Editor, Coastal Review Online

Mark Hibbs is the editor for Coastal Review Online. Working out of our main office in Ocean, Mark manages the CRO website and coordinates news coverage. A native of coastal North Carolina, Mark joined the federation June 1, 2015, after more than 20 years with the Carteret County News-Times, where he served as a staff…

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…

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…

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,…

Finance and Human Resources Director

Brittany, a native of Swansboro, joined the federation in 2016 as finance manager. She handles the day-to-day business operations for the federation, financial reporting, personnel and the management of the membership database. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, as…

Part-Time Oyster Lease Operator and Facilities Maintenance Coordinator

Rahdiaz joined the staff in 2019 as a part-time oyster lease operator and facilities maintenance coordinator for the northeast office. In this role, he spends his time cultivating oysters and educating others about their importance along with a variety of other tasks. Prior to joining the federation, he was a husbandry intern for the North…

Lauren Colonair

Communications Fellow

Lauren joined the federation in 2021 as a Communications Fellow. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Environment, Energy, and Ecology Program in 2021 with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies, a concentration in Environmental Behavior and Decision Making, and a minor in Environmental Justice. After realizing the importance of public engagement…

Coastal Specialist

Bree, originally from Manteo, North Carolina, moved down the coast to join the central office in 2016. Her work with the federation began in 2013 during a summer internship with the northeast office. She holds a Master of Science in biological and agricultural engineering and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and wetland assessment from North…

Business and Operations Director

Rachael joined the federation in March 2004 as the volunteer coordinator. She holds a Master of Arts in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Gettysburg College. She holds two certificates in federal grant management and currently manages the federation’s state and federal grant…

Coastal Specialist

Sarah joined the federation in early 2019. She works on coastal restoration projects, conservation monitoring and educational programs in the central region. She holds a Master of Science in biological science from Gacheon University in Seoul, South Korea and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and ecology from Averett University in Virginia. Sarah‘s background…