Membership Roster by Seat Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

Elected Council Officers

Chair: Phyllis Grifman

Phyllis Grifman standing on the beach with the sunseting over the water

Associate Director, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California Email: grifman@usc.edu

Phyllis Grifman is Associate Director of the Sea Grant Program at the University of Southern California, a federal/state/university partnership devoted to the conservation and wise use of ocean and coastal resources and support for coastal communities. Her responsibilities include improving public awareness of coastal and marine issues at local, state and national levels. Phyllis received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her major interests include marine policy development and implementation, and public education.

Phyllis has a long-standing interest in the Channel Islands. While at UCSB, she participated in conflict resolution efforts related to fishing, oil development, and marine mammal interactions in the Santa Barbara Channel. A lifelong boater, she has had the opportunity to both work and recreate at the islands off California and has a deep appreciation for the rich resources of both the land and waters. At USC, Phyllis manages Sea Grant's research initiatives, including soliciting and funding research projects and outreach efforts to local and regional authorities. She has worked with sanitation authorities on research pertaining to impacts of disposal on coastal waters, and with the research community and municipalities on impacts of storm water runoff on nearshore coastal environments. She directs the program on coastal natural hazards, including impacts on local communities from sea level rise, erosion, coastal change. She has a continuing commitment to fostering educational opportunities in environmental science and policy.

Phyllis has chaired the Marine Shipping Working Group of the CINMS Advisory Council and worked on the California Marine Life Protection Act development of marine protected areas. She chaired the LA region Marine Protected Area Collaborative and is a Vice President of the Board for the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association. She serves on the Coastal Sediment Management Work Group, the steering committee of the California Coastal Resilience Network, and the Technical Advisory Council of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Vice Chair: Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen holding a seastar in a kayak

Owner/Director, Channel Islands Adventure Company

Email: mcohen@sbadventureco.com

Michael has operated the Santa Barbara Adventure Company since 1998 with the goal of offering local adventures of the highest quality led by incredible guides. In his 24 years of outdoor leadership experience, Michael has worked as a guide, outdoor educator and trip leader for several well-known outfitters in the west and abroad. Santa Barbara Adventure Company is committed to environmental education and protection of the National Marine Sanctuary. Michael runs sea cave kayaking tours at Channel Islands National Park, as an NPS permitted outfitter.

Michael is a leader in the tourism community of Santa Barbara. He serves on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau, using this platform to promote environmentally sound tourism and protection of the National Marine Sanctuary.

Michael's past leadership experience includes working as a river guide and trip leader in many of the western United States' most loved sections of river. These sections include Idaho's Middle Fork and Main Salmon, American, Tuolumne, and Rogue. He rowed baggage on the Grand Canyon, enjoyed leading multiday self-supported sea kayaking trips in Belize, and spent two winters as a diving instructor and underwater videographer in the British Virgin Islands. Before opening the doors of his own business, he worked as a manager for one of California's largest outdoor education outfitters. He has been educating youth and tourists about the Channel Islands and the Marine environment since 1996. "I have always believed that if we get our guests and students to love the marine environment, using interpretation and interesting facts, letting them taste, touch and really experience the place, they will make good choices and help protect it."

Secretary: Kristen Hislop

Kristen Hislop

Kristen Hislop is the Marine Conservation Program Director at the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and also works with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program as a consulting researcher. Prior to her position with EDC, Kristen was a coastal program analyst for the California Coastal Commission and spent a year with CINMS as a California Sea Grant State Fellow. Her role on the SAC and at EDC has re-engaged her in projects she started working on during her fellowship, including efforts to reduce the risk of ship strikes on endangered whales and the many facets of MPA implementation. Kristen is a co-chair of the Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative and, as the Conservation member on the SAC, she is also the chair of the Conservation Working Group. Kristen earned her BA in geography from UCSB and her Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), with emphasis in coastal and marine resources management, from the Bren School at UCSB. Kristen takes every opportunity to get out to the Channel Islands and is often hiking our local trails, surfing, paddling along the coast, or heading out of town to get back to her Northern California roots by skiing and exploring the Sierra Nevada.

Community Seats

Business

Member: Giles Pettifor

Giles Pettifor

Environmental Manager, Port of Huenemep

Email: gpettifor@portofh.org

 

Alternate: Paul Amaral

President, Channel Watch Marine, Inc.

Email: paul@channelwatchmarine.com

Recreation (non-consumptive)

Member: Ben Pitterle

Ben Pitterle

Science and Policy Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Email: ben@sbck.org

Ben Pitterle is the Science and Policy Director for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper where he has worked to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds since 2006. His primary areas of expertise have included development and management of citizen monitoring programs to track ocean and watershed health, policy development to address agricultural pollution to State waters, sustainable groundwater management to protect rivers and streams, Marine Protected Area education and outreach, and more. Ben has worked in the Santa Barbara Channel and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary to promote non-consumptive recreational use of the area's Marine Protected Area network, and he enjoys utilizing underwater videography to inspire and engage the community in marine conservation. Ben earned his BS in Environmental Science from UC Riverside and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), with emphasis in coastal and marine resources management, from the Bren School at UCSB. Ben is also a life-long ocean enthusiast who enjoys surfing, swimming, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and free-diving in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Alternate: Dr. Tony Knight

Dr. Tony Knight

Superintendent, Oak Park Unified School District

Email: tknight@opusd.org

Dr. Tony Knight is a scuba diver and sailor and holds a PADI Master Scuba Diver certification and several American Sailing Association certifications. He is an underwater photographer and has an active interest in ocean conservation issues. Dr. Knight is an environmentalist and animal welfare advocate. He is a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, Mission Blue, Greenpeace, Wildcoast, Channel Islands Restoration, The Sierra Club, and other organizations. He serves on the state Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, charged with implementing the state's Blueprint for Environmental Education. He and his wife, Nancy, enjoy traveling and exploring the world, especially marine protected areas. Dr. Knight is superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District in Ventura County. Oak Park USD was the first U.S. National Green Ribbon School District in California. Hundreds of students from Oak Park USD participate in numerous adventures in the Sanctuary each year, including hiking on Santa Cruz Island, whale watching, and native plant restoration projects. Dr. Knight is an FAA certified commercial drone (sUAS) pilot.

Recreational Fishing

Member: Captain David Bacon

Captain David Bacon

Owner, Wave Walker Charters; Owner, Hook, Line, & Sinker

Email: captain@wavewalker.com

Capt. David Bacon is a US Coast Guard licensed sea captain, the owner/operator of WaveWalker Charters in Santa Barbara, owner of Hook, Line & Sinker bait & tackle in Santa Barbara, as well as the Executive Director of SOFTIN, Inc. (an NPO serving disabled, impaired, victims of abuse, elderly, youth). Capt. David Bacon is also an accomplished writer and is employed as Senior Editor of the Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine, Staff Writer for Western Outdoor News, and as a Columnist for Noozhawk on-line news service and the U.S. Power Squadrons newsletter Signal Hoist.

Bacon is a Member of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) Advisory Council, the CINMS socioeconomic workgroup, and NOAA's California Action Team. He is a seminar speaker for the Fred Hall Fishing Shows and lecturer for fishing clubs and civic organizations. His extensive experience lends to his work as a collaborative marine research/outreach consultant.

Capt. David Bacon previously worked as a Columnist for Fishing & Hunting News, and as the Marine Electronics Editor for Sport Fishing magazine. He was the Director of Technical Operations for AT&T, Inc. as well as President, CEO of Sea Cubed, Inc.

Alternate: Merit McCrea

Merit McCrea

Saltwater Editor, Western Outdoor News

Email: meritmccrea@hotmail.com

Merit McCrea is a Berkeley native, transplanted to Santa Barbara in 1975. He attended Berkeley High and Santa Barbara High Schools. He is an avid fisherman and worked on sport fishing boats both in Berkeley and then Santa Barbara harbors during his high school years, earning his captain's license soon after graduating. As a nineteen year-old, when confronted with a choice between higher education and exploring the waters of the Bight at the helm he chose the latter. After operating several passenger carrying vessels in the 50 to 90 foot class he became a vessel owner of the 55 foot Seahawk, out of Santa Barbara's Sea Landing. This initial vessel was followed by another larger vessel Seahawk LXV.

In 2001 he finally returned to school and completed an undergraduate degree at our own UCSB. Academic honors earned include the Profant Scholarship at Santa Barbara City College Biology Department and Distinction in the Major for Aquatic Biology at UCSB. He is also a California Sea Grant Trainee-ship recipient. He participated in the planning process for Marine Protected Areas both within the CINMS and the subsequent Bight-wide process. Other notable maritime experience includes deep water manned submersible work where he served as the scientific observer collecting data on fishes observed in depths of 120 to 1,000 feet. He surveyed both at natural reefs and oil platform jackets. He participates in similar scuba based data collection efforts in waters less than 130 feet. He has fished commercially using gill nets for white seabass, lift-pole (jack-pole) for albacore tuna, hook and line for rockfishes and other fishes. He worked with the Dr. Chis Lowe Lab of California State University at Long Beach. These efforts focused on the transponder tagging of rockfishes and collecting received data. Other marine ecosystems that he has had the opportunity to explore include both east and west coasts of Costa Rica, Paranagua Brazil (Curitiba), and both Cortez and Pacific sides of the Baja California peninsula. He has a primary interest in the ecological function of anthropogenic reef structures.

He currently works with the Dr. Milton Love lab at UCSB's Marine Science Institute and still maintains his Merchant Marine Officer status as Master. He is still an avid angler and pilots the local passenger fishing and whale watching vessels from time to time. He serves as the new Saltwater Editor for Western Outdoor News (WON) southern edition, a weekly outdoors paper with a wide distribution. WON has been in print since 1952. He has a daughter, Hunter. Her photo adorns the CINMS informational placements at both the Santa Barbara and Channel Islands harbors where she can be seen proudly displaying a squirming mackerel.

Commerical Fishing

Member: Kim Selkoe

Kim Selkoe

Executive Director, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara

Email: selkoe@nceas.ucsb.edu

Kim Selkoe is the Executive Director of Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, a non-profit port association focused on enabling our fishing fleet to produce sustainable seafood, as well as adapt to climate change, globalized markets and gentrification of ports. Kim has a Ph.D. in marine ecology from UCSB and holds a position as a Senior Fellow at UCSB's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).

She joined NCEAS in 2005, after completing a B.A. from Pomona College in 1997 and Ph.D. in marine ecology from UC Santa Barbara in 2005. From 2005 to 2015, she held a joint affiliation with Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology, first as a post doc with the Tobo Lab and then as an affiliate researcher. Her science career has focused on 'big data' approaches to marine conservation, coral reef biodiversity, and marine population genetics, much of it focused on the ecosystems of the Humpback Whale NMS and the Papahaunmukakea MNM. Notable contributions include the first global map of cumulative human impacts to the oceans, pioneering work in the field of seascape genetics, and co-leading the Ocean Tipping Points project to advance tools and embed concepts of socio-ecological regime shifts in marine management.

In 2018 she founded Get Hooked Seafood LLC, a Community Supported Fishery that seeks to close the gap between supply and demand for sustainable, local seafood. Sourcing from over 40 California fishing families, Get Hooked delivers local seafood to 500 households monthly with a dose of education about fisheries and our oceans.

Alternate: Tim Athens

Owner/Operator of Outer Banks Commercial Fisheries, and Representative, Ventura County Commercial Fishermen's Association

Email: neptuneobs@aol.com

Education

Member: Cliff Rodrigues

Cliff Rodrigues

Member: Retired Education Administrator; Board Member, MERITO Foundation; Volunteer member, Channel Islands Naturalist Corps

Email: clrod85i@mac.com

Cliff Rodrigues was born in Santa Barbara and has lived in Ventura since the early sixties. He has a BA from San José State and a Masters from USC. He is a retired educator who worked in the Ventura County Office of Education as the Director of Bilingual Education and Technology. Ever since his office became involved in 2002 with the Jason XIV Project, From Shore to Sea, which brought scientists, teachers and students to the Channel Islands and the Sanctuary, he has been actively involved with the Channel Islands. He assisted with the Argonaut Program for Ventura and Santa Barbara students and is still involved working with the MERITO program. In 2011 he became a Naturalist leading hikes on Santa Cruz Island, doing whale watches and participating in outreach events. In addition to his volunteer work as a Naturalist, he teaches Spanish for the Ventura Adult Education program and is a supervisor of student teachers for Loyola Marymount University.

Alternate: Andrea Mills

Andrea Mills

Education Coordinator, Island Packers Company

Email: education@islandpackers.com

A visit to the tide pools during a fifth grade field trip inspired in Andrea a permanent interest in the marine environment. After receiving a degree in marine biology, Andrea worked in the deep sea vent lab at UCSB and later in the Invertebrate Zoology Department at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Hoping to instill in the next generation the same passion for the marine environment that educators gave to her at such a young age, she returned to school to earn a multiple subject teaching credential. She transferred to the Education Department at the Museum for several years before moving to her current position as the Education Coordinator for Island Packers, a concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park. Island Packers transports over 70,000 visitors to the Park and National Marine Sanctuary every year, including more than 8,000 school children who participate in educational programs as part of their tour. Andrea also volunteers as a diver for the National Park's "Channel Islands Live," broadcasting educational programming from underwater.

Research

Member: Phyllis Grifman

Phyllis Grifman standing on the beach with the sunseting over the water

Associate Director, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California Email: grifman@usc.edu

Phyllis Grifman is Associate Director of the Sea Grant Program at the University of Southern California, a federal/state/university partnership devoted to the conservation and wise use of ocean and coastal resources and support for coastal communities. Her responsibilities include improving public awareness of coastal and marine issues at local, state and national levels. Phyllis received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her major interests include marine policy development and implementation, and public education.

Phyllis has a long-standing interest in the Channel Islands. While at UCSB, she participated in conflict resolution efforts related to fishing, oil development, and marine mammal interactions in the Santa Barbara Channel. A lifelong boater, she has had the opportunity to both work and recreate at the islands off California and has a deep appreciation for the rich resources of both the land and waters. At USC, Phyllis manages Sea Grant's research initiatives, including soliciting and funding research projects and outreach efforts to local and regional authorities. She has worked with sanitation authorities on research pertaining to impacts of disposal on coastal waters, and with the research community and municipalities on impacts of storm water runoff on nearshore coastal environments. She directs the program on coastal natural hazards, including impacts on local communities from sea level rise, erosion, coastal change. She has a continuing commitment to fostering educational opportunities in environmental science and policy.

Phyllis has chaired the Marine Shipping Working Group of the CINMS Advisory Council and worked on the California Marine Life Protection Act development of marine protected areas. She chaired the LA region Marine Protected Area Collaborative and is a Vice President of the Board for the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association. She serves on the Coastal Sediment Management Work Group, the steering committee of the California Coastal Resilience Network, and the Technical Advisory Council of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Alternate: Dr. Robert (Bob) Miller

Dr. Robert (Bob) Miller

Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

Email: rjmiller@ucsb.edu

Dr. Robert (Bob) Miller is a Research Biologist at UC Santa Barbara, where his research focuses on marine ecology in kelp forests and other coastal habitats. Bob leads the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (National Science Foundation), and the Southern California Bight Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (NASA/BOEM/NOAA). He earned his PhD in Biology studying marine life in the frigid Gulf of Maine at the University of Massachusetts Boston, his MS in Biological Oceanography working on deep sea ecosystems at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his BS at Nova University. Bob started as a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCSB in 2006, and never left. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, and diving, especially in the Channel Islands.

Tourism

Member: Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Owner/Director, Channel Islands Adventure Company (www.SBAdventureCo.com)

Email: mcohen@sbadventureco.com

Michael has operated the Santa Barbara Adventure Company since 1998 with the goal of offering local adventures of the highest quality led by incredible guides. In his 24 years of outdoor leadership experience, Michael has worked as a guide, outdoor educator and trip leader for several well-known outfitters in the west and abroad. Santa Barbara Adventure Company is committed to environmental education and protection of the National Marine Sanctuary. Michael runs sea cave kayaking tours at Channel Islands National Park, as an NPS permitted outfitter.

Michael is a leader in the tourism community of Santa Barbara. He serves on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau, using this platform to promote environmentally sound tourism and protection of the National Marine Sanctuary.

Michael's past leadership experience includes working as a river guide and trip leader in many of the western United States' most loved sections of river. These sections include Idaho's Middle Fork and Main Salmon, American, Tuolumne, and Rogue. He rowed baggage on the Grand Canyon, enjoyed leading multiday self-supported sea kayaking trips in Belize, and spent two winters as a diving instructor and underwater videographer in the British Virgin Islands. Before opening the doors of his own business, he worked as a manager for one of California's largest outdoor education outfitters. He has been educating youth and tourists about the Channel Islands and the Marine environment since 1996. "I have always believed that if we get our guests and students to love the marine environment, using interpretation and interesting facts, letting them taste, touch and really experience the place, they will make good choices and help protect it."

Alternate: Morgan Coffey

Morgan Coffey

Marketing Director, Surf Happens Foundation

Email: morgancoffey@gmail.com

Morgan's passion for all things ocean influences nearly every aspect of her life. Swimming in a relay across the Channel, assisting with whale and dolphin necropsies on local beaches, and taking the first ID photo of an orca calf are a few standout experiences close to home. While attending UCSB, she was a Waves on Wheels marine biology educator for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. As a conservation professional, she's engaged a wide range of stakeholders in environmental efforts that include Southern California Steelhead recovery, wildlife habitat restoration, and Marine Protected Areas. Since 2001, Morgan has volunteered with the CINMS Naturalist Corps, photographing cetaceans for identification research and interacting with thousands of visitors while leading hikes on the islands and providing interpretation aboard various whale watch and dive vessels along the coast.

Conservation

Member: Kristen Hislop

Kristen Hislop

Marine Conservation Program Director, Environmental Defense Center

Email: khislop@environmentaldefensecenter.org

Kristen Hislop is the Marine Conservation Program Director at the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and also works with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program as a consulting researcher. Prior to her position with EDC, Kristen was a coastal program analyst for the California Coastal Commission and spent a year with CINMS as a California Sea Grant State Fellow. Her role on the SAC and at EDC has re-engaged her in projects she started working on during her fellowship, including efforts to reduce the risk of ship strikes on endangered whales and the many facets of MPA implementation. Kristen is a co-chair of the Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative and, as the Conservation member on the SAC, she is also the chair of the Conservation Working Group. Kristen earned her BA in geography from UCSB and her Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), with emphasis in coastal and marine resources management, from the Bren School at UCSB. Kristen takes every opportunity to get out to the Channel Islands and is often hiking our local trails, surfing, paddling along the coast, or heading out of town to get back to her Northern California roots by skiing and exploring the Sierra Nevada.

Alternate: Samantha Macks Franz

Samantha Macks Franz

Volunteer & Interpretation Manager, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History/Sea Center

Email: smacks@sbnature2.org

Sam Macks Franz at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center oversees the volunteer programs, daily operations, and exhibit interpretation. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association of Interpretation and is responsible for facilitating advanced trainings to staff and volunteers on interpretative practices, science communication, climate literacy, and youth education at both of the organization's museum and sea center campuses. Her professional experience includes composing various research projects and science communication initiatives at organizations such as the Journal of Coastal Management, Long Live the Kings, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, Washington SeaGrant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service. Sam double majored in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Tampa; where her undergraduate research focused on local Synathid populations (seahorses and pipefish) and the effects of changing climate on their behavior and metabolic systems. She holds a Master of Marine Affairs (M.M.A.), from the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; her graduate thesis created the first vertical line co-occurrence model for National Marine Fisheries Service to better understand the risk of whale entanglements in fixed gear fisheries along the West coast. In her free time, she explores her passions for the underwater world, waves, and wildlife around our local beaches and at the Channel Islands.

Public At-Large 1

Member: Dr. Stuart Kasdin

Dr. Stuart Kasdin

City of Goleta Council Member

Email: skasdin1@gmail.com

Stuart Kasdin is a member of the Goleta City Council, elected in 2016. Current committee assignments include the Economic Development and Revitalization Standing Committee, Finance and Audit Standing Committee, and Goleta Beach Park Standing Committee. He also teaches Political Science at Santa Barbara City College. Prior to joining the city council, Stuart worked at George Washington University. His research and classes covered issues related to public administration. He left the position to be with his family in Goleta. Previously, he worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget, primarily in the Agriculture Branch focusing on the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and US Forest Service at different points. His responsibility was agency budgeting and management oversight, as well as assessing regulations, legislation, and agency strategic plans and performance measures.

He also has experience with community and economic development, having worked with the Freedom from Hunger Foundation, the World Bank, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he provided technical assistance for farmers and cooperatives in an Indian community in the Andes of Ecuador. There, he developed projects on soil conservation, livestock, and product marketing.

His training includes Masters degrees in agricultural and resource economics and in international agricultural development, and a PhD in Political Science from UCSB.

Alternate: Amanda Allen

Amanda Allen

Director of Development for MOXI

Email: amanda.allen@moxi.org

Amanda Allen is an ocean-lover and a working mother, living in Santa Barbara, CA. The Channel Islands have a special place in her heart as does science education and we can see her passions have inspired her career: Amanda is currently the Director of Development for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation where she is responsible for connecting people to MOXI's mission - to ignite a love for learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Prior, Amanda was the Sea Center Director with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History where she originally started as a volunteer in 2005. Before her Sea Center service, she launched and operated Ocean Adventures and was an executive director at The Princeton Review. Amanda has also worked for University of Hawaii's Waikiki Aquarium and for the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds an MBA from California State University, Channel Islands, a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UCSB and has served on various boards and councils in the community including Visit Santa Barbara, the Stearns Wharf Merchant Association, and is thrilled to be returning to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Public at Large 2

Member: Douglas Willams

Douglas Willams

Retired, Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer, and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer

Email: dbw11s74@gmail.com

Retired  Computer Systems Engineer with Los Angeles Unified School District.  Specialized in developing instructional networks and supervising various technical people who worked with other complex learning systems.

Upon retirement, he began volunteering with Channel Islands Naturalist  Corps  beginning with Whale Watch, finally he was cleared for guiding, then leading hikes on Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands.  Finding Anacapa the most difficult island to get lost on, he began doing overnight stints only on that island, assisting Rangers, especially greeting and providing orientations to visitors. Then something started to slow him down, sometimes leaving him exhausted after three days on tiny Anacapa. It turned out to be Parkinson's

Disease, which eventually prevented  service out on any of the islands. It also ended five years of volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, working boat crew.  He became staff officer with that program, and was put in charge of providing boating safety classes for Southern California, Nevada and Arizona until 2017.

Doug Continues to be active on the docks, especially as a docent with the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, and he works harder than you might think to remain a member in the C I Knot Club, a chapter of the "International Guild of Knot Tyler's", headquartered in London, England.

Doug's long connection with water and craft followed him from Ol Man River, where he grew up in first learn to use a boat-a little flatboat, then an outboard skiff in Long Beach, where he somehow caught the whitewater rafting bug, on to sea kayaks in our Beautiful Channel Islands and finally a 22' Diesel Cabin Skiff. 

So far he has lived in California for 65 years: exploring beaches and rivers from Mexico to Canada and Alaska. They tell him there's more to do. OK so he hasn't seen it all. The duffle is packed and he still has the plywood "boogie"  board he made in seventh grade, plus his neighbor has a forty footer and always needs a trained crew. Just examples of General Public users who have a vital interest in the national sanctuary they enter every day.

Alternate: Mary Byrd

Mary Byrd

Retired Program Manager, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

Email: mary@byrdwire.net

Mary Byrd retired from almost 20 years at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District in 2018. At the District, partnering with CINMS and other organizations and agencies, she worked on voluntary incentive programs to reduce speeds of vessels transiting the Santa Barbara Channel to reduce air pollution and protect whales. At the District, she also founded and led the Santa Barbara Car Free Project, a partnership with the tourism industry that received a 2009 national Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She implemented a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office to help fund environmental projects by teachers, and supported and participated in a range of community events and initiatives. She enjoys the Channel Islands' unique resources, and looks forward to supporting the work of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Chumash Community

Member: Eva Pagaling

Eva Pagaling

Santa Ynez Band of Samala Chumash Indians

Email: evalani4@gmail.com

Eva Pagaling is a member of the Samala Band of Chumash Indians in Santa Ynez, and is the youngest daughter of tomol Captain Reggie Pagaling. The tomol is a traditional wood-plank canoe and only sea-faring canoe within the Chumash culture that has existed since time immemorial. Eva has been making annual trips across the channel to Limuw (Santa Cruz Island) with her Chumash community since around the age of 10. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with her Bachelors in Communication, and shortly after graduating moved back home to work with her tribe. She is currently working with the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation as a Water Science Intern. She also runs seasonal community tomol programs with the Santa Ynez Culture Department on the reservation. Prior to her time with Wishtoyo she worked for the Behavioral Department at the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic as a Grants Associate. As a 29 year old mother of one-soon to be two-she plans to continue serving her Chumash peoples by following in the footsteps of those in her community who are carving multifaceted paths to their cultural regeneration.

Alternate: Tano Cabugos

Tano Cabugos

Site Operations Manager, Wishtoyo Foundation

Email: tano.wishtoyo@gmail.com

Tano Cabugos has been deeply immersed in maritime culture ever since he can remember. At 6 years old, he was already free-diving and fishing regularly with his family along the Santa Barbara Channel. As a Student Argonaut with the Jason Project, at age 13, Tano co-hosted live broadcasts from the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, sharing his experiences and teaching marine science to over 1 million of his peers. The following year, during the second annual Chumash channel crossing, Tano was a member of the tomol landing crew, bringing in the ‘Eleye'wun to the Chumash community waiting on the shore of Limuw (Santa Cruz Island). More recently, Tano had the fortune to accompany Captain Charles Moore on an expedition of the Algalita Marine Research and Education Vessel while doing work on marine plastic pollution. Across the board, from diving and fishing, to marine research and education, to ocean conservation and protection, to maritime culture and traditional navigation, Tano has devoted his energy to his life-long love of the ocean. He is honored to serve as a Chumash community representative on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.

Government Seats

National Marine Fisheries Service

Member: Daniel Studt

Daniel Studt

Email: daniel.studt@noaa.gov

Daniel Studt is with the Sustainable Fisheries Division of NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region (WCR). Daniel has been working as the recreational fisheries coordinator since April 2019 to increase NOAA Fisheries' visibility in the West Coast angling community and to understand and address the community's key concerns and priorities. Daniel was previously a contractor for seven years in the WCR's Highly Migratory Species Branch working on the national dolphin-safe tuna program and eastern Pacific Ocean tuna fisheries. Daniel grew up fishing and surfing in Southern California. He has a B.S in Marine Biology from CSU Long Beach and is working towards a Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate at Oregon State University.

Alternate: vacant

National Park Service

Member: Ken Convery

Ken Convery

Chief of Natural Resources Management, Channel Islands National Park

Email: ken_convery@nps.gov

Ken is the Chief of Natural Resources Management at the Channel Islands National Park, where he administers the park's natural resources and research programs and advises the Superintendent on marine and terrestrial resource issues. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Ken served as Deputy Project Leader for the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and before that as research faculty at Virginia Tech. Ken holds advanced degrees in biology (MS) and business administration (MBA) from Virginia Tech, and undergraduate degrees in Ecology and Evolution (BS) and Environmental Studies (BA) from the UCSB. When he's not working, you can often find him sailing, kayaking, diving or hiking within the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

Alternate: vacant

U.S. Coast Guard

Member: CDR Justin Noggle

CDR Justin Noggle

Email: Justin.W.Noggle@uscg.mil

Commander Justin Noggle currently serves as the Chief of Response for Sector Los Angeles - Long Beach in San Pedro, California. He came to Sector LA-LB from the Coast Guard's Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) in Portsmouth, Virginia where he served as the Command Centers Product Line Manager.

His previous operational assignments include Damage Control Assistant aboard Coast Guard Cutter RESOLUTE (WMEC 620), Communications Officer and Search and Rescue Controller at Coast Guard Group Miami, and Sector Command Center Chief at Coast Guard Sector Miami. His most recent operational tour was as the Enforcement Chief at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. Commander Noggle's staff assignments include his tour at C3CEN and the Headquarters Office of Shore Forces.

Commander Noggle's military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various unit and team awards.

He is a 2001 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Florida with a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is originally from Tampa, Florida.

Alternate: LCDR Lee Cruicius

LCDR Lee Cruicius

Living Marine Resources Officer, District Eleven

Email: Lee.K.Crusius@uscg.mil

LCDR Lee Crusius assumed his current duties as the Living Marine Resources Officer for Coast Guard District 11 in June 2019. In addition to representing Coast Guard District 11 at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, he also represents the District at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, as well as the advisory councils for Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones, and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. LCDR Crusius is also responsible for Coast Guard law enforcement operations and policy oversight throughout the California region including living marine resources/marine protected species enforcement, international border engagements, counter-drug operations, and alien-migrant interdiction missions. LCDR Crusius graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science, a track focus in chemistry and physical oceanography. He is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington obtaining a Master of Science in Coastal and Ocean Policy. He is a native of Hackensack, New Jersey.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Member: Donna Schroeder

Donna Schroeder

Marine Ecologist, Pacific Region

Email: donna.schroeder@boem.gov

An explorer of the Pacific for more than 20 years, Donna has made over 1000 scuba dives and over 100 submersible dives investigating marine habitats and populations. She has been a BOEM scientist and analyst since 2007, with expertise in fishes, fisheries, and marine habitats. Her research interests focus on offshore energy, marine population dynamics, seafloor mapping, artificial reefs, effects of contaminants (DDT, heavy metals, and PAHs) on marine species, and marine policy. Donna believes that partnerships make effective marine governance possible, and has collaborated extensively with the National Marine Sanctuary Program, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, Department of State, and many universities, non-governmental organizations and industry stakeholders.

Alternate: Jeremy Potter

Chief of Environmental Sciences, Pacific Region

Email: jeremy.potter@boem.gov

U.S. Department of Defense

Member: Gregory Sanders

Greg Sanders standing on the side of the mountain

Environmental Specialist, U.S. Navy's Point Mugu Sea Range

Email: gregory.s.sanders@navy.mil

For the Sanctuary Advisory Council, Greg Sanders represents the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu Sea Range (PMSR). Greg grew up in Ventura and earned his bachelor's degree in aquatic biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His early exploration of tide pools at Anacapa island and first SCUBA dives off the Channel Islands predate the designation of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary. After short stints as a SCUBA instructor and harvesting mussels and scallops from offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, Greg began his federal career with the Channel Islands National Park as a park ranger in 1987 and quickly transitioned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Ventura where he worked primarily with sea otters and habitat conservation, both as a biologist and in a law enforcement capacity.

After 18 years with USFWS, Greg transferred to the Minerals Management Service/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management where he served an additional 13 years as the Pacific Region's (California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii) marine mammal and sea turtle specialist. Greg's current position with the U.S. Navy focuses on sustainability of the NavAir's evaluation and testing on PMSR. His emphasis continues to be on marine mammals and fulfilling regulatory requirements on the sea range including NavAir activities on San Nicolas Island.

Alternate: Adam Melerski

Airspace and Offshore Manager, Vandenberg Air Force Base

Email: adam.melerski.2@spaceforce.mil

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Member: Carlos Mireles

Environmental Scientist, Marine Region

Email: Carlos.Mireles@wildlife.ca.gov

Carlos Mireles is an Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Invertebrate Fisheries Management Project.  Since 2012, Carlos' work has mainly focused on collecting essential fishery information and developing strategies to improve management of the State's commercial and recreational invertebrate fisheries. He is the lead biologist responsible for management of the Warty Sea Cucumber commercial dive fishery, where he is currently working with members of the fishing fleet, NGO's, and other government agencies to develop collaborative solutions for the future management of this valuable resource. Carlos holds a BS degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a MS degree in Biology from California State University, Long Beach.

Alternate: John Ugoretz

John Ugoretz

Environmental Program Manager, Marine Region

Email: john.ugoretz@wildlife.ca.gov

John Ugoretz has worked on California marine policy and management issues for the past twenty years. John is presently a United States Navy Marine Biologist working at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Pt. Mugu Sea Range. John's duties include oversight of marine mammal monitoring and marine ecosystem management at San Nicolas Island. He helps support and coordinate a variety of intertidal and marine research conducted on the island and surrounding waters. John is also a NAVAIR representative for marine spatial planning issues and regulatory and other issues that might impact Navy operations on the Sea Range. In his free time, John is an avid SCUBA diver and sailor.

California Natural Resources Agency

Member: Jenn Eckerle

Jenn Eckerle

Deputy Director, Ocean Protection Council

Email: jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov

Jenn Eckerle is the Deputy Director of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC). She is responsible for supervising staff and helping set the strategic priorities for coast and ocean policy in California. Before joining OPC, Jenn spent eight years as an ocean policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she conducted technical analysis and developed policy recommendations to advance ocean conservation related to marine protected areas, fisheries, marine debris, desalination, underwater noise, oil drilling, and aquaculture. Jenn earned an M.S. in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vermont.

Alternate: vacant

California Coastal Commission

Member: Cassidy Teufel

Email: Cassidy.Teufel@coastal.ca.gov

Cassidy Teufel has worked for the California Coastal Commission since 2004 and has degrees in Marine Ecology and Natural Resource Management from UC Berkeley and the University of Sydney (Australia).  Prior to his work for the State of California, Cassidy spent several years studying marine mammals and coastal wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area and coral reef systems in Hawaii and American Samoa.  Having worked for 15 years in the Coastal Commission's Energy, Ocean Resources, and Federal Consistency Division, Cassidy reviews and manages projects statewide involving aquaculture, marine protected areas, coastal power plants, oil and gas development and facility decommissioning, federal agency activities, and marine habitat restoration.

Jaqueline Phelps

Alternate: Jaqueline Phelps

Coastal Program Analyst

Email: jacqueline.phelps@coastal.ca.gov

Jackie Phelps is a Coastal Program Analyst at the California Coastal Commission, where she has been working to protect and enhance California's coast and ocean since 2012. Jackie earned a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies, as well as a minor in Legal Studies, from UC Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the Commission Jackie worked as a research assistant at Long Marine Lab and as a stewardship assistant at the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. Jackie was born and raised in beautiful Ventura. She has had countless adventures to local beaches and to the Channel Islands, which have inspired her to pursue a career in coastal protection. Jackie enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and traveling. She spends as much time as possible exploring the natural environment both locally and abroad.

County of Santa Barbara

Member: Errin Briggs

Errin Briggs

Supervisor, Energy, Minerals & Compliance Division, Planning & Development Department

Email: ebriggs@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

Errin Briggs has served the Santa Barbara community for over 12 years working as a planner for the County of Santa Barbara. He has served in numerous positions during this time and is now a supervising planner in the Energy & Minerals Division where he oversees the permitting of oil and gas and mining-related projects. Errin attended the University of California Santa Barbara where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Errin spends a significant portion of his free time in the ocean and is an avid diver, surfer, and spear fisherman. Errin has dove the waters of each of the eight Channel Islands, as well as Tanner and Cortez Banks. You can often find him diving with friends on the backside of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands searching for the area's most desired fish.

Alternate: David Villalobos

David Villalobos

Board Assistant Supervisor, Planning & Development Department

Email: dvillalo@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

David has worked for the County of Santa Barbara since 2003, with the Planning and Development department administration division for the past 13 years. He attended UC Santa Barbara, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, and he received a Master's of Public Administration from California State Northridge. David is also a member of the County of Santa Barbara Public Information Team, and is often found in the Emergency Operations Center's Joint Information Center.

County of Ventura

Member: Danielle Tarr

Danielle Tarr

Planning Specialist, Harbor Department

Email: danielle.tarr@ventura.org

Danielle Tarr has been working as a Planner for the County of Ventura Harbor Department for over 4 years where she is responsible for the Harbor's planning administration, development review, project coordination and permitting functions. Danielle enjoys being a part of the growth and development of the Channel Islands Harbor and looks forward to her continued role on the Sanctuary Advisory Council. After graduating with a B.A. in Interior Design she focused her career on Project Management in Commercial Real Estate and Hotel Design throughout Los Angeles and San Diego. It wasn't until her experience in the public sector, as a Project Coordinator for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's largest Green Build, that she realized her passion for local government and serving the community. She now appreciates the slower vibe of living in Ventura with her husband and two young kids.

Alternate: Mark Sandoval

Mark Sandoval

Harbor Director, Channel Islands Harbor

Email: Mark.Sandoval@ventura.org

Mark is currently the Harbor Director for the Ventura County Channel Islands Harbor. His responsibilities include ensuring that the Channel Islands Harbor continues to improve as a destination for visitors and residents. This entails identifying development and re-development opportunities for new Harbor related, visitor serving businesses, ensuring that the current business owners in and around the Harbor are supported by the County to enhance their success, and promoting the Harbor to attract visitors to this wonderful year-round destination.

Mark was formerly the General Manager of the Monterey Lakes Recreation Company, a Division of The California Parks Company, where his responsibilities included the general management of the Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio recreation properties, located in wine country in the central Californian coastal area.

Mark also spent over two decades with the City of Long Beach, where he managed the City's marina and waterfront operation for eighteen years. His degrees are from Long Beach State, and he enjoys everything outdoors in his spare time.

Non-Voting Representatives

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Member: Chris Mobley

Chris Mobley

Superintendent, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Email: chris.mobley@noaa.gov

Chris has been sanctuary superintendent since the Fall of 2002. He began his NOAA career in 1987 as a commissioned officer in the NOAA corps, serving aboard the NOAA ship Malcom Baldrigeas deck officer, working diver, and shipboard computer manager. He then worked for ten years in NOAA Fisheries' Santa Rosa, California field office, focusing on the conservation and restoration of marine and freshwater fish habitat.

As Pacific Salmon Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chris worked on policy, funding, and administration of Pacific salmon recovery efforts under the Endangered Species Act. During his career, Chris has had extensive experience in building partnerships and collaborating with state and federal agencies, local government, tribes, businesses, non-profit organizations and user groups, often on highly controversial and contentious issues. Chris has a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington, and an M.B.A. from Sonoma State University.

Alternate: Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Deputy Superintendent for Programs, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Email: michael.murray@noaa.gov

As Deputy Superintendent for Programs since 2008, Michael Murray assists with overall management of the sanctuary and works to integrate and enhance resource protection, research and monitoring, education and outreach, and maritime heritage program areas. Michael first joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) in 1999, and since then has enjoyed helping to connect the local community with management of the sanctuary through his ongoing role as coordinator of the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Prior to joining CINMS, Michael worked as a planner for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries from 1995-1999 in Seattle, Washington on a feasibility study for a proposed National Marine Sanctuary site. Michael has also studied the management of marine protected areas (MPAs) since 1996, and was active in MPA planning for Puget Sound in Washington State from 1997-1999. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the editorial board for MPA News, an international newsletter. Michael holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Policy and Planning from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Raised in Hawaii and a life-long surfer, Michael enjoys living on the coast of Santa Barbara, California.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Member: Vacant

Alternate: Karen Grimmer

Karen Grimmer working on the deck of a ship

Resource Protection Coordinator, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Email: karen.grimmer@noaa.gov

Karen received her bachelor's degree in biology from San Francisco State University and her master's degree in education from California State University, Hayward. She was appointed as acting Resource Protection Coordinator in October 2012. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Superintendent from 2007 to 2012 and has worked at the Sanctuary in a variety of positions since 1999.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Member: Maria Brown

Maria Brown

Superintendent, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Email: maria.brown@noaa.gov

Maria Brown is Superintendent of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Maria helped found the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association and established the first marine sanctuary visitor center, directed a lecture series, organized an educational sanctuary high school program, and managed the internationally recognized Beach Watch volunteer program. Maria has a background in urban and environmental policy, conservation and resource studies, and environmental law.

Alternate: Brian Johnson

Deputy Superintendent, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Email: brian.johnson@noaa.gov