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.
RCOOS Manager and NERRS CDMO Data Telemetry Coordinator
Vembu Subramanian serves as the Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) Manager for the SouthEast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). This is his primary position, but he is also funded partially (20%) to serve as the Data Telemetry Coordinator for Centralized Data Management Office (CDMO), NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). 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 and CDMO, Vembu served as Data Manager for Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS), University of South Florida (USF) . He currently serves on SECOORA, GCOOS and Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) data management committees. His responsibilities as RCOOS Manager include coordinating activities to implement a cohesive regional observing system and building a solid data management infrastructure for SECOORA.
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.
Megan Treml, SECOORA Program Manager, has a M.S. in Environmental Science, with a focus on policy issues. She has previously worked with NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC. Some particularly relevant aspects of her experience include developing keynote presentations and outreach materials for leadership teams, writing Web content for a variety of projects, producing Web-based products to disseminate geospatial data, and working with stakeholders to customize training and products to meet their specific needs.
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