Discover the leadership that shapes SECOORA’s partnerships, forms our policy, and guides our activities.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in shaping SECOORA’s overarching policies, staffing Policy Committees, electing SECOORA officers, maintaining high board performance standards, reviewing SECOORA’s finances, and reporting on board activities to the general membership. The specific roles and responsibilities, including attendance, policy and planning, membership and voting, committee activities, SECOORA personnel, and budget matters, are outlined in the our by-laws.

For Board Meeting and Executive Committee Minutes, please contact

Board Members

Board Member Institution
Gary Mitchum University of South Florida College of Marine Science
Jeff Copeland WeatherFlow
William Savidge Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Susan Lovelace South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Evelien VanderKloet Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University
Bryan Franks Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute
Patrick Barrineau Coastal Science & Engineering
Duane De Freese Indian River Lagoon Council
Nathan Hall University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Erin Hague Tetra Tech


Committees are essential to SECOORA operations. As established by our Bylaws, it is the one of the primary mechanisms by which members interact with and make decisions for the organization. Explore all of SECOORA’s Committees here or click on the circles below to learn about a specific Committee.


Title Link
By-Laws View
Conflicts of Interest Policy View
Board Officers Election Framework - 2023 View
Board Election Procedural Framework - 2023 View
Committees View
Travel Reimbursement Form View

2024 Annual Meeting

May 7-8, 2024

Charleston, South Carolina
Mark your calendars! The meeting will comprise of three parts: Board, member, and stakeholder meetings. Stay tuned for updates.

Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the Southeast US.