Our Board of Trustees
Please join us in welcoming Shannon Eldredge as NAMA's new president. Shannon has been serving on NAMA's board since 2011 and was elected president at our July 2012 annual meeting. You can read Shannon's full bio by clicking on this link.
Shannon Eldredge, Presiding Chair
Madeleine Hall-Arbor, Vice Presiding Director
Jamey Lionette, Treasurer
Amanda Beal, Clerk
Bill is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association, serves as the Governor’s appointed Commissioner to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a member of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission and a commercial fisherman.
Amanda has 12 years experience serving on boards, including terms as President of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and President of Cultivating Community. A graduate of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Agriculture, Food and Environment program, she participates in the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, working on a project that explores the synergies between farmers and fishermen. Issues of industry consolidation and corporate control, the interconnected nature of watersheds and agricultural activities, and their environmental implications on wild fisheries are important to her. She has co-authored articles focused on resource and food security and relevance to farmers and fishermen.
Charles Curtin, PhD
Charles has more than15 years experience developing collaborative and place-based conservation programs in marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the US, East Africa, and the Middle East. He directed a research center for collaborative decision-making and science from 1997 through 2008. He helped found the Downeast Initiative in Maine and guided its science programs. He helped found a program at MIT designed to facilitate place-based decision-making. He currently teaches courses in conservation and policy design at Antioch University in NH, and he leads place-based near shore conservation programs in coastal Maine. His advanced academic degrees are from the University of Wisconsin.
A long time advocate for community and ecosystem based fisheries management, clean manufacturing and production processes, and environmental justice Niaz became NAMA's new coordinating director in March 2008. To read more about Niaz and her work, please visit Our Staff page.
Shannon has been a shellfish harvester on Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA and weir fisherman in Nantucket Sound. She and her family have been involved in environmentally sustainable fishing practices since 1953, and have facilitated educational and scientific programs with a variety of institutions including SMAST and the New England Aquarium. She serves on the Board of Directors of Women of Fishing Families; is the co-proprietor of the Cape Cod Community Supported Fishery; and worked in communications relations for the Red Tide Disaster Relief Team – all organizations in Chatham, MA. She is the full‐time educator at Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, and studied Early American History with concentration on Women in Maritime Communities at the College of William and Mary’s graduate program.
Louis is a full-time commercial fisherman out of Bristol, RI, and has been an owner-operator of a small vessel since 1988. He is the co-founder and current president of Bristol’s first ever fisherman’s co-op, the Narragansett Bay Seafood Coop.
Madeleine, who is a marine anthropologist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program, has over 25 years of experience working with fishermen in New England. Her research and publications focus on the impacts (and potential mitigation of negative impacts) of regulatory change on fishing communities. She works closely with fishing industry representatives on collaborative research projects, and is investigating the potential for ecosystem-based management to incorporate local ecological knowledge. Her academic degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley and Brandeis University.
Ted is Minister to Coastal Communities and Fisheries with the Maine Seacoast Mission and founding member of Penobscot East Resource Center, the Stonington Fisheries Alliance and Saltwater Network.
Jamey is an organizer and advocate for local foods and whole animal utilzation and responsible butchering. He has been a primary organizer of the Boston Local Food Festival for the past two years. He is the administrator for City Growers, which is an organization that converts urban wasteland into farmland that serves local markets. He is a public speaker at numerous events on local and sustainable foods and has published articles and book chapters on the subject. His work includes connections with seafood buyers and opportunities to incorporate seafood into local food discussions. He also serves on the board of 5 Rights Inc., a Human Rights group.
Karen is owner and operator of nourish restaurant in Lexington, MA, which has held fundraisers for NAMA. She formerly owned and operated Big Fresh Café in Framingham, MA. She works with local farmers and fishermen and other small regional businesses to provide responsibly sourced food at respectful prices. This provides opportunities to teach about the importance of our local fishery. She is Founder of This Is My Face, an organization working to raise awareness about cultural issues surrounding women and aging, and women in need. She has served on the boards of Green America (formerly Coop America), Natick Community Organic Farm, and Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston.
Neil is a member of the New Hampshire Marine Coalition and is Board President for the Aquaculture Education and Research Center. As an adjunct faculty member, he teaches environmental science at Southern NH University and advises a Girl Scout marine science interest group.
Ed has worked for several years on a sports fishing charter boat targeting groundfish. He owns a small groundfish fishing boat in the Northeast Coastal Communities Sector and is working to develop a market for sustainably caught groundfish in Southern Maine. He comes from a small family-farmer that markets through CSAs background and continues the tradition as a fisherman who plans to market through CSFs in pursuit of economic sustainability for small commercial fishing boats. His boat is a tool for gaining publicity to promote the interests of small time hook fishermen.