Board Member Allison Besch
Allison Besch


Allison is Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  She was formerly the curator of education at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. She and her family continue to maintain strong ties to the coast and coastal issues.

Sarah Williams

Secretary, Emerald Isle

Sarah has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a concentration in environmental policy and management. She is the Town Clerk/ Human Resources Specialist with the Town of Emerald Isle. With her background in environmental policy, she educates community citizens about stormwater runoff and frequently collaborates with…

Doug Wakeman

Treasurer, Pittsboro

Doug is an emeritus professor of economics and former acting dean at the Meredith College School of Business in Raleigh. He is an active member of Sound Rivers, Cape Fear River Watch and Haw River Assembly. Doug serves on the North Carolina Conservation Network board of directors, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Nutrient…

April Clark

Vice President, Swansboro

April lives and plays in Swansboro where her love of the coast is evident. She spends as much time as she can on the water either kayaking or on SUP. She finds fulfillment in volunteer work and is an active member of Rotary International. April holds a MA degree from the University of North Carolina…

Joe Ramus

President, Beaufort

Joe has been on the faculty at Duke University for more than 30 years and directed its marine lab near Beaufort for 10 years. His scientific expertise is in estuary and ocean processes, and his public interest is in coastal water-quality conservation and restoration. Joe has served on the boards of directors of Carteret County…