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Debra Hernandez
Executive Director

Debra Hernandez currently serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).  Debra has over 20 years of experience in coastal management and extensive policy, legislative and technical expertise.  Her professional interests include improving the linkages between researchers and decision-makers, and facilitating discussions of public policy issues related to the coast and environment.  She currently serves on the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board and the SC Sea Grant Consortium Program Advisory Board. 

Vembu Subramanian
RCOOS Manager
727.525.1926 (Office)
727.641.5258 (Mobile)

Vembu Subramanian serves as the Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) Manager for the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).  He has a M.S in Oceanography, with a major in Physical Oceanography, and a M.S in Environmental Science, with a focus on coastal oceanography. Vembu has over twenty years of experience in coastal oceanography, including coastal ocean circulation modeling, remote sensing, coastal ocean observing systems and ocean data management. Prior to joining SECOORA, Vembu served as Data Manager for Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS), University of South Florida (USF) . He currently serves on SECOORA and Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) data management committees. His responsibilities as RCOOS Manager include coordinating SECOORA RCOOS Projects and data management activities to implement a cohesive regional observing system and building a solid data management infrastructure for SECOORA.


Megan Lee
Business Manager


Megan Lee is a well-recognized leader in the environmental and conservation field in Charleston, SC.  For the past four years she has been the Executive Director of the Michaux Conservancy, the environmental nonprofit of the Navy Yard at Noisette Project.  Megan has extensive experience in grass roots holistic program and project creation, where she has integrated such initiatives as the Creating Resilient Communities Project into the BCD Council of Governments planning process as well as incorporating experts and universities into all community planning.  She has previously served as a board member for the BALLE chapter Lowcountry Local First, and has been a member of ULI SC and the SC Chapter of the US Green Building Council.  Megan earned her Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree from the College of Charleston.  Megan's duties for SECOORA include grant management and business development.



SECOORA Mailing Address: PO Box 13856, Charleston, SC 29422