Sherry has spent her career working with coastal communities to find the balance between environmental and economic sustainability. She helped launch the Trust in 2014, and was hired as the executive director soon after. Before this, Sherry spent eight years as an independent consultant, supporting clients including CATCH Alaska, Ecotrust, Point 97, the City of Monterey, the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Between 1999 and 2007, Sherry worked for the Coral Reef Alliance, an international coral reef conservation organization, where she led the organization's Western Pacific programs.
Among her proudest career accomplishments, in addition to launching the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, Sherry helped launch the California Fisheries Fund, a $5 million dollar revolving loan fund to support sustainable fisheries; helped Alaska's halibut charter sector design an innovative fisheries management program, which was adopted into legislation; increased the transparency and efficiency of tourist user fees at marine protected areas in Fiji, Micronesia, and Papua New Guinea; and raised and managed millions of dollars in grant funding. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Marketing & Supply Chain Manager
Roger’s career has spanned many facets of sustainability. Before joining the Trust, he spent seven years channeling this passion into changing food systems by developing a unique supply chain for Marczyk Fine Foods, a chain of world-class neighborhood grocery stores located in Denver, Colorado. Roger held many positions from managing departments, to overseeing all aspects of store operations as General Manager, and finally culminating as Senior Supply Chain & Marketing Manager. There he excelled at managing around 85 business partnerships including local farmers, seafood wholesalers, start-up food companies, brokers, and national distributors. A key focus for Roger was to develop the strategies and platforms that connect consumers to the story behind their food.
Prior to that, Roger worked at the Denver Zoo where he evaluated procurement strategies, amended vendor screening criteria, and implemented operational initiatives of the zoo’s Sustainability Management System. From 2006 to 2009 Roger worked as an ecologist for WRT Planning & Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he applied his scientific expertise and research abilities to elevate the ecological integrity of their design process and large scale landscape & planning projects. Simultaneously he spearheaded and branded the firm’s first Green Operations Plan. Burleigh holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies & Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is a three-time NCAA All-American swimmer and currently a Masters swimmer. Roger is an avid naturalist and outdoorsman and is excited to again live near the ocean. Read Roger's job announcement here.
Oliviya joined the Trust in the summer of 2018. Prior to this, she had spent several years working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a scientific aide on both the recreational fisheries survey and the groundfish project. She also worked as a fisheries technician with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission as the salmon port sampler. It was through those various positions that she developed an interest in fisheries policy and management. She is most interested in how to best navigate the fine balance between resource management and supporting our fishing communities.
Oliviya has a B.S. in Marine Science from California State University Monterey Bay, and a M.A. in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Administrative & Financial Coordinator
Domine joined the Trust in June 2018 to provide administrative and finance support for our small but growing team. Prior to this, she held numerous financial positions with a wide variety of both private and public sectors, including experience with high-tech/bio-tech, manufacturing and city government. Originally from Austin, Domine has lived in Monterey with her family for the past 16 years. She is thrilled to be applying her expertise to support a cause so important to her community. Domine has a B.B.A in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dwayne has several years of experience both in quota and permit management through his work with The Nature Conservancy and the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. He is the founder of Ecological Assets Management, Inc. (a consulting firm based out of Los Osos, California), and has previously worked for Lisa Wise Consulting, the California Department of Fish and Game, California Army National Guard, and California Polytechnic State University participating in a wide variety of biological and environmental projects and programs. Dwayne has a Masters of Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Nick creates articles, profiles, photos and video for the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust’s newsletters and website. A journalist by trade, he is also a commercial fisherman who has worked in more than a dozen fisheries from Southern California to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, logging nearly 1,000 days on the water. Nick has used a variety of gear types to harvest fish, including nets for salmon, sardines, anchovies and squid; traps for Dungeness crab and Pacific cod and longlines for halibut and sablefish.
In addition to his work with the Trust, Nick is currently a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and a correspondent for National Fisherman magazine. He was also a member of the reporting team at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa that earned the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for their work covering the North San Francisco Bay wildfires in 2017. Prior to covering cops, crime and public safety in the North Bay, he was a staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly. His work has also appeared in Vox, Salon and the East Bay Express. Nick holds a B.A. in economics and English from the University of Vermont.
Board of Directors
David has been a commercial fisherman in California for thirty years and a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1968. Once a college baseball prospect, David started his career in the commercial fishing industry at the age of 17. Working on his friends uncle’s boat as a deckhand, and later managing a small fleet of boats, David was a quick study. He owns Buccaneer Fishing and holds a market squid light boat permit. David has been actively involved in shaping California fisheries management. He served two terms on the Pacific Fishery Management Council, holding the obligatory seat for California. He has demonstrated his commitment to the fishing industry both as a volunteer, fisherman, and as a private consultant. He worked with environmental organizations to organize and facilitate a crab steering committee to discuss commercial crab fishery management issues. For the past several years, he has represented Monterey commercial fishermen on the California Wetfish Producers Association Board of Directors and served one term as vice president and is a current board member. He served on the Central California regional stakeholder for the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, the California Department of Fish & Game’s California Squid Advisory Board and the Fishery Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
Margaret Spring directs the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s conservation and science efforts, which include ocean policy initiatives, the Seafood Watch program and conservation research programs involving Pacific bluefin tuna and other species. She has senior leadership experience with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Her legislative work included enactment of the Oceans Act of 2000; the Oceans and Human Health Act; the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006; the Marine Debris Research, Prevention and Reduction Act; and the Tsunami Warning and Education Act. She serves on the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board, the California Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees, the Environmental Law Institute Board of Directors and the American Geophysical Union Position Statement Committee, and is a founding Board Member of the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. Spring is a graduate of Duke University Law School and Dartmouth College.
In 2017, Steve retired as the Harbormaster in Monterey, a position he held since 1995. Steve was also the Harbormaster in Santa Cruz between 1978 and 1995. Much respected by his peers, Scheiblauer has been closely involved with fisheries issue for 35 years. He is involved with a number of Boards and Committees including the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries, the California Fisheries Coalition, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Marine Protected Area Work Group, and the Habitat Committee for the Pacific Fishery Management Council, among many others.
Melissa’s 15+ year fisheries research and policy career spans across academic, governmental, and non-profit sectors. She has performed a wide variety of research projects including age and growth studies of rockfish, seafood sustainability and markets, socio-economic analyses, and geo-spatial mapping. Early in her career, Melissa developed a fisheries education project for Monterey Bay area youth (now run by NOAA’s Sanctuary Program), and most recently co-produced a documentary film to tell the stories of California’s commercial fishermen (www.oftheseamovie.com). Melissa worked for The Nature Conservancy of CA, forming collaborative partnerships with fishermen to test new co-management techniques, market-based incentives, and monitoring technologies for improved fisheries management. Melissa currently works for Environmental Defense Fund, where she supports ongoing policy work in the West Coast Groundfish fishery, helping to secure durable conservation and economic outcomes for the 80+ vessels participating in the catch shares program implemented by NOAA Fisheries in 2011.
Bob Dooley is currently a Pacific Fishery Management Council member, holding the obligatory seat for California. He started his commercial fishing career at the age of 11, out of Half Moon Bay, California. He helped pioneer the West Coast Whiting fishery as well as the Alaskan Pollock fishery in the early 1980s. His work includes formation of Co-op structures in Both West Coast Whiting Fishery and Bering Sea Pollock fishery, bycatch reduction programs in both fisheries as well as work on gear innovations to avoid bycatch. Bob was a charter board member of United Catcher Boats Association and served as President from 2009 through 2013. In this capacity, He has advocated for managing the West Coast trawl fishery with catch shares for years and has testified before United States Congress in support of the Catch Shares program and reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Act.
Monica is a faculty member in the School of Natural Sciences at California State University Monterey Bay, and in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She teaches Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, and Geographic Information Systems. She received her Master of Science degree in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from CSUMB. Monica’s research is in the socioeconomics of commercial marine fisheries; she has worked with NOAA Fisheries, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishermen on the Central Coast of California. She has presented research findings for the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, and numerous scientific, community and educational organizations.