Sanctuary Advisory Council Members

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Kevin Krick, Maritime Activities


Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook, Education

Council Non-governmental Seats - Members

Community-at-Large - Marin County:

george clyde

George Clyde ( has a home on Tomales Bay in Marshall, California. He is a member of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, serves on the Board of Directors of the East Shore Planning Group, is an Associate Director of the Marin Resource Conservation District, and is a Director of Investigative Reporting Productions, Inc. In addition to representing Community-at-Large - Marin County for the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, George is a member of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) Advisory Council (Maritime Activities/Recreation, alternate). For the GFNMS Advisory Council, he served on stakeholder working group regarding the Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan and chaired a working group considering new regulations to protect wildlife from low overflights. As a lawyer (now retired), his passion for sailing led to professional engagements as legal and rules advisor for several America's Cup yacht racing teams. He is an enthusiastic, if not always successful, fisherman.

Community-at-Large - Marin County:

Michael Cummings

Michael Cummings ( lives in Fairfax with his wife Lisa and their son Parker. As a green trained builder, Mike has worked for the past twenty two years as a Project Manager for Stroub Construction, a leading Bay Area Residential Construction Company. He is an avid outdoorsman and recreational fisherman. He also enjoys sailing and is an active competitive bay area sailor participating in local and regional regattas. He studied fisheries management at Colorado State University before receiving his BFA and MFA from the University of Colorado. Mike has had a strong lifelong commitment to protecting our environment and believes that the health of the world's ocean is the keystone to the health of the environment and the world as we know it.

Community-at-Large - Sonoma County:

Bill Wolpert

Bill Wolpert ( is an architect living and working in Petaluma. In his professional capacity, he heads up Green Building Architects, focusing on sustainable design and planning. His work includes residential and commercial projects, and the Point Reyes National Seashore. He is also consulting with Lawson's Landing to help mitigate issues between human activity and sensitive habitat. Enjoying an active role in his community, he has chaired the Advisory Taskforce for Petaluma's Green Building Ordinance and sits on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission recently appointed Bill as their liaison to Petaluma's Citizen Advisory Committee for the SMART Station Area Planning Process. The overarching goal of his involvement in these activities is to reduce the environmental impacts of development and improve the quality of his community. Out of the office, Bill enjoys fly fishing, birding, and foraging for wild mushrooms. His passion for fishing has led to his involvement in restoration of stream habitat for native fish with Cal Trout and Trout Unlimited. He has assisted Fish and Game in restoring Coho to Walker Creek. Bill has participated in bird counts on Tomales Bay and keeps an eye out for visitors to his backyard feeders. A love of foraging wild blackberries as a child progressed to hunting wild mushrooms and resulted in a board position on the Sonoma County Mycological Association. During that time, Bill served three years as Foray Leader. Bill is married to Megan Donner, the Culinary Arts and Sustainable Foods teacher at Casa Grande High School.

Community-at-Large - Sonoma County:

Sarah Hameed

Sarah Hameed ( received her doctorate in Marine Ecology from UC Davis' Bodega Marine Laboratory, where she studied population dynamics and larval migration of intertidal invertebrates as well as conservation management and marine spatial planning. A resident of Petaluma, she was a high school teacher for seven years and taught in both Sonoma and Marin Counties. She has been a water-woman since her childhood on Maui - when she is not chasing after shore crabs in the intertidal for her field work, she can usually be found diving at Fort Ross, kayaking in Tomales Bay, or surfing one of her favorite breaks in the North Bay. She is a member of the Sonoma Coast Surfrider Chapter and the Redwood Nature Conservancy Chapter. She also has a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Law and a master's degree in Teaching Social Studies from Brown University. Sarah is very excited to serve as a liaison between the sanctuary and the folks of Sonoma County.


Lance Morgan

Lance Morgan ( received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis, and did postdoctoral research at Bodega Marine Laboratory and NOAA Fisheries before joining Marine Conservation Institute in 2000. His Ph.D. research focused on the population dynamics of the red sea urchin and its fishery in northern California, and his post-doctoral research examined designing networks of marine protected areas to manage fisheries. From 1991-1995 he worked at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California as Science Director and Marine Mammalogist. He holds a Master's Degree from San Francisco State University in Marine Science and studied seal and sea lion behavior and evolution. Projects that he has managed include identifying priority conservation areas from Baja California to the Bering Sea for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the analysis of the collateral damage from commercial fishing methods, and an assessment of deep sea corals in US waters. He has field experience from a wide diversity of sites in North America and has conducted research on a number of marine species. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors both above and below water.


todd steiner

Todd Steiner ( is the executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network and its two primary programs: SPAWN (Salmon Protection And Watershed Network) and the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. As a conservation biologist, Todd has spent the past 30 years working to protect the marine environment and endangered species in Florida, California and Central America. Todd currently serves as a member of the NOAA-California Department of Fish and Wildlife Priority Action Coho Team Technical Working Group, IUCN (World Conservation Union) Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Lagunitas Creek Technical Advisory Committee, and the Tomales Bay Watershed Council. Todd has been a resident of West Marin for over 20 years.

Education (Vice-Chair):

Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook

Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook ( has worked in resource management, marine research and marine environmental education on the east coast before moving to Point Reyes in 2006. She received a M.S. in Marine Science from SUNY Stony Brook in 1997; her thesis research focused on uptake of metals from treated lumber by blue mussels, M. edulis. Merging her interests in marine environmental science and education, Leslie works as coordinator and educator for Science at the Seashore, a collaborative program of the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center and Point Reyes National Seashore Association. She leads immersive, field science activities in the Giacomini Wetland and nearby Seashore sites for visiting school groups, as well as a week-long overnight summer field camp for urban Bay area high school students. She also co-created Outdoor Ed in the Watershed, a science-based and interdisciplinary hands-on watershed education program based at West Marin School, now offered there through partnerships with local non-profits. She also worked as a nursery biologist raising oyster seed at Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall. With her husband Casimir, Leslie is raising two teenaged sons, and has taken leadership roles on the West Marin School Parent Teacher Student Association for 4 years. In her "spare" time, Leslie also enjoys organic gardening, bee keeping and raising backyard chickens.


Bec Detrich

Rebecca "Bec" Detrich ( is a leader in the field of Environmental Education and is dedicated to connecting students to the natural world and promoting responsible actions to sustain it. She is currently the Director of Education at Westminster Woods outdoor school. Prior to Westminster Woods, Bec led the Field Science program at NatureBridge, Golden Gate and worked within the field of environmental education in Yosemite, on Catalina, throughout the East Coast as well as in Australia. Over her career, she has developed marine science and climate change programing, led teacher trainings, developed stewardship projects within the National Parks and built collaborative relationships with a variety of private and public organizations. Bec holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University where she majored in Environmental Science. Her masters in Biology was focused on community-based conservation and global leadership and allowed her to do coursework in Namibia and Borneo. Bec is an active member in the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative and was named a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.


Richard Ogg

Richard Ogg ( is an electrician by trade, and retired from Sonoma State University after 30+ years. He is now self-employed as an electrical contractor, owns Wine Country Electric and works primarily on the coast. An avid sportsman all his life, Richard has fished and dove along the Sonoma County coast since he was 18. Early in his career he owned a martial arts school and taught Chinese Kenpo Karate and Choy Li Fut Gung Fu. Today he is a dedicated commercial fisherman and fishes out of Bodega Bay on his fishing vessel Miss Peggy. He currently serves on the California Salmon Council, the Spud Point Advisory Board and is one of the Directors of the Bodega Bay Fisherman's Marketing Association. Richard has been a resident of Sonoma County for 53 years and currently resides in Bodega Bay, California with his wife and two dogs.


Noah Wagner

Noah Wagner ( is the Supervisor at Spud Point Marina, and oversees the day to day operation of Spud Point Marina, Mason's Marina and the Sonoma County Sport Fishing Center at Porto Bodega in Bodega Bay. He started with the Parks Department at Spud Point Marina when he was 18 years old, and brings 35+ years of boating experience and community goodwill to the table. Noah has had a chance to work many positions for the Parks Department, gaining invaluable "hands on" experience and education in running a large County owner commercial marina in a community rich in environmentalism and politics. Born and educated in Sonoma County, Noah has local sensitivity and deep rooted connections in his community. In addition to valuing his work environment, Noah is a family man who makes good use of the wonderful and diverse community in which we live, in his spare time he can be found enjoying the many local waterways, biking and hiking trails but spending time with his family is first and foremost in his life. Noah lives with his family in Santa Rosa and owns a home on the Russian River in the community in which he grew up.

Maritime Activities (Chair):

Kevin Krick

Kevin Krick ( is Matson's Director, Safety, Security & Emergency Response within the Safety, Quality, and Environment Group. Prior to joining Matson, Kevin was employed by APL, Ltd, most recently serving as the Head of Security & Environment, Americas. He is a 1991 dual-license graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and currently maintains valid deck and engine USCG licenses. After graduation, Kevin sailed for Keystone Shipping before coming ashore to serve as Director of Public Affairs for the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay. Kevin then served in the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) as Special Assistant to the Maritime Administrator and later as Senior Advisor for Maritime Policy. After MARAD, Kevin returned to the private sector as the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Asst. Director, Security & Accident Prevention, participating in the formulation of safety policy for PMA member terminal operators, joining APL in 2008. Kevin holds a Master of Marine Policy degree from the University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies. He is currently commissioned as a Captain in the US Navy's Strategic Sealift Reserve Program. He and his wife Natasha currently live in Fairfax, California with their two sons.

Maritime Activities:

John Berge

John Berge ( is a vice president with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), a regional trade association representing commercial shipping in California and Washington State. He has been involved in the maritime industry for over thirty years; currently focusing on regulatory and governmental affairs, with previous experience in commercial, operational and logistical aspects of international shipping. He is a state appointee to the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee and the State Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee, advising on navigational safety and oil spill preparedness, prevention and response. He received a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Policy Analysis from the University of California - Davis. John is a lifetime resident of the Bay Area and lives in Corte Madera.


jaime jahnck

Jaime Jahncke ( is the Director of the California Current System Initiative. Jaime joined PRBO Conservation Science (now Point Blue Conservation Science) ( ) in 2004. He received his B.S. in Biology from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru (1992) and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine (2004). Jaime's doctorate research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. George L. Hunt Jr. studying how physical processes associated with coastal waters affect the abundance and distribution of marine birds in Peru and Alaska. Jaime's current research focuses on the spatial and temporal relationships between oceanographic processes, zooplankton, and marine birds and mammals in the region surrounding Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones to better understand food web dynamics, identify predictable hotspots, and improve ocean zoning in support of Ecosystem Based Management in the region. He is the lead Principal Investigator for the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS) Partnership between Point Blue, NOAA's Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries and several agencies and academic institutions. He is currently also a Research alternate for the GFNMS Advisory Council.


Tessa Hill

Dr. Tessa Hill ( is an Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow at University of California, Davis, in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. She is also affiliated with UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, a research station on the Northern California coast. Tessa graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College (1999) and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara (2004). She was then a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, prior to starting a faculty position. Research interests include climate change, both past and present, and understanding the response of marine species to environmental perturbation. She is part of the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) group at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which aims to understand the impact of ocean acidification on native species. Tessa is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and a member of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel.

Council Governmental Seats:

(nonvoting, except may cast ballots in officer elections)

National Marine Sanctuary Superintendents:

Chris Mobley ( - Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent

Maria Brown ( - Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent

Brian Johnson ( - Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Deputy Superintendent - Alternate

Paul Michel ( - Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent

NOAA Fisheries:

Don Tanner

Don Tanner - Member

Don Tanner is a Special Agent for NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), and has worked for OLE for 17 years; he is based in Sacramento. Don was instrumental in negotiating and implementing the first seven Joint Enforcement Agreements between NOAA Fisheries/OLE and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and until recently has focused primarily on Endangered Species Act violations in the California Central Valley Region. Don's area of responsibly now includes all national marine sanctuaries, ground fish activities and major air/sea ports north of San Louis Obispo to the Oregon border. Prior to coming aboard with NOAA Fisheries, Don served as a Special Agent with the Unites States Customs Service in Southern California and as an Investigative (Surveillance) Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles. He also served in the United States Army, overseas and stateside, as Military Police Investigator assigned to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

vacant - Alternate

United States Coast Guard:

CDR Jason Brand

CDR Jason Brand ( - Member
CDR Jason P. Brand assumed his current duties as the Living Marine Resources officer for Coast Guard District Eleven in June 2016. CDR Brand is also responsible for Coast Guard law enforcement operations and policy oversight throughout the region, including counter-drug operations, alien-migrant interdiction, international border engagements, and living marine resources/marine protected species enforcement missions. He represents Coast Guard District Eleven at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Channel Islands, Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. CDR Brand, originally from Arvin, CA, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT in 1999 with a B.S. in Leadership and Management. CDR Brand obtained a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and a second masters degree from the U.S. Naval War College.

LT Darrina Willis

LT Darrina Willis ( – Alternate

LT Darrina Willis is a California native, born in Berkeley, CA, working her second active duty tour with the United States Coast Guard. Her previous duty station was in New Orleans, LA where she worked in the Incident Management Division responding to many oil pollution and hazardous materials incidents. Her second tour moved her to Alameda, CA where she has worked as a Law Enforcement Duty Officer, Search and Rescue Controller and Command Duty Officer. Responsibilities included drug operations, alien-migrant interdiction, creating search and rescue response plans and providing oversight of all other missions within the area of responsibility. As of June 2018, she took over as the Maritime Homeland Security mission manager, Assistant Living Marine Resources Officer and the Ports Waterways and Coastal Security officer. She enjoys time in the great California outdoors; hiking, skiing, boating or sightseeing. She is looking forward to working closer with the national marine sanctuary advisory councils.