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March 21-- Ogeechee Riverkeeper is pleased to announce the promotion of Dianna Wedincamp, longtime advocate and community organizer, as the Ogeechee Riverkeeper effective March 28, 2011.

{mosimage}Ms. Wedincamp was a founding board member of Canoochee Riverkeeper in 2001. In 2005, Ms. Wedincamp joined the staff, and her latest position has been as program director for Ogeechee Riverkeeper.  “Dianna’s passion for protecting the rivers, skill in community organizing, knowledge of the issues affecting our rivers and health, and long-standing commitment to the rivers and organization made her a standout among many highly qualified applicants,” said Jim Abbot, Ogeechee Riverkeeper Chairman. 

Dianna is a native of Emanuel County, Georgia. She has a B.S. degree in Recreation with emphasis in Natural and Cultural Resource Management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems from Georgia Southern University.  Dianna and her husband, Dr. Jim Wedincamp, a Biology Professor at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, have two sons and live with their family in Emanuel County.  Their family enjoys fishing, swimming and boating on the Ogeechee and Canoochee Rivers, and Dianna says her favorite activities growing up were swimming and fishing all of the Ogeechee River.

"I am excited to be the new Ogeechee Riverkeeper," said Ms. Wedincamp, "and to continue the great work this organization has done in protecting the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal rivers for future generations."
“I am so confident in Dianna’s skills and passion and commitment to our rivers, communities, and organization,” said Chandra Brown, founding Riverkeeper and Executive Director.  “Her experience and enthusiasm helped us more than double our members to nearly 2,000 people.  She has been single-handedly responsible for recruiting and managing over 500 volunteers a year, as well as organizing our extremely popular paddle trips series.   I know that her leadership will take Ogeechee Riverkeeper to new heights in protecting our rivers and coast from pollution.”