Meet the Team

 

experience and expertise

Board of Directors

Commander G. Mark Miller, NOAA (ret.)

Commander G. Mark Miller, NOAA (ret.)

Chair and CEO, GMSO

Commander G. Mark Miller, a 20-year veteran of distinguished service for NOAA commanding, managing, and operating small and large research vessels as a uniformed officer in NOAA Corps. Through his prominent role in the marine science research community, Commander Miller has a broad and growing professional network of mariners, marine scientists, and ocean explorers. He holds an Unlimited Master Mariner (captain) USCG license, a degree in Marine Geology from Long Island University, a Master Diver certification, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Republic of Congo), and a member of The Explorers Club.

Anne E. Beaumont

Anne E. Beaumont

Partner, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, LLP

Anne Beaumont is a partner in the New York law firm Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, where her practice focuses on financial services litigation matters. She is a volunteer crew member at the South Street Seaport Museum and sails extensively on traditional sailing vessels.

David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy

Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission and Global Fellow of the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute

Mr. David Kennedy has over 50 years of experience and leadership in science, research, environmental management, and development of legislation and national initiatives. He is a recognized national expert in the field of emergency pollution response; contingency planning; innovative technology development; matrix and collaborative program management; and a suite of coastal issues focused on development, climate change, energy, and coastal resiliency. He previously served as NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations. As NOAA’s Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy was responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for ocean and atmospheric services, research and coastal and marine stewardship.

Advisory Board

The Honorable Tim Gallaudet, PhD, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)

The Honorable Tim Gallaudet, PhD, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)

CEO, Ocean STL Consulting, LLC and Host of The American Blue Economy Podcast

Dr. Tim Gallaudet brings over 30 years of sea-going experience in oceanographic research. From 2017-2021, Gallaudet served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / Deputy NOAA Administrator, and from 2017-2019 he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / NOAA Administrator. Gallaudet’s top priority for NOAA was people. He was a vocal champion for NOAA’s diversity and inclusion, leader development, coaching, facilitating, new supervisor training, and awards programs. Prior to NOAA, Gallaudet served for 32 years in the US Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy.

Sandra Stosz, Vice Admiral, US Coast Guard (ret.)

Sandra Stosz, Vice Admiral, US Coast Guard (ret.)

CEO, Sandra Stosz, LLC and Published Author

Admiral Sandy Stosz started out in the US Coast Guard as an ensign serving on polar icebreakers, conducting national security missions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Her forty-year career is filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a US armed forces service academy. Along the way, Sandy served for 12 years at sea, commanding two ships, and led large Coast Guard organizations during times of crisis and complexity. She finished her career as the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, directing one of the Coast Guard’s largest enterprises. She has lectured widely on leadership, and has been featured on CSPAN and other media outlets.

Staff

Commander G. Mark Miller, NOAA (ret.)

Commander G. Mark Miller, NOAA (ret.)

Founder and CEO

Commander G. Mark Miller, a 20-year veteran of distinguished service for NOAA commanding, managing, and operating small and large research vessels as a uniformed officer in NOAA Corps. Through his prominent role in the marine science research community, Commander Miller has a broad and growing professional network of mariners, marine scientists, and ocean explorers. He holds an Unlimited Master Mariner (captain) USCG license, a degree in Marine Geology from Long Island University, a Master Diver certification, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Republic of Congo), and a member of The Explorers Club.

Suzanne Garrett

Suzanne Garrett

Administrative Officer

Ms. Suzanne Garrett brings over 10 years of experience in program management and stakeholder engagement to advance science-informed ocean policy and management. A self-described “cat herder,” she enjoys the processes and details behind building communities and partnerships that promote ocean science. She has worked with a number of nonprofits, including Oceana, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and most recently, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Suzanne earned her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs at the University of Miami.

Taylor Roberts

CFO

Taylor Roberts brings start-up expertise from 15+ years in Financial Planning and Analysis, Corporate Strategy, Financial Ops, and HR at tech companies – with success in leading acquisitions, and a passion for tying performance to financial metrics.

Captain Jennifer Haddock

Director, Marine Operations

Captain Haddock serves as Assistant Professor at Maine Maritime Academy. She holds a M.A. from U of Rhode Island and a USCG 1600 GT Captains License. She has worked with Sea Education Association and Outward Bound as Captain and in management.

Jim Burkitt

Science Liaison

Jim is a marine science technician with ten+ years of field operations in oceanography, fisheries and hydro. He holds a USCG Captains License, MS Biology, and professional certifications in laboratory safety and scientific data acquisition systems.

Kevin Rourke

Director, Special Projects

Kevin Rourke is a US Army Special Forces veteran, Explorer’s Club member, and avid sailor with a focus on sustainable science operations at sea. He recently traveled to Ukraine to evacuate elderly citizens and children to safety.

Debra Hoopes

Finance Advisor

Deb has more than 25 years’ senior executive experience as a chief financial officer and chief operating officer with both international privately and publicly held organizations ranging in size from start-up to $1B in revenues.