Our Staff

Leslie Gahagan

DSC9778-XLLeslie Lassitter Gahagan, a native of Elberta, AL, grew up on the waterways that she cherishes today. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Alabama with a major in marine biology. She began employment with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management as a stormwater inspector. She is currently employed with the City of Foley as the Environmental Manager where she monitors various environmental issues and code compliance. Leslie also manages the development of Foley’s Graham Creek Nature Preserve. She is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. Leslie is active with many organizations including serving as the President of Wolf Bay Watershed Watch, President of the Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and member of the Coastal AL Clean Water Partnership. With the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Leslie serves on the Project Implementation Committee, Executive Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Community Action Committee. Leslie and her husband, Shawn, reside in Miflin with their five children . . . Colin, Drew, Morgan, Emmy and newest addition baby Sadie.

David Eckman

david_eckmanI was born and raised on a small family farm in Elberta, Alabama. Our family grew a little bit of everything, including seasonal produce and various livestock. My family is very active in outdoor recreation; we’ve always enjoyed hunting, fishing, and various sports. Being the youngest of four brothers helped me learn a great deal about a great number of things. I followed in all of my brother’s footsteps and achieved a lot. Some of these accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and an education from Auburn University in Landscape Horticulture.

A wide array of job opportunities in an outdoor setting such as golf course turf maintenance, farming, landscaping, and small business management and ownership have further afforded me the chance to develop a solid work ethic and leadership over the years. When I am not hard at work, I still enjoy passing the time hunting and fishing with friends and family in South Baldwin County. I believe that conservation and preservation is the key to enjoying the beautiful place I’ve called home for many years to come. I look forward to extending this mind set in any way that I can within the City of Foley’s nature parks.


Jackie McGonigal

Jackie TrimbleI grew up in Orange Beach, Alabama where I spent most of my summers building tree forts in the woods of Bear Point and getting sun burnt on the waters of Wolf Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. From an early age, I was encouraged to explore the natural world around me while exercising a healthy respect for all that lived and grew in it. I believe this directly resulted in my pursuit of an education in Natural Science.

I graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, minored in Psychology, obtained an EMT-Basic and Medical Assistant Certification and did a brief (but informative!) stint in the medical field, as well as taught within Baldwin County’s public school system as a substitute teacher. I am thrilled to be back and growing as a “professional” within my original love, Natural Science, with the City of Foley’s Environmental Division.

I’ve had a ton of fun volunteering with Share the Beach’s Alabama Point team as a scout and monitor on Gulf Coast beaches for sea turtle nests, teaching environmental curriculum with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Office, and also monitoring water quality and serving on the Board for Wolf Bay Watershed Watch. I enjoy practicing and instructing at Glow Yoga Studio in Gulf Shores and am actively attempting to convince my co-workers to attend my classes!