About NERRA

Who We Are

Executive Committee

Keith Laakkonen

Keith Laakkonen

NERRA President & Manager

Keith is manager of Florida’s Rookery Bay Reserve and a strong supporter of estuaries and our Reserve System.

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Jace Tunnell

Jace Tunnell

NERRA Vice President & Manager

Jace Tunnell is the manager of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (MANERR) Texas.

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Paul Dest

Paul Dest

Treasurer & Director

Paul has been active in environmental conservation, education, and communications in Maine and New Hampshire for more than 25 years.

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Nikki Dix

Nikki Dix

Secretary

Nikki Dix, Ph.D., is the research director at Florida’s Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Reserve.

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Mike DeLuca

Mike DeLuca

NERRA Chair of Government Affairs

Mike is manager of New Jersey’s Jaques Cousteau Reserve. His work encompasses large-scale research initiatives, science education, government relations, and policy

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Jennifer Raulin

Jennifer Raulin

Executive Committee Member-at-Large

Jennifer Raulin is the manager at the Chesapeake Bay Reserve in Maryland.

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Lisa Auermuller

Lisa Auermuller

NERRA Past President & Assistant Manager

Lisa’s work combines natural and social science aspects of the coastal decision making process.

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*Rebecca Roth, NERRA Executive Director, is an ex officio member of the NERRA Executive Committee.

Staff

Rebecca K. Roth

Rebecca K. Roth

Executive Director
Rebecca advances the mission of the reserve system by advocating for the shared interests of all reserves.

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Cindy Dabrowski Kennie

Cindy Dabrowski Kennie

Director of Special Projects
Cindy manages a range of system-wide initiatives, including the annual meeting and the reserves’ Friends and Foundations Network.

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Lynne Benoit-Vachon

Lynne Benoit-Vachon

Office Manager
Lynne Benoit-Vachon provides office support for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association….

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Dolores Leonard

Dolores Leonard

Communications Consultant
Dolores is a communications consultant for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.

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Jess Waters

Jess Waters

Communications Consultant
Jess is a communications consultant for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.

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Scott G. Rocray

Scott G. Rocray

Accountant
Scott Rocray is the accountant for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

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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.

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Governing Board

Angela Underwood

Weeks Bay Reserve
Acting Manager
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Paul Dest

Wells Reserve
Treasurer & Manager
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William Reay, Ph.D.

Chesapeake Bay Reserve (Virginia)
NERRA Past President & Manager
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Erik Smith

North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve
Manager
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Lisa Auermuller

Jacques Cousteau Reserve
NERRA President & Watershed Coordinator
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Heather Gierloff

Hudson River Reserve
Manager
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Rachel Phillos

Delaware Reserve
Manager
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Kawika Winter

He’eia Reserve
Manager
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Nikki Dix

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve
Secretary
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Allison Knab

Great Bay Reserve
Friends & Foundations Representative
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Bree Yednock

South Slough Reserve
Manager
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Mike DeLuca

Jacques Cousteau Reserve
NERRA Chair of Government Affairs & Manager
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Rebecca Ellin

North Carolina Reserve
Manager
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Jamie Belanger

South Slough Reserve
Education Coordinator Rep.
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Dave Feliz

Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Manager
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Jen West

Narragansett Bay Reserve
Coastal Training Program Coordinator Rep.
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Ayesha Gray, Ph.D.

Grand Bay Reserve
Director
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Jenna Harper

Apalachicola Reserve
Manager
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Brandon Puckett

North Carolina Reserve
Research Coordinator Rep.
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Robert Twilley, Ph.D.

Louisana Reserve (Pending)
Representative
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Jennifer Plunkett

North Inlet-Winyah Bay
Stewardship Coordinator Rep.
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Jace Tunnell

Mission-Aransas Reserve
Manager
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Keith Laakkonen

Rookery Bay Reserve
NERRA Vice President & Manager
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Janice Kerns

Old Woman Creek Reserve
Manager
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Blaik Keppler

ACE Basin Reserve
Manager
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Lia Sansom

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve
Manager
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Aitza Pabón

Jobos Bay Reserve
Manager
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Chris Peregrin

Tijuana Estuary Reserve
Manager
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Tonna-Marie Surgeon-Rogers

Waquoit Bay Reserve
Manager
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Emily Tyner

Lake Michigan Reserve (Pending)
Representative
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Cory Riley

Great Bay Reserve
NERRA Past President & Manager
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Coowe Walker

Kachemak Bay Reserve
Manager
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Doug Samson, Ph.D.

Sapelo Island Reserve
Manager
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Caitlin Chafee

Narragansett Bay Reserve
Manager
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Jude Apple

Padilla Bay Reserve
Manager
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Stuart Siegel

San Francsico Reserve
Interim Manager
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Deanna Erickson

Lake Superior Reserve
Manager
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Jennifer Raulin

Chesapeake Bay Reserve (Maryland)
Manager
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Kevin O’Brien

Connecticut Reserve (Pending)
Representative
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*Coreen Weilminster, education coordinator at Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve, is an ex officio member of the NERRA Governing Board.

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