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Julia has been a resident of Wilmington since 1988. In 1994 she earned a MS degree in geology (emphasis on coastal processes). She works for CZR Incorporated, as an environmental consultant to industry, municipalities, and property owners. As a Senior Environmental Scientist at the Wilmington office of CZR, she navigates clients through state and federal permits pertaining to wetlands/streams/buffers/protected species, evaluates land for suitable wetland and stream mitigation potential, prepares state and federal documentation of impacts to natural resources, and coordinates with permitting agency representatives. Julia joined the board in 2008.
Arthur is an Educated Forest Entomologist. He has worked for the US Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources, and was the Commissioner of the Department and Chairman of the MA Water Recourses Commission. He worked for International Paper in the Public Affairs and Government Affairs Department as the Regional Public Affairs Director, The Associate Director of Government Affairs, and then was the Director of Government Affairs. For all of his time at International Paper, he was a lobbyist at the federal and state level of government. After retiring from International Paper in 1996, he started his own consulting firm, Brownell Associates, in McLean VA. The firm was dissolved in 2003 when he moved to Wilmington, NC. Arthur joined the board in 2008.
Larry is a Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW with a Ph.D in Zoology from Duke University. He is a biological oceanographer and limnologist (studier of freshwater lakes and ponds) with strong interests in water quality analysis and remediation. He is also a certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. Larry joined the board in 2008.
Alan is a professional photographer who, before moving to Southeastern North Carolina, founded Sanctuary Friends, a non-profit organization supporting the educational and research goals of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In addition to CFRW he is also an active volunteer with Audubon North Carolina and the North Carolina Coastal Federation and is an active member of PenderWatch. Alan joined the board in 2010.
Gordon is a retired physics professor, with a BS in Mathematics, a MEd in Physics, and an MSc in Radiation Health. He taught introductory physics for 30 years in Virginia and Pennsylvania community colleges in addition to working for several years in industry and in educational administration. While teaching, Gordon’s interest in the use of computers in physics education led to the award of a National Science Foundation grant. He is also the author of a series of physics laboratory manuals. He currently continues to teach part-time at CFCC. Gordon was stationed in the Cape Fear region for several years while serving with the Marine Corps and is acting on a long-standing desire to return to this area upon his retirement. In addition to his current environmental interests, he is also active in a number of local veterans’ organizations. Gordon has been a member of CFRW since his return to this area in 2007, and participates regularly in many of their activities. He is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Eagles Island Coalition, where he manages the Coalition’s website. He also works actively in support of the Stop Titan Action Network.
Melissa Juhan is a retired Wake County Public School teacher. She taught reading, math and academically gifted classes, but spent the majority of her time as a fifth grade classroom teacher. She loves history, theater and environmental education. In 2004 she went to work for the Town of Holly Springs as a permanent part time employee helping develop environmental programs with Sabrina Thompson, the park naturalist, at the new Bass Lake Park. The great thing about the park job was that Scott Barnard, then park director, sent Sabrina and Melissa to just about every class the Museum of Natural Sciences offered. At the park she helped organize the first “Bass Lake Day” and the first “Turtle Festival” working closely with schools in the Holly Springs area. She and her husband, Chuck, enjoy fly fishing, canoeing, and living at the coast in North Carolina. Melissa joined the board in 2011.
Jeannie is a retired licensed family therapist and social worker who moved to Wilmington from Washington DC in 1999. She has had numerous experiences as a worker and volunteer with a variety of non-profits (Women Strike for Peace; Potomac Appalachian Trail Club; American Rivers Conservation Council among them). Currently she volunteers as a Disaster Mental Health Worker for the American Red Cross and serves on the Community Crisis Response Team in New Hanover County. She is interested in helping expand the membership, educating local politicians about environmental issues, and looks forward to being useful to Cape Fear River Watch. Jeannie joined the board in 2010.
Brent McAbee is the retired finance director for City of Wilmington and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, serving for over 30 years in local government management. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in North Carolina and has a BA and Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. As an avid kayaker for twenty years, Brent has spent many hours on the Cape Fear River which has provided him first-hand knowledge of the need to protect this valuable resource. Brent joined the board in 2011.
Jot is one of the founding captains in our annual Striper Tournament. He won Guide to First Place overall and First Place Aggregate in 2008. Again in 2010, he won First Place Largest Fish and First Place Aggregate. Capt. Jot has been in the local fishing industry for over twenty years. Jot has managed to translate his lifetime passion for fishing and guiding into his own charter business which he began in 2007. Capt. Jot is a State and Federal finfish tagger; tagging Striped Bass, Red Drum and Sharks for NCDMF as well as NOAA. Jot is also on the North Carolina Sea Grant Advisory Board. Jot joined the board in 2010.
Ted graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS Degree in Engineering and then served for 24 years as a Field Artillery Officer in a variety of command and staff positions in both peacetime and combat assignments. Ted received a MBA from the University of Georgia and then, while serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at UGA, he completed all course work requirements for a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems with a minor in Organizational Behavior. His graduate studies led to a wide variety of military assignments associated with the development of both tactical and national command and control systems as well as interoperability between various U.S. and NATO C2 systems. After his retirement from the military, Ted spent 15 years in industry where he served as a Principal Engineer and Product Development Team Manager for multiple projects to include all of the Command and Control Software and Electronics for a multi-billion dollar development program for an automated howitzer. His last seven years in industry were spent as a Business Development Manager for United Defense, LP and BAE Systems.
After retiring in 2007 for the second time, Ted moved to Wilmington where he and his wife of thirty-three years reside in a home overlooking the Cape Fear River. He quickly became involved with CFRW when he volunteered to help with the very first Striper Tournament, and he has been an active supporter ever since. In addition to CFRW, Ted volunteers as a Boating Safety and Seamanship instructor for the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, and he has also served as that organization’s Treasurer for the past four years. Ted still does some consulting and, in that role, he has been an advisor to the Board of Directors of a mid-western software development company for the past four years.
Elsie Rocks is a commercial real estate appraiser and development consultant with JC Morgan Company . She is an avid kayaker and leader in the local environmental community at large. As Project Manager for Preservation Park, Elise has received the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award, City of Wilmington Tree Preservation Award and was featured in Southern Living Magazine in March, 2009. She is a founding member of Cape Fear Green Building Alliance. Elise has a long history with Cape Fear River Watch as a volunteer with the organization and its programs. She joined the board in 2008.
Brad’s professional experience includes four years as The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Conservation Program Manager in the Florida Keys and two years as an Aquatic Ecology Research Technician at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. Most recently, Brad has been employed by Coastal Planning & Engineering of North Carolina. As a marine biologist with CPE, he consults with clients for the purpose of shoreline protection and evaluation, prepares state and federal documentation of impacts to natural resources, and coordinates with permitting agency representatives. Brad joined the board in 2007.
Roger is a Geology and Environmental Science professor at UNCW and has been teaching since 1999. He is particularly interested in energy and water resources, coastal plain ecosystems, and other sustainability issues; among other courses he teaches courses in sustainability. Roger also conducts field seminars as part of UNCW outreach as well as Teacher Education workshops including trips to coastal area beaches and barrier islands, the Green Swamp Preserve, and to the Bay Lakes areas. He volunteers with the Coastal Federation and with the Nature Conservancy where he helps with longleaf pine restoration and with endangered species studies. Roger grew up in Brunswick County and worked in the Energy Industry for 20 years. Roger joined the board in 2008.
Doug graduated in Marine Technology from Cape Fear Technical Institute in the early 1970’s. After working in the Gulf of Mexico, and on the waterways of South Carolina for about six years he joined the U.S. Air Force as a computer specialist and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of West Florida. After many years in the computer industry, and their children well on their own, Doug and his wife Diane returned to their favorite city and back with their family of friends. They soon formed NE Cape Fear Charters and Exploration and put their beloved 36’ Willard Vega Trawler to work. After three years of running a successful charter business, a large number of returning and enthusiastic customers provided the confidence in the belief that a water based tour company designed to serve the Cape Fear River basin at large was needed and thus “Wilmington Water Tours Inc” was formed. Doug was formally the RiverKeeper at Cape Fear River Watch and joined the board in 2011.
Tom moved to Wilmington in 2002 with his wife, Stephanna after living in Oak Island and operating Seaway Printing for over 25 years. After selling Seaway he decided to spend more time outdoors, doing things like boating, fishing, swimming, walking the beach, gardening and bird watching. It was at this time he started volunteering with Cape Fear River Watch. After taking Creek Keeper Training, helping out at Greenfield Lake, attending watershed cleanups, and taking the Master Gardener training in 2009, he is currently the Chairman of the Birch Creek HOA landscaping committee. He has also helped organize Birch Creek Week for the last 7 years.
He has a keen interest in the new environmental awakening (Stop Titan) and the challenges of global climate change, sea level rise and mass extinctions of sea and bird life. With a strong belief in the mission of Cape Fear River Watch, his biggest concern is that the next generation have the knowledge, skills and political will to conserve and to restore the world they will inherit. He believes that this has to happen at literally the grassroots level, watershed by watershed, creek by creek, home by home.
Dawn has been a resident of Wilmington since 1995. In 1999 she earned a BS degree in biology and chemistry with a minor in environmental studies. While working as a research technician under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Hackney on the Cape Fear River Harbor Deepening Project, she received an MS degree in marine science (emphasis on ecological estuarine/coastal processes). She has worked as a coastal biologist and environmental consultant to industry, municipalities and property owners and is currently a project manager for Dial Cordy & Associates, Inc., a biological consulting firm. Dawn joined the board in 2008 where she focuses on advocacy issues for the Cape Fear River fishery restoration program and the conservation of Eagles Island. Through a partnership with Cape Fear River Watch, Dawn received a National Audubon Society TogetherGreen Fellowship in 2008 for conservation efforts on Eagles Island. Dawn joined the board in 2008.