Kemp Burdette
RIVERKEEPER® and Executive Director

Kemp Burdette was born and raised in Wilmington and grew up exploring the waterways and swamps of the Lower Cape Fear Basin. Kemp graduated magna cum laude from UNC Wilmington with degrees in geology and history and will complete his masters of public administration in 2012. In 2003, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study maritime history in Newfoundland. Kemp also spent four years in the US Navy as a search and rescue swimmer and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. He lives in Wilmington with his wife Jenn and two daughters. In his free time Kemp still loves to explore the waterways and swamps of the Lower Cape Fear Basin with his friends and family.

Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez
Education Specialist

Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez is a wildlife biologist originally from Arkansas. She spent four years in the Florida Keys working for the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. While in the Keys, she conducted the U.S. Breeding Bird Survey as well as research on sea urchins, damselfish, the Mangrove Cuckoo, and seagrass scars. After gaining experience in aquatic preserve management, she worked in the Netherlands Antilles, managing three nature parks – a national park, a botanical garden, and a marine park. She brings with her to River Watch a love for the environment and passion for educating children.

Jen Cole
Communications Coordinator

Jen Cole is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She moved to Wilmington in 2003 to attend UNCW where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental science. She was passionate and enthusiastic about environmental conservation from an early age, growing up hiking, fishing, swimming, biking, rafting, and camping the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains. Here in the Cape Fear region, she has worked with many local organizations on conservation, social networking, animal rescue, and environmental education.