About Our Team

Myra Crawford

Executive Director

Myra A. Crawford, PhD, MFA, MPH, founded the Cahaba Riverkeeper and has served as Executive Director and Riverkeeper since 2009. She has applied her scientific training to serve the Cahaba and the issues that beset its health.

Dr. Crawford retired as Clinical Research Professor and Director of the Research Division and the Human Energetics Assessment Laboratory in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. For twenty years, she conducted behavioral research in substance abuse and other health risky behaviors. She also spearheaded creation of the Alabama Practice Based Research Network (APBRN), a consortium of primary care physicians conducting clinic-based research in many Alabama counties who collect and study research data on tobacco cessation and obesity reduction protocols.

Dr. Crawford, who has a profound connection with the land in its natural state, has lived on ten acres near the Cahaba River in a passive solar home for more than forty years. She is a mother of two daughters and a son. Her son is an environmental scientist who devotes significant hours to monitoring the waters of the Cahaba River. She was a member of the advisory council of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and a founding member of the board of the Green Resource Center for Alabama.

Dr. Crawford holds degrees from Samford University (BA, English), the University of Alabama (MA, communications), the University of Iowa (MFA, Writers Workshop), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (MPH, health behavior; and PhD, health services administration). She has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist and as a technical writer and editor. She has published more than a hundred scientific and commercial articles, as well as works of fiction. She has traveled extensively in China, Tibet, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Central Europe, and Central and South America.

David Butler


Peggy Gargis


   Peggy Gargis holds a B.A. in mass communication/print journalism from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with minors in French and English. Her professional life in communications began with work as a proofreader for her hometown newspaper. She was a medical proofreader and copy editor at Southern Medical Journal, Alabama Journal of Medical Sciences, & Educational Reviews, and a medical technical writer for Nichols TXEN & Electronic Health Systems. She also worked as a stringer news reporter for Reuters/Thomson Reuters International News (wire service).

Gargis’ community activist/taxpayer watchdog roles have included being a member of the executive committee of Cahaba Group of the Alabama Chapter of Sierra Club that opposed Jefferson County’s failed SuperSewer and sewer expansion and researching and documenting information on various ALDOT projects, specifically the failed elevated Highway 280 project. Her efforts to expose Jefferson County’s sewer scandal garnered her two awards from statewide environmental groups. The Alabama Chapter of Sierra Club awarded her the 2002 Cahaba Pit Bull Award “for latching onto the backside of  the Sewer Barons and refusing to let go.” The  Alabama Environmental Council awarded her their Malcolm Stewart Award, “in recognition of dedicated conservation service in 2002.”

Debra Sharpe

Vice President/Secretary

Robert A. Webb






Robert A. Webb is the Treasurer for Cahaba RiverKeepers, Inc.  He attended University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate and graduate education, and attended the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He also attended the Birmingham School of Law.  Robert has his own CPA and Law Practice on Highland Avenue inBirmingham, AL.


Steve Sexton

Board Member

Steve Bearss

Board Member

Steve worked for 13 years in environmental education, then I was an environmental scientist for the state of Alabama for 24 years.   He brings his rich experience in environmental science to the Cahaba Riverkeeper Board!

Lynda Wilson

Board Member

Lynda Wilson is a Professor Emerita from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.  She has a keen interest in environmental issues and protecting our rivers, and brings to the board skills in research and grant-writing.

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