Board of Directors

Majority of the SECOORA Board members at the SECOORA 2018 Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The role of the Board of Directors is to guide overall policy direction for the SECOORA enterprise, ensure staffing of Policy Committees, elect SECOORA officers, maintain a high quality of Board performance, review SECOORA finances, and report Board activities to the general membership.  Specific roles and responsibilities related to attendance, policy and planning, membership and voting, committee activities, SECOORA personnel, and budget are described in the by-laws.

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SECOORA Executive Committee

Chairman: Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory

Vice-Chairman: Jeff Copeland, WeatherFlow Inc.

Secretary:  Rick DeVoe, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

Treasurer: Mitchell Roffer, Fishing Oceanography, Inc.

Past Chair: Quinton White, Jacksonville University

SECOORA Board Members

Board Members serve three year terms. Terms are staggered and annual elections are held at the SECOORA’s Annual Meeting in May.

Board of Directors as of July 1, 2019

Michael Crosby Mote Marine Lab
Brendal Townsend Ocean Tracking Network
Pat Halpin Duke University
Mike Piehler University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jeff Copeland WeatherFlow Inc.
Marcel Reichert South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Quinton White Jacksonville University
Roger Pugliese South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council
Conrad Lautenbacher GeoOptics, Inc.
Rick DeVoe South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Mitch Roffer Fishing Oceanography, Inc.
Jim Murley Miami-Dade County
Bill Savidge UGA – Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Kurt Korte Surfline