Board of Directors


Suzanne Wheatcraft, President (Pine Knoll Shores, NC) – Retired Hydrogeologist

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

Dennis Howard, Treasurer (New Bern, NC) – Retired IBM Executive 

Susan Land, Assistant 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

Sterling Gillikin (Newport, NC)

Elsie Herring (Wallace, NC) – Retired Senior Clerk and Treasury Information and BFD

Bob Marsh (Jacksonville, NC)

Tom Mattison (Jacksonville, NC) – Riverkeeper Emeritus

Rick Miller (New Bern, NC)

Jeanne Palmer-Maloney (Morehead City, NC) – Retired environmental scientist

Katie Tomberlin (Newport, NC) – Environmental Advocate

James Tremmel (Newport, NC) 

Nicole Triplett (Jacksonville, NC)-Water Quality Technician


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

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Activist, Author.