Meet the Staff
Bill Crowell, Ph.D., AICP, CEE
Dr. William L. Crowell Jr. (Bill), has been the director of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, since 2002. Bill previously served as the senior policy analyst for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, where he formulated coastal and ocean policies and regulations for the state of North Carolina. He received two bachelor of science degrees from N.C. State University in Zoology and in Biological Sciences (1988) and his master of science degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University (1996), with research on Southern Appalachian montane bogs. He earned his Ph.D. in Education from Prescott College (2011), with research on North Carolina's environmental educators' concepts of sustainability. He has conducted wetland and endangered species monitoring and research with the Southeast Regional Office of the Nature Conservancy. Bill also worked with the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory Program with endangered species mapping, and the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy with conservation planning and ecosystem research. He also has been a researcher at the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine and an environmental educator in New Mexico. Bill is a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners), a North Carolina certified environmental educator, and a fellow of the N.C. Natural Resources Leadership Institute.
Dr. Dean E. Carpenter joined the staff as the new science coordinator in November 2003. His current responsibilities are leading, coordinating, and administering APNEP’s Science & Technology Program and providing staff support to APNEP’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining APNEP, Dean served as a project manager for the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.) from 2000-03, and from 1989-99 as an environmental scientist with ManTech Environmental Technology, a federal contractor with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development. His career interests are improving ecological risk assessment methods at regional scales and facilitating their application in support of ecosystem-based management. A native of California, Dean received a bachelor of science degree with honors in Environmental Science and Biology at the University of California, Riverside; a master of science degree in Ecology at the University of California, Davis; and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dana Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Dr. Dana J. Gonzalez is originally from California, where she earned her B.S. in marine biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, Dana conducted research addressing avian and marsupial behavior, water quality concerns, and aquatic ecology in both Australia and Tahiti. In 2013, she finished her Ph.D. in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Dana investigated the effects of a non-native macroalga on both nutrient and bacterial water quality in the Virginia Coastal Reserve. Dana is now the TMDL Nonpoint Source Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Tidewater Regional Office. In this position she works with local government officials, stakeholders, and landowners to address water quality issues within their watersheds.
Katia Griffin-Jakymec serves as Education & Outreach Assistant through the AmeriCorps Project GEOS program. She is a recent graduate of Duke University, where she studied International Comparative Studies and Documentary Studies, with experience in video production, audio documentary and writing. She is eager to share the wonders and importance of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system with new and underserved communities throughout the watershed and the public at large.
Jim Hawhee began serving with APNEP in 2010 and supports its environmental policy, communications, and government and community affairs efforts. A Tar Heel alumnus, Jim completed his advanced studies at the University of Hawaii (zoology) and the University of Georgia (law). He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
As the North Carolina field representative for APNEP, Jimmy’s responsibilities include the implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, or CHPP, and the recommendations it contains. He also works with the APNEP Advisory Committees and represents the program on various committees in the APNEP region. Jimmy works closely with several regulatory agencies in the state and their respective commissions to help implement the goals of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. In 1981, Jimmy graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Engineering. After working for Cargill for 3½ years, Jimmy and his wife returned to North Carolina to run a family-owned blue crab processing plant. For the next 15 years, they operated and owned Washington Crab Co., Inc. During those 15 years, Jimmy was active in many industry groups in the state and nation. From 1997 to 2004, he served as chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. During Jimmy’s tenure as chairman of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the CHPP was written and adopted.
Marygrace Knight is the APNEP team's newest member. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources with a Marine and Coastal concentration and minor in Meteorology. She has spent the past two summers in the Outer Banks taking classes and doing research at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC. She worked with The Nature Conservancy as part of her research project to analyze artificial oyster reefs in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Pamlico Sound, NC for their effectiveness in mitigating shoreline erosion and decreasing wave height.
Chad Smith, M.S.
Mr. Chad Smith serves as the coordinator for the APNEP Citizens’ Monitoring Network. His job is to recruit and train private citizens in water quality testing and aquatic ecology. Chad contributes to public outreach by speaking to museum summer camps, neighborhood associations, schools and university student organizations. He also designed and maintains the Citizens’ Monitoring Network Web site. His office is in the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy Department on East Carolina University’s campus in Greenville. Chad received his bachelor of science in 2002 and master of science degree in Biology in 2006 from East Carolina University. In 2005, he received the Martha N. Jones Scholarship from the East Carolina University Department of Biology, which is given to those with interest and commitment to a career in ecology. His thesis research, which was partially funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, focused on habitat use and the potential impacts of physical obstructions (dams, highway culverts, etc.) on anadromous fishes in the lower Tar River in North Carolina. Chad is also an active member in the American Fisheries Society, or AFS, which is a nationally-based professional society for fisheries scientists. He has presented his thesis research at several AFS conferences, including the 2005 National Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. He also served as president for the ECU Student Subunit of AFS for the 2004-05 academic year. Aside from APNEP, Chad serves as an adjunct faculty member for Shaw University, where he teaches weekend courses in general biology and physical science.