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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 (Acting)

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 Acting Deputy Regional Administrator.



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.



Allison Ferreira
Assistant Regional Administrator for Stakeholder Engagement (Acting)

Allison Ferreira joined NOAA Fisheries April 2000 as a Fishery Management Specialist with the Sustainable Fisheries Division. She quickly became a Policy Analyst in charge of the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, a role she served for nearly 10 years in addition to working on regulatory actions for several other fisheries. As a Policy Analyst, she also served as the Region’s representative to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) for about 5 years, where she helped lay the groundwork for the establishment of a U.S. yellowtail flounder fishery in international waters. For the last 7 years, Allison has served in the dual role of Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator and Communications Team Lead, which is now part of the Stakeholder Engagement Division that formed in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami, and a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.



Chris Boelke
Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources (Acting)

Chris joined the NOAA Fisheries Habitat Conservation Division in 2003, where he worked primarily on Essential Fish Habitat consultations throughout New England. In 2011, Chris became the New England Field Office Supervisor for the division, which included oversight of EFH regulatory activities with federal partners in New England, along with the Habitat Conservation Division’s fish passage and offshore wind programs throughout the region. Chris became the Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources in April.



Pete Couture

Peter Couture
Director, Information Resource Management (Acting)

Peter Couture joined the Information Resource Management Division in 2005 as a member or 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, which oversees the IT Help Desk, System and Network Administration, IT Security and Webmaster roles and is now acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Information Resource 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.



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.



Tom Jamir head shot

Tom Jamir
Assistant Regional Administrator for Operations and Budget (Acting)

Dr. Tomas Vergel C. Jamir was named Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for the Operations and Budget Division on January 4, 2018.  Tom began his career as a Fishery Biologist at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL on July 2016 where he served as Science Liaison to the Fishery Management Councils and Commissions, Aquaculture POC, and Project Coordinator of the Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area. At GARFO, Tom served as Supervisor for strategic planning, facilities management, human resource management, and FOIA/records management. He also completed NOAA rotational assignments at the Office of Habitat Conservation in Silver Spring, MD conceptualizing business models for the Coastal Restoration Corps, and at the Pacific Islands Regional Office in Honolulu, HI where he authored a strategic planning handbook for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) practitioners.

Tom completed a Ph.D. in Biological (Fisheries) Oceanography from Oregon State University where he also earned an MS (Marine Resource Management), MAg (Agricultural Economics & Aquaculture), MA (Resource & Economic Geography), and Master of Business Administration degrees. He finished his BS Marine Fisheries, MS Physical Oceanography, and Army ROTC from the University of the Philippines.



Moira Kelly
Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries (Acting)

Moira Kelly is the Region's Recreational Fisheries Coordinator and the senior fishery program specialist with the Sustainable Fisheries Division at NMFS’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, where she has worked for more than 12 years. Moira has worked on a variety of fishery management plans during this time, including summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, whiting, red crab, and the New England Fishery Management Council's Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Boston University, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Philippines, where she worked as a Coastal Resources Management Volunteer and co-wrote the City of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s Integrated Coastal Resources Management Plan and helped local fishermen establish conservation areas and fish sanctuaries. Moira primarily works on recreational fisheries issues, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, and several other special projects.