Leadership


PLEASE NOTE: The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance is no longer operating. This information is historical in nature.

EXECUTIVE GROUP (GOVERNORS)

Pat McCrory – Governor of North Carolina
Nikki Haley – Governor of South Carolina
Nathan Deal – Governor of Georgia
Rick Scott – Governor of Florida

STEERING GROUP (GOVERNOR APPOINTED)

Donald R. van der Vaart – Secretary
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (Chair)

Catherine Heigel – Director
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Col. Alvin A. Taylor – Director
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Mark Williams – Commissioner
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Jonathan Steverson – Secretary
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

FEDERAL AGENCY CO-CHAIRS

TBD
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

James D. Giattina – Director
Water Management Division, Region 4
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Eric Strom – Director
South Atlantic Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior

EXECUTIVE PLANNING TEAM

STATE LEAD REPRESENTATIVES

    Braxton Davis (Chair) – NC Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Elizabeth von Kolnitz – SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
    Robert Boyles – SC Dept. of Natural Resources
    Spud Woodward – GA Dept. of Natural Resources
    Kevin Claridge – FL Dept. of Environmental Protection

STATE SECONDARY REPRESENTATIVES

    Louis Daniel – NC Dept. of Environmental Quality (delegated to Michelle Duval)
    TBD
– NC Wildlife Resources Commission
    Barbara Neale 
– SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
    Gil McRae
– FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (delegated to Amber Whittle)

FEDERAL LEAD REPRESENTATIVES

    Jennifer Derby – Environmental Protection Agency
    Eric Strom (Vice-Chair) – Dept. of the Interior/U.S. Geological Survey
    Virginia Fay (Chair) – Dept. of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Camille Destafney – Dept. of Defense/U.S. Navy
    Deborah Scerno – Dept. of Defense/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Paul Friday – Dept. of Defense/U.S. Marine Corps
    Gene Stratton – Dept. of Defense/U.S. Coast Guard
    Susan Gibson – Dept. of Defense/U.S. Army

PARTNER LEAD REPRESENTATIVES

    Mary Conley – The Nature Conservancy
    Rick DeVoe – SC Sea Grant Consortium
    Debra Hernandez (Chair) – Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
    Jim Leutze – UNC System
    Roger Pugliese – South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
    Bill Ross (Vice-Chair) – SE Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

GSAA ADMINISTRATION

    Kristine Cherry – GSAA Regional Coordinator