Kirsten Bryant helped establish Gasp and later accepted the role of executive director in 2009. She began
advocating for clean air and clean water issues as a student at the University of Alabama through her work
for the Alabama Environmental Council’s (AEC) Tuscaloosa Chapter. Kirsten also worked for the AEC’s
state office as program coordinator and then as executive director.
In 1995, Kirsten received the Bob and Mary Burks award for her service to the organization. She earned her
undergraduate degree in merchandising with a minor in marketing from the University of Alabama. She
has lived in the greater Birmingham area for 20 years working in the private sector in management and
marketing related positions and as a nonprofit executive. Kirsten has worked on environmental justice
issues in the northern Birmingham area since 2010.
It is Kirsten’s hope that future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are
valued and protected.
Rev. Mark Johnston
Rev. Mark Johnston is a Priest in the Episcopal Church and the retired Executive Director of Camp
McDowell. Some of his accomplishments include starting the West Alabama Food Bank, the ADEM Reform
Coalition, Gasp, the McDowell Environmental Center, the Alabama Folk School, and the McDowell Farm
He has served on numerous boards of directors and has helped those groups with capacity building and
strategic planning. Over the years Mark has received numerous recognition's and awards including the
James Dockery Southern Environmental Leadership Award and a River Hero Award from the Alabama
He and his wife, Maggie, live at the end of a mile-long driveway in Winston County in a house he built. They
have four children, three grandchildren, 5 dogs, and a flock of chickens.
Board, Officers, & Staff
Eva Dillard, a founding member of the Environmental Defense Alliance, has been Staff Attorney at Black
Warrior Riverkeeper since 2010. As Staff Attorney, Eva represents Black Warrior Riverkeeper on legal
matters regarding pollution prevention and environmental enforcement; works with other staff members
on pollution investigations, file reviews, permit research, document procurement, and public comments;
and communicates with polluters and their attorneys to encourage environmental compliance and
pollution prevention upgrades. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and the University of Virginia
School of Law. Her legal practice has been split between litigation and advising clients in both the public
and private sector. She is a former Senior Counsel for Environmental Compliance in the Office of the
General Counsel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D. C.
Eva is a past president of the Homewood City Schools Foundation. She served on the steering committee
for Rethink280, a grassroots citizens’ organization which helped mobilize public opinion against the
construction of an elevated highway through some of the area’s most livable communities. With husband
Mark, she lives in Homewood where he is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.
David A. Ludder
David A. Ludder is attorney for the Environmental Defense Alliance. He is a former (1979-1981) Assistant
Attorney General in the Environmental Division of the Alabama Office of Attorney General, former
(1981-1982) Staff Attorney and Assistant Attorney General with the Alabama Water Improvement
Commission (AWIC), former (1982-1984) Associate General Counsel and Assistant Attorney General with
the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), former (1984-1988) General Counsel
and Assistant Attorney General with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM),
former (1988-1992) Litigation Attorney with the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc., and
former (1993 -2007) General Counsel with the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF).
Since 2007, he has been practicing law with the Law Office of David A. Ludder, PLLC. He is admitted to
practice law in Alabama and Florida, including all state and federal courts therein, as well as the United
States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court. He received his law
degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and his bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources
and Environmental Science from Purdue University.
Michael W. Mullen
Michael Mullen has been involved in environmental issues in Alabama both as an advocate and as a
scientist for almost 40 years. He was involved as a leader in the Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club in the
in the efforts to expand the Sipsey Wilderness in the 1980s and also was involved in efforts to stop
proposed shipboard incineration of hazardous waste. Since then Mullen was involved in formation of the
Environmental Education Association of Alabama, the Alabama Water Watch Association with which he
servedas board president until recently. He founded and is Riverkeeper/Executive Director for
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, is the SE Alabama Director for the Alabama Scenic River trail and is a
founding board member and President of the Environmental Defense Alliance.
From 1985 till 2006 Mr. Mullen was a faculty member and Research Coordinator and later Director of the
Center for Environmental Research and Service at Troy University. During his time at Troy University
Mullen’s work focused mostly on water quality, aquatic ecology and related issues including erosion and
sediment control as he did contract work for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management
(ADEM). As part of this work he obtained and maintains credentials as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control
(CPESC). Since founding of Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Mr. Mullen as Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper has frequently used citizen
complaints and Clean Water Act citizen suit provisions to battle against inadequate permit compliance efforts by ADEM. Over the years
he has made numerous presentations to the Environmental Management Commission both as Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and as a
member of the ADEM Reform Coalition.
Mr. Mullen holds M.S. degrees in chemistry and biology and certificates in environmental science and watershed management and
has completed numerous online courses on sustainability and climate change.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ALLIANCE
"Justice for All"