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Board of Directors 2017-2018

Board of Directors 

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Meghan MarreroPresident: (2018-2019)
Meghan Marrero

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Dave BaderPast President: (2018-2019)
Dave Bader

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Kate AchillesPresident-Elect: (2018-19)
Kate Achilles
NOAA Fisheries, Santa Cruz, CA

Jackie TakacsTreasurer: (2018-2021)
Jackie Takacs
Maryland Sea Grant - Extension, Upper Marlboro, MD

Sarah RichardsSecretary: (2016-2019)
Sarah Richards
Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY


Linda Chilton (2016-2020) University of Southern California Sea Grant Program, Los Angeles, CA

Laura Diederick (2017-2020), NOAA Fisheries, Silver Spring, MD

Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin (2016-2019) University of Hawaii Sea Grant, Honolulu, HI

Jenny East (2018-2021), Oregon Sea Grant, Beaverton, OR

Géraldine Fauville (2016-2019), Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Catherine Halversen (2017-2020), Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA

Lindsay Patterson (2018-2021), CCPRC, Charleston, SC

Sean Russell (2018-2021), EarthEcho International, FL

Lisa Tossey (2018-2019), University of Delaware, Berlin, MD

Chapter Representatives

Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA):
Jenna LoDico, St. Petersburg, FL

Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME):
Kim Morris-Zarneke, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GA

Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (GLEAMS)

Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA):
Kate Leavitt, Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association (MAMEA):
Kathy Fuller, MD

Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME):
Sandi Ryack-Bell, Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Quincy, MA

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME):
William (Bill) Hanshumaker, Oregon State University/Hatfield Marine Science Center/Oregon Sea Grant, Newport, OR

New Jersey Marine Educators Association (NJMEA):
Kaitlin Gannon, Rutgers, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tuckerton, NJ

New York State Marine Educators Association (NYSMEA):
Leann Winn, Trevor Day School, New York, NY

OCEANIA (Hawai'i and Pacific Islands):
Joanna Philippoff, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME):
Jessica Kastler, Marine Education Center, Gulf Coast Research Lab, MS

South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA):
Jaime Thom, South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, SC

Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME):
Valerie Cournoyer, Amity High School, Woodbridge, CT

Southwest Marine Educators Association (SWMEA):
Alie Lebeau, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, CA

Tennessee Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (TEAMS):
David Wehunt, Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy, TN

Texas Marine Educators Association (TMEA):
Dawn Chegwidden, LISD, Lewisville, TX

Committee Chairs

Operations Pod

Bylaws: David Christopher

Chapters: Kate Achilles, Chair; Mellie Lewis, Vice Chair

Executive: Meghan Marrero

Finance: Jackie Takacs

Grants and Development: Kristin Evans

History: Sarah Richards 

Communications Pod

Outreach: Debbi Stone

Current: Laura Good

Social Media: Joanna Chierici and Laura Bracken

Technology: Ariel Zych

Stakeholders Pod

Expanding Audiences: DJ Kast 

International: Géraldine Fauville, Chair; Susan Haynes, Vice-Chair

Membership: Lynn Whitley

NSTA Liaison: Mellie Lewis

Student Engagement: Sean Russell, Co-Chair; Kathy Fuller, Co-Chair

Issues and Trends Pod

Conservation: Heather Segura, Chair; Sarah Wilson, Vice Chair

Education Research and Evaluation: Jenny East, Chair; Joanna Philippoff, Vice Chair

Ocean Literacy: Diana Payne, Chair; Sarah Schoedinger and Catherine Halversen, Vice Chairs

Traditional Knowledge: Sylvia Spalding, Linda Chilton, George Matsumoto

Events Pod

Awards: David Wehunt, Chair; Jessica Kastler, Vice Chair

Conference: Jaime Thom

Scholarship: Kate Achilles 

National Office

National Office Manager: Jeannette Connors

National Office Coordinator: Adam Frederick

Contracted Staff

Social Media Community Manager & Editor: Jennifer Magnusson

Current Editor: Lisa Tooker

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