About Us

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The Mississippi Coastal Cleanup is a partnership between the Mississippi State University Extension Service and The Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force. These organizations collectively form the Coastal Cleanup Program Team, which is responsible for implementing the Coastal Cleanup Program.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service's overall purpose is education that will empower people to make intelligent decisions relating to their vocations, their families, and their environment. Extension’s unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been a partner on the Coastal Cleanup Program since July 2016.

The Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force has been in existence since 1988 and is responsible for organizing and oversight of the annual coastal cleanup event. The Task Force is composed of volunteers and community leaders from many nongovernmental environmental organizations; from many federal, state, county, and city governmental agencies; from several federal and state military service branches; from many coast business organizations; and from several community service organizations.

The Task Force has been a partner of the Coastal Cleanup Program since its formation in 1988.

Program Committee

The Program Committee includes these members:

  • Program Leader
    Eric Sparks
    Solid Waste Enforcement Officer
    Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center; Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
    eric.sparks@msstate.edu
  • Program Coordinator
    Mandy Sartain
    Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center; Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
    amanda.sartain@msstate.edu
  • Hancock County Coordinator
    Christian Stephenson
    Hancock County Extension Office
    c.stephenson@msstate.edu
  • Harrison County Coordinator
    Kelly Griffin
    Harrison County Beautification Commission
    kelly.griffin@co.harrison.ms.us
  • Jackson County Coordinator
    Cyndi Moncreiff, Ph.D.
    Marine Botanist
    Independent Environmental Services Professional
    camocean@aol.com
  • Barrier Islands Coordinator
    Bill Barley
    Gulf Islands National Seashore
    bill_barley@nps.gov
  • Committee Member
    Andy Collins
    Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach
    andy.collins@msstate.edu
  • Committee Member
    Ben Posadas
    Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center; Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
    ben.posadas@msstate.edu
  • Committee Member
    Beth Baker
    Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture
    beth.baker@msstate.edu