ABOUT US

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.

History

  • 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


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


RIVERS ALIVE
Coastal Cleanup Award / 2015

Mission Statement

to preserve and enhance the beauty of Glynn County through community stewardship

Vision Statement

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

Staff

 
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Lea King-Badyna

Executive Director

Lea’s love and enthusiasm for coastal Georgia is contagious. With over 24 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.

Christy Trowbridge

Executive Assistant

Graduating from Ohio University with a BS in Outdoor Education & Recreation, Christy moved south to work for Georgia State Parks. She fell in love with Georgia, from the tobacco farms of Coffee County to the waterfalls of Tallulah Falls, as she moved around the state educating park visitors about a wide variety of resources.

Settling in coastal Georgia 15 years ago, Christy now supports the Executive Director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful to fulfill a desire to make a positive impact in the area she happily calls home.

In addition to her administrative role of balancing the budget, managing the Adopt-A program and assisting with non-profit fundraising, she enjoys working with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful volunteers, educating hundreds of third graders each year on the impact of litter and working to bring partners together for the common good of the Golden Isles.

Board of Directors

 
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Clement Cullens

Lawyer

Williams, Rentz & Moulton, P.C.

CHAIRMAN

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Cody Cocchi, M.ED.

Associate Director of Service-Learning

College of Coastal Georgia

VICE CHAIRMAN

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Dawn Franco

Marine Biologist
Georgia DNR, 
Coastal Resources Division

SECRETARY / TREASURER

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Cheston Broomell

Owner

Broomelli Boys Pizzeria

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Rob Brown, PhD., P.E.

Senior Water Resources Engineer & Brunswick Office Manager

GMC Environmental

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Brian Corry, Esquire

Corry Law, LLC

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Tammy Fluech

Owner

Typebird Creative

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Zack Gowen

Proprietor

Georgia Sea Grill

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Jim Jacobs, CMFC

Financial Professional
Jacobs, Coolidge & Co., LLC

Jesse LeGrand

Jesse LeGrand

Credit Analyst

South Coast Bank & Trust

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Sabrina J. Nixon, EDD

Psychologist

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

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Dale Provenzano

Retired

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Tom Reagan

Owner

Coastal Can Cleaners

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Kelly Ross

Real Estate Assistant

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

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Sadye Souther, DMD

Dentistry by Angela Britt

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Sam Tostensen

SE GA Field Director for

Senator David Perdue

United States Senate

Advisory Board

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Spud Woodward

Retired

Karen Bass

General Manager

Embassy Suites Golden Isles

EX OFFICIO

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Scott McQuade

President & CEO

Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau

EX OFFICIO

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Kevin Runner

General Manager

Westin Jekyll Island

EX OFFICIO

Greer Anderson
Dave Austin
Jim Broadwell

Lisa Gurganus
Duane Harris
Mathew Hill
Dan Hogan

Jeffrey Johns
Teresa Mason

Ron Maulden

Rosemary Maulden
Regina McDuffie
Dale McNabb
Ralph Staffins III
Joel Willis