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StreamSweepers Hires Mary “Maddie” Gordon as Clinch River On Water Manager

bio picMaddie graduated from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Virginia in 2007 where she participated with Team Estonoa helping build the Estonoa Wetlands Learning Center. Maddie attended Maryville College, in Maryville, Tennessee and graduated in 2011 with my B.A. in Business, minor in Psychology, and concentration in Appalachian Studies. She even took fly fishing as an elective at Maryville! In 2014, she completed an MBA at King University.  After that she returned home to St. Paul to assume control of the family business as Administrator of Greystone Manor, an assisted living facility located in Castlewood, Virginia.  In June 2017, she and her mother competed in (and won) a small business challenge hosted by the Town of St. Paul.  They have since opened our new business, Clinch Life Outfitters, in St. Paul.

Her passion for the Clinch River comes from growing up fishing the river with her granddad.  He grew up along the Clinch and his family depended on the river for many things including water and food.  He shared with her his passion of being on the river from the time she was able to walk, and she still remembers the times they had together.  Regarding her new job, Maddie says that having an opportunity to help clean and preserve what her grandfather loved so much is an amazing opportunity.

Thanks to the Dominion Foundation for supporting planning of this project in 2016 and to Russell County and the Town of St. Paul for stepping in as early adopters with funding to get it going. We look forward to training and employing Sweepers from the County’s Community Works Program (CWP) and from the Virginia Department of Corrections Appalachian Detention Center.




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