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President-Elect Candidate

David Bader

David Bader

David Bader is the Education Director at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Bader has played an integral role in developing, teaching, and managing school and public programs since joining the Aquarium in 1998. He is instrumental in developing programming that utilizes the incredible living resources of the Aquarium of the Pacific to bring visitors the latest information in marine science. Bader also supervises the Aquarium's on-site and off-site education programs, including Aquarium on Wheels and the new interactive video conferencing programming. Developing the training to support best practices in science communication is an integral part of these efforts.

Through grant awards and sub-awards from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bader has helped to develop a suite of capacity building opportunities for Aquarium staff, university and agency scientists, and for informal science educators throughout the Los Angeles area. Bader has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Biology with an emphasis in educational media design from the University of California at Irvine. Bader is directly responsible for departmental long-term planning, staffing, exhibit development, interpretation training, budgets, and grant development for the Education Department’s 12 full time staff, 35 part time staff, and over 400 volunteers.

Bader has been involved with the Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educator’s Association (SWMEA) and NMEA for the past 16+ years having helped run national conventions in 2000 and 2009. He has also served as SWMEA president and past president. Currently Bader serves NMEA as a Board Director and on the Membership Committee. Additionally he supported the development of the NMEA strategic plan and implementation.

Secretary Candidate

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards has taught science at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY, since 1987.  During her tenure there, Sarah has taught General Science, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Oceanography, Marine Biology, and Meteorology.  She has also served as Chair and Associate Chair of the Science Department.  Sarah is always looking for new and fun ways to engage students in science.  She started a two-week summer science camp for middle schoolers at Saint Ann’s in 2002, and has coached a team for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl every year since 2000.  In 2014, the Saint Ann’s team won New York’s “Bay Scallop Bowl,” and represented the region at the NOSB National Competition in Seattle. 

Sarah believes in the importance of experiential learning, and has designed and led many field trips for her students. From 1989-2001, she took her high school students on a week-long trip each spring to the Hofstra University Marine Lab in Jamaica, and since 2002 she’s been leading comparable trips to the Florida Everglades and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute on Big Pine Key.  Sarah was selected to participate in the Sea Experience for Teachers sponsored by the Sea Education Association in 1991, and the Down Under, Out Yonder program sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation in 2009.  Last summer, she was among nineteen teachers from around the country chosen to participate in Project Atmosphere, a 2-week program in weather education held in Kansas City, MO and sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and the National Science Foundation.

Sarah received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1985 and her M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University in 1996.  Sarah has been an active member of the New York State Marine Education Association since 1993, and currently serves as NYSMEA’s Treasurer and Annual Conference Coordinator. She was awarded NYSMEA’s Kinghan Service Award in 2004, the SCONYC (Science Council of New York City)’s Science Education Award in 2005, and the Dowling College NSF Noyce Symposium Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012.  In 2006, Sarah served as co-chair of the annual National Marine Educators Association Conference, which was held in Brooklyn, and was elected to the NMEA Board of Directors in 2008.  She currently serves as NMEA's Secretary and chair of the History Committee, and was awarded the Johnette D. Bosarge Award in 2014.

In her spare time, Sarah is the principal second violinist of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.  She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and SCUBA diving. Sarah recently did 13 dives (including the Blue Hole) in five days on a trip to Belize.

Board of Directors Candidates

Kate Achilles

Kate Achilles

Kate Achilles is a research and outreach specialist at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Delaware in 2004 and now coordinates Federal research and resource management activities related to marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish.

Over the past 15 years, Kate has also managed numerous education and outreach programs. She has created formal and informal hands-on educational programs, outreach materials, and curricula in the ocean sciences for culturally diverse audiences of all ages and educational backgrounds. She developed and helped administer a nationwide program providing public school teachers with free access to portable, self-contained science kits that are aligned with state and ocean literacy standards. Kate also created and managed an intensive teacher-at-sea program and led dozens of teacher-training workshops. In addition to being a strong advocate for teachers, she has worked directly with students to provide programs aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in the ocean sciences. She has also taught oceanography and chemistry at the undergraduate level, and published peer-reviewed research manuscripts and educational documents.

Kate has been involved with NMEA for over a decade, and is dedicated to helping NMEA continue its mission of “making known the world of water, both fresh and salt.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of NMEA, has been Chair of the NMEA Scholarship Committee for the past 5 years, is an active member of the Ocean Literacy Committee, and previously served on the Board of Directors of NMEA’s OCEANIA Chapter. As a current member of the Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educator’s Association (SWMEA), she is looking forward to helping host the NMEA conference in Southern California in 2018.

In her free time, Kate enjoys backpacking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Linda Chilton

Linda ChiltonLinda Chilton is the University of Southern California’s Sea Grant Education Programs Manager. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating a wide range of educational programs focusing on students, teachers, and community members. She participated initially with COSEE-West, and continues with partners in co-designing and facilitating workshops for teachers, bringing scientists and educators together to integrate current marine science topics into formal and informal education settings. Ms. Chilton serves as a founding partner on the Key to the Sea Program, a school-aquarium watershed education collaboration. She is a partner in the development and implementation of Food for Thought aquaponics program in local schools and YESS (Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science) in the San Francisco Bay area. She facilitates single and multi-day Island Explorer trips to bring urban middle and high school students to Catalina Island for field experiences including a week-long high school marine lab program. She works with partners in implementing the Parent Child programs offered through USC Sea Grant.

Ms. Chilton develops and supports community based science efforts. She helped to develop and continues to coordinate the Harmful Algal Bloom watch program with 12 informal science centers in the Southern California area. She also engages members of the public in the Urban Tides initiative and MPA watch and Bioblitz. Her current efforts include addressing education pathways for Aquatic Invasive Species, integrating ocean and environmental literacy into schools, and climate change education. She also serves on other science education consortiums, is a member of the Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educator’s Association (SWMEA), the National Marine Educators Association, and the California and National Science Teachers Associations.

Prior to joining USC Sea Grant Ms. Chilton served 17 years developing and managing education programs as the Education Specialist at the City of Los Angeles’ Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Some of the grant-funded programs she designed and coordinated include the volunteer Sea Ranger Naturalist Program, the Los Angeles Ocean Learning Experiences Program, and Portals to the Sea Watershed Education. She served on the team to design the Exploration Center. She has a wide variety of both formal and informal teaching experiences. She taught in the public schools for a decade prior to joining Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Ms. Chilton has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University Long Beach, a M.A. in Special Education from California State University Los Angeles with Multiple Subject and Special Education teaching credentials.

Géraldine Fauville

Géraldine FauvilleGéraldine Fauville attended her first NMEA conference in 2011 and based on that experience, co-founded the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) with Fiona Crouch and Evy Copejans. EMSEA was launched during the First Conference on Ocean Literacy in Europe in 2012 in Bruges, Belgium. A year later, the first EMSEA conference was held in Plymouth, UK. In 2014, Géraldine chaired the second EMSEA conference hosted at the University of Gothenburg.

Géraldine is involved in several international projects that promote ocean literacy. Since 2008, she leads a long-term partnership project with Stanford University that develops digital learning resources for marine environmental education in high schools. She is also one of the leaders of the 17-country SeaChange Project, the first funded European Ocean Literacy initiative. She is one of the experts selected by the European Commission to define the European ocean literacy agenda and to provide guidance to promote a transatlantic cooperation on ocean literacy. Since 2010 she is a member of the European Marine Board Communication Panel (EMBCP) providing a pan-European platform for marine science communicators to promote Marine Board activities, to synergize outreach activities and to advocate for ocean literacy.

Géraldine earned a Master of Science degree in biology in Belgium in 2002 shortly before moving to Sweden to work at the University of Gothenburg. She earned a second Master of Science degree in learning, communication, and technology in order to begin her doctoral studies in pedagogy in 2013. Her doctoral thesis provides knowledge about the implications of high-school students’ use of digital tools in marine environmental education and its consequence on students' ocean literacy. She spent the past academic year at UC Berkeley working both at the Graduate School of Education and at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Géraldine would be honored to serve on the NMEA Board of Directors. She served a one-year term as Director the past year and has been co-leading the International Key Focus Area of the NMEA Strategic Plan with Peter Tuddenham and Fiona Crouch. She has been involved in the Education Research and the Social Media Committees.

Trish Mace

Trish Mace
Trish Mace is Director of the Charleston Marine Life Center, the University of Oregon’s new aquarium and museum on the Oregon coast. Prior to returning to the University of Oregon in February to take on the CMLC Director position, Trish was Manager of Ocean Education and Ocean Partnerships at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. While in DC, Trish was active with the Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association (MAMEA) and “state” representative for DC.

Trish is appreciative that whichever coast she is on, there is a NMEA home. Before DC and MAMEA, she was a long time member and active with Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), while running ocean education programs and grants at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). Trish has both assisted with and led marine curricula development and teacher professional development in several school districts, established collaborations between formal and informal education centers and marine research labs, and brought teams together to create innovative ways to engage the public in ocean science. Trish is fascinated by all things ocean, and invigorated by working with others who share that passion. Trish is grateful for the many ways NMEA has helped her grow – from the conferences with rich information to the people who have generously shared their experience and knowledge and sense of fun – and would like to help give back by joining the board and helping NMEA as it continues to expand awareness and appreciation for marine education.

Kimberly Morris-Zarneke

Kimberly Morris-ZarnekeKim is the Manager of Education Programs for Georgia Aquarium and responsible for curriculum development, partnerships, professional development, and assessment. Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Minor in Environmental Science from State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s of Science in Biology-Aquarium Science from the University of Maryland. In addition, Kim has taken continuing education courses in conservation education and ocean and climate change interpretation, and has received a certificate in Distance Learning and Environmental Education. Prior to joining the Aquarium in July 2005, Kim worked with the Department of Natural Resources – Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream program training citizens, teachers and students in water quality monitoring and coordinating the annual Rivers Alive waterway cleanup program. Kim also worked at Zoo Atlanta as their Distance Learning Manager and the National Aquarium in Baltimore as their Conservation Coordinator.

Since 2005, Kim has been a member of the Georgia chapter of NMEA, serving on the 2008 NMEA conference committee. Currently, Kim is Vice President of the Georgia Association of Marine Education, which she has been an active board member of since 2009 supporting the annual conference and board development.

In addition, Kim served on the board of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia for seven years, guiding this professional organization as a leader in environmental education. Currently, Kim serves as co-chair of the Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia Certification Project, which provides training to formal and informal educators about environmental education.

Kanesa Duncan Seraphin

Kanesa Duncan SeraphinKanesa is director of the University of Hawaii (UH) Sea Grant Center for Marine Science Education and an associate professor in the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the College of Education at UH. Kanesa holds a B.S. in biology, a M.S. in zoology, a Ph.D. in zoology (for work studying scalloped hammerhead sharks), a post-baccalaureate education certificate in secondary science education, and a secondary science credential for the state of Hawaii.

Kanesa has been PI/Co-PI of a U.S. Department of Education funded Teaching Aquatic Science as Inquiry professional development program for middle and high school teachers and the NSF Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence – Island Earth. Her current projects include Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a freely-available aquatic science curriculum, and a citizen science research project, Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal, with students, teachers, and undergraduates.

Kanesa is also the producer and host of the Voice of the Sea television show, which profiles ocean scientists and cultural experts. The half-hour show airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on Hawaii’s KFVE and is also broadcast across the Pacific (in Guam, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and American Samoa). Find out more at

In her free time, Kanesa is an ocean athlete who enjoys traditional, prone paddleboarding and bodyboarding. Kanesa lives on the island of Kauai with her husband Thor, stepdaughter AnaBella, and toddler Laola.

Kanesa is a past board member and president of OCEANIA, the NMEA Hawaii and Pacific chapter. She looks forward to serving on the NMEA board!

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