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External Advisory Committee (EAC)

The EAC provides stakeholder input on the strategic planning process, the research proposal review process, and on Commonwealth-wide trends and needs. The EAC is a diverse group of end-users including representatives from state agencies, the education community, coastal planning and management, the private sector, and NGOs. The EAC meets twice a year in joint sessions with the REAC.

EAC Members

James C. Adams
Capital Programs Director, VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

Russel W. Baxter
Deputy Director, VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

T. Robins Buck
Project Manager, VA Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Kevin D. Goff
Former Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School

Lewis L. Lawrence
Director of Regional Planning, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Ryck Lydecker
Asst. VP for Government Affairs, Boat Owners Association of the U.S.

Heather L. W. Mantz
Director of Environmental Affairs, VA Port Authority

Laura B. McKay
Manager, VA Coastal Zone Management Program

David Nobles
President, Coastal Conservation of VA, Deltaville Chapter

Michael Peirson
President and General Manager, Cherrystone Aqua-Farms

Frances W. Porter
Executive Director, VA Seafood Council

Rick Robins
Export Sales Manager, Chesapeake Bay Packing LLC

Sarah E. Schoedinger
Education Policy Analyst, NOAA Office of Education

Jack Travelstead
Chief, VA Marine Resources Commission Fisheries Management Division