada Garden Club and Cherokee Garden Club. Her interest in monarchs grew from her work in the garden clubs and have become a personal passion. She does educational presentations around the state to make others aware of this species and relationship.
Professionally she is in the healthcare industry focusing on women’s health. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife specialist in Grenada, Mississippi. She graduated in 1976, having over 42 years of diverse experience, especially in Certified Nurse Midwife. Gale also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including State of Mississippi-University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Brian Dismukes | Conservation Committee
A Grenada resident for 22 years, happily married with two children and families of their own. Members of First Baptist Church in Grenada. Graduate of Mississippi State University, B.A. and M.A. in Business Administration. Member of the Gideons International and of the Mississippi Forestry Association. Mississippi Professional Logging Manager Certified through the Mississippi State University Logger Training program. Managing Partner of Vaiden Timber Co. LLC. We are in the business of buying standing timber, cutting down the trees and selling the logs and pulpwood. As a result of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Mississippi’s Forestry Best Management Practices, I believe in practicing good stewardship with the resources that God has given to all of us. That’s why I have been involved in trying to protect and preserve the Chakchiuma Swamp for its best use as a unique natural habitat. Preserving this area is crucial to conservation, and is good long term financial investment for the community.
An active member of FCS since 2016
Dr. Thomas Holden, M.D. | Education Committee
His love of nature started in his boyhood. He was born in Picayune MS in 1938, obtaining Eagle Scout. He studied at Pearl River Community College and Ole Miss, obtaining Doctor of Medicine and Residency at University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He practiced as a OB-GYN in Grenada from 1977 to 2007 then at Wound Center until 2017.
Former president of Jackson Audubon Society, he now cares for his own wild acres where he has established a blue bird trail. Dianne is his wife and they have two daughters and seven grandchildren. He is a Sunday School teacher at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
An active member of FCSNA since 2010
Cliff Johnson | Board Member
Cliff Johnson is the Director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Law and oversees the MacArthur Justice Clinic. Since its inception in 2014, the MacArthur Justice Center has litigated cases addressing the conditions of confinement on Mississippi’s Death Row, illegal bail practices, access to counsel for indigent personsand other civil rights issues.
Prior to joining the MacArthur Justice Center, Johnson practiced law in Mississippi for more than 20 years. After graduating from Columbia Law School and completing a federal clerkship, he worked as an associate at Mississippi’s largest law firm and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for five years during the Clinton administration. He then practiced for 14 years at the Jackson law firm of Pigott & Johnson where he handled a wide variety of complex civil and criminal matters.
Selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer and listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Cliff lives in Water Valley with his wife Leigh. They are the proud parents of 2 children, a bunch of chickens & guinea hens and a few dogs. Ice kayaking is a new speciality for both.
Brad Garrett | Board Member
Brad graduated Grenada High in 2000. From there he went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation, he took up a position as Environmental Educator with the National Audubon Society where he designed educational programs and presented throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. He now works as the Senior Vice President of Ashely Homestore in Grenada.
It takes a village, and we would be nothing without our friends & supporters from the community.
A special thank you to:
M.D. & Marijane Whitfield | Tommy Moss | Ellen Moss | Clay Davis | David Dunn |
Reta Holden | Dr. Hubert Spears | and many, many more