Advisory Council Membership Biographies

Community Members

Member: Anna Beckwith

Seat: Recreational/Commercial Fishing

Term: 12/16-12/18

Morehead City, N.C.


Member: To be selected

Seat: Student Seat

Non-Voting Member


Member: Debby Boyce

Seat: Recreational Diving

Term: 12/16-12/18

Dive Operator

Beaufort, NC


Ernal Foster Jr

Member: Ernal (Ernie) W. Foster, Jr.

Seat: Recreational/Commercial Fishing

Term: 7/17-7/19

Business Owner

Hatteras, N.C.

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

Term: 11/14 to 11/18

Senior Conservator and Conservation Project Manager

Newport News, Va.

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 Katz

Seat: Economic Development

Term: 7/17 to 7/19

Attorney

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.


Member: Sarah Watkins-Kenney

Seat: Conservation

Term: 12/16-12/18

Greenville, N.C.

Sarah has over forty years' experience in archaeological conservation and has worked for museums, universities, regional conservation services and archaeology projects around the world. She holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University (1977) and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London (1994). She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC), an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) of the Institute for Conservation UK (Icon), and an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (MCIfA). She is also a member of ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials, the American Institute for Conservation, and of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA). She has been Board member of the SHA/Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) since 2012.

From 1994-2003 Sarah was Head of the Metals, Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section at the British Museum, London, UK. She moved to Greenville, N.C., in March 2003, and joined the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources'(NCR) Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR) Project team as QAR Lab Director and Chief Conservator. Her first task was to set up the NCR QAR Conservation Lab following its relocation to East Carolina University. Sarah oversees the conservation, analysis and documentation of artifacts at the QAR Lab prior to their display in museums across the state of North Carolina and the United States. Since 2008, she is also a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in East Carolina University's Coastal Resources Management (CRM) program, and is researching public agency conservation management of underwater cultural heritage in North Carolina. Sarah became a US Citizen in 2013.


Matt landrum

Member: Matt Landrum

Seat: Ocean Sport

Term: 12/16-12/18

Manteo, N.C.

Captain Matt Landrum grew up in Rodanthe, North Carolina and went to Cape Hatteras High School. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, surfing and sailing and started scuba diving right after high school. Matt enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and traveled installing air craft navigation systems, thus allowing him to scuba dive in many different places, including South Korea, California and Maine. In 1991, Matt left the Air Force, returned home to North Carolina, received his Captain's license (100 Masters), and became a NAUI Scuba Instructor. Matt has been affiliated with the diving, fishing and the marine industry ever since.

Matt and his wife, Pam, own Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center in Manteo, North Carolina. They have a dive boat, Down Time, which they use to offer dive charters to local shipwrecks. They also offer fishing charters, as well as all levels of dive training through their shop. In addition, Matt and Pam offer kayak and SUP tours and rentals. In the off-season, Matt works in the marine industry building boats, where he can do many different phases of marine construction and repair. After being selected for the council, Matt said, "I am looking forward to being a part of the Sanctuary Advisory Council and hope to make a positive contribution."


Andre Nabors

Member: Andre` Nabors

Seat: Heritage Tourism

Term: 12/16-12/18

Partner Relations Manager, Visit North Carolina

Mebane, N.C.

Andre` Nabors has served as the Partner Relations Manager for Visit North Carolina (formerly North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development) since 2010. Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), supports sustainable efforts to market and promote the state's natural, historic and cultural resources; and provide assistance to communities, non-profits, and tourism related entities (Cultural/Heritage) for development to improve tourism product and visitation across North Carolina. In December of 2013, Tourism was charged to oversee the North Carolina Certified Retirement Community Program to encourage retirees and those planning to retire to make their home in North Carolina.

Andre` formerly held a similar position with the West Virginia Division of Tourism, where he provided marketing, research, communications and other types of assistance to communities, attractions and CVBs throughout West Virginia. In that role, he worked to develop the state's first African-American Heritage Guide identifying cultural and historic attractions, as well as foster its Civil War Trail program. Andre` also worked on several projects such as Scenic Byways, Rail to Trails, National Coal Heritage Area, Freedom Trek II and III, Governor's Black History Month Kick-Off program, and the Booker T. Washington Institute at West Virginia State University.

Before moving to North Carolina, Andre` was the convention sales manager for the Charleston (W.V.) CVB, where he covered the markets of sports, military, group, fraternity and also managed the Charleston Sports Committee. He began his career in tourism in June 1992 with the West Virginia's Parkways Authority Welcome Centers as a travel counselor and manager. Andre` is a Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) through the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College program and has over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry.

Andre` graduated from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia and serves on the Concord University Foundation Board of Directors. He currently resides in Mebane, N.C., with his wife Stacy; daughters Malia (13) and Morgan (20); and son Deion (23).


joe poe

Member: Joe Poe (Vice Chair)

Seat: Recreational Diving

Term: 12/16-12/18

Attorney

Durham, NC

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: To be selected by The Mariners' Museum

Seat: The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, Va.


Nathan Richards

Member: Nathan Richards

Seat: Maritime Archaeological Research

Term: 12/16-12/18

Manteo, N.C.

Dr. Nathan Richards is a maritime archaeologist who holds a joint appointment as program head of the Maritime Heritage Program at the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute (Wanchese, N.C.) and as an associate professor with the Program in Maritime Studies (Department of History) at East Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.). Nathan has taught classes in the history, theory, method and ethics of maritime archaeology, field schools, and cultural heritage management since 2003.


David Sybert

Member: David Sybert

Seat: Education

Term: 6/18-6/20

UNC Coastal Studies Institute

Wanchese, NC

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.


jim tobin

Member: James P. Tobin (Chair)

Seat: Citizen-at-Large

Term: 12/16-12/18

Business Owner

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.


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, N.C.

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: N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology

Term: Member since 11/12

N.C. State Underwater Archaeologist

Kure Beach, N.C.

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: Steve Poland

Seat: Alternate, N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology


Jason Peters

Member: Jason Peters

Seat: N.C. Dept of Environmental Quality

Term: Member since 03/18

Artificial Reef Coordinator

Division of Marine Fisheries

Morehead City, N.C.

Jason Peters is the Artificial Reef Coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (within the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality). In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the design, construction, and monitoring of 68 artificial reef sites in North Carolina. These sites exist from Virginia to South Carolina, and from the river mouths to nearly 40 miles offshore. He oversees permitting, contracting, field logistics, purchasing, and reporting for several sub-programs, including oyster sanctuaries and ocean reefs. Jason also serves as chairman on the joint ASMFC/GSMFC Artificial Reef Committee, which is responsible for national guidelines on artificial reef development.

Jason is a Virginia native, but has spent the majority of his adult life in Eastern North Carolina studying marine ecology and enjoying the wonderful marine resources the state has to offer. He has a BS in Biology from Christopher Newport University (in Newport News!) and a MS in Biological Oceanography from North Carolina State University. Jason is a USCG Master Captain, avid diver, and recreational fisherman.


Member: To be appointed

Seat: Alternate, N.C. Dept of Environmental Quality


Member: To be appointed

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


Member: To be appointed

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


Will Hoffman

Member: Bobby Outten

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

Term: Member since 6/15

City Manager

Dare County, N.C.

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, N.C.

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.


Member: LDCR David Stutt

Seat: U.S. Coast Guard

Term: Member since 5/18

Portsmouth, Va.


Kate Moore

Member: Kate Moore

Seat: Alternate, U.S. Coast Guard

Term: Member since 09/16

Assistant

Portsmouth, Va.

Katie grew up in North Carolina, vacationing on Carolina beaches. She studied environmental policy at Duke University and then received her Masters in Environmental Management with a Coastal Environmental Management focus from the same institution. Katie was previously the Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, and she has spent the last 13 years with the United States Coast Guard working on marine resource management. As the Living Marine Resources Program Manager for the Atlantic Area, Katie advises on fisheries, protected species, and marine protected areas. Located in Portsmouth, Va., Katie's civilian position provides continuity to the Coast Guard as the uniformed officers rotate to other tours after several years. As a civilian, Katie also provides continuity of knowledge and a consistent entry point for external partners if they require Coast Guard assistance.

Katie brings a zealous commitment to public service and marine conservation. Her personal interests include open water swimming, gardening, travelling, and art. Her favorite place is near water, anywhere!


Robert Neyland

Member: Robert Neyland

Seat: U.S. Navy

Term: Member since 3/11

Head, Naval Historical Center Underwater Archaeology Branch

Washington, DC

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: Alexis Catsambis

Seat: Alternate, U.S. Navy

Term: Member since 3/11

Underwater Archaeology Branch

Washington, DC


Samantha Henderson

Member: Samantha Henderson

Seat: Alternate, Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources

Term: Since 6/15

Archaeologist

Richmond, Va.

Samantha is an archaeologist specializing in historical archaeology of Virginia. Over the past ten years, she has worked on numerous archaeological sites throughout Tidewater and Piedmont Virginia, including working for four years at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Samantha attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, for her undergraduate degree and completed her Master's degree in Historical Archaeology from University of Massachusetts Boston. In her role as Project Review Archaeologist for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, she reviews effects of State and Federal projects on historic resources across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Samantha is a native of Virginia Beach and currently lives in Newport News, Virginia.


Member: Greg LaBudde

Seat: Alternate, Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources

Term: Since 6/15

Project Review Archaeologist

Richmond, Va.