Maryland Coastal Bays

Staff

Dave
Dave Wilson
dwilson@mdcoastalbays.org

Dave Wilson is executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program where he has worked since 1997. 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
Carol Cain
ccain@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Roman Jesien
rjesien@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Cristy Layton
clayton@mdcoastalbays.org

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
Carrie Samis
csamis@mdcoastalbays.org

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
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.



Harrison Jackson
Harrison Jackson
hjackson@mdcoastalbays.org

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.




Jennifer Rafter
Jennifer Rafter
jrafter@mdcoastalbays.org

Jennifer Rafter joined MCBP in 2014 as our Programs Manager.  Previously she served for two years as the Executive Director of the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce.  From 2009-2012 she was the Aquarium Curator at the Delmarva Discovery Center.  Jennifer has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.  Her responsibilities include: implementing on-going management and monitoring plans, coordinating management of MCBP properties and other on-the-ground project activities, coordinating climate adaptation and resilience activities, tracking legislation relevant to our management goals and implementing related CCMP actions as well as assistance with the annual Policy Committee, Implementation Committee, EPA reporting, and web and database management.




Amanda Poskaitis
Amanda Poskaitis
amandap@mdcoastalbays.org

Amanda Poskaitis joined MCBP in 2014 as Project 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 BS in Biology from Salisbury University and a BS 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.
 
 
 

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