We are committed to assuring a clean environment and healthy economy for citizens of Coastal Georgia.
A safe and healthy place to raise our families.
The Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) formed in 1990 by concerned citizens wanting to know how our community became so polluted, why we continue to have health-threatening pollution, and how we could develop an action plan to correct the problem. Since our organization's inception, the Glynn Environmental Coalition has worked diligently to make Glynn County a safe and healthy place to raise our families.
The need is great as Glynn County is home to 17 identified hazardous waste sites, four Superfund Sites, and four actively polluting industries. We work for you through community organizing, educational presentations, technical assistance, submitting comments, and requesting public hearings. The focus of the GEC has expanded to include governmental oversight and environmental justice.
We empower citizens by providing technical assistance at our four Superfund Sites by administering EPA Technical Assistance Grants, which provide our community with answers and an independent review and analysis of site documents. We also submit comments on clean-up plans and "permit to pollute" requests. Since the inception of the GEC, the focus has been on Glynn County, but we increasingly collaborate with local, state, and national organizations to address the environmental quality of life in all of Coastal Georgia.
The Glynn Environmental Coalition Board of Directors
Pamela Tillman - President
Originally from New Jersey, Pamela was first introduced to the Glynn Environmental Coalition by fellow board member Sam Frazier. She retired in 2013 with 29 years of experience in environmental science and water quality. Pam is most interested in the GEC’s work on community awareness and providing technical information to the public in a way that is easy to understand.
Tony Robinson - Vice President
Tony started attending Glynn Environmental Coalition 1st Friday lunches and over time became a valuable volunteer and wealth of knowledge about rural, water, and agricultural issues. Tony lives in north McIntosh County and helps serve the area, and plan Glynn Environmental Coalition meetings and events.
Sharon Ehle - Treasurer
Sharon Ehle has lived full-time in Brunswick since 2011, but grew up in NJ and lived in St.John, US Virgin Island for 21 years with her husband, Doug. They now own South Port Spinners, a classic auto business, on Route 303. She first became involved with the GEC to stay informed about her concerns with pollution and volunteer. After helping out for many years, she joined the board to become more actively involved with ongoing efforts of the GEC.
Kent Goering - Secretary
Kent Goering is a retired research civil engineer. His professional career was with the U.S. Department of Defense and private industry in Alexandria, VA. He has expertise in structural dynamics and geotechnical engineering and has always been an advocate for environmental issues. He joined the GEC after coming to St. Simons in 2015. He represented the GEC as a judge in regional science fairs and became a member of the Board in 2018.
Sam joined the GEC during community organizing activities around the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site. Until recently, Sam worked at the Georgia Pacific Gypsum Plant, which was closed due to the economic slowdown. He lived in the neighborhood adjacent to the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site until it was bought by the pulp mill and razed. Sam keeps in touch with the former residents, has reluctantly retired to spend time with his children and family, and is active in his church.
Spanline first contacted the Glynn Environmental Coalition in regards to the trash transfer station Liberty Roll-offs and Recycling that was causing nuisance odors and dust in her neighborhood, Magnolia Park. Since then, she has become a member of the Magnolia Park and College Park Neighborhood Planning Assembly steering committee and joined the GEC Board of Directors in 2017. Mrs. Dixon works as a paraprofessional for McIntosh County Academy.
While raising her 2 children in Macon Georgia, Cherise became motivated with being a servant leader in the community and was well-known for her volunteer work. She also began to invest in rehabilitating properties before transforming and balancing her mom duties into a very successful career in real estate and construction. Cherise is currently self-employed and continues her career in real estate. Cherise and her husband, Dialo, Area Manager at Georgia Power have both been active in various community organizations in the Atlanta, Savannah & Macon. They are now very involved in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh Counties.
Dr. Chip Pfister, MD, MBA
Dr. Pfister practiced medicine as a Surgical Pathologist, Clinical Pathologist, and Medical
Laboratory Director for 43 years, mostly in Georgia. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (1979) and was a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Pfister also was the senior partner and managing partner of Tifton Pathological Services, a multimember pathology group serving several hospitals in southwest Georgia for 34 years. He became a full-time resident of St. Simons Island in 2012. Dr. Pfister retired in 2017. His current interests are environmental and climatic preservation, mathematics, physics, and cycling.
Glynn Environmental Coalition Personnel
After obtaining her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island, Rachael was hired by the University of Georgia to work as a Marine Educator at the Jekyll Island 4H Center. Before starting with the Glynn Environmental Coalition, she has worked at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island and the Satilla Riverkeeper, educating and inspiring people to protects some of Georgia's most special places. In 2019, she was nationally recognized for her community organizing work by being awarded the 2019 National Notable Achievement Award for Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement.
Frank Anastasi is an independent environmental consultant who has worked on a wide variety of environmental cleanup projects since 1981. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in North Carolina, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. Frank is supporting the Glynn Environmental Coalition and the Brunswick community as Technical Advisor under US EPA's Superfund Technical Assistance Grant program. He provides technical support to other groups of concerned citizens, as well as to private-sector and government clients.
Katie moved here in August of 2018 and immediately wanted to get involved in the community. After volunteering for a few months, she was excited to join the Glynn Environmental Coalition team. Katie grew up in Atlanta, went to the University of Georgia and moved to St. Simons Island with her 3 daughters after 10 years in Columbus, GA. They are all thoroughly enjoying the lack of traffic and immense beauty of their new hometown.
Safe Seafood Outreach Coordinator
As a longtime resident of Glynn County, Aaron has a deep appreciation for the unique, natural charm of the Georgia Coast. Moving to Jekyll Island in 1990, Aaron has had the chance to see the rise in public awareness around issues including air- and water-quality along with beach development and other interests regarding natural resources. As an avid fisherman and water-sports enthusiast, Aaron has a particular passion around safe seafood and the distribution of necessary information to residents and visitiors alike.
Join Our Team!
The Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) is recruiting for an experienced grant professional to assist in securing and managing medium to large grants. The Grants Specialist will manage the organization’s active grants (writing, reporting, etc.) and seek new grants opportunities from foundations, corporations, and government funders.