Contact and Staff

Contact Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

The staff of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary are located in Newport News, Virginia. Contact the office at:

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-599-3122
Fax: 757-591-7353
General inquiries:

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Staff

David Alberg

David Alberg, Sanctuary Superintendent

David Alberg joined NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuary in the fall of 2005. As superintendent for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, Dave serves as the onsite manager for the sanctuary and as the primary point of contact between NOAA and The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. He has an extensive background in cultural resource management, museum work, and exhibit development and has been involved in a number of high-profile museum projects.

In 1992, Dave began his museum career as the first curator for the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia, and went on to serve as the director of exhibits and collections for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Most recently, he served as the deputy director for Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was instrumental in the expansion of the NOAA@Nauticus partnership.

During his career, Dave has been involved in the development of a curation strategy for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in conjunction with the Department of Energy and also led a major effort to preserve the Apollo One spacecraft that was involved in the 1967 Apollo fire that took the lives of astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffe. Preserving our nation's history has always been a passion for Dave. As sanctuary superintendent, he continues the work of protecting and preserving the history of the USS Monitor; ensures that the remains of the USS Monitor are preserved for future generations; and promotes the work of the National Marine Sanctuary System. Dave served in the United States Navy Reserve. He holds a bachelor's degree in museum studies from George Mason University and a master's degree in museum education from the College of William and Mary.

Shannon Ricles

Shannon Ricles, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Shannon Ricles is the education and outreach coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Formerly, Shannon was the director at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Bangor Subbase for STARBASE-Atlantis, a U.S. Navy educational outreach program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and serves over 1,000 local fifth grade students annually. Prior to working for the Navy, Shannon was the program manager and coordinating producer for NASA's educational broadcast program, the NASA SCI Files™, which aired nationwide on PBS and on over 800 cable access channels. Shannon has over 15 years’ classroom experience as an educator at multiple grade levels and received her Bachelor of Science degree in education with an Earth science emphasis from the University of North Texas at Denton. She is currently working on her Master of Business Administration at Saint Leo's University.

Tane Casserley

Tane Casserley, Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator

Tane Casserley joined the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the spring of 2001. As the Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, Tane is responsible for the development of policies and programs to address commercial and recreational uses and impacts in and around the Sanctuary. Tane’s specialties include interagency communications, public outreach and exhibit design, as well as 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology. Tane holds a graduate certificate in maritime archaeology from the University of Hawaii and a master's degree from the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. He has led NOAA archaeological expeditions in the Florida Keys, the Great Lakes, California, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the USS Monitor. He’s participated in projects including a sunken Boeing B-29 Superfortress in Lake Mead, a Civil War blockade runner in Bermuda, USS Arizona, and was most recently part of an expedition to RMS Titanic. Tane’s focus now is on the maritime landscape of World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina. Tane's projects have used technical diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and manned submersibles.

William Sassorossi

William Sassorossi (Cardinal Point Captains), Research Coordinator

Will Sassorossi is a maritime archaeologist serving as Research Coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Additionally, he also serves as Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. A native of New Hampshire, Will is as an avid diver and history buff and has been working with the sanctuary since 2013. A graduate of East Carolina University's Maritime Studies Program, Will’s focus and thesis research involved three World War II-era commercial vessels converted for military use sunk off the North Carolina coast.

David Dodsworth

David Dodsworth, IT Coordinator

David Dodsworth serves as the IT coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Dave has an extensive background in IT management, network administration, and computer tech support. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Dave began working with computers as a submarine electronics technician. After serving for 11 years, he left the Navy to start a company that specialized in custom computer builds, computer service, and business network consulting. After 12 years as a successful entrepreneur, Dave sold his company to pursue a career in enterprise level systems administration, which brought him to NOAA. In addition to handling IT duties at Monitor, Dave is the IT Coordinator for Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, and Stellwagen Bank national marine sanctuaries, which he administers remotely and travels to frequently. Dave also administers the data backup routines for several other Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) sites and works closely with ONMS headquarters on Active Directory deployments, security vulnerability mitigation, and technical support. Dave has received formal IT education from St. Leo University and Old Dominion University. He holds numerous industry certifications including A+, Network+, Security+, and ITIL, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Combining his passion for technology and the sea has been instrumental in his success as a key contributor to the mission of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

CDR Sean D. Cimilluca

NOAA Commissioned Corps

CDR Sean D. Cimilluca, NOAA Corps Officer

Commander Sean D. Cimilluca has over 18 years of federal service as a NOAA Corps Officer. He has held a broad range of assignments across the United States, including the Southeast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. An expert field operations and logistics manager, CDR Cimilluca has also developed skills in teaching, leadership, personnel and financial management, program management, policymaking, performance management, and strategy development. Commander Cimilluca holds a 1600T USCG Master license and has served eight years at sea on four NOAA ships. He holds bachelor’s degrees in marine biology and chemistry and a master’s degree in public administration. He is a certified project management professional and a NOAA Advanced Working Diver.