Since 1990

We are committed to assuring a clean environment and healthy economy for citizens of Coastal Georgia.

Our Mission

A safe and healthy place to raise our families.

Our Vision

Our History

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 Frazier

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 Dixon

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.

Cherise Cartwright

Cherise Cartwright traded in her flip-flops for boots after moving from Wellington, FL to Atlanta, GA in the Fall of 2005. Since then she has called Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, and now Saint Simons Island, GA her home.  Cherise founded Oglethorpe Construction Group after deciding that in addition to a Realtor she also wanted to be a Developer. She’s worked diligently in a male-dominated industry to break traditional stereotypes while learning from the best in the business. When she’s not working in her field, she is very actively involved in her community and serves on professional boards that promote diversity, equity, and Inclusion, also Non-Profit Boards that deal with the environment, housing, and student success. 

Dr. Chip Pfister, MD, MBA
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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

Rachael Thompson
Executive Director

After obtaining her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island, Rachael traveled to Georgia to serve as a Marine Science Instructor for the University of Georgia on both Jekyll and Tybee Islands. The next 5 years she spent educating and inspiring people to protect Georgia's most special places: working as a Naturalist at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island and as the Watershed Outreach and Development Assistance with the Satilla Riverkeeper. Rachael started her tenure with the Glynn Environmental Coalition to facilitate the first leadership transition the organization had seen since it’s inception in 1990. In 2019, she was promoted to Executive Director and has since nationally recognized for her community organizing work by being awarded the 2019 National Notable Achievement Award for Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement.

Frank Anastasi
Technical Advisor

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 Edwards
Administrative Coordinator
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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.

Aaron Bell
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. 

Are you interested in joining our team?

We have no opportunities at this time. 

Our team is consistently evolving, please check back for more updates. We also invite you to check out our volunteer page to get involved today!