Ellen Bolen

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Designated State Official, Virginia

Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Deputy Commissioner (designee for Steve Bowman, VMRC Commissioner)

Ellen Bolen is the Deputy Director of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Prior to her appointment, Ellen served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator and the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she worked on fishery and coastal policies. She has also held roles as Director of the Fishery Conservation Program and Associate Director of Government Relations at the Ocean Conservancy, and as a field biologist at the Mote Marine Laboratory studying manatee population dynamics. Ellen graduated from the Master of Environmental Management program at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma.

Contact

  • 380 Fenwick Rd, Building  96, Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA, 23651-1064

  • Phone: 757. 247. 2269 (office) / 757. 788. 9772 (mobile)

  • Email: ellen.bolen@mrc.virginia.gov

Committees

Stewart Michels

Designated Official, State of Delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish & Wildlife

Mr. Stewart Michels serves as designee to Mr. David Saveikis, Director of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife.

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Andrew Shiels

Designated Official, State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission 
Bureau of Fisheries, Director

Andrew Shiels is currently the Director of the Bureau of Fisheries for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). He was assigned to his current role on March 13, 2016. 

He began his career with the PFBC as an unpaid student intern in 1985 working on American Shad restoration.   Mr. Shiels has steadily moved up through the ranks of the agency first as a seasonal employee in the Shad program from 1986 to 1988.  Next, he held the position of Fisheries Technician in the Southcentral Region of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1993 where he assisted in the sampling and management of rivers, streams, lakes and the Juniata and middle Susquehanna River drainages. In 1993 he was promoted to Leader of the Nongame and Endangered Species Unit. While there, his major duties included management of nongame species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic macroinvertebrate species such as freshwater mussels. In 2002 he was promoted to Chief of the Fish Production Services Division. While in the Chief of Fish Production Services role, Mr. Shiels was the lead staff member on oversight of the American Shad restoration program and the PFBC’s lead negotiator during the license amendment for the Holtwood Hydroelectric Project and the relicensing of Conowingo, Muddy Run and York Haven hydroelectric facilities on the Susquehanna River. From 2002 to 2011 he was the PFBC’s representative to the Susquehanna River Anadromous Fish Restoration Cooperative (SRAFRC) Technical Committee.  In 2011, he was appointed to be Deputy Director for Field Operations from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Shiels has been the PFBC’s SRAFRC Policy Committee since 2011.

Mr. Shiels earned a B.S. Degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and an M.S. Degree in Biology from Shippensburg University in 1995. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional (#3239) with the American Fisheries Society.  He lives in the mountains of central Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys fishing, fly tying, hunting, running, and coaching and playing soccer. 

Contact

Andrew  L. Shiels
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
450 Robinson Lane
Bellefonte PA 16823
814-359-5181
ashiels@pa.gov

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Chris Batsavage

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Designated Official, State of North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development
Division of Marine Fisheries

Mr. Chris Batsavage serves as designee to Dr. Louis Daniel, Director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Mr. Batsavage serves as the Special Assistant for Councils and the Protected Resources Section Chief for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).  Mr. Batsavage began his career at NCDMF in 1998 as a Fisheries Technician at the Wanchese, NC Field Office.  As a Fisheries Biologist, he served as the lead biologist for southern flounder, and he represented NCDMF on the ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass, and the Spiny Dogfish technical committees. 

He received his B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, and his M.S. in Biology from East Carolina University.  Chris grew up in Leesburg, VA before attending college.  He lives in Morehead City, NC with his wife, Tina, and son, Sheldon. 

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Maureen Davidson

Joseph Cimino

Designated Official, State of New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Marine Fisheries

Joe Cimino directs the operations of the Marine Fisheries Administration, which includes both the marine fisheries and shellfisheries bureaus. He represents the division at various inter- and intra-state meetings, including the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council and Shellfisheries Councils, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He directs the research and monitoring programs of the Administration to ensure that activities conducted provide the necessary information for the sound management of the marine and shellfish resources. Joe started his marine fisheries career as a seasonal technician for NYS DEC’s Hudson River fisheries Unit, he then spent two years with NC DMF in the Elizabeth City office. He spent nearly 14 years with the VA Marine Resources Commission in various rolls, ultimately finishing his time there as the Deputy Chief of Fisheries. Joe has degrees from SUNY Cobleskill and Plattsburgh in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology and Environmental Science, respectively.

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