Coastal Specialist

Leslie, a West Virginia native, joined the federation’s northeast office in August 2018. As a coastal specialist, she works on expanding oyster restoration and living shoreline efforts along the Outer Banks, where she hopes to reach new audiences with the federation’s mission while maintaining relationships with longtime supporters. She graduated from the University of Maryland in…

Director of Business Engagement

Catherine joined the federation in August 2014. She is a native of Wilmington but has lived the last 28 years in New Bern. Growing up on the coast, Catherine has come to enjoy boating, paddling and fishing. She is pleased to have the opportunity to help preserve the coast. Catherine has spent her career in…

North River Wetlands Preserve Manager

Mark joined the federation in October 2014 to manage the North River Wetlands Preserve and prepare the property for future public use. Mark is a native of Atlantic, North Carolina, born and raised around commercial fishing and net making. He is a graduate of Calhoon Engineering School in Maryland with a degree in marine engineering…

Coastal Scientist; Manager, Southeast Regional Office

Tracy joined the federation in 1996 and leads our southeast regional office in Wilmington. She holds a master’s degree in marine science and a bachelor of science degree in geology from the College of William and Mary. Having held positions with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental…

Business Administrator

Rose joined the staff in 2003 as a part-time administrative assistant, a position which she held for 11 years. Originally from Ohio, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1978. In keeping with her love for the coast, she moved to Carteret County in 1996. Environmental issues have always been among her interests and concerns,…

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…

Assistant Director

Christine joined the staff in 2006. She’s responsible for government fundraising and staff and program planning for the federation’s three offices. She also manages special policy initiatives and programs from the main office and helps plan our communications strategies. She has worked on coastal policy and protection issues at the state, federal and nonprofit level…

Development Coordinator

Amanda is a Carteret County native who returned to the area in 2015 in order to be near the water. Amanda joined the federation staff in May 2019. As part of the development team she will be working to further the federation’s mission through grant writing and donor engagement. Most recently, Amanda served as Development…

Development Director

A native of Wilmington, Sarah first joined the federation in 2004 as a restoration scientist before relocating to Raleigh to work for the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Sarah re-joined the federation in 2012 as part of the development team, with responsibilities including grant writing, foundation gifts and fundraising programs including major gifts, honorariums…

Communications Specialist

Lily Huffman joined the North Carolina Coastal Federation in 2020 as the Communications Specialist. She graduated in 2019 from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a Master of Environmental Management degree, with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management, and a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. Before that, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison,…