2016 Board of Directors
Tony Pratt, President
Tony Pratt is the Administrator of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section within the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control where he oversees programs related to beach nourishment, beach construction regulation, coastal hazards mitigation, waterway management, and flood mitigation.He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Beach Nourishment and Protection, and the Heinz Center Panel on Risk Vulnerability and the True Costs of Coastal Hazards. He served elected office in Lewes, a coastal town in DE, four years of which were as Deputy Mayor. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence based at UNC, Chapel Hill.
Phillip Roehrs, P.E., Executive Vice President
As Water Resources Engineer, Roehrs leads the City of Virginia Beach’s Coastal and Storm Water Engineering Divisions. Programs under his supervision include beach replenishment, shore protection works, maintenance of navigation channels and marine facilities, storm water system capital improvements, storm water quality initiatives, and the City’s National Flood Insurance Program. Roehrs is a past-president of the Virginia Shore & Beach Preservation Association and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association and the Engineering Club of Hampton Roads.
Russell Boudreau, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, Vice President
With over 30 years of experience in coastal and ocean engineering and a registered civil engineer in California and Hawaii, Boudreau is Vice President and Senior Coastal Engineer with Moffatt & Nichol in Long Beach, California. His responsibilities include planning, engineering and construction management for a broad range of beach nourishment, regional sediment management, wetland restoration, water quality and navigation improvement projects in the U.S. and throughout the Pacific Rim.
Nicole Elko, Vice President
Elko’s consulting business in Charleston, South Carolina specializes in beach preservation adovacy, research and management. Elko has a Ph.D. in Coastal Geology, and 16 years of experience in the coastal field. She has managed or assisted with 20 beach nourishment projects along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. Elko has authored 8 peer-reviewed journal publications. She teaches a Beaches 101 course to regulators and elected officials in the Carolinas and is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Beach Advocates.
Gordon Thomson, P.E., D.CE, Vice President: Thomson is a Senior Coastal Engineer and Client Program Manager at Baird & Associates. He has designed, permitted and constructed a wide array of beach nourishment, marsh restoration, and coastal structure projects along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Thomson has developed numerous reports and federal documents combining coastal principles and numerical modeling. He is a licensed professional engineer in five states and is accredited by COPRI as a Diplomate in Coastal Engineering. He received a B.Sc.Eng and an M.Sc.Eng from Queen’s University, Canada.
Lee Weishar, Ph.D., PWS, Secretary
A Senior Scientist with the Woods Hole Group since 1989, He has more than 35 years experience in the fields of oceanography, coastal engineering, sediment transport, ecological restoration, environmental impact assessment, and project/program management. Prior to joining the Woods Hole Group, he was employed by the USACE Waterways Experiment Station (now ERDC). Weishar specializes in coastal engineering and wetland/marsh restoration and the integration of biological, ecological, and hydraulic data into wetland restoration designs to ensure that the design will meet the restoration objectives.
M. Cameron Perry, P.E., Treasurer: Perry is the Coastal Program Leader with HDR Engineering, Inc. A graduate of Texas A&M University Galveston with a B.S. in Maritime Systems Engineering, Perry spent six years working in Florida and the Caribbean on various beach nourishment, dredging, and coastal projects. In early 2004, he joined HDR Engineering, Inc. in Corpus Christi, Texas and has been performing numerous shoreline protection, nourishment, numerical modeling, coastal design and marsh restoration projects. Perry also serves on the board of directors for the Texas Chapter of ASBPA.
ASBPA Board Members:
Lisa Armbruster: The Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Lisa represents the Association and its member government’s educational and advocacy agenda at the Florida Legislature. She also continues to serve as a beach management consultant for the 18-mile Panama City Beaches, Florida shore protection project – a program she has managed since 2004. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida.
Maura K. Boswell, P.E.: Maura Boswell is a Coastal Engineer with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree at Old Dominion University. She has previously worked in the private sector as a Project Manager and Project Engineer on a wide range of projects involving coastal processes, shore protection and marina design. Boswell also serves as the president of the Central East Coast Chapter of ASBPA.
Tiffany Roberts Briggs, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), specializing in coastal geomorphology. Briggs’ research publications are related primarily to coastal morphodynamics associated with storms, nourishment, and wave runup. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Coastal Geology from the University of South Florida (Tampa) and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the Honors College at the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg). Before joining the faculty at FAU, she was an Instructor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Briggs is also the ASBPA Student and New Professional Committee Chair.
Susan Brodeur, P.E.: Ms. Brodeur is a Senior Coastal Engineer for the County of Orange, California. Susan holds a Bachelor Degree in Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. She has more than 20 years of experience as a coastal engineer working on a broad range of projects including shore protection, coastal processes, wetland restoration and navigation projects. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of California and is president of the CSBPA.
Brian Caufield, P.E., CFM: Coastal engineer for CDM Smith working as a technical and project manager for company-wide coastal studies. Caufield has over 10 years’ experience in the technical and permitting aspects of beach nourishment and other coastal projects. Caufield has worked with various stakeholders from federal agencies down to the community and individual homeowners.
Chris Conger: A coastal geologist with Sea Engineering, Inc., and president of the Hawaii Shore and Beach Preservation Association, he works in design, permitting, and construction management for coastal projects in Hawaii and the Pacific. He has been a team member or lead on projects including beach nourishments, oceanographic and environmental studies, acoustic monitoring, coral relocation, and shoreline structure design. In addition, Chris also has extensive experience with state coastal zone regulation and land use, beach and dune management plans, and policy development.
Kenneth R. Craig, P.E.: Vice president of coastal engineering at Taylor Engineering, Inc. he. holds overall responsibility for the company’s coastal engineering operations. Craig provides managerial oversight on many of the company’s largest coastal engineering projects. He frequently acts as project liaison to local, state, and federal agencies regarding project related issues such as design, permitting, and funding options. Craig currently serves as the chair of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute’s National Coastal Zone Management Committee.
Scott L. Douglass, Ph.D.,P.E.,D.CE: has visited almost every beach in this country and wrote the book “Saving America’s Beaches: The causes of and solutions to beach erosion.” Douglass is the founder of South Coast Engineers, a coastal engineering consulting firm in Fairhope, Alabama and an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama with over 30 years of experience in beach erosion solutions, living shoreline designs, and engineering of our nation’s coastal highways.
Douglas A. Gaffney, P.E.: A Diplomate of Coastal Engineering, Gaffney is a Deputy Coastal Practice Leader for Hatch Mott MacDonald. Mr. Gaffney has 30 years’ coastal engineering experience having worked for consulting firms as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has published numerous papers on aspects of dredging, coastal restoration and structure design. Doug has a master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Doug is the president of the Northeast Shore & Beach Preservation Association.
Bill Hanson: V.P. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. He holds a BS in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University, and currently serves on the TAMU Board of Industry Advisors and the TEES Board. He serves on the USACE Coastal Engineering Research Board and is Vice Chair of the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel. As an ACOPNE Diplomate of Navigation Engineering he also serves on the COPRI Board of Governors; Federal Advisory Panels – DOC International Trade Advisory Committee; DOC Supply Chain Management.
Thomas O. Herrington, Ph.D.: Assistant Director, Center for Maritime Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Herrington is the Vice President of the NSBPA, Director of the NJ Coastal Protection Technical Assistant Service, and the Stevens-NJ Sea Grant Cooperative Extension in Coastal Processes. He is a member of the Jersey Shore Partnership BOD and the NWS Storm Ready Communities Committee. Herrington is a former member of the NJ State Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and past chair of the USCG NY/NJ Harbor Education Subcommittee.
Barry Holliday: Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA), nonprofit organization representing the nation's dredging and marine construction contractors, Holliday previously served for over 33 years as a civilian with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 2006 as the Navigation Program Manager for the entire Corps command. Mr. Holliday serves on the Board of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, the National Waterways Conference, and the American Maritime Partnership.
Kenneth Humiston, P.E., With a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida, Humiston has previously worked for the Corp of Engineers, was Assistant V.P. of Southern Dredging Co., and co-founded Humiston & Moore Engineers in 1991. He is Past President of the firm, and currently serves as Senior Consultant. He is also a Director on the Board of Audubon of the Western Everglades.
Matt Janssen: Matthew S. Janssen is a graduate research assistant pursuing a Masters degree in ocean engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and recently appointed president of the ASBPA Stevens Student Chapter. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and has worked as a coastal engineer at McLaren Engineering Group with experience in shoreline change modeling; coastal field measurements and analysis; and the design of waterfront structures.
Gary Jones: As Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, he is responsible for 30 miles of non-contiguous coastline in Los Angeles County, including Marina del Rey, the largest small craft harbor in the U.S. Jones has 25 years of experience in real estate, development and urban planning. Educated in Great Britain, he received his B.S. degree in Biology from Southampton University and his M.S. degree in Real Estate Studies from De Montfort University in Leicester.
Tim Kana, Ph.D.: Founder and president of Coastal Science & Engineering (Columbia SC), Kana has 30 years’ experience in coastal erosion assessments and has written over 250 reports and publications relating to coastal processes, sediment budgets, beach nourishment, impacts of sea-level rise and tidal inlet sediment dynamics. Dr. Kana has served as project director on more than 25 beach nourishment projects in the Carolina's and New York including Nags Head NC (4.6 million cubic yards). He is author of the Primer, Coastal Erosion and Solutions.
John Lee Jr.: Founder and Managing Director for Coastal Strategies Group LLC, retired from the Galveston County Engineers Office with over 33 years of service to the county, Lee also serves on the ASBPA Executive Committee, and Chairs the Membership Committee. In Texas, Lee is Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of ASBPA, and Secretary of the Galveston County Beach Erosion Task Force. He has been involved in the protection of coastal resources throughout his career and believes it is possible for everyone to successfully participate in that process through partnerships and collaborative efforts.
Tom Linton, Ph.D.: Senior Lecturer Emeritus, TAMU at College Station, TX, He was formerly the Director of Research Ministry of Conservation, Melbourne Australia; Executive Director Office of Marine Affairs, State of North Carolina; and Commissioner of Fisheries State of North Carolina. Linton presently teaches at Texas A&M University at Galveston; Coastal Zone Management & Wetlands Management.
Mike McGarry: Beach Project Manager for Brevard County Florida, Mike administers coastal management and restoration projects along 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline. Since 2003 he has completed seven federal and non-federal projects placing sixty four million dollars of sand along thirty five miles of shoreline. McGarry holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s degree in Oceanography/Coastal Zone Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Jim Marino, P.E., D.CE, President of Taylor Engineering, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience, including 20 years as an officer in the USACE. He is a certified Diplomate in Coastal Engineering from the ASCE ACOPNE and is a professional engineer in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana. He currently serves as a US Commissioner to PIANC, on the Governing Board for the ASCE COPRI; and on the Board of the Taylor Engineering Research Institute at UNF. He is the lead facilitator for Leadership Development for Engineers for ASCE.
Jerry Mohn: President of the Texas Chapter of the ASBPA, Mohn is also President of the West Galveston Island Property Owners Association; Chairman of the Galveston County Beach Erosion Task Force; Past Chairman of the Beach Maintenance Advisory Committee of the Galveston Parks Board; past Chairman and Board Member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Board Member and Past Chair of the Community Liaison Committee of the Galveston National Laboratory at UTMB; Co-Chair of the ASBPA/GLO 2007 Fall Conference; President and Chairman of the Endowment Committee for the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston; and Chairman of Chem One LTD.
Mark Osler: Serves as an Assistant Vice President for Michael Baker International where he leads the firm’s national Coastal Science and Engineering practice. His 15 years of professional experience have centered around the computer modeling of coastal hydrodynamics with a focus on the impacts of climate change, coastal flood hazard analysis and probabilistic risk assessment. He has worked with clients throughout the Atlantic, Gulf, Pacific and Great Lakes coasts, as well as in Alaska and Antarctica. Osler holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Coastal Research.
Brad Pickel: Pickel is President of Seahaven Consulting, a coastal and environmental consulting firm in Beaufort, SC. Prior to starting his own business in 2007, he was the director of beach management for the Walton County, Florida Tourist Development Council for seven years and oversaw beach restoration and maintenance activities for the 26-mile long shoreline. He received a B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University and M.S. in Marine Sciences from the University of South Alabama.
Tamara Pigott: Serves as executive director for the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. Named one of the “2010 News-Press Heroes,” she oversees the promotion of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel as a travel destination and is responsible for strategic planning of domestic and international sales and marketing efforts and day-to-day operations. A graduate of Florida State University, she holds a bachelor of science degree in economics and political science and a master of science degree in political science.
Joan Pope: Joan Pope: In 2012, Joan retired from US Army Engineer Headquarters after a career with the Corps involving a variety of practicing coastal geology and engineering, research, and management positions. At the time of her retirement she oversaw the Corps water resource research and development Program. During her career she directed several major projects including the development of the Coastal Engineering Manual, the National Shore Erosion Demonstration Program, and Regional Sediment Management. Since retiring she has been employed as a consultant with the Corps.
Amber Ramsay: Ramsay serves as Business Relationship Manager for Crowder Gulf; a family owned and operated business that specializes in providing disaster recovery and debris management services, which include marine debris removal and beach and wetland restoration. She is an active member of a number of professional and community organizations and serves on the board of Project KID (Kids in Disaster), the Alabama Coastal Foundation and the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission. Amber holds a B.A. in Biology from Auburn University.
Thomas Richardson: Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence at Jackson State University. The Center is co-led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an engineering graduate of The Citadel, the University of Miami, and the International Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in Delft, The Netherlands. His career has focused on managing and performing applied research in coastal and hydraulic engineering. In 2009, he retired as Director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory of the Engineer Research and Development Center and began work at his current position.
Julie Dean Rosati: A Research Hydraulic Engineer with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rosati has 30 years’ experience in coastal and inlet sediment transport, developing regional sediment budgets, and applied coastal studies. She received a B.Sc. from Northwestern University in 1984, and M.Sc. from Mississippi State University in 1988, both in Civil Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography from Louisiana State University in 2009, and is Program Manager of the Coastal Inlets Research Program.
Peter Seidle, P.E.: Coastal Engineer for Applied Technology & Management, West Palm Beach, FL, Seidle has worked on numerous coastal projects in the U.S. and Caribbean. He has worked on feasibility studies, project design and permitting, and construction phase services for several projects ranging from beach nourishments to marinas to wetland restorations. His coastal engineering expertise includes shoreline analyses, sediment budget analysis, numerical modeling, wave analyses, etc. He received a MS in Coastal Engineering from University of Florida.
Jon Shabica.: Shabica works closely with private home owners, local communities, park districts, politicians, and regulators. Jon brings strong skills in conflict resolution from GE (a key skill when dealing with state and federal regulators) with a background in design and communications. Working on the Great Lakes is challenging given the extreme water level fluctuations designing environmental improvements to include native vegetation in conjunction with a breakwater for coastal habitat to improve the health and stability of a beach system. He is president of the Great Lakes Chapter of ASBPA
Reuben Trevino: He has been an Eagle Scout since age 15 his experiences led to his concern for preservation and restoration of the great outdoors, and more specifically our coastal areas. Trevino participated in multiple research projects while earning a BS and Masters in Biology. He is a certified TX Master & Coastal Naturalist, and former member of the TX Sea Grant Advisory Committee. He worked for the City of South Padre Island from 2008 – 2015 managing their Coastal Resources Program. In February 2016 he began his accepted a position with the Galveston Park Board of Trustees as the Director of Operations.
Gary Vegliante: Instrumental in the creation of the Village of West Hampton Dunes, NY, in November 1993, Vegliante was elected mayor in March 1994. He has since been re-elected twice. Vegliante has been featured in national and local publications regarding municipal issues. He is an advocate of municipal home rule and has been involved in a series of successful landmark lawsuits concerning beach nourishment and management and protecting the rights of village sovereignty and constituents’ advocacy.
Michael P. Walther, P.E., D.CE.: President, founder, and Principal Engineer of Coastal Tech based in Vero Beach Florida, Walther has over 30 years of practical experience in the national arena of beach and inlet management from planning to design, permitting and construction. As an avid surfer, beach user, and volunteer activist, Walther has personal familiarity with coastal resources throughout the nation.
Ken Willson: A client program manager for CB&I (formerly CPE) in Wilmington, NC. Since 2003, he has assisted coastal clients in Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. His broad knowledge base of geology, engineering, environmental science, policy, and finance has allowed him to assist numerous clients with designing, permitting, and constructing a wide array of beach and inlet management projects. He earned a BS and MS in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Coastal Engineering Certification from Old Dominion University.
Dawn York: A coastal scientist for the Wilmington, North Carolina office of Dial Cordy and Associates Inc., she serves as the Environmental Project Manager for several large-scale shoreline protection projects on the East Coast, including the 50-Year Master Beach Nourishment Plan for Carteret County. She has co-authored and reviewed over 50 federal and state permitting support documents and has conducted monitoring of coastal/estuarine/riverine habitats for 15 years including assessments via aerial photography, shorebird monitoring, water quality monitoring, and benthic infauna sampling for impact assessments. She also serves as the Coordinator for the Cape Fear River Partnership, a coalition of federal, state, academic, private and non-profit organizations with the goal of restoring federally-endangered anadromous fish populations.