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Daryl J. Boness, Ph.D., Chairman
University of New England
Biddeford, Maine

Daryl Boness currently serves as chairman of the Marine Mammal Commission, having been appointed to that position by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s scientific journal, Marine Mammal Science. He earned a master’s degree in human psychophysiology in 1973 before deciding to do a Ph.D. in animal behavior (behavioral ecology). He received the latter in 1979 from the psychology department at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Daryl joined the staff at Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park in 1978, where he worked his entire career.  During his tenure at the Smithsonian, he served both as a Curator of Mammals and as a research scientist. His research focused on the reproductive strategies of pinnipeds, both mating systems and maternal care patterns, although he also had students who worked on similar questions in seabirds.  His studies included a third of the 48 species and subspecies of pinnipeds and representatives of all three taxonomic families. At the time he retired, after 26 years with the Smithsonian, he was a senior scientist and had been Head of the Department of Conservation Biology. Daryl had served on the Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals for 17 years before being named as a Commissioner.

Michael F. Tillman, Ph.D.
Encinitas, California

Michael Tillman serves as a Commissioner on the Marine Mammal Commission and is also a research associate working on marine wildlife conservation issues at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A Viet Nam era veteran and member of the Tlingit Indian Tribe of Southeast Alaska, he received his Ph.D. in fisheries science with a minor in natural resource economics from the University of Washington in 1972. Joining the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1972, he variously undertook research on the population dynamics of whale stocks, served on the U.S. delegation to the International Whaling Commission, directed the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, chaired the IWC’s Scientific Committee, and directed the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Conservation Monitoring Center. He concluded his career with the National Marine Fisheries Service as a career senior executive, serving as the agency’s first Chief Scientist, its Deputy Director, and finally as Director of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. His extensive experience in international marine conservation included appointments by President Clinton as Deputy U.S. Commissioner to IWC and as U.S. Commissioner to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. During his career, he has published more than 40 papers and articles on the status of fisheries resources, marine mammals, and other protected species. His current marine wildlife research interests include the conservation and management of marine mammals generally, the whaling issue specifically, and the subsistence use of marine wildlife resources.

Frances M.D. Gulland, Vet. M.B., Ph.D.
The Marine Mammal Center
Sausalito, California

Frances Gulland is currently a senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. She has been actively involved in the veterinary care of marine mammals and research into marine mammal diseases there since 1994. She received a veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1984, and a Ph.D. in zoology in 1991. She has served on a number of federal and state advisory panels including the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team, and California’s Ocean Protection Council and Oiled Wildlife Care Network. In 2000 she joined the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the Marine Mammal Commission, and in 2011 she was appointed to serve as one of three Commissioners.

Randall R. Reeves, Ph.D., Chairman
Hudson, Quebec, Canada

Randall Reeves is a consultant based in Hudson, Quebec, near Montreal. His main areas of interest and expertise are marine mammal biology and conservation. Born, raised, and educated in Nebraska, he relocated to the East Coast in 1970, earned a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in 1973, and soon after became hooked on whales. As a research associate at the Smithsonian and later the Arctic Biological Station near Montreal, he carried out numerous contract studies, including several for the Marine Mammal Commission. His doctoral dissertation at McGill University (1992) was on the history and management of narwhal hunting in Canada and Greenland. During the 1980s and 1990s he was involved in field research with whales in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and Greenland, and with right whales and bottlenose dolphins in the western North Atlantic. He has also conducted field research and worked on various conservation initiatives related to river dolphins in Asia and South America. The history of whaling is another of Reeves’ longstanding interests. As chairman of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Cetacean Specialist Group since 1996, he has been responsible for preparing and evaluating Red List assessments, drafting action plans for threatened species and populations, and advising government agencies, intergovernmental bodies, and non-governmental organizations on science and conservation issues. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals and co-authored or co-edited books on marine mammal conservation and science. For the past six years he has served as a member of Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife and co-chaired its marine mammal specialist group. He joined the Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals in 2006.

Douglas Wartzok, Ph.D.
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Douglas Wartzok is Provost and Executive Vice President and Professor of Biology at Florida International University.  He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Andrews University, a M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in biophysics (neurophysiology) from the Johns Hopkins University.  He has been a faculty member and academic administrator at Johns Hopkins University (Assistant and Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Ecology and Behavior in the School of Public Health), Purdue University (Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Fort Wayne campus), University of Missouri-St. Louis (Professor, Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research), and Florida International University (Professor, Dean of the University Graduate School, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Research, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Provost and Executive Vice President). 
His research on marine mammals has taken him from the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica to study seals, whales, and walruses.  He, along with his colleagues and graduate students, have developed acoustic tracking systems for studying seals and radio and satellite tracking systems for studying whales. His research focuses on behavioral and physiological ecology of marine mammals, sensory systems involved in under-ice navigation by seals, and psycho-physiological studies of captive marine mammals.

Randall Wells, Ph.D.
Member, Committee of Scientific Advisors

Randall Wells joined the Marine Mammal Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors in 2015. He is a Senior Conservation Scientist with the Chicago Zoological Society, where he directs the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program.  Randy obtained his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a post-doctoral fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Wells’ current research program examines the behavior, social structure, life history, ecology, health, and population biology of resident bottlenose dolphins studied since 1970 along the central west coast of Florida, with studies focusing on anthropogenic impacts.  In addition, Wells has been involved in research with vaquita, spinner and pantropical spotted dolphins, franciscanas, blue, gray, bowhead, and humpback whales, and manatees.  Wells has engaged in interventions and the reintroduction and post-release monitoring of captive, rescued, and rehabilitated bottlenose, Risso’s, Guiana, and rough-toothed dolphins, and short-finned pilot whales.  Wells was President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy during 2010-2012.  Wells also serves on the NOAA/USFWS Atlantic Scientific Review Group, and he is past-chair of the NOAA Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events.  Wells serves on IUCN’s Cetacean Specialist Group.

Patricia E. Rosel, Ph.D.
National Marine Fisheries Service
Lafayette, Louisiana

Patricia Rosel is a research geneticist with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center Marine Mammal Program. She earned her Ph.D. in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Rosel’s dissertation research focused on population genetics, phylogeography and phylogenetics of the porpoise family Phocoenidae, as well as application of genetic data to distinguish cryptic species of dolphins. After finishing her Ph.D., she completed two post-doctoral research positions working on marine fish species. At the University of Chicago, she examined worldwide population structure of swordfish, and at the University of New Hampshire she developed molecular methods to detect larval cod in the stomach contents of other fish species as part of a Georges Bank predation project. In 1997 she moved to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility in Charleston, SC, to return to research on marine mammal populations, completing work on harbor porpoises in the Atlantic and initiating a research program on population structure of bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. East Coast. Currently she runs the Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics Laboratory, which is a component of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Program. She joined the Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals in 2011.

Tim Gerrodette, Ph.D.
National Marine Fisheries Service
La Jolla, California

Tim Gerrodette works as a research analyst in the Protected Resources Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. He received a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in 1979.After a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in La Jolla, he joined the National Marine Fisheries Service in Honolulu to study the Hawaiian monk seal. In 1989 he moved back to La Jolla to head studies of the tuna-dolphin issue. His general scientific goals are to contribute to the conservation and wise management of marine life. His particular work has concentrated on the abundance and trends of dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean through line-transect analysis. He has also conducted research on the critically endangered vaquita in the Gulf of California.

Jason Baker, Ph.D.
National Marine Fisheries Service

Jason Baker has been conducting marine mammal research and management for nearly 30 years. A marine biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), he earned a B.A. in Russian and Eastern European International Studies and a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from the University of Washington, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. A fortuitous opportunity to participate in northern fur seal field research on the Pribilof Islands, Alaska in 1986 was the catalyst for Baker’s dedication to a career in marine mammal ecology and conservation. He spent 14 years at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory conducting research on cetaceans and pinnipeds, with an emphasis on northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. He has conducted land- and ship-based field research in Alaska, the continental U.S. West Coast, the former Soviet Far East, Hawaii, Scotland, and American Samoa. Baker served as a researcher and Russian language interpreter in activities supporting the U.S.-Russia Marine Mammal Working Group. In 1998, he accepted a position leading the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hawaiian monk seal population assessment research efforts. In the mid-2000s, he led the establishment of the PIFSC’s cetacean and marine turtle stock assessment programs. Baker is the author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly publications on a diverse range of topics including marine mammal population dynamics, research techniques, population and foraging ecology, evidence-based conservation, climate change, behavior, physiology and health. Colleagues regularly seek out Baker’s expertise, particularly in quantitative analysis. Since 2007, he has focused on applied conservation biology and is keenly interested in the links among marine mammal population biology, ecology and environmental change. His current research centers on determining impediments to Hawaiian monk seal recovery and designing rigorous science-based interventions to improve population status.

Sue E. Moore, Ph.D.
National Marine Fisheries Service
Seattle, Washington

Sue Moore is a biological oceanographer with 30 years of research experience focused on the ecology, bioacoustics, and natural history of whales and dolphins. She holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s of science in biology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Sue served as Director (2002–2004), and as Cetacean Program Leader (1998–2002) at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Biology and the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. From 2004 to 2008 she was a visiting scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington to develop and support NOAA-relevant bioacoustics and Arctic-related research programs. In 2008 Sue returned to NOAA joining the Marine Ecosystems Division of the Office of Science and Technology. Currently Sue serves as the Chair of the Environmental Concerns Working Group of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee, which focuses on impact of climate change and anthropogenic pollutants on cetaceans. In addition, she serves on the science steering and advisory committees for the North Slope Science Initiative, the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), and the Arctic Council/CAFF Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Group. She has served on the Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals since 2005.

Robert Suydam, Ph.D.
North Slope Borough
Barrow, Alaska

Robert Suydam has worked as a wildlife biologist for North Slope Borough since 1990. His research interests have focused on monitoring population trends and documenting natural history traits of bowhead whales, beluga whales, eiders, geese and other Arctic species. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has authored numerous scientific reports. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from California State University-Fresno in 1986 and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995. In 2007 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s School of Fisheries. His doctoral work focused on the population dynamics and life history traits of beluga whales from the eastern Chukchi Sea.

Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Cascadia Research Collective
Olympia, Washington

Robin Baird is a research biologist with Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit research and education organization. In addition, Robin also is an affiliate faculty member at Hawai‘i Pacific University, an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University, a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, a member of the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team, and the co-founder and senior editor of the MARMAM E-mail list. He received his Ph.D. in biology in 1994 from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia), and his dissertation research focused on foraging behavior and ecology of mammal-eating killer whales. From 1996 to 2001 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), where his work focused on diving behavior of northern bottlenose whales and killer whales. From 2001 to 2003 he worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Beaufort, North Carolina, and he joined Cascadia Research Collective in 2003. He was an Associate Editor of Marine Mammal Science from 2006 to 2011. He has worked in a variety of locations around the world on cetacean behavior and ecology. Currently, most of his research focuses on population assessment, stock structure, habitat use, and behavior of a number of species of Hawaiian odontocetes. He also is continuing a long-term study on the behavior of fish-eating and mammal-eating killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals in 2011.

Rebecca Lent, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Rebecca Lent is the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission. A marine economist by training, she earned a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1984. Her dissertation focused on modeling price determination in the global salmon market. After completing her dissertation, she received the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. to conduct post-doctoral research at the Concarneau Laboratoire de Biologie Maritime on the ex-vessel market impacts of government minimum prices. Dr. Lent then moved to Canada to teach and conduct research in agricultural and resource economics at the Université du Québec à Rimouski(1984-86) and Université Laval (1986-1992). In 1992 she joined the Highly Migratory Species Division at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, where she served as Economist and then Division Chief. Dr. Lent joined the Senior Executive Service in 2000, serving as the Regional Administrator of the Southwest Region, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, and the Director of the Office of International Affairs. She joined the Marine Mammal Commission in 2013.

Dennis Heinemann, Ph.D.
Director of Science

Dennis Heinemann joined the Marine Mammal Commission as the Director of Science in May 2011. Dennis directs the Commission’s science programs, provides scientific advice and analyses to the Commission, and coordinates Commission research with other federal agencies. He has master’s degrees in ecology and statistics and a Ph.D. in marine ecology. His research experience includes community dynamics, oil spill impact, population dynamics, fisheries bycatch, fish stock assessment modeling, fisheries management and policy, and marine protected area policy and design. Prior to joining the Commission, he was Senior Scientist with Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC, where he provided leadership and support on conservation issues associated with marine fisheries, ocean climate change, and marine protected areas. In 2001 and 2002 Dennis worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service, conducting assessment analyses on Gulf of Mexico fish stocks. For much of the 1990s he was a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Marine Research of Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO), where he worked on interactions between longline fisheries and seabirds, marine reserve design and performance, and human impacts on nearshore marine ecosystems. Prior to that, he held a variety of academic and research positions in the United States, during which time he undertook scientific studies of the pelagic community dynamics of seabirds in Alaska, impacts of oil development and spills on marine birds and mammals in Alaska and Southern California, foraging ecology of endangered terns in California and Massachusetts, and the predator-prey relationships of seabirds, fur seals and their principal prey, krill, in Antarctica.

Peter O. Thomas, Ph.D.
International and Policy Program Director

Peter Thomas is the International and Policy Program Director of the Marine Mammal Commission, a position he assumed in August 2008. He began his career studying southern right whales at Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, with the New York Zoological Society. He earned his Ph.D. in animal behavior in 1987 from the University of California, Davis, with dissertation research on mother-infant behavior of southern right whales. In addition, from 1980 to 1984 he participated in early studies of the impact of seismic exploration on bowhead whale behavior in the Beaufort Sea. As Assistant to the Director of the Minnesota Zoological Gardens from 1987 to 1991, he led a review of the zoo’s marine mammal program and was project manager for the construction of a major coral reef exhibit. In 1991 he joined the Department of State as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During more than a decade at State, he managed U.S. policy and international negotiations on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). He worked on the founding of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and for two years was the first ICRI Global Coordinator. From 1999 to 2001 he was posted to Paris as the U.S. Advisor for Scientific and Technological Affairs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, tasked with following biodiversity, biotechnology and food safety, and climate change negotiations.  He left State for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002, and until 2006 he was the lead U.S. official for CITES, managing international wildlife trade policy negotiations and overseeing all permitting for U.S. wildlife imports and exports as Chief of the Division of Management Authority. In 2007−2008 he led the Service’s review of a petition to list 10 penguin species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  In his current position, he oversees policy and international matters for the Commission.

David W. Laist
Policy and Program Analyst

David Laist is Senior Policy and Program Analyst on the staff of the Marine Mammal Commission. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and a Master of Science degree in marine biology from Old Dominion University in, Norfolk, Virginia. His master’s thesis was on ecological succession in the largest contained dredge spoil disposal area along the U.S. East Coast. In 1974 he joined the staff of an environmental consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where he helped plan the ferry system that would provide public access to the Cumberland Island National Seashore and drafted chapters for a book on coastal zone management. In 1975 he joined the Center for Natural Areas where he served as project coordinator for contracts to develop a management plan for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, environmental impact statements on proposed marine sanctuaries, and a summary of coastal and marine habitat protection along the U.S. East coast. In 1979 he joined the staff of the Marine Mammal Commission where he has worked on issues related to endangered species management (particularly Florida manatees, Hawaiian monk seals, and North Atlantic right whales), oil and gas development, marine debris, the International Whaling Commission, marine mammal management in Alaska, and marine mammal-fishery interactions.

Samantha E. Simmons, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientific Program Director

Samantha Simmons is the Assistant Scientific Program Director of the Marine Mammal Commission. She is a marine biologist by training with an emphasis on marine mammal biology. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom and completed her BSc. (Hons.) in marine and environmental biology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2000. She moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies, joining Dr. Daniel Costa’s lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001, where she earned a master’s degree in marine science and then a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. Her master’s research considered the behavior of northern elephant seals in relation to oceanography, using satellite remote-sensed oceanographic data. Her Ph.D. research examined the foraging success of pinnipeds in relation to the sub-surface thermal structure of the water column.  During a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university, she initiated a research project on the foraging energetics of elephant seals. In June 2009 she started in her current position at the Marine Mammal Commission where she hopes to continue to piece together the foraging behavior of pinnipeds and other marine mammals in relation to their environment, including impacts from natural or anthropogenic changes.

Victoria R. C. Cornish
Energy Policy Analyst

Vicki Cornish is the Energy Policy Analyst for the Marine Mammal Commission. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Miami. After graduating, she worked for several years in private industry as an environmental laboratory manager before joining NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. During her 15 years at NOAA, she was involved in the development and implementation of the 1994 amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act and served on several take reduction teams—multi-stakeholder teams charged with reducing incidental take of marine mammals in commercial fisheries. She also initiated the agency’s National Observer Program and was the Marine Mammal Branch Chief for the Southeast Region. Upon leaving NOAA, she served as Director of Marine Wildlife Policy for the Ocean Conservancy for three years, where she led the organization’s efforts to conserve marine mammals and endangered species by providing scientific and policy expertise on issues relating to marine wildlife conservation, including fisheries bycatch, marine debris, vessel strikes, ecotourism, and listing actions. She has been with the Marine Mammal Commission since May 2010, where her focus is on the effects of offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sources on marine mammals and their environment, and the enhancement of policies and programs to better understand and minimize these effects.

Tiffini J. Brookens
Biologist (Authorizations and Permits)

Tiffini Brookens has been a biologist at the Marine Mammal Commission since 2010. She earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and marine science with minors in chemistry and environmental science in 2001. Tiffini then earned a master of science degree in marine science with an emphasis in marine mammalogy from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories at California State University, Monterey Bay, in 2006. Her thesis focused on trace element concentrations in live-captured and dead stranded harbor seals throughout central and northern California. While in graduate school, Tiffini was the Monterey County Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Network coordinator for several years. She later worked as a marine mammal technician to determine body burden assessment of total mercury in harbor seal pups. In 2007 she began work as a marine biologist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport in Rhode Island. While with the Navy, Tiffini drafted and reviewed compliance documentation in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Executive Order 12114 regarding acoustic and impulsive effects of the Navy’s testing and training activities on marine mammals. Currently, Tiffini reviews, evaluates, and comments on applications and documents involving marine mammals (primarily the taking of) under the MMPA, ESA, NEPA, Antarctic Conservation Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Animal Welfare Act, and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. She also provides technical expertise regarding issues involving the effects of underwater sound on marine mammals, including reviewing sound propagation and exposure modeling methods and results. In addition, Tiff serves as the Commission’s representative for the Working Group for Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events.

Luis Leandro
Program Specialist

Luis Leandro joined the Marine Mammal Commission on November 2014. Luis works with the entire Commission team to advance our communications and outreach efforts with Capitol Hill, federal agency partners, other key stakeholders and the public. Prior to joining the Commission, Luis worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Luis has over 10 years of experience in marine science, policy and communications. He received his Master of Science degree from the College of Charleston, with his thesis research focusing on the impacts of biotoxins on the North Atlantic Right Whale. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Luis was awarded a Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship placement at NOAA’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Luis has held multiple positions throughout NOAA and most recently served as the Communications and Outreach Lead for NOAA Fisheries, Office of International Affairs.

Catherine Shrestha
Administrative Officer

Cathy Shrestha began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, working on a program that provided credit to small farmers. She has worked in international development at both non-profit organizations and at Peace Corps Headquarters. At the Peace Corps, she has been a Country Desk Officer, Management Analyst, and Administrative Officer. Just before joining the Marine Mammal Commission, she worked as a Budget Analyst at NOAA. Cathy has a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Darel E. Jordan
Staff Assistant

Darel Jordan is a Staff Assistant and has worked for the Commission since July 1989.  She initially served for several years as receptionist.  Beginning in 2006 she began working closely with the Administrative Officer on a diverse range of tasks, including processing invoices, preparing travel paperwork, and maintaining administrative records and spreadsheets.


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