Meet the Team
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.
Dr. Coley Hughes has over 14 years of experience working on projects dedicated to environmental conservation and restoration in North Carolina. Her experience comprises the environmental, biological, economic, political and social components necessary to work as APNEP’s Project Manager. She earned her Master of Science degree (2003) while conducting research on the effectiveness of traditional and non-traditional environmental education programs, and her Ph.D. (2015) in Coastal Resources Management with an emphasis on estuarine and coastal ecology from East Carolina University. Her research focused on combined information from water quality, water chemistry, and otolith microchemistry to determine movement and life history strategies of striped bass. During her Ph.D. program she also completed a graduate certification in Geographic Information Science and Technology to map water chemistry, geologic formations, and water quality parameters to solve complex striped bass movement strategies in the Albemarle Sound.
Stacey Webb Feken joins the staff with over 15 years of experience working in ecosystem restoration, water resources, and ecological research programs in Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. She served 14 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in various roles implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and related greater South Florida ecosystem restoration plans--including coordination of federal and state approval processes, management of the permitting and compliance program, policy support, and administration of state appropriations. She also worked on projects addressing surface water quality standards, reuse of reclaimed water, and assessment of impaired waters for the Total Maximum Daily Load Program. While at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, she served as a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellow, Sea Grant Intern, and earned a M.S. in Marine Sciences after conducting a mark-recapture study investigating the juvenile life history of white shrimp in tidal salt marshes. She earned her B.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University, where she worked as a Research Assistant in an estuarine benthic ecology laboratory and completed funded research projects.
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.
Katia Griffin-Jakymec serves as Education & Outreach Assistant. 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.
Laura Keys serves as the Nonpoint Source Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's Tidewater Regional Office. She graduated with a M.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, with expertise in urban streams, stormwater, and green infrastructure. She has been involved in the world of water quality since 2011 through her work with non-profits, municipal governments, educators, citizen scientists, and researchers, and she looks forward to continuing that work with VADEQ. Laura will assist APNEP by working closely with partners in Virginia and North Carolina to help facilitate cross boundary projects.