637 Harbor Road
P.O. Box 276
Wanchese, NC 27981

ph: 252-473-1607

fax: 252-473-2402

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Northeast Office Staff
Michelle Clower

Coastal Specialist

Michelle first joined the federation as a volunteer and then as a fellow for the northeast office and was immediately drawn to the way the federation works with local communities to achieve common goals. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in ecology and environmental biology from James Madison University and is a graduate from the Gerace Research Centre for the marine sciences field program. Michelle has a background in aquatic invertebrate research and has experience volunteering for environmental nonprofits along the Outer Banks. She works in the northeast office with the Town of Manteo and UNC’s Coastal Studies Institute to monitor the stormwater wetland, located adjacent to the office, for bacteria concentrations. She also assists in oyster restoration work to help meet the goals of the 2015-2020 Oyster Blueprint for Action.

Ann Daisey

Community Conservationist

Ann joined the federation in 2015 as a shared position between the federation and Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ann has lived and worked on the northern coast of North Carolina since 2003. Her background is in natural resource management and environmental education, having served as the northern sites manager for Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve and as a park ranger for Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Ann holds a Master of Science from Mississippi State University in geosciences and a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in natural resources with a minor in forestry. In her role as a community conservationist, Ann provides outreach and education on stormwater runoff and conservation practices. She also provides technical assistance for implementing best management practices in the community and develops watershed restoration plans for impaired watersheds in Dare County.


Erin Fleckenstein

Coastal Scientist; Manager, Northeast Regional Office

Erin joined the federation in February 2008 and manages our regional office in Wanchese. She holds a Master of Science in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Bachelor of Science in marine and freshwater biology from University of New Hampshire. She leads a variety of initiatives to restore wetlands, create oyster sanctuaries and living shoreline and build rain gardens.

Michael Flynn

Coastal Advocate

Michael joined the staff in 2017. He works to increase public awareness of and engagement in coastal issues that relate to the federation’s mission from the northeast regional office in Wanchese. Other duties include advancing oyster restoration, living shoreline implementation and watershed management plans. Michael is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in coastal resources management from East Carolina University, and he obtained a master’s degree in environmental science and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stockton University in New Jersey.

Sara Hallas

Coastal Education Coordinator

Before joining the federation in 2008, Sara worked as a special activities instructor at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology along with a minor in dance from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Sara leads outreach programs from the northeast office and has organized a network of local environmental educators. She’s a certified Environmental Educator in North Carolina and was recently awarded a Conservation Communicator Award. When she’s not working to protect the coast, Sara stays active in the community teaching dance and physical fitness.