Sanctuary Advisory Council Members

The proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council includes 15 voting members and 15 alternates representing a variety of community interests. The advisory council also has 10 government agencies that serve in a non-voting capacity.

Voting Seats

Commercial Fishing

    • Meghan Lapp, Greg DiDomenico (members)
    • Patrick Knapp, Andrew Minkiewicz (alternates)

    Recreational Fishing

    • Alan Lee, John Depersenaire (members)
    • Deane Lambros, Will Poston (alternates)


    • Kiera Maloney (member)
    • Rob Nixon (alternate)


    • Noah Chesnin, Carl LoBue (members)
    • Judith Weis, Peter Chaibongsai (alternates)


    • Dr. Mercer Brugler (member)
    • Dr. Walter Golet (alternate)

    Business and Economic Development

    • Cortney Koenig Worrall (member)
    • Rick Weber (alternate)

    Marine Industry

    • Stephen Lyman, John Dempsey (members)
    • Rik van Hemmen, Ron Rapp (alternates)


    • Lisa Breslof, Chrissy Word (members)
    • Chris Lido, Jim Kent (alternates)

    Citizen at Large

    • Paul Collier, Raymond Fusco (members)
    • Brynn Heller, Martin Scanlon (alternates)

Non Voting Seats

The following government agencies have non-voting seats on the advisory council and may appoint a non-voting member and an alternate to the council:

  1. NOAA Fisheries
  2. New England Fishery Management Council
  3. Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  4. South-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  5. U.S. Coast Guard
  6. U.S. Department of Interior/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  7. U.S. Department of Navy
  8. State of New York
  9. State of New Jersey
  10. State of Rhode Island

Additionally, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries welcomes the participation of interested Indigenous nations and tribes on the council. This can be initiated by contacting LeAnn Hogan. Participation on the council does not take the place of government-to-government consultation nor does it serve as the only opportunity for engagement between NOAA and Indigenous nations and tribes.