New WWALS Board Member Kimberly Godden Tanner 2023-07-09

Please welcome Kimberly Godden Tanner, who was one of several new members elected to the WWALS Board at the July Annual Members Meeting.

[Kimberly Godden Tanner]
Kimberly Godden Tanner

Here’s what Kim Tanner wrote about herself, including her experience in water quality testing.

Maybe you, like her, would like to do water quality testing for WWALS. If so, please fill out the application form.

Kimberly Tanner (post 3, 2023-2024)

Elected to the Board at the July 9, 2023, Annual Members Meeting.

Lives in Naylor, Lanier County, Georgia.

Primary Areas of Interest:

I am primarily interested in helping to keep our waterways clean and usable for all. Personally, I am hoping to learn more about water sports that I can enjoy with my family, such as canoeing and kayaking. As we become more skilled, I look forward to joining WWALS on some of their clean-up paddles.

Interest in WWALS:

I have been very interested in the activities hosted by WWALS for some time. I finally signed up for my first full-moon paddle on Banks Lake, just a few miles from my home. I was hooked! Since then, my family, including our international exchange students, has enjoyed every opportunity we can to join WWALS at the monthly paddles.

[Boats and the moon --Kimberly Godden Tanner]
Boats and the moon –Kimberly Godden Tanner, 2022-12-07

Your Background:

I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in Rhode Island; a great place to be if you are interested in coastal zone management. I studied and earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Affairs from URI. In the process, I fell in love with higher education and decided to pursue my career in that field earning a master’s degree in College Student Personnel. I moved to Valdosta in 1996 to work in Administration at Valdosta State and, while there, earned a doctorate in Adult and Career Education. When I left my full-time position at VSU and had more time to get involved with outside activities, I was finally able to dust off some of the lessons learned many years ago in my role as a volunteer water quality tester.

[Lakeland Boat Ramp, Alapaha River @ GA 122 2023-08-03]
Lakeland Boat Ramp, Alapaha River @ GA 122 2023-08-03

For more about the WWALS volunteer water quality testing program, see:

For more about WWALS outings, see:

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!