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Community Members

image not availableMember: Gabriella Biava
Seat: Youth Seat
Non-Voting Member
Term: 4/15-4/17
Newport News, VA


Ernal Foster Jr

Member: Ernal (Ernie) W. Foster, Jr.
Seat: Recreational/Commercial Fishing

Term: 4/15-4/17
Business Owner
Hatteras, NC

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Bio:

Captain Ernie Foster is the Owner of the Albatross Fleet and Captain of the Albatross III. For over 50 years, Capt. Ernie has professionally fished the waters off Hatteras on The Albatross Fleet boats. He has successfully maintained and improved the historic fleet and built a loyal multi-generational customer base. In addition, he has cultivated and trained many of the people in the charter fishing fleet as quite a few have worked his boats.

Capt. Ernie also dedicates a large portion of his time to civic responsibilities, serving on the Outer Banks Tourism Board, the Dare County Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission, as a Board Member of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and as a Hatteras Village Tax Trustee. He is a co-founder, with his wife Lynne, of Day at the Docks and the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

Capt. Ernie is a founding board member of North Carolina Watermen United, a non-profit organization that represents the needs of our coastal communities by protecting the livelihood of the people who fish for a living and providing a voice for fair fisheries regulations.



Will Hoffman

Member: Will Hoffman
Seat: The Mariners’ Museum (Alternate)

Term: 11/14 to 11/16
Senior Conservator and Conservation Project Manager
Newport News, VA

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Will Hoffman received his bachelor's degrees in Anthropology (concentrating in North American and Historic Archaeology) and Fine Arts (concentrating in sculpture and metal casting) from The State University of New York College in Buffalo. In addition, he holds a Masters in Art Conservation, specializing in the conservation of objects, from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2009, Will has worked at The Mariners' Museum focusing on the conservation of archaeological metals recovered from the wreck site of the USS Monitor. During his tenure at the museum, Will's research interests have encompassed the evaluation of cleaning and stabilization methods for archaeological iron materials, as well as the study of 19th century metal casting and steam engine technologies. Presently, Will manages and coordinates all conservation-related activities within the USS Monitor Center and the Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex.



Stuart Katz

Member: Stuart E. Katz
Seat: Economic Development

Term: 9/14-9/16
Attorney, Retired
Newport News, VA

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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.




John Quarstein

Member: John Quarstein
Seat: The Mariners' Museum

Term: 11/14 to 11/16
Director USS Monitor Center and Foundation
Newport News, VA

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John V. Quarstein is the Director of the USS Monitor Center and Foundation at The Mariners' Museum. An award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author, Quarstein served as historian for the city of Hampton's 400th anniversary and previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's Monitor Center.

The author of 15 books, his titles include A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad, which received the 2012 Henry Adams Prize for excellence in historical literature. He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries including the film series, Civil War in Hampton Roads, a 2007 Silver Telly Award winner.

Quarstein is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society's Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009. Besides his lifelong interests in naval history and Tidewater Virginia's Civil War experience, Quarstein is an avid duck hunter and decoy collector.



David Sybert

Member: David Sybert
Seat: Education
Term: 6/15-6/17
Education Associate
Kill Devil Hills, NC

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David was born in Maryland and grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. After attending Elon University, he spent time as a chemist at the Port of Baltimore before moving to California to begin his career in science education. David's first visit to the Outer Banks was to begin a job at the North Carolina Aquarium. David currently works at UNC Coastal Studies Institute as the K-12 Education Specialist. In this role, he works to inspire the next generation of scientists through interactive programming.

David has also been privileged to work as the second camera on the UNC Costal Studies Institute Underwater Production Team. In this role, he has been involved on multiple Battle of the Atlantic Expeditions. His personal interests include free diving, surfing and fishing. He is also a NAUI SCUBA Instructor and teaches for the local dive shop in Manteo. He has been a resident of the Outer Banks for over ten years.




Member: To be selected
Seat: Recreational Diving
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Recreational Diving
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Archaeological Research
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Heritage Tourism
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Citizen-at-Large
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Conservation
Term: Determined upon selection

Member: To be selected
Seat: Recreational/Commercial Fishing
Term: Determined upon selection


Government Members

Dave Hallac

Member: Dave Hallac
Seat: The National Park Service

Term: Member since 6/15
Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Kill Devil Hills, NC

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Dave Hallac is the superintendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Outer Banks Group in North Carolina. In this capacity, he oversees a number of park programs, including wildlife and aquatic sciences, vegetation ecology, wetlands, and forestry, climate change, hydrology, geology, historical preservation and Native American tribal relations. He oversees the park's planning, compliance, and science communications program. Dave leads a variety of high profile, complex conservation initiatives such as carnivore conservation, native fish restoration, trans-boundary bison conservation and management, and climate change research.

Hallac previously managed the Yellowstone Center for Resources, the resource management and science division at Yellowstone National Park. Prior to Yellowstone, Dave spent more than a decade in south Florida in a variety of positions, including managing natural resources programs for Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, and implementation of Everglades restoration projects with the Fish and Wildlife Service. He has extensive experience working with other land management agencies and collaboratively with local community groups and friends associations. Dave understands the value of both preserving federal resources and enjoying the recreational opportunities they offer.

Dave Hallac has a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries biology from the University of Vermont. He is an avid fisherman who also enjoys running, scuba diving, and boating.



Member: To be appointed
Seat: Alternate, The National Park Service

Term: N/A

John W. Morris III Member: John W. Morris, III (Billy Ray)
Seat: NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology

Term: Member since 11/12
NC State Underwater Archaeologist
Kure Beach, NC

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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.



image not availableMember: Steve Claggett
Seat: Alternate, North Carolina Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology

Term: Member since 2/11
State Archaeologist
Raleigh, NC

Member: To be appointed
Seat: NC Dept of Environmental Quality
Term: N/A

Member: To be appointed
Seat: Alternate, NC Dept of Environmental Quality

Term: N/A

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Member: Charlie Burgess
Seat: North Carolina Local (Town/City/County) Government

Term: Member since 6/15
Town Manager
Beaufort, NC

Member: To be appointed
Seat: Alternate, North Carolina Local (Town/City/County) Government

Term: N/A
Beaufort, NC

Will Hoffman

Member: Bobby Outten
Seat: North Carolina Local (Town/City/County) Government

Term: Member since 6/15
City Manager
Dare County, NC

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Robert "Bobby" Outten has served Dare County as Manager and Attorney since July 2009. From 2007 to 2009, Outten was Dare County's Attorney and Assistant County Manager. Prior to 2007, Outten was a private practice attorney where his work gravitated toward representing local governments and people or businesses dealing with local government on a variety of matters. He has extensive experience in coastal issues.

Outten earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1979 and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest in 1982.

Outten has been an active volunteer and has served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Parks and Recreation, assisted with the Babe Ruth World Series and CAA tournaments hosted by Dare County, chaired the local Babe Ruth League and coached for many years in the recreation program. He received the North Carolina Citizen Volunteer of the year for his work with Parks and Recreation. In addition, he was honored as recipient of the Outer Banks Community Foundation's Champion Award.

Outten has lived in Dare County for over 30 years and resides in Southern Shores with his wife Connie.



Drew Pearson

Member: Drew Pearson
Seat: Alternate, North Carolina Local (Town/City/County) Government

Term: Member since 6/15
Dare County, NC

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Drew Pearson joined the Dare County staff on August 4, 2014. Prior to joining Dare County, Drew was a United States Coast Guardsmen for thirty years retiring as a Captain on August 1, 2014. He began his Coast Guard career in 1984 and was designated a Coast Guard Aviator in 1986. While his service took him across the United States, he spent a good portion of his career at the Air Station in Elizabeth City. In addition to his aviation assignments, Drew was the Chief of Incident Management at the Coast Guard's Seventh District in Miami, Florida and prior to retirement, commanded Coast Guard forces in the Caribbean as Commander, Sector San Juan Puerto Rico. During these assignments, Drew oversaw search and rescue, marine environmental response, interagency law enforcement, and tropical storm mission efforts, building a wealth of experience in all-hazards emergency management.

Drew is a 1983 graduate of Wesley College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. In addition to his hands on emergency management experience, Drew holds Master of the Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management and Master of Public Administration degrees from the American Military University and a Master Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Since 2006, Drew has maintained designation as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers.




Patricia Bennett

Member: LCDR Patricia Bennett
Seat: US Coast Guard
Term: Member since 7/14
Portsmouth, VA

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Lieutenant Commander Patricia M. Bennett, a native of Harpswell, Maine, graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2003 with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. 

Upon graduation, Lieutenant Commander Bennett served as a Deck Watch Officer and Boarding Officer onboard USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, she was assigned as Executive Officer on USCGC MUSTANG (WPB 1310) in Seward, Alaska. In 2005, she served as the Major Cutter Scheduler and Patrol Boat Manager for Coast Guard District Seven’s Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida. In 2010, she commanded USCGC ADAK (WPB 1333) for Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in Manama, Bahrain. Upon completion of that tour, Lieutenant Commander Bennett served as Commanding Officer of USCGC SANIBEL (WPB 1312) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Today, Lieutenant Commander Bennett serves as the Deputy Chief of Enforcement and Fisheries LE Officer for District Five, where she coordinates the Coast Guard's Fisheries Law Enforcement program for units from New Jersey to North Carolina. She is the Fifth District Commander's appointee to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
              
Lieutenant Commander Bennett has a Master’s in Business Administration from American Military University and a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She has been awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (one award), the Iraqi Campaign medal, and various other unit and service awards.



Member: To be appointed
Seat: Alternate, US Coast Guard

Term: N/A

Robert Neyland

Member: Robert Neyland
Seat: U. S. Navy
Term: Member since 3/11
Head, Naval Historical Center Underwater Archaeology Branch
Washington, DC

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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.


image not availableMember: Alexis Catsambis
Seat: Alternate, US Navy

Term: Member since 3/11
Underwater Archaeology Branch
Washington, DC

image not availableMember: Greg LaBudde
Seat: Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources
Term: Since 6/15
Project Review Archaeologist
Richmond, VA

image not available Member: Mike Clem
Seat: Alternate, Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources
Term: Since 6/15
Archaeologist
Richmond, VA

 

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