Board and Staff

John Walkup III

 John’s roots in the Greenbrier watershed run deep. The family farm has been in the Walkup family for over two hundred years. They put a conservation easement on the farm, which contains over a mile of river front, so it will never be developed. A founder of GRWA, John is still vitally interested in conservation.

Jeff MyersJeff Myers
Board Member

Jeff graduated from WVU where he studied Wildlife Biology and earned a degree in social work. Jeff worked for 22 years with the WV Div of Rehabilitation Services. Jeff holds a masters in rehabilitation counseling from VCU in Richmond, VA. Retired in 2010 and is involved in the construction field. Jeff enjoys family and travel, gardening, birding, hiking, music, and time spent in the woods and around water.

Don SteckDon Steck
Board Member

Don is a retired Natural Resource Manager for USDA FSA with a background in soil science research, mine reclamation and compliance, soil and water conservation and environmental program management. “I hope that my experience can help with the ongoing and future protection and preservation of the unique Greenbrier River Watershed.”

Deni Elliot
Board Member

Deni is our newest board member and recently retired from teaching. 

Leah Bryson PhotoLeah Bryson Crowe
Board Member
Leah grew up swimming in the Greenbrier River where she gained her passion for protecting the environment. She obtained a BS in Environmental Protection and a MS in Soil Science from West Virginia University. After graduating, she worked in Alaska and Nevada assisting Tribes in preserving their natural resources. Feeling the pull of the Appalachians, Leah returned home to help the state’s rivers and streams serving as Program Director for WV Rivers Coalition. When not working, she enjoys the outdoors; hunting, fishing, hiking and biking.

Wilhelmina Kelly
Board Member

Willow became interested in environmental activism  in her first semester of college at Marshall University, and developed her courses of education around that topic. With a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from WVCOGS, after a year in the Master’s program at Va Tech, Willow became an entrepreneur and, later, a horticulturist, and found ways to work for the land that didn’t involve government or industry. Willow currently operates Nutty Knoll Farm, offers horticultural consulting, and co-owns Willow and Ryan’s Unique Boutique in Lewisburg.

Rob Gronan
Vice President

Leslee McCarty
Board Member

Leslee McCarty is a founding member of the GRWA board. She moved to Pocahontas County in 1979 and for 21 years ran a Bed & Breakfast in Beard, WV on the Greenbrier River Trail.  During this time she walked the trail almost every day.  She lives in Lewisburg.

Ed Swepston
Board Member

Ed became interested in the Greenbrier Watershed Association due to a long time love of river activities.  He worked as a whitewater canoe guide for the Greenbrier River campground for over twenty years.   Ed was a founding member of the Greenbrier Grotto, a local branch of the National Speleogical Society, and helped in the writing and passage of the WV Cave Protection law.  He is a 30 year plus member and former officer of the West Virginia Association for Cave Studies and one of the founders of the West Virginia Cave Conservancy.