Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Meet the Staff

Staff members may be contacted by writing:
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah GA 31411
calling (912) 598-2345 or faxing (912) 598-2367.

Staff direct phone numbers and e-mail addresses are included below:

Stan Rogers,
Superintendent,
Stan.Rogers@noaa.gov; 912.598.2428

Stan Rogers

Stan comes to Gray's Reef from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) where he most recently supervised policy, planning and evaluation, data management, and communications activities for the NOAA Restoration Center in the Office of Habitat Conservation. Previously, he served as a senior consultation biologist for NMFS Office of Protected Resources leading national programmatic consultations with the U.S. Navy and other DoD training and testing activities worldwide, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protect Act.

Prior to joining NOAA in 2011, Stan spent 15 years with the Department of Defense as a resources and conservation law enforcement program manager for the U.S. Air Force responsible for military installation conservation programs around the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawai'i. There he also administered U.S. Air Force environmental programs in overseas locations including Greenland, Ascension Island, and Antigua. After obtaining a B.S. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University in South Carolina, he spent a few years as consulting wildlife biologist across the Carolinas and Georgia working with private and corporate landowners to conserve and sustainably manage their natural resources.

Elliott Lam,
State Program Manager
elliott.lam@noaa.gov; 912.598.2439

Elliott Lam

Elliott Lam serves as the State Program Manager. He joined the GRNMS team in 2018. Elliott has experience in establishing, training and directing both community and government led coastal management groups in incorporating scientifically sound, ecosystem-based fisheries management into their current management system. He also developed and established coastal management policy and community management teams. Previously Elliott worked for Rare Philippines, an international NGO, where he established marine protected area sites and implemented ecosystem based, sustainable fishing in local communities. His interest in marine resources began during his youth while fishing along the South Atlantic and diving in the Florida Keys. Elliott, building on his passion for the coast, began his career in marine management as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where he worked on various coastal and fisheries restoration projects, sustainable policy implementation, and community development.

Kim Roberson,
Research Coordinator
Kimberly.Roberson@noaa.gov; 912.598.2382

Kim Roberson

Kimberly Roberson is the Research Coordinator for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. She began working with NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Biogeography Branch in 2005 and joined the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in 2016. Kim received her Bachelors of Science degree from Berry College in Rome, GA and her Master of Science degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she conducted research on leatherback sea turtles, using genetics to explore connectivity between nesting populations and pelagic individuals. Prior to NOAA, Kim worked with the National Park Service in St. Croix, USVI, conducting research and implementing conservation measures on endangered and threatened species. She uses diving as a tool for research and has been a NOAA certified diver since 2005, a NOAA Divemaster since 2006 and served as the National Ocean Service Diving Officer for three years and Chair of the NOAA Diving Control and Safety Board for two years. Her early NOAA work had her diving, conducting fish counts and assessing the potential Research Area boundaries of Gray's Reef. Kim is originally from Tennessee and developed a love for the ocean during family vacations to the coast. She enjoys spending time outside, running, swimming, playing and exploring with her husband and two young sons.

Alison Soss,
Geospatial Data Analyst
Alison.Soss@noaa.gov ; 912.598.2431

Alison Soss

Alison Soss has joined GRNMS as a Geospatial Data Analyst. Currently, she is a masters candidate at the College of Charleston, obtaining two separate degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration with a focus on Fisheries Management. In 2014, Alison obtained two bachelor degrees from Emory University in Biology and Environmental Science. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked with both NOAA (at Gray's Reef NMS) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a Research Program Specialist, Scientific Diver and Social Scientist. As a geospatial analyst, she supports the soundscape monitoring efforts at GRNMS. In this role, she curates and provides the sanctuary with GIS datasets and maps to support the relevant project goals, assists with the maintenance and data retrieval of the acoustic telemetry and hydrophone array, and investigates the movement of tagged black sea bass throughout the sanctuary.

LTJG Justin Miyano,
Vessel Operations Coordinator
Justin.Miyano@noaa.gov ; 912.598.2432

LTJG Justin Miyano

LTJG Justin Miyano joined Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary as the Vessel Operations Coordinator in 2019. He coordinates small boat operations with the vessel captain, and supports dive operations for the Sanctuary as a NOAA Divemaster. LTJG Miyano's last assignment was aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, RI, concluding his tour as Navigator. On the Bigelow, LTJG Miyano sailed as far north as Bay of Fundy, Canada, and as far south as Tongue of the Ocean, The Bahamas. Before joining the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, he worked for The University of Hawaii Marine Center, supporting shore-side operations for their research vessels. He completed a bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. LTJG Miyano was born and raised in Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. His passion lie in everything health, fitness, and outdoors. Oh, and canines.

Benjamin Prueitt,
Outreach & Social Media Coordinator
Ben.Prueitt@noaa.gov ; 912.598.2434

Benjamin Prueitt

Ben Prueitt joined the Gray's Reef team in 2019 as Outreach and Social Media coordinator. His experience in communicating science began with marine education programs for teens in his home waters around Tampa Bay in Florida. Since, Ben developed media products for the New York-Pennsylvania Professional Baseball League, and monitored long-term changes on reefs and in the Florida Keys NMS and Dry Tortugas National Park with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's Corals Program. Most recently, Ben managed the communications and marketing for an oil spill research consortium at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from USF St. Petersburg, and volunteers his time as a team member with taste of science where he helps plan public speaking events for local scientists.

Scott Kathey,
Resource Protection Coordinator
Scott.Kathey@noaa.gov ; 912.598.2381

Scott Kathey

Scott Kathey has worked for the National Marine Sanctuaries System for 28 years, beginning as a graduate intern with the Olympic Coast and Proposed Northwest Straits National Marine Sanctuary programs in Washington State in 1992. Two years later, he accepted a position at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where he subsequently served as regulatory, and enforcement coordinator (26 years), emergency response coordinator (20 years), senior marine policy advisor (13 years); media coordinator (18 years), permit coordinator (7 years), advisory council coordinator (3 years), buoy system manager (25 years), NOAA diver/divemaster (23 years), salvage contract solicitor/manager (20 years), aircrew member (20 years); and small boat manager/operator (16 years). Scott has used a combination of statutory, regulatory, policy, administrative, and social tools to prevent and minimize threats to natural resources and processes in multiple national marine sanctuaries. He has collaborated with government partners, non-government organizations, and the public throughout his professional career to improve stewardship of protected marine resources.

While earning a Master of Marine Affairs degree in Coastal Management at the University of Washington, Scott gained practical experience in marine biology, protection and management through work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the City of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Planning Department, and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, where he majored in international politics and subsequently worked as a contract analyst for U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command.

Scott is a Louisiana native, husband, and father who enjoys outdoor activities, exploration, history, Southern cuisine, a warm rain, and the sound of distant thunder. He gained a love for the sea during visits to the Gulf Coast as a child and entered the marine protection field to remain close to the ocean and play a role in its stewardship. He gained a love for the sea during visits to the Gulf Coast as a child and entered the marine protection field to remain close to the ocean and play a role in its stewardship.

ENS Cassidy Ring,
Vessel Operations Coordinators
Cassidy.Ring@noaa.gov

ENS Cassidy Ring joined Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary as the Vessel Operations Coordinator in 2022. She coordinates small boat operations and supports dive operations for the Sanctuary as a NOAA Diver. ENS Ring's previous assignment was aboard the NOAA Ship Oregon II in Pascagoula, MS concluding her tour as Navigation Officer and spending some time as Acting Operations Officer. On the Oregon II, ENS Ring sailed throughout the Gulf of Mexico, as well as along the US east coast, as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina conducting plankton surveys, shark and red snapper longline operations, and trawling for groundfish population studies. Before joining the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, she worked as an Environmental Compliance Specialist for FEMA, supporting hurricane recovery efforts in her hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina following Hurricane Florence in 2018. She completed two bachelor's degrees in Biology and Marine Sciences at North Carolina State University, where she also minored in Spanish and Zoology and competed on the club rowing and club rugby teams. ENS Ring continues to play rugby competitively and is passionate about growing the sport, spending time outdoors, and giving her two rescue pups the best life possible.

Aleria Jensen,
Education Specialist, LANTERN Detail
Aleria.Jensen@noaa.gov

Aleria Jensen

Aleria Jensen joined Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary staff on April 11, 2022 for a four-month LANTERN detail to serve as an Education Specialist in support of the new GRNMS Ocean Discovery Center. During her rotation, Aleria will build educational programming and lead partnership development to support the opening of the visitor center in October 2022. She is currently enrolled in NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program, and joins the team from NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region Protected Resources Division, where she serves as deputy for a team developing policy and management actions for marine mammal conservation and recovery. She has worked with schools to promote ocean literacy, developed best practices for wildlife viewing with the tour industry, and coordinated response to marine mammal strandings and entanglements across Alaska. Aleria is passionate about protecting the marine environment and connecting people to the natural world. She holds a BS in Biology and Russian from Macalester College and an MS in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.

Duties at GRNMS: educational and interpretive programming, partnership development, visitor center support

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