Dave Wilson is executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program where he has worked for the past 12 years. The former journalist is on the board of Delmarva Low Impact Tourism (DLITE), a coalition of The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, and tourism professionals who have joined to promote nature tourism on the Eastern Shore. An avid fisherman, birder, cyclist and kayaker, Wilson is a naturalist and frequent lecturer on growth and wildlife-related topics. He recently co-authored the book “Shifting Sands; Environmental and Cultural Change in Maryland’s Coastal Bays.” He holds BS from Penn State University and an MA from Boston College.
Carol Cain has been employed with the Coastal Bays Program for nine years as the Technical Coordinator. In this capacity she manages environmental policy assessments and coordinates annual research projects to gauge the health of local streams. She also monitors horseshoe crab abundance and facilitates a water quality monitoring program for a corps of local volunteers. She serves on the board of directors for the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council, which is charged with preserving, protecting and promoting the cultural, natural and historical heritage of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. She earned a B.S in Biology from Salisbury University, B.S. in Environmental/Marine Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences & Public Administration from Salisbury University.
Roman has been with the Maryland Coastal Bays for seven years 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 the BS degree from Villanova University, MS in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.
Cristy has worked for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as its Administrative Specialist for seven years. She is responsible for office financial transactions; managing accounts payable and receivable; reconciling bank statements; updating the trial balance, profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet; managing payroll; invoicing; making federal and state tax deposits; and completing annual tax forms. She also handles most of the incoming and outgoing mail, and takes care of all documents and travel arrangements, and maintains the office’s email and computer system. Basically, this office could not run efficiently without Cristy's stellar organizational skills and attention to detail. She has been with the Program since 2002.
Carrie has worked for the MCBP
since August, 2007. Carrie has been involved in developing a variety of
programs designed to help children and adults foster a connection with nature
in an effort to nurturing a new generation of environmental stewards.
From 1997 – 2007, Carrie was
Education Curator at the Salisbury Zoo, during which time the Education Department
grew to serve more than 25,000 children each year with a variety of wildlife
and conservation programs. Carrie served as vice-chair of the Conservation
Education Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and
represents the Delmarva region with the Children & Nature Network.
Sandi is a fundraising and marketing specialist and is responsible for annual fundraising campaigns and events, cultivating individual, community and corporate outreach programs including trash clean ups and community service programs. She is also outreach coordinator with Grow Berlin Green, a non- profit conservation group affiliated with the MCBP. 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 and is an avid supporter of Assateague Island, Pilates and power yoga. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Arlo Hemphill is the Watershed Program Coordinator at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. He works with a cross-section of our partners and local stakeholders to ensure delivery of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, while identifying and building new conservation strategies to promote healthy bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island. Prior to joining MCBP, Arlo led ocean conservation programs and outreach efforts for organizations such as Conservation International and the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University. He is a Fellow National of the Explorers Club and serves on the Steering Committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance, an international effort to establish a marine reserve on the Atlantic high seas. Like most of us here at Coastal Bays, Arlo is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying SCUBA diving, backcountry hiking and paddle sports.
Harrison has been working as a Coastal Steward since 2011,
recently being promoted in 2012 to Coastal Steward Supervisor for the MCBP. He
graduated both Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern
Shore in May 2012 with bachelors in biology from both schools, with an emphasis
on marine & estuarine systems. His primary duties focus around the Coastal
Steward program, but he often assists the MCBP staff with fundraising, research
& projects being done across the peninsula. He also works closely with the
National & State Park services at Assateague Island and the University of
Maryland Eastern Shore to assist with the Upward Bound program & various
teacher trainings throughout the year.
Kara is the Volunteer Coordinator for Maryland Coastal Bays. She is in charge of finding, recruiting, and managing volunteers for MCBP projects, fundraisers, and events. Kara will be organizing and leading volunteers in various restoration efforts along the coastal bays. Kara recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Natural Resource Management. Kara has worked with various environmental organizations in the past, spanning from environmental advocacy to making biodiesel. In her free time she likes to do anything outdoors, paint, and play guitar.