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Greater Atlantic Region's Leadership Team


Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator

Michael Pentony is the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO). He stepped into this position on January 22, 2018. Mike has been with the agency since 2002, working in a number of capacities. Most recently, he served as Assistant Regional Administrator for the Sustainable Fisheries Division, a post he held from 2014 until becoming Regional Administrator. In that capacity, he oversaw all aspects of 14 management plans under the wings of both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Prior to 2014, he served for 12 years as a team supervisor for the Sustainable Fisheries Division.

Before joining NOAA Fisheries, he worked for four years as a policy analyst for the New England Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery. Mike has a B.S. in engineering from Duke University and a M.S. in environmental management from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He spent six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force between earning his college and graduate degrees.

As GARFO Regional Administrator, Mike oversees approximately 200 staff members who are based at GARFO’s main office in Gloucester, Massachusetts and in field offices in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. GARFO’s jurisdiction spans from Maine to Cape Hatteras and includes the Great Lakes. It also covers rivers and estuaries within this range. 


Kimberly Damon-Randall
Deputy Regional Administrator

Kim Damon-Randall joined NOAA Fisheres in 2001 in the Fisheries Statistics Division before moving to the Protected Resources Division. In Protected Resources, she first worked on section 7 consultations under the Endangered Species Act and then coordinated the proactive conservation program and served as a listing biologist. Damon-Randall became the supervisor of the Endangered Species Group in 2008, took on the Assistant Regional Administrator position in 2014, and is now Deputy Regional Administrator.



Mike Asaro
Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources (Acting)


Lou Chiarella
Assistant Regional Administrator for Habitat Conservation

Lou Chiarella has been the Assistant Regional Administrator for Habitat Conservation since 2012. He is responsible for the administration and implementation of the Essential Fish Habitat provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and the fish passage provisions of the Federal Power Act. Chiarella has been with GARFO Habitat Conservation Division since 1998 and has more than 25 years of experience in habitat conservation issues.

The Habitat Conservation Division is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and stewardship of marine, estuarine, and riverine habitats to support our nation's fisheries for future generations.



Pete CouturePeter Couture
Assistant Regional Administrator for Technology and Operations 

Couture joined the Technology and Data Management Division in 2005 as a member of the IT Help Desk and transitioned to the role of System and Network Administrator in 2007. Couture became manager of the IT Operations Team in 2012, with oversight of the IT Help Desk, System and Network Administrator, and IT Security roles and in 2018 was promoted to Assistant Regional Administrator for Technology and Data Management.

Before joining NOAA, Couture was a full time student and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems/Business Management from Westfield State University and a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Bentley University.


Shannon Dionne
Assistant Regional Administrator for Operations and Stakeholder Engagement (Pilot)

Shannon Dionne was named Assistant Regional Administrator for Operations and Stakeholder Engagement on August 5, 2018. Shannon has been with NOAA since 2004, working in a number of capacities, including as the Deputy Chief of the NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center and Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor in NOAA’s Office of International Affairs. Her responsibilities have included leading the day-to-day administrative and financial operations of a 100-person division, being one of the lead U.S. negotiators for numerous international fisheries initiatives, working with partners and stakeholders to further issues of mutual interest, and providing policy advice on fisheries and oceans issues to senior agency Leadership, including three previous NOAA Administrators. Shannon also completed NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) in 2010/2011.

Prior to joining NOAA, Shannon worked as a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey and as a Senior Staff Environmental Scientist with a private environmental consulting firm. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Shannon is originally from Maine.


David Gouveia, GARFO's Assistant Regional Administrator for the Analysis and Program Support Division

David Gouveia
Assistant Regional Administrator for Analysis and Program Support Division

David Gouveia was named the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Analysis and Program Support Division (APSD) in November 2017. APSD provides permit services to the public and data analysis to support catch monitoring and fishery management decisions for NOAA Fisheries and its partners.

Prior to this position, Gouveia supervised and coordinated the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Program for the Protected Resources Division for more than 15 years. In 2015, Gouveia received the Award of Professional Excellence from the University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology for his outstanding and long-term contributions to the fisheries profession and the conservation and management of natural resources. 

Gouveia began his career at NOAA Fisheries in 1992 as a port agent in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island. He joined the Sustainable Fisheries Division as a fishery policy analyst in 1994 until he moved on to Protected Resources in 2000. Gouveia is a 1991 graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Wildlife Ecology.


Sarah Heil
Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries

Sarah began her career with NOAA Fisheries in 2009 and has worked on a variety of issues, including Mid-Atlantic and recreational fisheries issues, cooperative research, and groundfish. Before joining NOAA Fisheries, Sarah worked as an At-Sea Monitor for a commercial fishing organization, a Fisheries Assistant for a state marine fisheries agency, and a Research Assistant at the University of Rhode Island. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to becoming the Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Sarah Heil was the Groundfish Branch Chief.