CCRW board members and staff with NC First Lady Kristin Cooper. CCRW hosted a roundtable discussion with Cooper and commercial fishermen regarding environmental concerns in their industry.

Board of Directors


Rick Kearney, President (Otway/Raleigh, NC) – Retired Professor, NC State

Katie Tomberlin, Vice President (Newport, NC)- Environmental Advocate

Susan Land, Treasurer (Morehead City, NC)- North Carolina Justice Center, Deputy Director – Finance

Joel Dunn, Secretary (Emerald Isle, NC) – Retired University Administrator/Computer Scientist

Members at Large

Ryan Bethea (New Bern, NC)- Oysters Carolina, Owner

Jan Farmer (Surf City, NC)- Topsail OFE Coordinator & environmental advocate

Sterling Gillikin (Newport, NC)

Bob Marsh (Jacksonville, NC)

Tom Mattison (Jacksonville, NC) – Riverkeeper Emeritus

James Tremmel (Newport, NC) 

Nicole Triplett (Jacksonville, NC)-Water Quality Technician

Suzanne Wheatcraft (Pine Knoll Shores, NC)-Retired Hydrogeologist


Dr. JoAnn Burkholder-Professor at NC State University and Director of Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology

Alexandra Cousteau- Explorer, Filmmaker and Environmental activist for a healthy planet

Rick Dove- Neuse Riverkeeper Emeritus, Waterkeeper Alliance, Professional photographer and videographer.

Robert Epting- Attorney, Former NC EMC member, Private pilot

Dan Imhoff- Researcher, Author, and Independent Publisher