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STELLWAGEN BANK SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

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NON-GOVERNMENT SEATS

Research Primary Member

Tracey Dalton

Tracey Dalton

Tracey Dalton is a professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. Her research covers a variety of topics, all involving human interactions with marine and coastal environments. She has conducted studies on how people think about and use coastal and marine environments, the social and economic impacts of using space in different ways, and participatory processes for planning and managing human interactions with marine environments. She frequently collaborates with researchers in other disciplines, like marine ecologists and economists, to carry out interdisciplinary projects. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, RI Sea Grant, Northeast Regional Sea Grant, and other funding agencies and findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ocean and Coastal Management, Coastal Management, Marine Policy, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, Marine Pollution Bulletin and other peer-reviewed journals. At URI, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on human use and management of the marine environment, management of marine protected areas, and coastal zone management, and advises undergraduate and graduate students on research projects. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Boston College and a PhD in Environmental Science with a policy specialization from the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Research Alternate


Les Kaufman

Research Primary Member


Mason Weinrich

Mason Weinrich

Mason Weinrich is the founder, executive director of The Whale Center of New England based in Gloucester, MA, and is also adjunct faculty at Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. During his tenure at WCNE, Mason has provided the community with a powerful educational presence, in addition to achieving seminal international research publications and presentations on humpbacks and right whale populations for over 34 years. He also trained over 200 naturalists and interns, and served as an active marine mammal strandings organizer for Gloucester waters and Jeffreys Ledge and land based strandings from Nahant MA through Seabrook NH. He has been a vital supporter of ocean based conservation in Massachusetts serving on various government committees and working with the fishing industries and NOAA.


Research Alternate

Joseph Levine

Joseph Levine

Dr. Joseph Levine is a science educator, author, and producer, with decades of interest in marine organisms and ecosystems. He earned a B.S. from Tufts, a Masters from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Ph.D. working between Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Laboratory of Sensory Physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He taught introductory biology, ecology, marine biology, neurobiology, and coral reef biology at Boston College, and led a field course in coral reef biology in Belize. He teaches Inquiry in Rain Forests, a graduate professional development course for biology teachers, through the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Following a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH, he produced science features for NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, served as scientific advisor to NOVA for programs including Judgment Day, and helped launch the original Discover Magazine for the Discovery Channel. He served as Science Editor for the OMNI-MAX films Cocos: Island of Sharks and Coral Reef Adventure, and for two PBS series, including The Secret of Life, and Evolution. He has also designed exhibit programs for state aquarium projects in Texas, New Jersey, and Florida. He co-authors (with Kenneth Miller) Biology (Pearson Education) the most widely-used high school biology program in the U.S. - and the first to include substantive coverage of evolution, climate change, and marine ecosystems.


Conservation Primary Member

Howard Rosenbaum

Howard Rosenbaum

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum directs the Wildlife Conservation Society's Ocean Giants Program, which aims to secure the future of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. For more than 25 years, Dr. Rosenbaum's work has focused on innovative conservation science for protecting endangered whales and dolphins, and his efforts address current and emerging threats to these iconic marine species and their important biologically important habitats. Dr. Rosenbaum got his start in whale conservation in New England, and has since published papers on conservation genetics of North Atlantic right whale whales and North Atlantic humpback whales. Dr. Rosenbaum is also a Senior Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, an adjunct faculty member at New York University and Columbia University, and a member of the United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission, the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, and has been an Associate Editor for the journal Marine Mammal Science.


Conservation Alternate

Wayne Petersen

Wayne Petersen

Wayne R. Petersen is Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. As co-author of Birds of Massachusetts (1993) and co-editor of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas (2003), his knowledge of the habitats, distribution, and status of the Commonwealth's bird life is both extensive and wide-ranging. A New England Regional Editor for North American Birds magazine and editor of the New England Christmas Bird Count, Wayne's knowledge of the seasonal distribution of New England bird life give him a wide perspective when thinking about Important Bird Areas in Massachusetts and beyond. Among his other writing projects are authorship of the National Audubon Society's Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), and Birds of New England (with Roger Burrows), and contributing to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, and Arctic Wings. Wayne leads international birding tours for Mass Audubon and Field Guides, Inc. and serves on the advisory committee of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Council, and is a board member of the Wildlands Trust. In 2005 Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology.


Conservation Primary Member

Priscilla Brooks

Priscilla Brooks

Priscilla Brooks is Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). Priscilla received her B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in marine resource economics from the University of Rhode Island. The mission of CLF's Ocean Conservation Program is to protect and restore the health of New England's ocean environment and build a sustainable future for the region's coastal communities. Priscilla's work focuses on the three primary goals of CLF's Ocean Conservation Program: (1) rebuilding depleted fish populations; (2) restoring and protecting marine biodiversity and ocean habitat through the implementation of a system of Marine Protected Areas; and (3) development of comprehensive coastal and marine spatial plans for ecosystem-based management of New England's ocean waters. CLF is a member-supported non-profit environmental advocacy organization that uses the law, science and the market to preserve natural resources, build healthy communities and sustain a thriving economy. CLF protects New England's environment for the benefit of all people.


Conservation Alternate

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire is the Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. He shapes marine priorities at the state level while harnessing the Conservancy's global experience and scientific expertise to develop innovative conservation solutions. Chris is focused on conserving Massachusetts' critical marine and coastal systems by: developing market incentives to encourage more sustainable fishing through partnerships with commercial fishermen; advancing conservation positive ocean planning efforts; and using natural solutions to reduce the risks of climate change. Before joining the Conservancy he worked as Captain aboard oceanographic sailing research vessels at Sea Education Association for more than a decade, where he taught accredited college courses and directed six week educational programs at sea. Chris graduated from Connecticut College, holds a 1600 ton USCG Ocean Master's license, and earned a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island. When not pursuing marine conservation initiatives Chris can often be found working on home improvement projects on Cape Cod with his kids.


Education Primary Member

Susan Farady

Susan Farady

Susan Farady is an Assistant Professor of Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches courses in interdisciplinary marine law and policy, oversees curriculum offerings, and researches ocean governance and marine spatial planning issues.
Previously, she was the Director of the Marine Affairs Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, and adjunct faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. In that capacity, she was responsible for the education, outreach and research programs of the Institute, including the joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs, activities with Rhode Island Sea Grant, and marine affairs curriculum and outreach activities at the School of Law.
Ms. Farady has published and presented on marine protected areas, the National Marine Sanctuary Act and marine governance reform, regularly presents on marine policy and law topics, and is co-author of a textbook, Marine and Coastal Law (2d ed. 2010).
Prior to joining Roger Williams, she opened and directed the New England office of The Ocean Conservancy, where she worked on marine ecosystem conservation initiatives and ocean governance reform. Her other experience includes five years as a practicing attorney, positions in marine biology research, and four years as professional crew aboard sail training vessels and yachts. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology from the University of Colorado, participated in the SEA (Sea Education Association) program, received her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and serves as an advisor to several government, non-profit, and academic bodies engaged in marine and environmental issues.


Education Alternate

Robert Rocha

Robert Rocha

Robert Rocha is the Science Director at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where he has worked since 2004. His major responsibilities at the Museum include all content for science exhibits, creating and presenting science programming for school groups, professional development for teachers and management of the High School Apprenticeship Program. In addition, he coordinates the Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon, a 25-hour non-stop reading of Melville's classic novel. He is Executive Director of Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME), serves on the Board of National Marine Educators Association, Advisory Panel for the Ocean First project at Tabor Academy, is Chair of the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium and is Chair of the Acushnet Conservation Commission. Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1987 and his Master of Science in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England in 1993. He has written several articles for the Whaling Museum's Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill, for MME's Flotsam and Jetsam newsletter and the Whaling Museum's blog. When not at work or involved in his many projects, he plays bass for the classic rock and blues cover band Green Season.


Education Primary Member

Richard Delaney

Rich Delaney (Vice Chair)

Richard F. Delaney is the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA.  Previously, Mr. Delaney was the founding Director of the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston; served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts for Governor Dukakis; was the National Chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington DC representing the views of the 35 coastal states, Great Lake states and US territories and their Governors on legislative and budgetary matters before Congress.
Mr. Delaney has provided consultations to governments in over 20 countries, regarding coastal and ocean management, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and public education outreach campaigns and was actively involved with  preparations for the  Earth Summit Rio +20  held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 focusing on sustainable develop and conservation of global oceans and coasts.
He also serves as Chair of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council; Chair for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission and Chair of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Wastewater Task Force.
He has BS in Political Science from Harvard, has completed graduate studies in environmental planning and landscape architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and completed a Certificate Program for Senior Executives at JKF School of Government.


Education Alternate

Alyssa Catalano

Alyssa Catalano

Alyssa is currently enrolled in Lesley University's Collaborative Internship Program where she will receive a Masters in Elementary Education. She is a former teacher-naturalist at the N.E.E.D. Academy in Truro, MA. She first started teaching as an undergraduate teacher's assistant for the University of Vermont's introductory environmental studies classes. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and European History, Alyssa was an education intern on a whale watch boat based out of Gloucester. Aboard the boat, she was able to share her enthusiasm for marine education and teach passengers about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the role that it plays on the ecology and local food web. After volunteering in an elementary school and helping to organize a bike-to-school day, Alyssa began teaching at the N.E.E.D Academy. The N.E.E.D Academy is a residential education program that teaches fifth grade students from the Falmouth, Dennis-Yarmouth, and Monomoy school districts. She leads field classes of local students about Cape Cod ecology, biology, geology, and natural history. When not teaching out at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Alyssa works at a local bicycle shop, encouraging people to save the planet and ride a bike. She is also working to develop curriculum for A Caribbean Child's Sanctuary for Stellwagen's Sister Sanctuary in the Wider Caribbean Region.


Marine Transportation Primary Member


Francis Morton

Marine Transportation Alternate


Bob McCabe

Recreational Fishing Primary Member

Michael Pierdinock

Michael Pierdinock

Captain Mike Pierdinock has been an avid angler all of his life and has fished the Atlantic and Pacific waters from New England to Central America.  He is an experienced recreational angler and Charter Boat Captain on the vessel “Perseverance” and has fished the Cape Cod Bay, Stellwagen Bank area and waters south of the Cape as detailed at www.cpfcharters.com.  The “Perseverance” targets bottom fish such as cod, haddock and pollack as well as striped bass, tuna, sharks and other large pelagic species found south of the Cape.  Captain Mike Pierdinock has made presentations at fishing seminars and shows throughout New England concerning shark physiology and behavior as well as the catch tag and release of sharks that has included footage of the 16 ft Great White Shark that the “Perseverance” team tagged in 2010. This rare encounter with the Great White Shark has resulted in ongoing television, radio and newspaper interviews and appearances. Mr. Pierdinock has authored articles in the On The Water magazine and other technical publications. He is on the Pro Staff for Okuma, Mustad Hooks, Savage Gear and can be found in the winter participating in the fishing shows throughout New England.  Mr. Pierdinock has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Stockton State College and Master’s Degree from TUFTS University in Civil Engineering.  He has taken online graduate level courses in Marine Biology from NOVA Southeastern University and has numerous license and certifications associated with environmental issues. He is presently on the New England Fishery Management Council, Enforcement Advisory Panel; Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Board of Directors; and Congressman Keating’s South Shore Fishery Task Force, Charter/Recreational Seat.  He is a member of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. Mr. Pierdinock actively participates in fishery management issues that impact charter boat/headboat captains and recreational anglers.  Mr. Pierdinock is a lifelong Sportsman dedicated to sound and ethical fishing practices in order to maintain sustainable levels of fish based upon sound science, now and for future generations!


Recreational Fishing Alternate

Tim Brady

Tim Brady

Captain Tim Brady, Jr., holds the world's largest tonnage Captain's license from the International Maritime Organization as well as the U.S. Coast Guard's highest tonnage license. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Mass. Maritime Academy (MMA) and a Master's Degree from Cambridge College. Captain Brady is a professor at MMA and teaches all of the tanker operations courses. He has been working on party boats out of Plymouth MA since the age of 10. Earning his initial captain's license at age 19, he has sailed throughout the world in the merchant marine and is a merchant marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Captain Brady owns and operates Capt. Tim Brady and Sons Deep Sea Fishing out of Plymouth and has been fishing and whale watching on Stellwagen Bank since 1973.


Whale Watching Primary Member

Laura Howes

Laura Howes

Laura has been involved in many aspects of the whale watch community in the Gulf of Maine as a researcher, naturalist, and crew member. She is currently the Director of Marine Education and Conservation at Boston Harbor Cruises. Her work entails working as an educator aboard whale watches, training other naturalists in conservation messaging, and managing their research and data collection programs. Laura received her B.A. in Human Ecology in 2009 at College of the Atlantic, where she concentrated in Marine Science and Conservation. As a human ecologist, one of the things she cares most about is protecting our environment, while at the same time not forgetting that humans are a part of that environment. As an undergrad Laura worked with Allied Whale, studying the humpback and fin whale populations in the Gulf of Maine and developing a senior thesis comparing humpback entanglement rates in fishing gear. Laura got her start whale watching in Bar Harbor, where she worked as a marine mammal research assistant. After working a few seasons up north, she moved to Massachusetts in 2011 to work for the Whale Center of New England managing their research database and also began working with Boston Harbor Cruises. Since then she has spent the majority of her field season out in the Sanctuary, where in her free time she also volunteers with the SBNMS as a marine mammal observer on various trips such as the humpback DTagging project.


Whale Watch Alternate


Steve Milliken


Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing Primary Member

William Adler

William Alder

Bill Adler has actively owned and operated a lobster business and continues to fish on his vessel the F/V Valhalla. He is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association and is now the Executive Consultant to the MLA. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (state regulatory body), formerly as its Chair as well as Vice-Chair. Mr. Adler is a Governor's Appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Mr. Adler received a B.A. in English from Stonehill College. He received his M.A. in English from Northeastern University Graduate School. He taught school from 1967-1974. Mr. Adler remains active in many fisheries organizations including the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council. He serves as current Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Lobster Institute of the University of Maine. He is a member of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation-Board of Directors. Mr. Adler is also currently a member of the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership.


Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing Alternate


William Bartlett

Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing Primary Member

Vito Giacalone

Vito Giacalone

Vito Giacalone, a third generation U.S. commercial fisherman based in Gloucester, Massachusetts has over 30 years’ experience in the fishing industry.  He is the Director of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund commonly known as the Gloucester permit bank, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized to preserve and promote awareness of Gloucester’s fisheries, heritage, and the fabric of the Gloucester community while aiding local fishermen based out of the port of Gloucester.  Giacalone is a founding board member of the Northeast Seafood Coalition and has filled the volunteer roles of "Policy Director" as Chair of Government Affairs since the organization’s inception.  Giacalone has been instrumental in drafting NSC policy solutions to complex fishery problems.


Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing Alternate

Frank Mirarchi

Frank Mirarchi

Frank Mirarchi found his love for the sea early in life fishing with his dad from the rocky shore of the Glades and, later, from his family's pleasure boat. After graduating from Boston College in 1965 he found work as a deck hand aboard the "Frances Elizabeth" a Scituate based dragger. Beginning in 1967, Frank owned and operated a succession of draggers, fishing primarily in the Gulf of Maine. In later years, he fished in partnership with his son, Andrew. As diminishing catches and increasingly restrictive regulation made exclusive dependence on fishing difficult during the late 1980's, Frank diversified into fisheries research both as in income supplement and as a means of resolving some of the problems afflicting the industry. Beginning as simple conservation engineering projects, this work evolved into more complex areas such as environmental monitoring, characterization of gear impacts on habitat and electronic monitoring of fishing operations. While no longer at sea, Frank remains active in fishery policy issues. He is a member of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, a director of the Northeast Sector Service Network and treasurer of Northeast Fishery Sector Twelve. He also serves on boards for organizations including the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership, the South Shore Seafood Exchange and the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute. More recently, Frank was appointed to serve on the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel and the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Commission.


Business Industry Primary Member

Charlie Rasak

Charlie Rasak

Co-owner/Executive Producer, Charlie Rasak, is a Brand Market Strategist and Producer/Director with over twenty five years in the industry. His experience encompasses a wide range of market segments, including broadcast, education, corporate, government, and many more. Charlie works directly with clients, creating and integrating media strategies for customized solutions in all areas of communications. Simply put, Charlie connects the dots - clients to ideas, ideas to resources, resources to production, and production to product. He is CRG's own super glue, able to integrate and bind each piece to work as a whole for our clients. Aside from his marketing expertise, Charlie is a seasoned veteran of film and commercial video production. Prior to Creative Resources Group, he held producer/writer staff positions with General Motors, McCann SFS, Competitive Edge, and TCAA. He has produced commercials for all the major automotive brands and several fortune 500 companies. Over the years, Charlie had the privilege of directing stars such as Jody Foster, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Danny Glover, Mike Cherry, the cast of Desperate Housewives, and many sports celebrities. Additionally, Charlie's credits include special projects for ABC, NBC, CNN, the United Way, Special Olympics Boston Chapter, the Christian Children's Fund, the National Highway Safety Council, Junior Achievement of Northern New England Inc. Though he is a Michigan native, Charlie and his wife Dawn fell in love with New England over twenty six years ago. Here, they built their business, Creative Resources Group, and their family, with two sons, Caleb and Casey and their dog, Ringo. The Rasak family shares a love of new technology, digital media production, movies and baseball! You'll find them on the field all summer long, rooting for their son Casey at youth games, and of course, for the Boston Red Sox at America's Favorite Baseball Stadium, Fenway Park.


Business Industry Alternate


To be recruited

Maritime Heritage Primary Member

John Galluzzo

John Galluzzo (Secretary)

John Galluzzo is the Development Writer for the South Shore YMCA, and the former Director of Education and Camping for the YMCA's South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, Massachusetts. He is also the awards committee chairman for the Foundation for Coast Guard History, a member of the Executive Board of Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance in Plymouth, Massachusetts. John earned his B.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has since authored more than forty books on the history and nature of the northeastern United States, including coauthoring Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank: Disaster in New England's National Marine Sanctuary with maritime archaeologists Matthew Lawrence and Deborah Marx. Working for Mass Audubon between 2004 and 2013, John led adult education and citizen science efforts at that organization's South Shore Sanctuaries in Marshfield, utilizing those skills to become one of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's first Seabird Stewards. While at Mass Audubon, he helped write the first-ever State of the Birds report for Massachusetts, and coauthored 2013's Breeding Bird Atlas 2. John holds regular columns in South Shore Living magazine, the Scituate Mariner and Hull Times weekly newspapers, is the lead writer for the Captain's Guide cruising guides to the northeast and the Caribbean, and edited Wreck & Rescue Journal for the United States Life-Saving Service for 14 years, during which time he also served as that organization's executive director. He contributes to numerous local and regional publications, and holds a weekly radio spot from April to October on 95.9 WATD FM in which he describes his favorite "South Shore Walk of the Week."


Maritime Heritage Alternate

Martin Klein

Martin Klein

Martin Klein, known as "The Father of Side Scan Sonar", is the Founder and former President of Klein Associates, Inc. (now L-3/Klein) of Salem, New Hampshire. An MIT graduate, he was Program Manager for Sonar Systems at E.G.&G. International where he developed the first commercially successful side scan sonar systems. Klein's sonars have been used around the world to help find many famous shipwrecks including the Titanic, the Atocha, the Lusitania, the Edinburgh, the DeBraak, the Breadalbane, the Hamilton and Scourge, the Lake George Radeau (oldest warship in the U.S.), Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and countless others. He is a Life Member of the IEEE. He was chosen as the New Hampshire Small Business Person of the Year in 1983. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Marine Technology Society and is the former Director of Budget and Finance for the Marine Technology Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the development of underwater imaging systems that have contributed to ocean exploration and the recovery of high value objects." He is on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sea Grant Program and is on the Collections Committee of the MIT Museum. He serves as a judge and mentor for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition and a judge at the Massachusetts State Science Fair. He has many publications and patents and has received many other awards and recognition for his pioneering work in sonar and ocean exploration.


Diving Primary Member

Heather Knowles

Heather Knowles (Chair)

Heather Knowles is a co-founder of Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. and co-captain of the dive vessel, GAUNTLET, based out of the North Shore of Massachusetts. Heather is a technical diving instructor through NAUI and TDI, with qualifications in mixed gas, closed-circuit rebreather diving. In addition to exploring and making shipwreck discoveries in the Gulf of Maine region, Heather has had the privilege of exploring some of the world’s notable shipwrecks, such as the Andrea Doria, Empress of Ireland, SS Republic, and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. Heather is a member of the Explorers Club and has presented on shipwreck research and exploration. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College.


Diving Alternate

Marissa Marcoux

Marissa Marcoux

Marissa is co-owner of Cape Ann Charters and captain of the Daybreaker, a dive charter boat based in Gloucester, MA. She is also a dive instructor, and manages the scuba program at MIT, allowing her to share her enthusiasm of our local underwater world with both new and experienced divers. Aboard the Daybreaker, Marissa has been bringing divers to Stellwagen Bank for several years, visiting different sites and wrecks within the Bank’s borders. Marissa is also a mixed gas technical rebreather diver, and loves to explore wrecks and caves alike. Marissa has dived include; Andrea Doria, San Francisco Maru, USS Monitor, Empress of Ireland, among others. Marissa also has dived caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, Florida, including Eagle’s Nest, and local subterranean mines. Marissa has a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is completing a master’s degree in public/environmental policy at Tufts University.  Marissa has a great love of the outdoors and nature, and when not diving, you can find her hiking, skiing or caring for her bees.


At Large Primary Member

Deborah Cramer

Deborah Cramer

Deborah Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and Masters degrees from Middlebury College and MIT. She has been awarded the science writing fellowship at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT and the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship from Wellesley, and is currently a visiting scholar at MIT's Earth System Initiative. She has written two books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage (W.W. Norton 2001) and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World (2008), developed along with Michael Moss and Suzannah Marsh a short video introducing the book “We Need the Sea and the Sea Needs Us,” and has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teachers' organizations, and at undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism. She is now following migrating shorebirds from their winter home in Tierra del Fuego to their nesting grounds in the Arctic for a new book she is researching and writing, provisionally called On the Edge: a tiny bird, an ancient crab, and an epic journey.


At Large Alternate

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant is an environmental consultant and principal with Zoco Engineering, Inc. His work focuses on assessing and restoring natural resources within marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Projects include conducting natural resource damage assessments following oil spills and ship groundings, developing restoration plans and strategies to compensate for oil spill and human use impacts, and understanding and managing environmental risks for the trustees of natural resources. Jon grew up in Cambridge Massachusetts. He has a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Engineering with a focus on the management of marine resources, a Masters Degree from MIT from the Technology and Policy Program, a Masters Degree from the University of Florida in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, and a Bachelors Degree from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering. His research work focused on the response of natural systems to sea level rise and to shoreline modifications, as well as on the ability of shoreline management systems and policies to handle sea level rise and private property rights in the US. Jon spent his childhood boating and fishing on the waters surrounding Stellwagen Bank, and loves being able to enjoy those same waters and shorelines with his children.


At Large Primary Member

John Williamson

John Williamson

John Williamson began a fishing career out of college in 1974, as a captain or crewman on commercial fishing vessels operating in New England, Florida and Alaska, with hands-on experience in a range of fisheries and gear-types. John is owner of the F/V Sea Keeper, a 40-foot vessel outfitted for fishing charter, eco-tourism and research, and is USCG licensed. He does professional consulting in living marine resource management and development. John is a familiar face to commercial and recreational fishermen from Maine to Virginia. He served nearly a decade on the New England Fishery Management Council, the primary body crafting regulations for federal-water fisheries in the Northeast. He has also served on other federal regulatory initiatives in marine mammal protection and marine ecosystem restoration. A member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council since its formation in 2001, John served as Chairman for five years during Management Plan Review, and remains on the SAC Executive Committee. He is the president of Stellwagen Alive!, the Sanctuary friends organization. In addition to his professional work, John served as a SBNMS Working Group member during the development of the Sanctuary's initial long-range management plan and has directed and participated in several maritime archaeological investigations within the Sanctuary. John managed the Northeast Fish Conservation program for Ocean Conservancy from 2006 to 2009, and has a presence in marine resource conservation policy nationally. Trained in conflict resolution, John has a successful track record of bringing fishermen together with scientists in collaborative problem solving. He provided key leadership in industry initiatives for: Development of porpoise bycatch mitigation strategies in gillnet fisheries including the earliest industry experimentation in development of gillnet “pingers”; self governance systems in the lobster fishery; a time/area closure system in the Gulf of Maine to protect spawning and essential fish habitat; and an area-based management system for Atlantic sea scallops. He is the founding principal and co-leader of the Marine Resource Education Program, a curriculum in fishery science and management offered to commercial fishermen and marine resource professionals, based at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Currently, John is serving as a field organizer to engage fishing industry leadership in Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, under the Administration's emerging National Ocean Policy. In that role, John has built a network of dialog among political and business leaders in fisheries across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions under a contract with Ocean Conservancy.


At Large Alternate

Shelley Brown

Shelley Brown

Dr. Shelley Brown is the Education Director for the ocean conservation organization, Sailors for the Sea. Their mission is to engage, educate and activate the sailing and boating community toward ocean health. A native Rhode Islander, Shelley has always been interested in the interactions between humans and our ocean. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rhode Island, researching how increases in water temperature, hypoxia, and other anthropogenic-induced environmental conditions impact nitrogen cycling microbes in estuaries and coastal ecosystems. Following her Ph.D., Shelley pursued her passion of educating the public, particularly youth, about ocean conservation and health issues. Before joining Sailors for the Sea, she was a member of the education team on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the program director of the Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI). She hopes to inspire people to learn about and care for the ocean and its precious resources, so they are empowered to become the next generation of ocean stewards.


At Large Primary

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers is recently retired after 25 years as an engineer in the disk drive industry and currently lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. His initial career began in field biology in 1976 with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Anchorage, AK cataloging coastal seabird breeding colonies on the Alaskan Peninsula as part of an Outer Continental Shelf Biological Assessment Study prior to the completion the Alaskan pipeline. He was a scientist at the Manomet Bird Observatory (1976-1983) in Manomet, MA where he studied the distribution and abundance of marine birds on the continental shelf of the Northwest Atlantic. During that time he described the effects of the Argo Merchant oil spill on bird marine bird populations off the New England coast in 1977. He authored several publications on the distribution, abundance, and ecological role of marine birds in the Gulf of Maine (including Stellwagen Bank), Georges Bank and mid-Atlantic Bight. In 1982 he collaborated with R.G.B. Brown (Canadian Wildlife Service) on a publication that described seasonal range and abundance of marine birds in shelf waters from Cape Hatteras to the Scotian Shelf. During his time at MBO he also participated in seabird surveys to the Labrador Sea, Hudson Strait and Hudson Bay and to the Bering Sea. Kevin received his B.A. (Biology) from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. (Wildlife Management) from Louisiana State University. He served on and was chairman of the Conservation Commission in Worcester, MA (1984-1986). He was recently nominated to serve on the advisory committee for the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Natural Heritage Program Endangered Species Program. 


At Large Alternate

Jeanine Boyle

Jeanine Boyle

Jeanine lives in Newport, RI and is a project manager at INSPIRE Environmental. She studied coastal ecology and limnology at UC San Diego and the University of New Hampshire and has since pursued an interest in climate change and atmospheric science at Harvard University. For many years, Jeanine was active in the implementation of a long term, large-scale monitoring program conducted by Battelle in Massachusetts Bay. She has managed numerous coastal studies in New England with EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division (OCPD) as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. She managed a large-scale internal R&D program in the area of advanced water management that sparked a keen interest in the development of innovative technologies. Outside of work, Jeanine logs a lot of time on the water. She is an avid sculler and also enjoys swimming and sailing around Cape Cod and the Islands.


Youth Primary Member

Heather Gaughan

Heather Gaughan

Heather Gaughan is currently a senior at Scituate High School. Her passion for the ocean started at an early age, but it wasn't until she became a Teen Ambassador for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary that she really grasped a full appreciation for conservation of the world's natural resources. She loves serving as a volunteer representative at NOAA special events throughout Southeastern, Massachusetts. Heather has also served as a NOAA Education Intern in the summer of 2015, mainly focusing on educational activities about sea turtles for children. Her view regarding the protection and management of marine resources has been shaped largely by her experiences of working as a volunteer representative for the Sanctuary. She recognizes that marine environments face significant stresses from a variety of sources, many of them generated by human activities. While her personal viewpoint is decidedly protective of marine animals and marine environments, she recognizes the need for communication and compromise between various marine constituencies. Heather is passionate about biology and environmental protection, and hopes to pursue a career in those fields. Recently, she was a recipient of the Junior Women Leaders in STEM Award from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. When not engaging in Sanctuary activities, Heather is a dual enrollment student at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She actively participates in Scituate High School's Sailing Team and Choirs as well. She can also be seen participating in community theatre.

Youth Alternate

Kirstyn Haley

Kirstyn Haley

Kirstyn Haley is a rising senior at Scituate High School in Scituate, MA. For the past 5 years, she has been volunteering for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary under Anne-Marie Runfola, the sanctuary's Volunteer Program Coordinator. One of Kirsty's primary volunteer activities is traveling around to various parks and schools to educate the public about whales and the dangers they face. In addition to this, she dedicates her time as a "LiveBlue" Ambassador with the New England Aquarium to remove invasive species from the water and the Boston Harbor Islands. This work is done with other organizations such as the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. When not volunteering for the environment, Kirstyn can be found on ice with her nationally ranked Theater on Ice figure skating team.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENTAL SEATS
Massachusetts Environmental Police
Colonel James McGinnis, Director
Designee: LT Phil Desroches

 


Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Bruce Carlisle, Director
Designee: Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan is a biologist with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and an adjunct professor of Environmental Science at Suffolk University. He received his PhD in Biology, with a focus on Aquatic Ecology, from the University of Delaware in 1998. With CZM since 1999, Todd participates in the formal review of coastal and marine construction projects (e.g., pipes, cables, renewable energy structures) with a focus on implementing state policies to avoid or minimize impacts to the marine environment. In this capacity, he assists in the design, implementation, and oversight of research programs to evaluate the spatial extent of natural resources and the potential impacts of marine projects. He is also part of a team at CZM that is working with state, federal, and nonprofit partners to describe and map the biological and abiotic components of the seafloor in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Director
Designee: Cate O'Keefe

David Pierce
David Pierce

Dr. David E. Pierce is Director of the Commonwealth's Division of Marine Fisheries.  He is DMF's voting member on the New England Fishery Management Council and one of DMF's representatives on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).  He is the Policy Director of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) that is a collaborative arrangement between DMF, SMAST, and other University of Massachusetts campuses.  Dr. Pierce's work with DMF involves fisheries management and research tied to improving fish habitat protection and providing sustainable fisheries.  He is an adjunct professor at SMAST where he teaches courses pertaining to ocean policy and marine fisheries management.  His doctoral research was on policy and guidance for seafood safety risks posed by polychlorinated biphenyls and related organocholines. Within DMF and tied to Stellwagen concerns, David is especially focused on cod research (e.g., spawning behavior) and the interaction of commercial and recreational fisheries with Stellwagen resource(s) sustainable use and protection.


New England Fisheries Management Council
Thomas E. Nies, Executive Director
Designee: Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman has been a Fishery Analyst with the New England Fishery Management Council since December 2008. During summer 2009 she assumed chairmanship of the Council's Habitat Plan Development Team. She is the project manager for Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus Amendment 2, which will update EFH and Habitat Area of Particular Concern designations as well as the system of habitat and groundfish closed areas. She helps the Council stay connected to offshore wind, habitat mapping, and marine spatial planning issues. Ms. Bachman studied biology and environmental studies at Tufts University and received her M.S. degree in Living Marine Resource Science and Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology in 2009. Before joining the Council staff, she worked on the sea scallop video survey at SMAST. Prior to the birth of her toddler, Michelle was an avid recreational diver, and she hopes someday to dive on Stellwagen Bank.


NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator
Designee: Jennifer Anderson

John Bullard

John Bullard

John Bullard became the Regional Administrator for the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Office on August 6, 2012. As the Regional Administrator, Mr. Bullard is responsible for running NOAA programs that manage living marine resources from Canada to Cape Hatteras. In this capacity, Mr. Bullard directs NOAA Fisheries' programs in support of international and domestic fisheries management in the Northeast Region. He also guides multidisciplinary programs that provide the scientific and technical information necessary to manage living marine resources in the northeast, and support the information requirements and decision making processes of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Mr. Bullard brings with him a deep understanding of fishing communities and their importance to our nation's economy as well as its social and cultural heritage. A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a lifelong interest in the ocean, Mr. Bullard joined NOAA Fisheries following his retirement at the end of June as the President of the Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association. Also known as SEA, the non-profit education organization headquartered in Woods Hole, teaches college students and others about the science and culture of the sea through a 12-week ‘SEA Semester’ that combines on-campus studies in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies with sailing and research aboard one of the organization's tall ships in the Atlantic or Pacific. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Bullard was a member of the Clinton administration in Washington, DC, where he led NOAA's first federal Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs. There, he created programs to assist fishing families in New England, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, and around the nation, advised communities on sustainable development, and helped set policy for aquaculture. He also worked on the President's Council on Sustainable Development, developing policies to unite the goals of economic opportunity, environmental health, and social equity. At the state and regional level, Mr. Bullard helped create a pioneering marine spatial plan as a governor-appointed member of the Massachusetts' Ocean Advisory Commission. As a longtime board member of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Bullard has been a leader in bringing people together to clean up and sustain the bay's environmental health for fishing, boating, shipping and tourism. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Bullard was mayor of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. During his three terms he introduced community policing, recycling, AIDS prevention and other programs. He encouraged UMass Dartmouth to build the Center for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford, which is now known as SMAST. He also brought the City into compliance with the Clean Water Act by building a modern secondary wastewater treatment plant. His decision to locate the plant in New Bedford's south end cost him re-election to a fourth term - the political price of clean water. Mr. Bullard understands the challenges being faced by the fishing industry, scientists, and managers, and is committed to finding ways to increase constructive dialogue among them. Through this increased dialogue, mutual respect, and understanding, his goal is to chart a course toward a sustainable and vibrant fishing industry. He also recognizes that the fishing industry of yesterday may not look like the fishing industry of the future, and that difficult decisions will need to be made to ensure the long-term viability of the fishing industry in the northeast. Mr. Bullard earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Harvard in 1969. He received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. in 1974. He has lectured widely and received numerous awards including an Honorary Master of Public Service from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
Tim Donovan, Assistant Director
Designee: Tim Wilmarth

Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan is currently the Acting Assistant Director of NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement Northeast Enforcement Division. Tim joined NOAA OLE in February 2008 as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge in Gloucester, MA. Tim is an Environmental Sciences/Conservation Law Enforcement graduate of Unity College, ME and began his resource protection career as a Law Enforcement National Park Service Ranger and an U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge Officer. Tim took a hiatus from resource law enforcement to become a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). After completing the FLETC Criminal Investigator Program, Tim had the opportunity to work narcotics, assaults, homicides, counter-terrorism and counter intelligence investigations and operations around the world, to include duty stations on the east coast, west coast and Hawaii. Tim was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Northeast Field Office when he decided to return to his true passion of resource protection. After 31 years from graduating his first police academy, Tim is enjoying his role in protecting marine resources and leading a dedicated and professional enforcement staff.


First U.S. Coast Guard District
Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin, Commander
Designee: Captain Brian E. Fiedler

Brian Fiedler

Captain Brian Fiedler

Captain Brian Fiedler is currently serving as the Chief of Law Enforcement, First Coast Guard District in Boston, Massachusetts. He oversees all Coast Guard law enforcement and homeland security operations across eight states in the Northeast and 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey. Captain Fiedler was born and raised in a commercial fishing family in Long Island New York. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and has a Master's Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Captain Fiedler is a Coast Guard Cutterman and has served aboard six USCG cutters and twice as Commanding Officer. In addition to several operational tours in Coast Guard Cutters, previous assignments include serving as Executive Officer, North East Regional Fisheries Training Center in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; USCG Liasion Officer to NOAA's HQ Office of Law Enforcement, Senior USCG Liasion Officer to the Navy's Afloat Training Group Pacific, and the Targeting Chief and Deputy Director for Operations at the Joint Interagency Task Force South, Key West, Florida. Captain Fiedler resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts with his wife Melissa and their two Labrador Retrievers.


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