Roman has been with the Maryland Coastal Bays since 2002 and provides in-house scientific expertise. He currently serves as chairman of the Coastal Advisory Fishery Committee, and is a member of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee, the Maryland DNR Working Waterfront Commission, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Panel for Black Sea Bass and on the Science Panel for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. Prior to his employment at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program he served on the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he taught undergraduate classes in the Dual Degree Marine Science Program with Salisbury University and served on the graduate faculty for the University of Maryland. He holds a B.S. degree from Villanova University, M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.
Roman Jesien is Acting Interim Executive Director.
Sandi is the Development and Marketing coordinator. She is responsible for annual fundraising campaigns and events including the Osprey Triathlon, the Paddle Board Race and is general manager to the Assateague Island concessions. She is responsible for cultivating individual, community and corporate outreach programs including trash clean ups and community service programs. She a board member for the Worcester County Humane Society, serves as treasurer for the Ocean City Surf Club, is a volunteer of the Marine Mammal Stranding Program and works with wildlife rescues. Sandi has a diverse business background from promoting offshore fishing to marketing the area as a golf destination. She has lived in the coastal bays watershed for 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Jennifer Rafter joined MCBP in 2014 as our Technical Coordinator and has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University. She has previously worked as the Aquarium Curator at the Delmarva Discovery Center and as the Executive Director of the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce. She has a number of responsibilities for the MCBP including implementing on-going management and monitoring plans, coordinating management of MCBP properties and other projects, coordinating climate adaptation and resilience activities and tracking legislation relevant to out management goals.
Amanda Poskaitis joined MCBP in 2014 as our Watershed Program Coordinator. She previously worked as a manager at The Kite Loft. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and picking up plastic wherever she finds it. Amanda earned as B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from UMES. Amanda's responsibilities include organizing volunteers and interns involved in various MCBP activities, coordinating outreach related to volunteer activities, working with the technical coordinator to conduct monitoring, working with staff scientist and programs manager to conduct field work and assist with fundraising, and implementing relatedCCMP actions as well as maintaining MCBP compliance with EPA quality management and Implementation Grant requirements.
Katherine Phillips joined MCBP in 2015 as our Programs Manager. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University and a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Sciences from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Previously, Katherine worked as a Coastal Stewards team leader, interned at PacificEast Aquaculture, and was the science intern for MCBP. Katherine's responsibilities include assisting the Science Coordinator and Technical Coordinator, data analysis, and assisting with ongoing scientific monitoring projects in the coastal bays watershed.
Emma Rice, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer, joined MCBP this fall after earning a BS in Biology from Salisbury University. Emma previously worked as a youth program coordinator for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary designing and implementing marine education programs for students with an interest in science and engineering. She also interned with the Delaware Nature Society, studied aquiculture in Scotland, and tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica. She will be working on various projects with MCBP, such as engaging individuals in tree and living shoreline plantings and invasive species removals. As well as collecting biological surveys on wildlife and vegetation, and leading field trips and activities at environmental education sites. During her free time, Emma enjoys kayaking, reading on the beach, hiking, and baking.