Professional Experience

Environmental Consultant

CoastalZone.com, 362 Kolohala Drive, Kula, HI 96790. Offering professional services since 1997.

  • Delegate to the World Congress on Protected Areas or "World Parks Congress" held in Durban South Africa. Contributed to marine protected area policy for review by the Convention of Biological Diversity with follow-on submission to the United Nations.
  • Fully authored and designed the Division's website viewable and protected areas program website.
  • Fully and singly responsible for the CNMI to be the first State or Territory to complete an inventory of its marine protected and marine managed areas for NOAA's mpa.gov website and for the Coral Reef Initiative.
  • Fully responsible singly responsible for contributing to the IUCN WWF publication Marine Management Effectiveness Indicators by evaluating and assessing governance indicators for the Bird Island Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Wildlife Conservation Area.
  • International experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim, Australia, Europe and Canada.
  • Awarded $20,000 in funding to design a constructed wetland to treat storm water runoff in the CNMI.
  • Provided regulatory guidance for a wastewater treatment constructed wetland at a new USFWS coastal visitor center located in sensitive habitat.
  • Authored a long-term stewardship and conservation management plan for a unique property containing rare flora and historic resources. The property was donated to a non-profit trust for public use and enjoyment..
  • Developed outreach and education materials, brochures and presentations for natural resource protection and coral reef conservation for non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA and Florida.
  • Promoted low-impact SCUBA diving through exhibits and educational material to enhance awareness.
  • Developed sustainable coastal land use planning alternatives with Indigenous stakeholder participation.
  • Experienced in market forecasts, business plan development, deliverables, and P&L statements.
  • 15 years experience in sales, marketing, management, client and stakeholder development services.

Coastal Resouce Planner

Maui County Planning Department, Kalana Pakui Bld, 250 South High Street, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793. 808-270-7520. 2004 - current.

  • Provided technical assistance in matters of endangered species, HCPs and full permit review. Served as a voting member of the Coastal Resources Management Board of Directors, which reviews and conditions all development proposals in the Northern Mariana Islands. Co-authored an USFWS-approved adaptive management plan for a wildlife sanctuary that provides off-site mitigation for 'takings' of Nightingale Reed-warblers, a federally listed endangered species. Reviewed EIAs, NEPA documents, Section 7/10 and USCOE permit applications, as well as Biological Opinions for all major development and infrastructure projects within the Commonwealth, CNMI.
  • Provided legal, regulatory, planning and policy guidance to the CNMI Dept. of Lands & Natural Resources and the Division of Fish & Wildlife on sanctuary’s, marine protected areas, endangered species, non-point source BMPs, NEPA, EIA, BO, fisheries, hunting, conservation and natural resource issues. Drafted laws, regulations, executive directives and management plans for conservation / protected areas, as well as jointly authored a sustainable fisheries Act for submission to the Natural Resource Comittee and the CNMI Legislature.
  • Served as the Local Navigator for stakeholder forums pertaining to recreational use of coral reef and marine resources. Fostered sustainable tourism by facilitating stakeholder creation of local action strategies for conservation, including garnering the active support of a major tourism constituency in protected area management efforts. Developed multi-lingual coral reef conservation and protected area education materials, brochures, maps and presentations.
  • Secured $750,000 in grants to fund coral reef and fisheries conservation and protected area programs. Authored and managed grants, developed proposals, wrote status and technical reports, tracked budgets, performed statistical analysis, authored final reports, presented findings and authored publications. Jointly authored Coral Reef Initiative grants for over $1 million in funding for environmental agencies of the CNMI.

Natural Resouce Planner

Division of Fish & Wildlife, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Lower Base, Saipan, MP 96950 CNMI. 2001 - 2004.

  • Provided technical assistance in matters of endangered species, HCPs and full permit review. Served as a voting member of the Coastal Resources Management Board of Directors, which reviews and conditions all development proposals in the Northern Mariana Islands. Co-authored an USFWS-approved adaptive management plan for a wildlife sanctuary that provides off-site mitigation for 'takings' of Nightingale Reed-warblers, a federally listed endangered species. Reviewed EIAs, NEPA documents, Section 7/10 and USCOE permit applications, as well as Biological Opinions for all major development and infrastructure projects within the Commonwealth, CNMI.
  • Provided legal, regulatory, planning and policy guidance to the CNMI Dept. of Lands & Natural Resources and the Division of Fish & Wildlife on sanctuary’s, marine protected areas, endangered species, non-point source BMPs, NEPA, EIA, BO, fisheries, hunting, conservation and natural resource issues. Drafted laws, regulations, executive directives and management plans for conservation / protected areas, as well as jointly authored a sustainable fisheries Act for submission to the Natural Resource Comittee and the CNMI Legislature.
  • Served as the Local Navigator for stakeholder forums pertaining to recreational use of coral reef and marine resources. Fostered sustainable tourism by facilitating stakeholder creation of local action strategies for conservation, including garnering the active support of a major tourism constituency in protected area management efforts. Developed multi-lingual coral reef conservation and protected area education materials, brochures, maps and presentations.
  • Secured $750,000 in grants to fund coral reef and fisheries conservation and protected area programs. Authored and managed grants, developed proposals, wrote status and technical reports, tracked budgets, performed statistical analysis, authored final reports, presented findings and authored publications. Jointly authored Coral Reef Initiative grants for over $1 million in funding for environmental agencies of the CNMI.

Associate Professor

University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD. 2000 - 2002.

College of Southern Maryland, POBox #910, Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD. 1999 - 2000.

  • Recipient of Teacher Excellence Award from the Women On Campus Forum
  • Provided instruction in Global Environmental Science through internet and web-based distance education
  • Promoted the Environmental Science & Technology Associates and Certificate Programs and developed targeted curriculum with input from local professionals
  • Provided face-to-face and distance education to a diverse student community including adults and military personnel at University College
  • Program offerings including Environmental Science, Botany, Environmental Soils, Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Law
  • Produced five online undergraduate courses at www.coastalzone.com\webcourse\courses.htm.
  • Furnished ~62 hours of instruction, including full responsibility for syllabus, laboratory, field exercises, tutorials, web pages, lecture notes and presentations, exams, grading, and student advisement.
  • Assisted students with course selection, provided advisement and mentored students in the program
  • Assisted the Department Chair with college activities such as Earth Day and various community events.
  • Full responsibility for the development of syllabi, lectures, course notes, presentations, laboratory and field exercises, exams and grading, as well as student advising.

Development Manager

Water Environment Research Foundation, Alexandria, VA. 1996 - 1999.

Developed an in-depth understanding of the technical, financial, and regulatory issues and concerns of the water quality community, as well as philanthropic motivation, marketing, volunteerism, networking, and self-motivation within a team-oriented working environment. Recruitment and research endeavors necessitated working with professionals from firms such as; CH2M Hill, Black & Veach, Malcolm Pernie, ALCOA, Union Carbide, Eastman Kodak, E.I. DuPont, Shell Oil, international interests, and numerous public water and wastewater utilities.

  • Solicited and retained $1.4 million in research program funding from more than 25 new clients.
  • Built long term relationships with CEO's, Directors, Academics, Industrialists, and Regulators.
  • Provided guidance and information to public utilities serving 70% of the sewered U.S. population.
  • Developed marketing plans, budget forecasts, deliverables, and survey instruments to determine and respond to the needs of the industry.
  • Developed a leading National study on pathogen removal in reclaimed wastewater effluents
  • Developed international collaborative research opportunities and agreements.
  • Provided institutional strengthening for utility and regulatory personnel and management.
  • Authored Grants and Request for Proposals (RFPs) addressing research needs.
  • Disseminated research results through meetings, seminars, presentations, and publications.
  • Recruited volunteers for the scientific peer review of research projects.
  • Acted as a liaison for relevant policy issues and areas of regulatory concern.

Chief Researcher

CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville, Australia. 1994 - 1995.

Provided research results that assisted marine park managers with designing ecologically sustainable tourism activities and a means of evaluating alternative mooring and coastal zone management strategies.

  • Consulted with eco-tourism operators to develop sustainable activities and mooring management strategies at high use SCUBA diving and snorkeling sites in the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia.
  • Designed, developed, and tested a new method of environmental monitoring using time lapse video photography to establish patterns of visitor and vessel use at remote locations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia.
  • Authored grant proposal, provided status and technical reports, tracked budgets, designed equipment and sampling methods, performed statistical analysis, and managed all phases of the project.
  • Held interactive discussions, public presentations, and published a 100 page technical report.
  • Presented results to the GBRMP Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Assistant Legislative Liaison

The Environmental Center, Crawford Hall, Honolulu, HI. 1993 - 1994.

  • Reviewed State Legislative bills and resolutions for issues of environmental sensitivity.
  • Contacted and collected the comments and opinions of scientists and experts.
  • Correlated comments for presentation by the Center's Director as testimony to the Hawaii State Legislature.

Eco-Tour Guide and Tour Sales

Alaska Sight Seeing Tours, Denali National Park, AK. 1992.

  • Consulted with tour operators to develop sustainable eco-tourism opportunities in Danali National Park and the surrounding tundra environs.
  • Provided interpretive natural history tours that increased visitor understanding of the tundra ecosystem.
  • Developed, designed, and marketed eco-tourism opportunities to enhance the visitors wilderness experience.

District Marketing Manager

Curtis Industries, Eastlake, OH. 1987 - 1991.

Provided sales marketing and management for a leading international hardware wholesaler / manufacturer. Consecutively increased responsibilities included multiple phases of operations.

Winner of numerous sales awards including:

  • Most Profitable District, first quarter 1991
  • National Sales Performer of the Year, 1990
  • Presidents Circle of Success, 1990
  • Top District Salesperson, 1989

° Increasing sales ° Marketing strategies ° Training and hiring personnel ° Profitability ° Profit and loss statements ° Motivating sales force ° New accounts ° Merchandising programs

° Employee supervision and guidance ° Vendor penetration ° Specialty products ° Employee performance evaluations ° National accounts ° Promotional materials ° Shipping & receiving

District Marketing Manager

1991

  • Ranked #2 of 16 District Managers Nationally
  • Responsible for 23 employees in 9 States
  • Decreased employee costs by 46%
  • Increased district sales by 8.5%
  • Increased profitability from -$148K to +$59K

1990

  • Ranked #2 of 21 District Managers Nationally
  • Responsible for 15 employees in 7 States
  • Increased district sales by 7.5%

Sales Representative

1989

  • Ranked #1 of 15 Sales Rep's Regionally
  • Ranked #16 of 361 Sale Rep's Nationally
  • Increased sales by 57%
  • Awarded Presidents Circle of Success ring

1988

  • Increased sales by 48%
  • Super Rep Award
  • 1987- Increased sales by 45%

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