Mike Gerel, Program Director

Mike Gerel NBEP program director in field with dogMike has more than twenty-five years’ experience in ecosystem-based planning and restoration, facilitation and collaborative governance, and public policy. As NBEP’s program director, he will oversee all operations and lead the development and implementation of initiatives and partnerships related to such matters as water quality, stormwater mitigation, habitat protection, and climate change. He joins NBEP as it is advancing work based on a comprehensive study of the health of the bay and estuary that was released in late 2017.

Gerel, who has New England roots, has held scientist and management positions with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustainable Northwest, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other nonprofit, government, and private consultants. His work has been in concert with those whose livelihood and culture are tied to the land and water, such as farmers and foresters, commercial and recreational fisherman, Native American tribes, developers and other business interests, and federal, state, and local government regulatory officials.

Mike holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Richmond. He is a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resource Leadership Institute.

Courtney Schmidt, Staff Scientist

Schmidt_CourtneyAs the staff scientist for the Estuary Program, Courtney synthesizes and interprets existing research related to the Narragansett Bay, Little Narragansett Bay, the Southwest Coastal Ponds, and their respective watersheds.  She collaborates with regional partners to fill data gaps, identify research needs, and manage the implementation of projects.  She provides technical expertise to local and regional committees concerned with estuaries, and state and federal agencies working on water quality, human health, climate change, and habitat restoration issues.  Courtney has over a decade of experience in environmental and estuarine research.  For her master’s thesis work, Courtney analyzed trace gas activity in oxic and anoxic zones of a fjord-like estuary.  For her doctoral dissertation, Courtney shifted her focus to analyzing the impacts of nitrogen reduction on the standing stock of nitrogen available to the food web using stable isotope tracer techniques. She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and a B.S. from the University of Tampa.  She currently serves as the Treasurer for the New England Estuarine Research Society, on various committees for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, and is a member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

(401) 633-0553 or Courtney.schmidt@nbep.org

Eivy Monroy, Watershed and GIS Specialist

Monroy-Eivy_for-webEivy, pronounced “AB”, leads the efforts of the Estuary Program in data management, analysis, geospatial databases, and GIS mapping. She prepares literature reviews and updates on indicators and maintains a database of environmental restoration projects throughout the watershed. Previously, Eivy worked as a conservation and environmental professional, watershed scientist, GIS specialist, and affiliate civil engineer with the Rhode Island State Conservation Committee (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Horsley Witten Group, the Charles River Watershed Association (Rita Baron Fellow) and The Nature Conservancy. Eivy completed a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of La Salle, Bogota, Colombia. While at URI, Eivy taught GIS lab and natural resource statistical methods and worked with the URI-Environmental Data Center for the development of the Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Lastly, Eivy served as a coastal fellow for the Ministry of Environment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

(401) 633-0551 or eivy.monroy@nbep.org

Julia Bancroft, Environmental Analyst

Julia is currently on organizing the State of the Blackstone event which will focus on the Blackstone River Watershed in relation to the 2017 status and trends report. Julia supports the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program by assisting the Program Director with projects relating to the CCMP, by providing assistance to partners regarding habitat restoration related activities, and by assisting with the development and creation of advanced GIS tools to share information across different audiences. Julia also manages office operations. She contributes to NBEP’s publications by writing, editing, and taking photos and videos. She provides administrative support, including meeting and conference planning. Julia joined NEIWPCC in 2015 as a part-time employee and transitioned to full-time in November 2018. She holds a B.S. in Marine Affairs and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from the University of Rhode Island.

(401) 633-0550 or Julia.bancroft@nbep.org

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control CommissionIn 2012, the Management Committee selected the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to serve as the host entity for the Estuary Program. NEIWPCC is a Congressionally authorized non-profit interstate organization, formed in 1947.

Heather Radcliffe, Project Manager

RadcliffeA NEIWPCC Senior Program Manager and Staff Attorney, Heather advises staff on legal issues, reviews and negotiates contracts and MOAs, and writes policy position papers. She serves as project manager for NEIWPCC’s Interstate Environmental Commission District and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, and supervises their respective staff in New York and Rhode Island. Heather holds a J.D. and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Vermont.

(978) 349-2522 or hradcliffe@neiwpcc.org

 EPA Region 1 (New England)

Environmental Protection AgencyThe Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office (Region1) provides support to and oversight of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. Each of the 28 programs in the National Estuary Program is guided by a project officer to help administer the operations of the program.

Caitlyn Whittle, Program Coordinator

Caitlyn Whittle, US EPA headshotAn environmental scientist with EPA’s New England office, Caitlyn oversees the agency’s cooperative agreement with NEIWPCC and the work of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. In addition, she serves as EPA’s Mystic River Watershed Initiative Coordinator, Region 1 Urban Waters Coordinator, and is a liaison between the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and EPA’s Southeast New England Program.  Caitlyn holds a Master of Environmental Management with a focus in Resource Ecology from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity College.

(617) 918-1748 or whittle.caitlyn@epa.gov