Since 1979, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful has been a leader in helping keep the Golden Isles of Georgia clean, green and beautiful.
A volunteer and community based educational organization, volunteers contribute 14,000+ hours annually in Keep Golden Isles Beautiful efforts, programs and initiatives.
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful is a Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliate.
A public/private partnership, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful depends on monetary, in-kind and volunteer support from individuals, businesses, local governments, civic/community organizations and schools to provide litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, community greening, water resource and educational programming and activities to Brunswick and Glynn County citizens.
A 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful functions under the leadership of a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board and a two-person paid staff.
1979 - Brunswick-Glynn County Clean Community Commission established
1987 - renamed Glynn Clean and Beautiful
1997 - re-organization as Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful
2015 - renamed Keep Golden Isles Beautiful
Recent Awards & Recognition
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful programs and projects have garnered both State and National awards thanks to strong community partnerships and massive volunteer effort.
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL
Top Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in the Nation / 2017, 2019
Top three national Cigarette Litter Prevention Programs / 2014, 2015, 2016
Affiliate Award of Excellence / 2016, 2019
President’s Circle Recognition Award / 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
KEEP GEORGIA BEAUTIFUL FOUNDATION
Affiliate of the Year / 2016, 2018, 2019
Executive Director of the Year / 2016
Affiliate Award, 2nd place / 2014, 2015, 2017
Waste Reduction & Recycling Award / 2018
Innovative Partnership Award / 2018
STATE OF GEORGIA
The Governor’s Circle Award / 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Coastal Cleanup Award / 2015
Coastal Cleanup Award / 2021
to preserve and enhance the beauty of Glynn County through community stewardship
to be recognized as a beautiful, clean and sustainable community
Shared Vision Statement
working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work and visit, by strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life
Lea’s love and enthusiasm for coastal Georgia is contagious. With over 30 years of experience in public/community/media relations, volunteer management and event planning/organization in the Golden Isles, she actively promotes the organization, its programs and volunteers to galvanize community support and participation in helping keep the Golden Isles clean, green and beautiful. Her understanding of the importance of coastal natural resources stems from a decade of work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division and tenure with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant. During her time at GADNR/CRD, Lea organized “CoastFest” – Georgia’s largest outdoor celebration of the state’s coastal, natural, historical and cultural resources which draws over 9,000 visitors annually. An avid recycler, litter picker-upper and community volunteer, Lea understands the power of volunteerism and its crucial role in community betterment.
Originally from the west coast, Heather has been a Georgia resident since 2008 and a Golden Islander since 2014. She earned an AAS from Wiregrass Technical College in Valdosta GA and has been an active volunteer with KGIB since 2016. Passionate about youth education, Heather engages Golden Isles area youth in impactful community betterment projects and efforts and equips them to make positive differences in our coastal community. A wife and mother of three wonderful girls, Heather has volunteered on several PTA boards in Glynn County and has also been a Girl Scouts volunteer and archery instructor since 2015. Heather’s tenure working as a Girl Scouts regional staff member instilled in her the importance of supporting volunteers and working together to make our community the best it can be. Outside of volunteering, Heather enjoys traveling and being outdoors with her family, along with creating recycling art with her daughters.
Board of Directors
Williams, Rentz & Moulton, P.C.
Cody Cocchi, M.ED.
Student Engagement Manager
Partnership for Inclusive Innovation
Georgia DNR, Coastal Resources Division
SECRETARY / TREASURER
Broomelli Boys Pizzeria
Rob Brown, PhD., P.E.
Senior Water Resources Engineer & Brunswick Office Manager
Brian Corry, Esquire
Corry Law, LLC
Georgia Sea Grill
Jim Jacobs, CMFC
Jacobs, Coolidge & Co., LLC
South Coast Bank & Trust
Sabrina J. Nixon, EDD
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Coastal Can Cleaners
Real Estate Assistant
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate
Sadye Souther, DMD
Thomas I. Smith DMD
SE GA Field Director for
Senator David Perdue
United States Senate
Embassy Suites Golden Isles
President & CEO
Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Westin Jekyll Island
Ralph Staffins III