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Current Membership
The 20 MPA Federal Advisory Committee includes representatives from different geographic regions, including the Great Lakes and U.S. territories. They represent a wide variety of interests including resource management (state and tribal), natural and social sciences, industry (commercial and recreational fishing, oil and gas production, shipping and ports, and recreation and tourism) and conservation.  For a press release announcing the most recent appointment to the MPA FAC, click here

George J. Geiger (2009-2016)
Owner and Operator, "Chances Are" Charters
Sebastian, FL 32958

Della Scott-Ireton, Ph.D. (2009-2016)
Director, Northwest Region
Florida Public Archaeology Network
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL 32591-2486

Brian Baird (2014-2018)
Director, Ocean & Coastal Program
The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay
San Francisco, CA  94949

Rick Bellavance (2014-2018)
Captain, Priority Fishing Charters
North Kingstown, RI  02852

Mark Carr, Ph.D. (2014-2018)
Department of Ecology & Evolutional Biology
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA  95060

Gary Davis (2009-2016)
GEDavis & Associates
Westlake Village, VA 91361-1333
Martha Honey, Ph.D. (2014-2018)
Center for Responsible Travel
Washington, D.C.  20005

John Jensen, Ph.D. (2011-2016)
Research Associate Professor of History and Coastal/Maritime Heritage
Department of History
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02281
Stephen Kroll (2011-2016)
Great Lakes Divers & Sweetwater Charters
Rogers City, MI 49779
Stephanie Madsen (2014-2018)
Executive Director
At Sea Processors Association
Juneau, AK  99801

Samantha Murray (2014-2018)
Samantha Murray Consulting, LLC
Portland, OR

Ryan Orgera, Ph.D. (2014-2018)
Legislative Representative
Coastal States Organization
Washington, D.C.  20001

Jason Patlis (2011-2016)
President and CEO
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Catherine Reheis-Boyd (2011-2016)
CEO, Chief of Staff
Western States Petroleum Association
Sacramento, CA 95819
Sarah Robinson, JD, SJD (2009-2016)
Managing Principal
Critical Inquiries Research
Brookline, MA 02446
Ervin Joe Schumacker (2011-2016)
Marine Resources Scientist, Quinault Indian Nation
Taholah, WA 98587

Peter Stauffer (2014-2018)
Senior Ocean Program Manager
Surfrider Roundation
Portland, OR  97202

Trisha Kehaulani Watson (2014-2018)
Honua Consulting, Owner
Honolulu, HI  96816

Stephen Welch (2011-2016)
Commercial fisherman
Hanover, MA 02339

Margaret Williams (2014-2018)
Managing Director
World Wildlife Fund – Arctic Field Program
Anchorage, AK 99501

Ex Officio Federal Representatives           

Department of Commerce           
Holly Bamford
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC  20230


Department of the Interior

Cliff McCreedy
Marine Resource Mgmt Specialist
National Park Service (WASO)
Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch
Water Resources Division
1201 Eye Street, NW
11th Floor (2301)
Washington, D.C. 20005


Department of Defense/Navy

Donald Schregardus
Dep. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Environment
Room BF986
1000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-1000


John Pierson
Office Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Environment
1000 Navy Pentagon, Room A674
Washington, DC 20350-1000


Department of Homeland Security

Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas
Director of Response Policy
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2100 2nd Street SW STOP 7363
Washington, D.C. 20593-0001           

Steven M. Tucker
Assistant Division Chief: Marine Protected Species
U.S. Coast Guard
2100 Second Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001


U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. Barbara Best
Coastal Resources and Policy Advisor
Office of Natural Resources Management, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade


National Science Foundation

Roxanne Nikolaus
Division of Ocean Sciences
4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 725
Arlington, VA 22230

Department of Agriculture

Rick Swanson
USDA U.S. Forest Service
Watershed, Fish, Wildlife Staff
201 14th Street, SW, Stop 1121
Washington DC 20250-0003


Department of State

Jonathan Kelsey
Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Harry S. Truman Building
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520

Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Brian Melzian
Oceanographer/Project Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Atlantic Ecology Division
27 Tarzwell Drive
Narragansett, RI 02882

Designated Federal Official

Lauren Wenzel
National Marine Protected Area Center
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
1305 East West Highway, 11356
Silver Spring, MD 20910