Recent Berry College graduate Ashley Ray joined the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) staff as Outreach Coordinator earlier this month.

A Chattanooga native, Ray previously served as a Crew Member for the Southeast Conservation Corp based out of Chattanooga, where she spent several months building and restoring trail systems along the Hiwassee River to prevent excess rainwater runoff.

As Ray joins the organization, Advocacy and Communication Coordinator and former Executive Director Joe Cook is stepping down from his position. Cook leaves the organization after nearly two decades of involvement, including 10 years serving as Executive Director, to pursue his work with Georgia River Network. Cook organizes the organization’s annual Paddle Georgia event, a week-long canoe and kayak adventure, and is also producing a series of river guidebooks.

Watch as Ashley speaks on her journey to helping Rome’s three rivers!