Executive Directorate

Robert E. Beal, Executive Director

Policy development and implementation, legislative activities

Tina L. Berger, Director of Communications

Media relations, public outreach, advisory panel process, Fisheries Focus, press releases, website

Jessica Kuesel, Fisheries Adminsitrative Assistant

Administrative and Technical Support to Outreach and ISFMP

Deke Tompkins, Legislative Executive Assistant

Support to the Executive Director (travel, correspondence, staff nexus, legislative issues)

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program

Mike Cahall, Director

Overall programmatic management and guidance, committee staff support, and responsibility for the day-to-day operations

Julie Defilippi, Data Team Leader

Guidance for all data-related activities, including commercial and biological data, data collection and warehousing projects, user interface projects, and data dissemination activities

Karen Holmes, Software Team Leader

Development and management of data management systems, including production, development, testing, and documenting of software supporting the fisheries information systems, as well as custom software required for internal operations

Ed Martino, Ph.D., IT Manager and Programmer

SRE/sysadmin, DBA, and programmer for both ACCSP and ASMFC 

Heather Konell, Data Coordinator

Programming and system support for data management system; supports customer-related data intensive activities

Geoff White, Recreational Program Manager

Implementation of the state conduct of the Marine Recreational Information Program Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (MRIP APAIS) from Maine to Georgia

Alex DiJohnson, Recreational Data Coordinator

Ensures consistent data entry and interpretation through MRIP APAIS; trains ACCSP and Atlantic state employees on the procedures of the survey; coordinates data submission for the states of Delaware through Georgia

Joseph Myers, Senior Data Coordinator

Supports and assists in the compilation, analysis, use, and dissemination of ACCSP data; represents ACCSP at various stock assessment processes

Nicholas Mwai, Fisheries Programmer

Provides expert consultations to partners as they implement new reporting and licensing/permitting systems, as well as support the development of SAFIS

Jennifer Ni, Fisheries Data Analyst

Develops and maintains partner data feeds and verification; website development; confidential data accounts maintenance

Coleby Wilt, Recreational Data Coordinator

Aids in the implementation of MRIP APAIS and ensures daily aspects of the survey run properly; coordinates data submission for the states of Maine through New Jersey

Sarah Rains, Recreational Data Analyst

Captures, processes, and validates fisheries survey data for MRIP APAIS from Maine to Georgia

Alexandra Schwaab, Outreach Coordinator

Coordinates outreach activities and media relations, including webiste maintenance, and development and distribution of bimonthly Fisheries Files and the Annual Report

Finance & Administration


Laura C. Leach, Director

Grants, finance, human resources


Cecilia Butler, Human Resources Administrator

Human resources and travel vouchers

Jayran Farzanegan, Accounting Manager

General ledger, payroll

Lisa Hartman, Staff Assistant

Commissioners, accounts payable, graphic design


Cindy Robertson , Meetings Assistant

Meetings, administrative support to Fisheries Science and ACCSP 

Fisheries Science Program

Patrick A. Campfield, Director

Fisheries Science Program oversight, fisheries research coordination, peer reviews

Kristen Anstead Ph.D., Stock Assessment Scientist

Stock assessments, stock assessment training, fish ageing

Katie Drew Ph.D., Stock Assessment Team Lead

Stock assessments, stock assessment training, recreational fishing surveys and analyses

Lisa Havel, Ph.D., Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Habitat Partnership Coordinator

Coordination of ACFHP Steering Committee and its working groups to accomplish Partnership goals and objectives, based on the ACFHP Strategic Plan and the goals of the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

Jeff J. Kipp, Senior Stock Assessment Scientist

Stock assessments, stock assessment training, fish passage, fishing gear technology, interstate tagging


Interstate Fisheries Management Program


Toni Kerns, Director

ISFMP oversight & policy development; Atlantic herring

Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon

Caitlin Starks, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

Black sea bass, bluefish, shad & river herring, tautog


Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

American eel, coastal sharks, scup, spiny dogfish, summer flounder

Mike Schmidtke, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

Horseshoe crab, South Atlantic species (Atlantic croaker, black drum, cobia, red drum, Spanish mackerel, spot and spotted seatrout), weakfish

Megan Ware, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

American lobster, Atlantic herring, Jonah crab, northern shrimp, winter flounder

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