Maryland Coastal Bays

Staff

Frank Piorko
Frank Piorko
fpiorko@mdcoastalbays.org

Frank joined the MCBP as Executive Director after spending the past 26 years as a Program Manager and Division Director for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. As a natural resources professional in watershed management, Frank has been involved in Estuary Programs in the mid-Atlantic region and also the Chesapeake Bay in recent years. His professional areas of interest include stormwater management and watershed restoration and financing. Frank is a graduate of the University of Delaware with his BS in Agricultural Sciences and his MS in Public Administration from Wilmington University.     




Roman
Roman Jesien
rjesien@mdcoastalbays.org

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.
 
 



Sandi
Sandi Smith
sandis@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Jennifer Rafter
jrafter@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Amanda Poskaitis
amandap@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Katherine Phillips
kphillips@mdcoastalbays.org

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, and interned with PacificEast Aquacutlure and Maryland Coastal Bays Program. Katherine's responsibilities include assisting the Science and Technical Coordinators, data analysis, mentoring college and high school interns, quality control and assurance, and assisting with ongoing scientific monitoring projects in the Coastal Bays watershed.


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