Audrey Gup-Mathews

Audrey Gup-Mathews

Program Associate

Audrey Gup-Mathews has joined NERRA in the Program Associate role after working in the nonprofit and education fields for years. She is excited to work in support of NERRA’s vital mission. Audrey served as director of a community arts organization before moving to the University of New England, where she grew the university’s summer Early College Program and managed Continuing Education at the school. She also enjoys writing grants for nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as Grant Writer/Coordinator for York County Community College in Wells, ME for five years.

Audrey lives in Kennebunk, ME with her daughter Castine, who is completing Art Teacher Certification at the University of Southern Maine, and their Maine Coon cat, Amelia. They are lucky to live a block from the Mousam River, which feeds into the ocean a mile away – providing some amazingly scenic walks and bike rides – and is only a few miles from the Wells Estuarine Reserve.

Audrey earned a B.A. in Art History from Bowdoin College and a Master’s in the History of Art & Architecture from Brown University. She also holds teaching certificates from the University of Rhode Island and University of California, Irvine Ext.

Mary Schoell

Mary Schoell

NOAA Digital Coast Fellow

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Schoell is the NOAA Digital Coast Fellow co-hosted by NERRA and the Narragansett Bay Reserve in Rhode Island. Mary is developing data tools on coastal wetland migration pathways and identifying what end-users need to protect these pathways.

 Mary grew up in the rural town of East Haddam, Connecticut, which shaped her love and appreciation for the natural world. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut, she worked for three years on a salt marsh restoration project with the USEPA’s Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division in Narragansett.

She earned her Master’s in Environmental Science from the Yale School of the Environment last May. There she studied the effects of sea-level rise and storm surge on salt marsh migration into coastal forests along Long Island Sound. Through a forestry technique known as dendrochronology, she explored the timescale in which salt water inundation drives tree stress, tree death, and marsh migration. She is excited to act on the broader land use management implications of this research through her NOAA Digital Coast Fellowship.

Jess Waters

Jess Waters

Communications Consultant

Jess is a communications consultant for the National Estuarine Research reserve Association. As a member of the team at Roca Communications+, she enthusiastically provides communications, planning, and group process services for NERRA and other clients in coastal and oceanic management.

Her introduction to the NERRS system was as a grant-based Coastal Training Program aide at New Hampshire’s Great Bay Reserve in 2018, where she fell in love with Reserves and their multi-front approach to coastal resilience. Her background is in scientific and medical communications, where she specialized in patient advocacy. She brings that passion for human advocacy to her work with the coasts and the people who live and work there.

Shortly after entering the coastal world professionally, Jess learned how to swim for the first time. Her summer afternoons are now spent swimming in the tidal rivers that surround Great Bay, where she lives.

Rebecca K. Roth

Rebecca K. Roth

Executive Director

Rebecca Roth is the executive director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association. She advances the mission of the reserve system by advocating for the shared interests of all reserves. She works with Congress and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support annual budget appropriations and legislative priorities that enhance the value of all reserves for their many partners and stakeholders. She also works closely with NOAA and other federal agencies to help shape regulations and policies to sustain healthy estuaries nationwide.

A land use planner by training, Rebecca is a veteran coastal management and public administration professional with more than 29 years of experience. For 18 years, she worked for the California Coastal Commission, where she last served as Federal Programs Manager. She has been involved with the reserves since 1998 through her Coastal Commission work, which facilitated integrated coastal and ocean management among California’s reserves, coastal programs, and marine sanctuaries.

Rebecca earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Policy at San Francisco State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and City Planning at San Diego State University. Rebecca grew up and lived near the Pacific Ocean in California for most of her life; she now resides in New England where she still finds her connection to the coast to be one of her greatest re-charges.

Phone: 202-236-4819
Email: roth@nerra.org

Cindy Dabrowski Kennie

Cindy Dabrowski Kennie

Director of Special Projects

Cindy Dabrowski Kennie is the director of special projects for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association. She manages a range of system-wide initiatives, including the annual meeting and the reserves’ Friends and Foundations Network.

Cindy has worked for more than 20 years in the environmental sector, most recently as partner and co-owner of an environmental consulting firm. She has been involved with the reserves since 2005, when she joined the team at the Wells reserve to support planning and grant writing and to serve on the Board of Directors for the Laudholm Trust, the Wells reserve’s non-profit partner.

Cindy has a Master of Science Degree in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She is a native of New England and lives with her family on the beautiful Maine coast.

Phone: 207-205-5758
Email: kennie@nerra.org

Scott G. Rocray

Scott G. Rocray

Accountant

Scott Rocray is the accountant for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. He provides support to ensure accurate financial reporting on behalf of NERRA and the Wells reserve. Scott is a certified public accountant, with more than 25 years of experience that includes financial oversight of federal grants and cooperative agreements.

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