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This page provides biographies of each of the members of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee. Bios for newly appointed members will be added soon.

Brian Baird (California)
The Bay Institute

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Rick Bellavance (Rhode Island)
Priority Fishing Charters

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Mark Carr, Ph.D. (California)
University of California, Santa Cruz

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Gary Davis (California)
GE Davis and Associates

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George J. Geiger (Florida)
Owner and Operator, "Chances Are" Charters

George Geiger is a retired US Army Officer who became actively involved with fisheries management and sustainability upon his post retirement return to Florida in 1987. George has served as Chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association Florida Government Relations Committee as well as Chairman of CCA Florida. George also served a 7 year term on the Indian River County Environmental Learning Center Board. George is currently in his final term of appointment to the South Atlantic Fisheries management Council where he served two years as Vice Chair and two years as Chairman. He currently operates a near and inshore guide service in Sebastian, Florida.

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Martha Honey, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.)
Center for Responsible Travel

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John Jensen, Ph.D. (Rhode Island)
Sea Education Association

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Stephen Kroll (Michigan)
Great Lakes Divers & Sweetwater Charters

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Stephanie Madsen (Alaska)
At-Sea Processors Association

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Samantha Murray (Oregon)
Ocean Conservancy

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Ryan Orgera, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.)
Coastal States Organization

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Jason Patlis (Maryland)
President and CEO
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Jason Patlis has more than 19 years of experience in law, policy, finance and management. Mr. Patlis currently serves as President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which is the non-profit partner to the nation's marine sanctuary system. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Patlis was Vice President and Managing Director for U.S. Government Relations at the World Wildlife Fund. He has worked on both sides of the Capitol, serving under Chairman Sherwood Boehlert as Deputy Staff Director for the House Science Committee, and serving under the late Senator John Chafee as Counsel on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, handling fish and wildlife issues for the committee. Mr. Patlis spent more than five years in Indonesia, first as a Fulbright Senior Scholar conducting research on Indonesia's legal framework governing natural resources, coastal management and indigenous rights, and subsequently as a consultant to projects under the World Bank and USAID. Mr. Patlis began his legal career as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he worked extensively on issues relating to the Endangered Species Act and protected resources. Mr. Patlis received his J.D. from Cornell University School of Law in 1992, and his B.A. in English from Haverford College in 1985.

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Catherine Reheis-Boyd (California)
CEO, Chief of Staff
Western States Petroleum Association

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Sarah Robinson, JD, SJD (Massachusetts)
Managing Principal
Critical Inquiries Research

Sarah Robinson is a legal anthropologist whose research has focused on the design, implementation, and effects of fishery management programs in New England. She examines on-the-ground processes by which rules are made and implemented and the effects of rules over time. Her work pays close attention to institutional contexts, social realities, foreseen and unforeseen consequences, and actual outcomes. Prior to becoming a researcher, she worked as an environmental attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., litigating appeals in environmental cases in federal appeals courts across the country. She has also worked for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Dr. Robinson has an undergraduate degree in biology, a law degree, a doctorate in legal history, and is completing a doctorate in anthropology. She is a member of the Board of the Northeast Seafood Coalition.

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Ervin Joe Schumacker (Washington)
Marine Resources Scientist, Quinault Indian Nation

Joe Schumacker has been working with the Quinault Indian Nation on the west coast of Washington State for ten years. During that time he has managed many of the tribe's fisheries including salmon, groundfish and shellfish. Joe has been an active participant for the Quinault Nation at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and has worked with all of the Washington coastal tribes on marine science issues including; benthic habitat characterization, harmful algal blooms and toxin analysis, improving fisheries assessments off the Washington coast, improving management of coastal crab fisheries and assessments of intertidal coastal habitat. Joe has represented the Quinault Nation on the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) Advisory Council and on the OCNMS Intergovernmental Policy Council (IPC), a unique entity created to better coordinate the activities and needs of the co-managers of the waters of the OCNMS that includes the state of Washington and the four coastal treaty tribes. Joe has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, specializing in shellfish and marine fish biology.

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Della Scott-Ireton, Ph.D. (Florida)
Director, Northwest Region
Florida Public Archaeology Network

Dr Della Scott-Ireton graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology. She also has a Master's in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. Della is certified as a Scuba Instructor with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). She worked with the Pensacola Shipwreck Survey, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the government of the Cayman Islands before joining the Florida Public Archaeology Network (www.flpublicarchaeology.org), where she serves as the Northwest Region Director. Della is an officer and elected board member of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Della's research interests include public interpretation of maritime cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and training of avocationals in archaeological methods and practices.

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Peter Stauffer (Oregon)
Surfrider Foundation

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Trisha Kehaulani Watson (Hawaii)
Honua Consulting

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Stephen Welch (Massachusetts)
Commercial fisherman

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Margaret Williams (Alaska)
World Wildlife Fund

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