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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. 

978-281-9250
Michael.Pentony@noaa.gov

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.

978-282-8485
Kimberly.Damon-Randall@noaa.gov


 

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.

978-281-9277
Lou.Chiarella@noaa.gov


 


Greg Power
Assistant Regional Administrator for Stakeholder Engagement (Acting)

Greg Power started with NOAA Fisheries in 1977, conducting catch surveys of the for-hire fleet in New Jersey and processing tilefish stomachs. In the following years, he was a port agent in some of the largest fishing ports in New England and a sea sampler/observer, covering trips from New York to mid-coast Maine. In 1999, Power moved from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole to Gloucester MA to supervise the region’s port agent, reporting, and permitting programs. Here, he participated in the development of updated vessel and dealer reporting programs and the northeast groundfish sector management program. As of October 2017, Power is acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Stakeholder Engagement. This division includes the Port Agent and Communications teams.

978-281-9304
greg.power@noaa.gov


 

Julie Crocker
Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources (Acting)

978-282-8480
Julie.Crocker@Noaa.Gov


 


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.

978-281-9115
peter.couture@noaa.gov


 

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.

978-281-9280
david.gouveia@noaa.gov


 

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

978-281-9221
tom.jamir@noaa.gov


 

Michael Ruccio
Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries (Acting)

978-281-9104
michael.ruccio@noaa.gov