Board Members

Bill Morgan (President), Brian Graska (Vice President), Dennis Gregg (Treasurer), Brad Fox (Secretary), Wayne Russell, Jean Cheely, Jenna Walls, and Becky Whitney. Thank you to all for your hard work and dedication! We appreciate the new Board members who’ve stepped forward to help us reach our goals! We still have room for more board members if you’d like to join!

Are you interested in our work and have something to contribute? Please consider being a board member! There is usually a two hour or less meeting each month and then volunteering on a committee or helping with an event. You can choose what you’re passionate about and help where you want to! We have done the groundwork for you, we just need your help! Be a board member today! Message on Facebook, call 931-484-9033, or email us at obedwatershed1@gmail.com.

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Brad Fox

Brad Fox is an associate professor of business with Roane State Community College. In addition to being a full-time faculty member, he has been involved with the establishment of the Cumberland Business Incubator and the Jobs4UC Accelerator serving the Upper Cumberland region. He is committed to working on economic development issues and creating opportunities for young people to develop sustainable futures in the region. He is a board member of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, the Youth Achievement Foundation (establishing Junior Achievement in area schools), and the Obed Watershed Community Association. He established the Mind Your Own Business youth entrepreneurship camp, which has been offered for the past four summers in Cumberland County. Brad is committed to helping preserve the natural resources and beauty found in the region. He loves to be outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, beekeeping, farming and tree planting.

William Morgan

Bill Morgan and his wife Joy moved to Cumberland County four years ago following his retirement from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.  Before his retirement he was a professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at that Institution. He was subsequently honored by appointment as a Professor Emeritus at the Health Science Center. In Crossville, he is the current president of the Obed Watershed Community Association. In addition, Bill is member of the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, the city tree board and the Friends of the Library. His avocation is paleontology, and he has recently published a book entitled “Collectors Guide to Crawfordsville Crinoids” and is currently writing a second book to be entitled “Collectors Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids”.




Hugh Thomforde

Hugh Thomforde spent 12 years as a commercial fishpond manager, and 16 years on the graduate faculty of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) as Extension Aquaculture Specialist, providing advice and technical assistance throughout Arkansas and neighboring states on aquatic plant management, water quality management, and aquatic animal health. He has a doctoral degree from Auburn University in water quality management for living aquatic resources. From 1999 to 2004 he was a member of the Aquaculture Effluents Task Force of the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture, a statutory USDA committee operating under the Office of the Science Advisor to the President. From 2009 to 2012 he served on the board of Rose Creek Park Initiative in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, providing leadership on water quality and environmental assessment for a wooded urban stream park. Since he retired from UAPB in 2012 he has worked full-time at Crossville Head Start as Assistant Teacher. During summers he volunteers as consultant to fish producers in poor countries in Africa and Asia under sponsorship of the US Agency for International Development. He is a Quaker, and member of Cookeville Friends Meeting. His father was mayor of Pleasant Hill for 6 years in the 1980s. He and his wife live in Pleasant Hill in the home inherited from his parents. He is committed to stewardship of Wilkerson Creek which flows north, east and south of Pleasant Hill. Wilkerson Creek is in a part of the Caney Fork watershed included under OWCA’s mandate. He is married to Rebecca Kilmer, a psychotherapist in private practice in Pleasant Hill, also employed part-time at Cumberland Mountain Mental Health Center in Crossville. He is an avid beekeeper, potter, jogger, biker and musician.

Mary Lou Matteson
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