Advisory Council Membership Biographies
Member: LCDR Patricia Bennett
Seat: US Coast Guard
Member: Debby Boyce
Seat: Recreational Diving
Member: Jim Bunch
Seat: Recreational Diving
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Jim Bunch, an accomplished teacher, speaker, writer and underwater photographer, started diving the shipwrecks of North Carolina's Outer Banks in the mid 1950's. During the mid-1970's he became interested in the U-85 saga and has since made more than 1000 dives to the site photographing and exploring the submarine, which was the first German U-boat sunk by a United States warship after America's entry into WWII. His two books, Diving the U-85 and U-85 A Shadow in the Sea, a Diver's Reflections have enticed and encouraged many divers to visit this famous shipwreck.
Specializing in oceanography, Jim earned degrees in Marine Biology (B.S.) and Oceanography (M. S.) and worked as an Oceanographer for the Federal Government for many years while still pursuing his diving interests. As a former dive business owner and an active NAUI scuba instructor for 18 years, he equipped and certified hundreds of divers interested in visiting North Carolina's beautiful shipwrecks. In 1994 he received the Scuba Schools International Pro5000 award for making 5000 or more logged dives. His photographs of North Carolina shipwrecks and marine life surround the fish tanks of the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo, North Carolina. He currently is a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council and still dives the U-85 as often as possible.
Member: Alexis Catsambis
Seat: Alternate, US Navy
Underwater Archaeology Branch
Member: Steve Clagget
Seat: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources
Member: David Conlin
Seat: The National Park Service
Archeologist, NPS Submerged Resources Center
Santa Fe, NM
After undergraduate work at Reed College, Dave received a master’s degree from Oxford University in Aegean and underwater archeology and then followed this with a Ph.D. in anthropology and archeology from Brown University. Following years of diving and research on the shipwrecks of the Aegean, Dave took a job as an underwater archeologist for the United States Navy. While with the Navy he helped plan and execute the recovery of the world’s first successful combat submarine, the Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley-lost off Charleston South Carolina in 1864. Following the Hunley project, Dave moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to join the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center and to continue diving shipwrecks around the country and around the world. Recent projects include the search for John Paul Jones’ ship Bon Homme Richard, diving on the wreck of a B-29 Superfortress that crashed into Lake Mead while doing top-secret high altitude research for the U.S. Air Force, diving on the wreck of USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, working with Ellis Island to document and preserve portions of the historic ferry Ellis Island, and assisting the government of Mozambique in the creation of national parks to preserve historic shipwrecks and sensitive ecological areas off the African coast.
Member: Braxton Davis
Seat: NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Morehead City, NC
Braxton Davis is the Director of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management in Morehead City. He also serves as past chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington D.C. Previously, he worked as Director of Policy and Planning for the South Carolina coastal management program in Charleston. Braxton earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, a Master's degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
Member: Terri Kirby-Hathaway
Marine Education Specialistst
Terri has been North Carolina Sea Grant’s Marine Education Specialist since October 2003, after serving the previous 18.5 years as Education Curator for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. She has a BS in Marine Biology from UNC-Wilmington and a MAEd in Science Education from East Carolina University.
In addition to working with educators across North Carolina, Terri is involved in the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) SouthEast and a few of its projects, including the SouthEast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (SEPMN). She also coordinates an online graduate course in oceanography for North Carolina educators and writes and edits the Scotch Bonnet, a newsletter for marine educators.
Recently, Terri completed a needs assessment of North Carolina elementary teachers (K-5) in public, private, and charter schools. She is currently analyzing the data to learn about the status of ocean education in the elementary classroom in the state, what ocean information elementary teachers need, and how that material should be delivered to them.
She is active in state, regional, and national professional organizations, presenting at numerous conferences and serving on boards, in addition to co-chairing the National Marine Educators Association’s annual conference in 2003.
Terri and her oceanographer husband Kent enjoy traveling; they count Finland, Ecuador and the Galapagos, and the US as their favorite destinations so far. They live in Southern Shores, on North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks, with their three rambunctious cats!
Member: Anna Holloway
Seat: The Mariners’ Museum
Curator, The Mariners’ Museum
Newport News, VA
Anna Gibson Holloway is the Chief Curator at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA where she just recently completed the USS Monitor Center exhibition. Before the cheesebox on a raft entered her life, she was the Director of Education and Interpretation, and Resident Pirate at The Mariners’ Museum. In the waning years of the 20th century, she was Manager of School Tour Programs for the Chrysler Museum of Art and Historic Houses in Norfolk, VA and has also worked for Jamestown Settlement as part of the crew of the Susan Constant, and for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where she was a puppeteer and understudy fire eater. She is slowly completing work on her dissertation for the Department of History at the College of William and Mary. This Winston-Salem native graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with baccalaureate degrees in English Literature and Medieval Civilization, neither of which was very helpful in fulfilling her goal of being a rock star. She received her Masters degree in Tudor/Stuart History from the College of William and Mary.
Member: Stuart E. Katz
Seat: Economic Development
Term 9/12 to 9/14
Newport News, VA
Stuart Katz is an accomplished attorney who has dedicated his life to public service. After passing the Virginia State Bar, Stuart was an Associate Attorney with Henry M. Schwann. In 1976, Stuart was the Assistant City Attorney for Portsmouth, Va., where he served until 1989, when he became the City Attorney. He moved to Newport News, Va. in 1995, and served as the City Attorney until he retired in 2012. Through his experiences as a City Attorney, Stuart brings a wealth of experience in economic development to the council.
Seat: Recreational/Commercial Fishing
Seat: The Mariners’ Museum-Alternate
Conservation Project Manager, USS Monitor
Newport News, VA
David was born in Virginia Beach and never strayed far from the water. After receiving his BA in history from James Madison University, he attended the graduate program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University (ECU) where he received his MA in maritime history. While at ECU, he worked at the Maritime Studies Conservation Laboratory, which specializes in non-toxic, minimal intervention artifact stabilization. He also spent two years with the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project, conserving artifacts from what is believed to be the remains of Blackbeard’s flagship that sunk off North Carolina in 1718.
David is the Conservation Project Manager for the USS Monitor at The Mariners’ Museum. He manages the conservation of over 200 tons of metal and organic artifacts recovered by NOAA and the US Navy from the wreck site of the USS Monitor. He also actively participated in the development of the USS Monitor Center’s award-winning exhibit, Ironclad Revolution. David has examined numerous shipwrecks in Virginia, North Carolina, and the Caribbean. He also enjoys using a rod and reel to study the pelagic species that frequent the Gulf Stream off Hatteras, North Carolina.
Member: Susan Langley
Seat: Archaeological Research
Maryland Historical Trust
Dr. Susan Langley earned her BA in anthropology at Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a minor in Fine Art History; her MA in archaeology and law and her doctorate in underwater archaeology, both at the University of Calgary. She certified in Heritage Resource Management through the Faculty of Environmental Design at UofC and holds a Masters in spinning (as in spinning wheels and textile technology) from Olds College.
She has taught in the Department of Behavioural Sciences at Mount Royal College and in the Archaeology and Continuing Education Departments at the University of Calgary and instructed a course in Native Plant Use for the Horticulture Department of Olds College, Alberta. She has taught underwater archaeology at Salisbury University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Washington College and currently at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and designed and teaches the pilot Maritime Archaeology online course for Goucher College.
She has worked in diverse locations such as the iceberg filled waters of Labrador on the San Juan, a Basque whaling galleon sunk in 1565, in Red Bay, and in the mountain lakes of western Canada where she relocated and studied the remains of Project Habbakuk, a secret World War II vessel prototype. She spent a couple of years teaching underwater archaeology in Thailand for a consortium of Asian nations through UNESCO.
Thirteen years ago Dr. Langley accepted the position of State Underwater Archaeologist for Maryland. The opening of the Historic Shipwreck Preserve focusing on the German Submarine, U-1105, was her first project. She works with both federal and State agencies on the submerged aspects of Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 and Revolutionary War. Currently, she is involved in surveying the Atlantic coast in partnership with other State and federal agencies. She is also preparing to begin a series of lecture cruises in the Mediterranean. Her recent passion is for beekeeping
Dr. Langley has written and contributed to numerous publications. Most recently she has contributed “Shipbuilding in Maryland...Skipjacks and Bugeyes and Clippers, Oh My!” an entry for the online Maryland Online Encyclopedia, prepared by the Maryland Historical Society. Posted at: www.mdoe.org (2005). Managing Canada’s Heritage Resources, A Legal Guide, which she co-authored with Allan Ingelson, LLB, LLM, Associate Dean of Law at University of Calgary is currently in preparation and presently she is working on two volumes, one on fundraising and one on Operation Habbakuk, a WWII vessel prototype for an aircraft carrier made of ice. She is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and recently learned to hardhat dive.
Member: John W. Morris, III (Billy Ray)
Seat: Alternate, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
NC State Underwater Archaeologist
Kure Beach, NC
Mr. Morris is a Nautical Archaeologist with over 28 years of field experience, with degrees from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and East Carolina University. He has directed numerous projects, both in the United States and abroad. These projects have included the recordation of the Confederate raider CSS Alabama off the coast of France, the complete documentation and recovery of a 16th century Spanish messenger vessel in Bermuda, and the decade long excavation of Betsey, an 18th century British transport lost at Yorktown, Va. during the final battle of the American Revolution. Mr. Morris also directed the first maritime archaeological research project to be conducted in St. Augustine, Fl. This project led directly to Mr. Morris creating and directing the first independent institutional archaeological research program to be established in Florida. Several of these projects have been made into television documentaries and have also been featured in such publications as National Geographic and American Archaeology.
Previously, Mr. Morris has conducted projects for state and federal civilian agencies, as well as the U.S. Navy. He has also worked for several museums and research institutions in this country and overseas. His specialty is the evolution of ship construction and the interpretation of vessel loss sites. He was the creator and Director of South Eastern Archaeological Services, Inc., a marine archaeological consulting firm. Currently, Mr. Morris serves as the Deputy State Archaeologist-Underwater for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology.
Member: Robert Neyland
Head, Naval Historical Center Underwater Archaeology Branch
Robert obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Anthropology from Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program and a Masters of Science in Public Planning and Administration from University of Texas, Tyler. Over the course of his archaeological career Robert has worked on a wide variety of shipwrecks, including a 1300 B.C. Bronze-age wreck off the coast of Turkey, medieval cog, the sunken city of 17th century Port Royal, Jamaica, searched for Columbus's caravels, and analyzed the earliest boat remains found in Maryland, as well as other eighteenth and nineteenth century shipwrecks in North America and the Caribbean. He has been the Principal Investigator and Director of excavations on late- and post-medieval wrecks in the Netherlands and terrestrial historic sites in Scotland.
Robert has been Head of the Underwater Archaeology Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command since 1996 and has researched and overseen archaeological surveys for warships dating from the Revolutionary War, American Civil War and World War II. He was instrumental in developing preservation and management strategies for the US Navy's ca. 3,000 shipwrecks and 15,000 aircraft wrecks, as well as the drafting and implementation of the Sunken Military Craft Act, legislation protecting US warships and war graves, signed into law in 2004.
Robert was Project Director for the recovery of the confederate submarine H.L. Hunley and oversaw all aspects of that project including the recovery and the creation of a state of the art archaeological conservation laboratory. Robert was also trained in archaeological conservation and has organized two conservation laboratories during his career and advised on numerous conservation projects. Robert is currently the Archaeological Principal Investigator in the search for Captain John Paul Jones warship Bonhomme Richard sunk in the North Sea.
Robert served as Chairman of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Historical Archaeology from 2002-2005. He served on the State of Maryland Governor's Council on Archaeology and the State of Virginia burial task force.
Member: Joe Poe
Joe Poe has been exploring North Carolina shipwrecks for more than 30 years. He is Technical and Tri-mix certified and was a member of the first civilian team to dive on the USS Monitor in 1990 with dozens of expedition dives on the ship over the following two decades. His photographs were selected by NOAA to illustrate its report to Congress on the Monitor's condition prior to recovery projects and his photos and articles on the USS Monitor and other North Carolina shipwrecks have been featured in Wreck Diving Magazine, Immersed, Sport Diver, Coastwatch, Urban Hiker and Alert Diver, as well as books, training manuals and newspapers. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Still Photography School and has won several underwater photography competitions. His photos have been published as the covers of NC Aquarium Magazine and Wreck Diving Magazine.
Joe is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Divers Alert Network, Inc. (DAN, Inc.), a world-wide organization dedicated to the safety of recreational diving with over 150,000 members. He is a member of the board of directors of other diving organizations, an insurance company and local diving groups and has dived all around the world, from Alaska to PNG to South Africa to Brazil and beyond.
In his other life, Joe is a trial lawyer and member of the New York, North Carolina and Federal bar organizations. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, New York and a Special Deputy Attorney General of North Carolina, he is now in private practice in Durham, N.C., specializing in civil commercial and tort litigation. He has been trying lawsuits and engaged in all aspects of litigation for over 40 years, and his advocacy for his clients has resulted in numerous significant jury verdicts and appellate decisions. Joe is also a Mediator and member of the North Carolina Academy of Certified Mediators.
Member: Wayne Smith
Professor of Conservation, Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Wayne received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1995. After completing postdoctoral research in conjunction with Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan, he returned to Texas A&M University as a research scientist, entering into a tenure-track teaching position. Through his research, he has developed a series of new research and conservation strategies for the preservation of organic artifacts from marine environments.
By invitation, Wayne has lectured in many countries around the world about advancements in archaeological conservation and the need to continue science-based research. His main research directive is to refine existing conservation technologies and develop better treatment strategies. Through the Archaeological Preservation Research Lab, he has hosted visiting scholars from museums and archaeological institutes around the world. Through these facilities, scholars conduct joint research to address specific conservation challenges.
Through the Wilder Three Dimensional Imaging Lab, he has developed high-definition photography and three dimensional laser scanning and rapid prototyping as conservation tools, both to record artifacts and where needed, create three-dimensional duplications for comparative studies, museum displays, and classroom analysis.
Accreditation and association: Ph.D., Anthropology, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Texas A&M University, INA endowed chair and Director, Archaeological Preservation Research Lab and Wilder Three Dimensional Imaging Lab, Texas A&M University.
Member: James P. Tobin
Seat: Heritage Tourism
Term: 3/14 to 3/16
Manns Harbor, NC
Jim has been an entrepreneur most of his career. After studying at Diablo Valley College, he started his career working at Conam Nuclear inspecting nuclear power generating stations advancing to the position of Qualified Data Analyst. During his tenure at Conam he met his wife, Tammy, and moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Jim and Tammy began a commercial fishing business in 1989 fishing pound nets for flounder and fished for 15 years before selling the business. During this same timeframe, they started Caimen Gardens, a retail nursery in their backyard. The business quickly outgrew this location, and they moved the business to Manteo, N.C., in 1996 and operated it in this location for 8 years. In 2004, Jim and Tammy sold the Caimen Gardens location to CVS and embarked on a 2 ½ year sabbatical sailing the Caribbean aboard their 51’ sailboat, Class Act. Many beaches and countless dives later, they returned to the USA and moved to Asheville N.C., where Jim recertified his nuclear certification and began working in the nuclear field once again. Shortly after arriving in Ashville, Jim received a call from a friend who asked if he and Tammy would be interested in managing the 195-slip Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo N.C. Having the ocean and fishing in their blood, Jim and Tammy agreed to take the position and purchased the business in 2008. They are very proud to operate several charitable fishing tournaments out of this location, including the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Billfish Tournament and the Pirates Cove Big Game Tournament. Jim is the Chairman of the Dare County Oregon Inlet Task Force and the Vice Chair of the Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission. Jim has also served on the North Carolina Cooperative Extension State Advisory Council, the North Carolina Agriculture Foundation and is a Past President and Past Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7720. Jim has been a certified diver since he was 18 and has his USCG Captains license.
Seat: The National Park Service - Alternate
Member: Joanna Wilson
Seat: Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources Alternate
Project Review Archaeologist
Seat: Youth Seat
Term: 6/12 to 6/14