Join SECOORA Give Back

December 19, 2014

2015 Annual Meeting

The SECOORA 2015 Annual Meeting will be held May 19-20, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL (225 E Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32202).  Registration has closed. Please contact Abbey Wakely,, for more information.
Hotel Information
Please contact Abbey Wakely,, for hotel information. 

10:00am – 10:15am          

Welcome (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

10:15am – 10:45am

Treasurer Report (Peter Hamilton, SECOORA Treasurer)

10:45am – 11:15pm

IOOS Proposal (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)

  • Process and Participants
  • Next Steps

11:15am – 11:45pm

SECOORA DMAC (Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA RCOOS Manager)

  • Rob Bochenek, Information Architect, CEO, Axiom Data Science

11:45am – 12:00pm

Future Meetings (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

  • July Board Call / Officer Elections
  • 2016 Annual Meeting Dates / Location
  • December 2015 Board Meeting Dates (Charleston, SC)
12:00pm – 12:30pm  Lunch

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Membership Enhancement (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

  • Member Recruitment
  • Board Recruitment (Competitive Elections)
  • Write-in Option for Board Elections

1:00pm – 1:30pm

By-law Review (Mitch Roffer, Governance Committee Chair)

  • Executive Committee Participation by Former Chair
  • Committee Operations
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee
  • By-law Amendment for a Name Change (Article V, Section 3):
    • Replace National Federation of Regional Associations with IOOS Association  

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Board Goals for 7/15 – 6/16 (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

  • Strategic Planning

2:00pm – 2:30pm

SOCAN Briefing (Scott Noakes, University of Georgia)




3:00pm –3:15pm                                                  

Welcome (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

  • Introductions / Roll Call
  • Sponsor Recognition

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Innovations in Surface HF Radar and Subsurface Acoustic Ocean Technologies for use in Coastal Ocean Observatories (David Fissel, ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.)

3:30pm – 4:00pm

IOOS Association Update and Congressional Outlook (Josie Quintrell, Director, IOOS Association)

4:00pm – 5:00pm

SECOORA Members Business Meeting

  • SECOORA Annual Update (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)
  • By-law Amendment (Mitch Roffer, Governance Committee Chair)
    • Replace National Federation of Regional Associations with IOOS Association (Article V, Section 3)
  • SECOORA FY16 Operating Budget (Peter Hamilton, SECOORA Treasurer)
  • Review of Election Procedures / Annual Election of Board of Director
    (Mitch Roffer, Board Development Committee Chair)
  • Board Member Recognition (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Happy Hour with Sponsors (Room 4101)

  • Beer and Wine Provided with Light Hors d’Oeuvres 
Dinner is on your own
8:00am – 8:30am                         Registration and Coffee 

8:30am – 8:45am    

Welcome (Conrad Lautenbacher, SECOORA Chair)

8:45am – 9:15am    

State of IOOS (George Jungbluth, Chief, Regions, Budget and Policy, U.S. IOOS)

9:15am – 10:00am  

Accomplishments SECOORA IOOS Award 2010-2015 – Part 1 (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)

  • 2010-2015 SECOORA Overview
  • Governance and Staff Operations Years 1-4
  • Outreach & Education
  • Discussion 

10:00am – 10:30am

Break with Sponsors (River Terrace #3)

10:30am – 12:15pm

Accomplishments SECOORA IOOS Award 2010-2015 – Part 2

  • Broad field remote observations – HF-radar (Nick Shay, UM)
  • In situ observations – buoys, shore stations (Yonggang Liu, USF)
  • Regional modeling (Ruoying He, NCSU)
  • DMAC (Dwayne Porter, USC)


12:15pm – 1:05pm  

Lunch and Guest Speaker (River Terrace #3)

  • 12:45pm – 1:05pm, Capt. Mike Getchell, Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, Inc.


1:05pm – 1:15pm           

Process for PI Poster Session (Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA Program Manager)

1:15pm– 2:15pm 

PI Poster and Q&A Session (River Terrace #3)

  • Purpose: Ensure meeting attendees learn about work accomplished by individual PIs

2:15pm – 2:45pm 

SECOORA IOOS Proposal 2016-2021 – Part 1 (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)

  • What process was used to determine proposal components?
  • Priorities and Proposal Framework

2:45pm – 3:00pm 

Break with Sponsors (River Terrace #3)

3:00pm – 4:00pm 

SECOORA IOOS Proposal 2016-2021 – Part 2 (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)

4:00pm – 4:30pm 

Wrap-up and Adjourn (Debra Hernandez, SECOORA Executive Director)

Dinner is on your own


 Sponsor our meeting!

Consider increasing your organization’s exposure at the SECOORA 2015 Annual Meeting. Become a sponsor and showcase your organization’s services and products, and strengthen ties with existing clients. Contact Abbey,, if you are interested in sponsoring.


Sponsorship Levels:


You will have 15 minutes on the program to demonstrate your project or product, exhibit space, and your organization’s logo will be printed on the program.


Your organization’s logo will be printed on the program and you will receive exhibit space.


Your organization will enjoy the benefits of exhibiting at the meeting.

Thank You Meeting Sponsors!
Gold Sponsor:
Silver Sponsors:
Meeting Materials:
Board Member Election Documents
Academic/Research/Education Sector
Bob Weisberg  – CV
At Large Seat- Florida
George Maul – CV
At Large Seat- North Carolina
Ruoying He – CV
At Large Seat- South Carolina
George Voulgaris – CV
Industry/Private Sector
Jeff Copeland – CV
Public Agencies/ Non-Profit/ Other Sector:
Marcel Reichert – CV
SECOORA Committee Report
Travel Reimbursement Form (please see Megan,, if you need assistance)