Updated: 16, October 2017

The Board of Directors for the Regional Association for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System are:

Term Expires
Private Sector representatives
David Driver BP America, Inc. Fall 2020
1 William Lingsch (Chair) Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc. Fall 2018
3 Terry McPherson LMI Fall 2018
5 Jan van Smirren Ocean Sierra, LLC. Fall 2019
Ruth Perry Shell Exploration & Production Company Fall 2019
Governmental representatives
Ed Kearns Chief Data Director, NOAA Fall 2020
Steven Buschang Texas General Land Office Fall 2020
Kirsten Larsen NOAA/NCEI-MS Fall 2020
Alyssa Dausman VP of Science, The Water Institute of the Gulf Fall 2018
Pat Hogan Naval Research Laboratory Fall 2019
Academic representatives
Nancy Rabalais Louisiana State University Fall 2020
Gary Jeffress Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Fall 2018
Stephan Howden University of Southern Mississippi Fall 2019
Outreach and Education representatives
4 Joe Swaykos NOAA National Data Buoy Center Fall 2020
2 Sara Graves University of Alabama Huntsville Fall 2020
Mike Spranger University of Florida Fall 2018
Jean May-Brett Retired, Louisiana Department of Education Fall 2019
Senior Advisors
Worth D. Nowlin, Jr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus, TAMU
Ann E. Jochens Former Executive Director, GCOOS


1  President
2  First Vice President
3  Second Vice President
4  Secretary
5  Treasurer

Board Liaisons to GCOOS Councils, Committees and Task Teams, as well as GOMA Priority Issue Teams and the IOOS Association

Description of the process for the initial Board of Directors election in 2005.