Southeast Office

Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center

Wrightsville Beach
Historic Square
309 W. Salisbury St.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

ph: 910-509-2838

fax: 910-509-2840

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Southeast Office Staff
Kerri Allen

Coastal Advocate

Kerri joined the federation in July 2018. As a Coastal Advocate, she works to represent the public’s voice at local, state and federal levels to ensure that actions are taken to safeguard North Carolina’s water quality, coastal environment and economy. She represents the federation’s stance on key advocacy issues through increasing public participation in coastal management activities and empowering and motivating informed people to become advocates for coastal stewardship. Kerri’s previous work has focused on estuarine sediments, oyster restoration and marine education. She holds a master’s degree in coastal geology and a bachelor’s in geosciences with minors in environmental studies and geospatial technologies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Bonnie Mitchell

Coastal Education Coordinator

Bonnie, once a volunteer for the federation, joined the staff in 2019 and coordinates the education and outreach programs in the southeast region while managing the region’s volunteers, interns, events, coastal ambassador program, and administrative tasks. Bonnie, originally from Richmond, VA, graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Interning with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an environmental educator, working as the Swamp Boat Captain for Shallotte River Swamp Park providing educational tours on local flora and fauna, and coordinating volunteers for Plastic Ocean Project inspired and influenced her passion for environmental education and outreach.


Tracy Skrabal

Coastal Scientist; Manager, Southeast Regional Office

Tracy joined the federation in 1996 and leads our regional office in Wilmington. She holds a master’s degree in marine science and a Bachelor of Science in geology from the College of William and Mary. Having held positions with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and as a private consultant, she has accumulated more than two decades of experience in coastal policy and planning and in implementing conservation projects.

Ted Wilgis

Senior Coastal Specialist

Ted joined the federation in 1997, coming from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where he managed and developed education programs around the Bay and a watershed planning initiative for the Nanticoke River. He leads the education program in the federation’s southeast office, and he designs and implements oyster habitat restoration, living shoreline and stormwater reduction projects. Previously, he served as the Cape Fear Coastkeeper® for five years and as the federation’s education director. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from Connecticut College and a Coast Guard captain’s license, and he is currently enrolled in the marine biology graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.