As a natural resource economist, David has worked nationwide on coastal recovery projects following natural and man-made disasters. Drawn to the Society’s policy work on habitat protection and restoration, he was elected to the Board in 2009 and currently serves on the Governance and Policy Committees.
Angela Cristini, PhD
Angela is a Biology Professor at Ramapo State College, and the Director of the Meadowlands Environmental Education Program. A former Board President of the Society, she first became a Trustee in 2000, and currently serves on the Conservation and Education Committees.
Doug Douty knows fish. He is the co-owner of Highlands, NJ, seafood purveyors “The Lusty Lobster,” Doug has devoted his professional life to an industry that depends on healthy estuarine and marine ecosystems. A life-long Fair Haven, NJ, resident, Doug is well known among local non-profit organizers, and brings to the Society his business acumen and his broad connection to the fisheries community. Doug serves on the Governance and Education Program Committees of the Board."
Peter Hetzler, MD
While pursuing a distinguished career in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Peter continues his life-long commitment to the American Littoral Society. In his youth, his devotion to coastal protection was inspired by the Society’s first Executive Director, Dery Bennett. A Trustee since 1995, Peter sits on the Stewardship Committee.
George Kowallis, MD
Longtime Trustee and former Littoral Society President, George brings the depth of many years’ experience to his work on the Board. Currently serving as a member of the Program Policy Committee and the Audit Committee, he plays an active role in evaluating the strategic directions of the Society. His current interests include genetic complexity, with a focus on seaweed variations found in the cold, coastal waters of Maine.
Richard G. Lathrop, PhD
Rick first got involved with the American Littoral Society over thirty years ago when he interned with the Society as a sophomore in college. He witnessed how the Society made a real, on-the-ground difference in coastal conservation issues and, in particular, in stopping the misguided development of New Jersey’s few remaining undeveloped barrier islands.
In his present position as an academic scientist studying the impacts of human land use on coastal ecology, he supports the Society’s strong reliance on science to help inform its work on coastal conservation and restoration. As a university educator, he is inspired by the numerous ways the Society educates, enlightens, and connects people to the coast. Finally, as a private citizen who cares deeply about the health of our coastal and marine systems, he appreciates the Society’s role as voice and advocate for the coast. Rick, former President of the Board, now serves on the Executive and Education Committees.
During his long career with NJDEP, culminating in his service as Commissioner, Mark has concentrated on coastal policy. Long familiar with the Society's work, he has only recently become available to serve as Trustee. Mark joined the Board in 2015 and with his vast experience with Trenton policies and procedures, has been a valuable contributor to the strategic planning of conservation and policy initiatives. Mark serves on the Governance and Policy Committees.
Penney Riegelman grew up on an island in Lake Champlain so she has water in her blood. Now a resident of the Shore, she is learning the marine habitat of the area with the help of the American Littoral Society. Her background as a classroom teacher, educational leader and nonprofit trustee informs her work with educational programming and governance at the Littoral Society.
Penney joined the board in 2016 and heads up the Governance committee,
Jennifer Samson, PhD
With broad experience in the field, Jennifer Samson was appointed Chief of Marine Chemistry at NOAA’s Marine Science Laboratory in 2010. Long familiar with the work of the Littoral Society, she looks forward to strengthening the bonds between the Lab’s scientific endeavors and the Society's education, restoration, and policy programs. Jennifer currently serves on the Conservation Committee
Since her days as a summer intern for the Littoral Society, Cindy has never left the family. Working closely with the Society, Cindy spawned and nurtured Clean Ocean Action into one of the most effective grassroots organizers focusing on water quality in the New York – New Jersey bight. A long-time Trustee of the Society, Cindy plays an active role on the Finance Committee, and helps to coordinate Society policy positions with COA and other regional policy leaders.