Mark was asked to serve as the Alabama Coastal Foundation Executive Director in October, 2011. He was drawn to the ACF because of its vital mission of protecting our coast through cooperation, education, and participation. He has experience in each of those areas through his past work as a leader in Alabama’s state constitution reform movement and as the Director of Community Engagement for the Mobile Area Education Foundation. Mark earned his B.A. in English with a double minor in Political Science and Philosophy at Birmingham Southern College, and received his M.P.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. A 2006 graduate of the Leadership Mobile program and 2007 graduate of Leadership Alabama, Mark has a broad network of local and statewide contacts. Mark enjoys playing tennis and pool, camping and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Sara Johnson, who hails from Pennsylvania, grew up on the east coast and dreamed of a career in marine science. She earned a Bachelor’s in Animal Bioscience from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked in science and conservation ever since--first in veterinary medicine before finding an ocean conservation home at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Sara enjoyed over 11 years helping to run the education programs in Discovery Hall at the Sea Lab, coordinating professional development for teachers, camps for students and outreach around the state. In addition, she was a Share the Beach (STB) Team Leader for Dauphin Island for over a decade. Outside of sea turtle work, Sara spends time with her husband and two children swimming, helping with soccer practices, biking, camping, and of course, visiting the beach.
Joe McEnerney lives in Fairhope, and is a native of Montgomery. Joe became a Board member of the Alabama Coastal Foundation in 2005 and served as ACF's President in 2010-2012. Joe originally volunteered with ACF because of its vital mission of protecting the place he had come to love. Also, as a business person, he embraced the organization's goal of cooperation and education as tools to protect the environment. Joe earned his MS in Environmental Sciences from Auburn University and MBA with an emphasis in finance and operations from Indiana University. Joe and his wife Jane have two daughters. In his free time, Joe is a passionate fan of college football, an avid gardener and a jogger.
Allison Pryor was born in Mobile, and is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Psychology. Her volunteer efforts with multiple organizations helped fundraise and bring awareness to many causes. After graduation, she moved to Georgia, became an H.R. professional, then moved back home to Gulf Shores in 2012. Allison is known in this area as “Socks”, to her Annual National Shrimp Festival family (Singing for Scholarships Chairman). She has worked in Gulf Shores with Design Print Promote for the last four years and holds the title “Empress of Everything”. Her passions are volunteering, networking, and socks.
Lauren Reed grew up in Hoover, and visited the Gulf Coast several times yearly. After high school, Lauren attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in Marine Science. During Lauren’s senior year at UAB, she volunteered for Dr. Thane Wibbel’s Diamondback Terrapin research lab. After graduating, Lauren moved to Orange Beach, where she began her fall internship at ACF. Following the completion of her internship, Lauren has become our new Coastal Relations Coordinator. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, and hanging out with her two cats, Stevie and Binx.
Anna Yancy was born and raised in Alabaster, but spent most of her summers on the Gulf Coast on vacation, attending church camps, or working. After high school, she made her way to the University of South Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Marine Sciences. During college, Anna was heavily involved with Phi Mu Sorority, Dance Marathon, and also helped fundraise for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. After graduation, she became a crew member for the Student Conservation Association before being hired as ACF’s Administrator. Anna enjoys kayaking, hiking, working out, volunteering, and hanging out with her cat Nugget.