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Staff

Kevin Smith - Executive Director

As Executive Director, Kevin handles the primary responsibilities of organizational management. Kevin implements the CCMP through a close relationship with the Management Conference (including Board, IC, CAC, and partners). The Executive Director supervises staff and plans, and implements budgets and carries out the daily supervision of managing all operations of the organization.

Kevin joined the MCBP after spending the past 34 years at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He spent most of his career in the field of aquatic and habitat restoration—much of it on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Kevin graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Resource Conservation and Fish and Wildlife Management. His previous work includes working for the North American Wildfowl Trust on waterfowl habitat enhancement.

Dr. Roman Jesien - Science Coordinator

As the Science and Restoration Director, Roman provides the technical lead for science-related programs and projects throughout the bays. Roman supports local and regional committees—such as the Coastal Fisheries Advisory Committee and Recreation & Navigation Advisory Committee—and provides his expertise and assistance at the state and federal level to agencies regarding water quality science, and habitat restoration related activities.

Since 2002, Roman has provided in-house scientific expertise to the Maryland Coastal Bays. 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 is on the Science Panel for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership.

Roman’s previous work includes serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he taught undergraduate classes at the Dual Degree Marine Science Program with Salisbury University and served on the graduate faculty for the University of Maryland. Roman holds a B.S. degree from Villanova University, M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.

Sandi Smith - Outreach and Marketing Coordinator

As the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, Sandi provides the lead for development and fundraising activities along with public outreach events, and works in close coordination with the Education Coordinator. Sandi is responsible for annual fundraising campaigns and events and is the general manager to the Assateague Island National Park concessions, which includes a bike rental stand, a beach hut and a watersport rental stand.

Sandi is responsible for cultivating individual, community, and corporate outreach programs including trash clean-ups and community service programs. She is a First Responder for the National Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program and works with wildlife rescues, transports, and rehab. 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 40 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Sharon Peterson - Administrative Specialist

As the Administrative Specialist, Sharon provides program office assistance with managing finances, administrative functions for employee support, and maintaining all records, files, and payroll information for the program. Sharon acts as the liaison for the transmittal of information to EPA for the ASAP transactions and works with the contract accountant on program financial reporting to the Director and Board.

In February of 2016, Sharon joined Maryland Coastal Bay Program, 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, Assateague Island beaches, and spending time with her family and friends.

Liz Wist - Education Coordinator

As the Education Coordinator, Liz provides vision and leadership for Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s education and public involvement initiatives. Liz is responsible for the development, creation, and evaluation of environmental education programs. Within these programs, she designs curriculum, leads interpretive programs and summer camps, mentors seasonal staff, and provides professional development for educators. Liz is also responsible for organizing and facilitating MCBP community engagement opportunities such as Discover Your Watershed, Bay Day, and Living Local with local and state partners.

Liz joined the Maryland Coastal Bay Programs in January of 2017. A Berlin native, Liz left her hometown to obtain her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College, and her M.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental education and interpretation from UNC-Wilmington. Liz previously worked as a naturalist at an outdoor school in Texas, as an ocean educator for MarineQuest, and as a crew chief for the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Steve Farr - Watershed Coordinator

As the Watershed Coordinator, Steve tracks and manages the implementation projects that are the responsibility of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as listed in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. He also assists in the coordination and tracking of federal, state, and local governments with activities that are impacting the coastal bays. Steve conducts research and identifies resources and administrative steps that are needed for project completion, in consultation with the program director.

Steve joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in 2017. Prior to joining the crew, Steve spent the past ten years as Development Director at Assateague Coastal Trust, where he managed all fundraising activities, and assisted with outreach communications and administrative functions. Before moving to the Eastern Shore from the D.C area in 2007, Steve spent 25+ years at the public affairs consulting firm APCO Worldwide where he managed their strategic corporate philanthropy practice area. Steve is a graduate of Yale University where he earned his B.A. in 1983.

Carly Toulan - Environmental Scientist

As an Environmental Scientist, Carly manages and administers long-term programs, including annual stream monitoring and volunteer water quality monitoring. Carly is responsible for recruiting and organizing volunteers and events, as well as managing laboratory contracts and water quality data. Carly works first-hand on collecting, inputting, and analyzing data, where she researches and participates in numerous topics such as anadromous fish sampling, horseshoe crab surveys, wetland assessments, water quality sampling, and monitoring MCBP’s numerous properties.

Carly joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as an Environmental Scientist after recently graduating in 2019 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Science. In the past, she has worked as a forestry technician participating in the Smithsonian’s ForestGEO project on UMBC’s campus and has analyzed the health of Baltimore County’s urban forests plots. She became the 2019 summer science intern here at MCBP and afterward moved on to working as a Jr. Coastal Resource Scientist at the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Chandler Joiner - Education Program Manager

As Education Program Manager, Chandler develops and facilitates MCBP education and community engagement opportunities. For environmental education programming, Chandler assists in curriculum creation, program marketing, and lesson delivery for various programs including student field trips, summer camps, and the MCBP high school environmental leadership retreat. Chandler works with various stakeholders to provide community programming in the form of the Living Local project, Bay Day, and teacher professional developments.

Chandler joined MCBP through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program in 2019 and continued on following the completion of the program. She obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rhodes College in 2018 and her previous experience includes research in community-based ecotourism, work with the Memphis, TN Office of Sustainability, and time as the Environmental Educator for the Montreat Camp and Conference in Black Mountain, NC.

Anna Smith - Concession Merchandising Manager

As Concession Merchandise Manager, Anna handles the primary responsibilities of stocking, tracking, and delivery of merchandise to the three concessions located at the Assateague Island National Seashore. The concessions are co-managed by the program in a for-profit partnership with SuperFun Eco tours. She is also responsible for the bookkeeping and inventory management of the three concessions, and works at the Beach Hut several days a week.

Anna joined MCBP staff in 2021. She is currently attending Wor Wic Community College.

Dr. Archer Larned - Coastal Bird Habitat Conservation Coordinator

As the Coastal Bird Habitat Coordinator, Archer is responsible for monitoring nesting coastal waterbirds in collaboration with Audubon Mid-Atlantic and Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She primarily monitors an artificial nesting platform for Common Terns and Black Skimmers in Chincoteague Bay. She also analyzes data and provides scientific expertise for the monitoring project.

Archer joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in April 2022. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County studying the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. She received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Madison and M.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland College Park.

Billy Weiland - Environmental Scientist

As an Environmental Scientist, Billy is responsible for carrying out MCBP’s wetland assessments. Weiland also works with MCBP environmental staff in the collection and analysis of field data, where he researches and participates in numerous topics such as anadromous fish sampling, horseshoe crab surveys, annual stream and water quality sampling, and monitoring MCBP’s numerous properties.

Billy joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as an Environmental Scientist during the summer of 2022. He graduated from Salisbury University with a B.Sc. in Earth and Atmospheric Science in 2010 before earning his M.Sc. in Geology from UNC Wilmington in 2012. Billy comes to MCBP with five years experience in water quality monitoring management, as well as experience with wetland delineations, and beach and bathymetric survey projects.

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