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.



Amanda Poskaitis
Amanda Poskaitis
amandap@mdcoastalbays.org

Amanda 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 a B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from UMES. Amanda's responsibilities include coordinating the Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program, the Volunteer Oyster Gardening Program, the Reel-in and Recycle program, and a citizen science Horseshoe Crab Survey, as well as organizing volunteers and interns involved in various MCBP activities. Amanda also works with our science coordinator and other partners to conduct monitoring and field work and manages restoration projects and properties. 
 
 
 



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, organizing the Terrapin Survey, and assisting with ongoing scientific monitoring projects in the Coastal Bays watershed.




Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson
admin@mdcoastalbays.org

Sharon joined Maryland Coastal Bays Program as a part time Administrative Specialist in February 2016, bringing with her 38 years of business experience owning and operating Redwood Burl Woodworks and Signs in West Ocean City with her husband, Todd.

Since 2008, she has been an active Master Gardener and coordinator of the Berlin Branch Library Garden that she helped to start with other volunteers. All of the organic vegetables and herbs from the Community Demonstration Garden are donated to Diakonia. She also enjoys cooking, and Assateague Island beaches, family and friends.




Liz Vander Clute
Liz Vander Clute
lvanderclute@mdcoastalbays.org

Liz joined MCBP in January 2017 as Education Coordinator. A native of Berlin, MD, Liz left her hometown to obtain her BA in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College in FL and her MS in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental education and interpretation from UNC-Wilmington. Her previous experience includes working as a naturalist at an outdoor school in TX, as an ocean educator in the public school system in NC, and for the OC Beach Patrol for ten years where she coordinated the junior beach patrol program. Her responsibilities include producing educational materials for students, teachers, and residents of the coastal bays, delivering presentations and workshops, developing hands-on educational opportunities for the community, and coordinating activities with other local environmental organizations. In her free time she loves to play with her dogs, hike, swim in the ocean, crochet, and cook.


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