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 Conservation 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 as the chair of the Conservation Committee and acting chair of the Education Committee.
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 became a Trustee in 2015. He serves on the Finance and Executive 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 Development Committee.
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 Committee and is chair of the Policy Committee.
Jennifer Samson, Ph.D.
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 ALS, she looks forward to strengthening the bonds between the Lab’s scientific endeavors and ALS’s education, restoration, and policy programs. Jennifer joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently serves on the Conservation Committee.
Since 1982, when she joined the American Littoral Society as an intern, Cindy has never left the family. Working closely with the Society, Cindy has 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.
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.