Lee Weishar, Best Restored Beaches Co-Chair
A Senior Scientist with the Woods Hole Group since 1989, He has more than 40 years’ experience in the fields of oceanography, coastal engineering, sediment transport, ecological restoration, environmental impact assessment, and project/program management. Prior to joining the Woods Hole Group, he was employed by the USACE Waterways Experiment Station (now ERDC).
Peter Seidle, Best Restored Beaches Co-Chair
Coastal Engineer for Applied Technology & Management, West Palm Beach, FL, Mr. Seidle is a project manager with over 20 years of experience providing domestic and international clients with effective shoreline and inlet solutions.
Jayme Timberlake is the Coastal Zone Program Administrator for the City of Encinitas, where she runs shoreline protection programs along the Encinitas’ coastline including the Opportunistic Beach Fill Program, San Diego County Army Corps of Engineers Project, beach attendance program, and associated biological and physical surveys.
Devin Santa, P.E. is President of RACE Coastal Engineering, LLC. Devin has worked in the field of coastal engineering since 1995 and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in thirteen States.
Ed Striedl has been with the Borough of Keansburg for 45 years. He is currently the Director of the Construction Office and also serves as the Borough’s Floodplain Manager, Construction Official, Zoning Officer, and Code Enforcement Officer—positions he has held since approximately 2007.
Michele Hoff, a lifelong resident of Keansburg Borough, has been the Keansburg Recreation Coordinator since 2016. Keansburg Recreation provides recreation, special events, fitness and wellness opportunities for our community.
Duncan Greer, P.E., Project Engineer and Taylor Engineering’s Destin office lead, manages various coastal and waterfront engineering projects from the Florida Panhandle.
Originally from Illinois Shawn Gillen holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and a PhD in public administration from the University of Kentucky.
Erika Feller is Director of Marine and Coastal Conservation for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where she oversees a portfolio of conservation funding programs related to coastal resilience and marine fisheries, wildlife, and habitat protection.
Suzanne Simon is NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program Director for Restore America’s Estuaries with more than 25 years working on coastal, marine, and estuarine issues in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She earned a B.S. in biology from Bates College.
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Chris Darnell has specialized in coastal natural resource issues for over 20 years. He has worked as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program for the last 15 years where he focuses on supporting implementation of the Service’s Coastal Program and coordinating the National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program.
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An experienced beach park facility manager, MacPhee presently serves as the product development/beach and shoreline manager for the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
A native Texan, Kelly graduated from the University of Houston in Hotel/ Restaurant Management with a minor in Spanish. She served two years as a US Peace Corp volunteer in the Dominican Republic and upon completion of service, she was hired by the country’s preeminent tourism company, Grupo Punta Cana.
Since 2013 Janet Zaldua has served as the CEO for the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau (MdR CVB). In her role she oversees the destination marketing efforts of the organization and works in collaboration with community stakeholders to promote Marina del Rey as a premier destination for leisure and business travel.
As Director of Coast and Natural Resources for The Trustees, Tom O’Shea is leading The Trustees’ Coastal Strategy and Initiative and oversees The Trustees’ natural resource and ecology programs. Tom has envisioned and mobilized several significant statewide stewardship programs, conservation initiatives, and coastal resilience projects and partnerships across 117 properties and 76 miles of Trustees’ coastline statewide.
Charles Sutcliffe is in his ninth year in the Governor’s Office Coastal Activities. He began with a strict policy focus related to the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan and now seeks to integrate an understanding of coastal change into other departments across state government. He coordinates closely with other state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and philanthropies as the State of Louisiana broadens its approach to managing the many implications of coastal change and positioning itself to capitalize on the opportunities that may arise.
Karina Johnston is the Science Director for The Bay Foundation, a non-profit environmental group based out of Los Angeles, and the Director of Programs for Loyola Marymount University’s Coastal Research Institute. Karina leads both departments by innovating project ideas and implementing projects that clean up waterways and create healthy habitats in the Los Angeles region.