Contact and Staff
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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
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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Staff
Tane Casserley joined the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the spring of 2001. As the Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator for both Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, Tane is responsible for the development of programs to address commercial and recreational uses in and around the sanctuaries. Tane's specialties include 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology, as well as building collaborative partnerships, public outreach and exhibit design. 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 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 projects have used technical diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and manned submersibles.
Shannon Ricles is the education and outreach coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Shannon also serves as the site's Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. 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.
Will Sassorossi is a maritime archaeologist serving as Research Coordinator for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. A native of New Hampshire, Will is 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 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.
Mark Losavio, Media and Outreach Coordinator
Mark Losavio joined the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary team in the spring of 2021. As the Media and Outreach Coordinator, Mark works to share the science, stories, and relevance of the sanctuary with a national audience. Hailing from Kentucky, Mark holds a bachelor's degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in marine biology from Northeastern University. Mark has been involved in diverse and sometimes unconventional communication experiences, which has evolved into a passion for communicating scientific topics to a broader audience. His master's thesis involved the analysis of effective outreach methods across generations in southeastern China, focusing on the effectiveness of virtual reality-based lesson programming. Mark is an avid diver and also a U.S. sailing instructor.