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Our Mission

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources.

Save Our Seas

This proactive, industry-led initiative demonstrates to all our commitment to preserving our seas for the world to enjoy and present our industry in a positive light. The oceans, lakes and rivers are the cradle of life, but are seriously endangered by the actions of man. The most serious threat is pollution. Current environmental controls and regulations are inadequate to control it...

About MEPAs

The overall aim of a marine environment protection association (MEPA) is to increase environmental awareness and motivation of people within shipping and/or land-based industries, and the wider public and school community, through cooperation with international organizations and the adoption of public awareness campaigns respectively.

Who We Are


Read Carleen's Bio

Carleen Lyden Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience.  She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection.  She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators, conservation groups and educators to “Save Our Seas”.

In 2015, Ms. Lyden Walker was appointed an Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships America Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore. She was recently named one of the top 100 women in shipping globally.

Ms. Lyden Walker is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, is Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight, Founder of CARIBMEPA and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  Ms. Lyden Walker graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics), studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration and is a trained facilitator and media trainer.  She held a USCG Captain’s license. 



Read Lyn's Bio

Lyn Harris has worked in the marine industry for over 20 years. She has built diverse set of management skills through her experience developing strategies and setting policies. She has established streamlined business processes to increase operational effectiveness that enhance the end user experience. Lyn has worked with NAMEPA for over six years. She provides day-to-day leadership and management in driving the mission and core values of the organization. She has identified and developed a strategy to build educational initiatives for seafarers, students and the public. She is a liaison in building alliances and partnerships for the mission of NAMEPA to "Save Our Seas."


Read Gail's Bio

Gail Nicholas has over 25 years of experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising, volunteer development and political organization. She has skillfully recruited, motivated and trained volunteers in the fields of education, health and politics. She possesses interpersonal, organizational and managerial abilities. She has successfully grown nonprofit organizations financially, as well as built their boards and committees. She has successfully run political campaigns and offices while recruiting and managing volunteers, staff and serving as a press liaison. She manages NAMEPA's membership by requesting, recording, tracking and acknowledging annual dues. She solicits, bills, tracks and acknowledges sponsorships for NAMEPA events. She works in concert with the Executive Director and Board in identifying new prospects for increasing the NAMEPA membership base.


Read Lisa's Bio

Lisa has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management from Sacred Heart University where her research focused on coastal ecosystems restoration.   Lisa has over 10 years of professional experience in the non-profit sector forming partnerships and fostering collaborations with various organizations as well as continuing to inspire and educate all ages on environmental stewardship.    Her responsibilities at NAMEPA include continuing relationships with our partners, promoting educational programs in the field and extending outreach to educational institutions and industry throughout North America.  Lisa continues to develop educational programs and materials to continue NAMEPA’s mission to Save our Seas.  She also supervises student interns, presents educational outreach programs promoting ocean literacy and increasing awareness of our marine environments.  In addition, Lisa continues her passion for education as an Adjunct Professor teaching marine biology and ecology. 


Read Jeannie's Bio

Jeannie Devaney joined NAMEPA in April 2019, coming from a 25- year career in Mortgage Banking.  She was a Licensed Mortgage Broker, responsible for originating residential mortgage applications, dealing with borrowers, realtors, attorneys, adhering to federal and state laws and regulations. 

Her role at NAMEPA is as Office Manager, handling necessary tasks for the Executive Director as well as the entire team.  Responsibilities include:  day-to-day office tasks, managing the office calendar, communicating updates with staff, assisting preparation of materials for all events, special projects, and the needs of the office.

Jeannie is a 10 year volunteer on the Norma Pfriem Breast Center President’s Council in Fairfield CT.


Read Molly's Bio

Molly’s passion for the marine environment stems from her youth as the daughter of a lobster-fisherman. With her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Sacred Heart University, Molly’s research highlighted marine species conservation and large-scale coastal restoration projects. She's currently in graduate school working on her Master of Teaching in Secondary Biology.  Her responsibilities at NAMEPA include planning digital marking campaigns and display advertising. She maintains our social media presence across all digital platforms and manages NAMEPA’s online brand. In addition, she assists our Outreach and Education Manager with program development and implementation.


Read Rikki's Bio

Rikki McDaniel is a graduate of University of West Florida with a Degree in Marine Biology with a concentration in coastal ecology and a Forensics minor.  She has more than 7 years of diverse technical field experience in the marine science and forensics disciplines and 9 years of experience as secondary school level curriculum writer and biology, chemistry, and forensics teacher. 

At NAMEPA, Rikki is charged with education and outreach on the west coast.  Based in southern California, she is responsible for continuing to build relationships with our west coast industry and educational outreach partners and developing, delivering, and promoting curriculum and educational programs as part of NAMEPA’s mission to Save Our Seas.

Project Director

Read Marcela's Bio

Marcela has a BA in Business Administration with a major in Finances from St. Simon University in Bolivia. Before joining NAMEPA Marcela worked in Corporate America for 10+ years in an array of positions from Territory Sales Manager for the Northeast territories in the USA, Customer Support, Consumer Goods Logistics and Inbound Logistics.

Marcela supports a variety of NAMEPA projects and employs her bilingual skills translating the ASA Sounding Magazine into Spanish.

Gulf Coast Regional Director

Read Jean's Bio

Jean Gould is a communications and public affairs professional with more than 30 years-experience in the energy and maritime industries. She directed communications and marketing activities for the American Bureau of Shipping and managed public policy and international business issues for the ExxonMobil. Most recently she managed communication and government affairs for Husky Energy. In her role as Regional Director, Jean works to bring stakeholders together in the Gulf Coast area to develop strategies, policies and outreach initiatives for marine environmental protection and preservation.

Board of Directors

Joe Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.

Niels Aalund

Jan Hagen Andersen

Captain Steve Bomgardner
Bahamas Maritime Authority

Joan Bondareff
Blank Rome LLP

Gareth Burton

Steve Candito

Chris Cannon
Port of Los Angeles

Anuj Chopra

Rev. Marsh L. Drege
Seafarers International House

Fred Gordon
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Marina Hadjipateras
Dorian LPG

Cynthia Hudson

Kevin Humphreys

Clay Maitland
Chairman Emeritus
International Registries, Inc. (IRI)

Douglas Martin
SMIT Salvage

Alejandro Trillo Menchelli
TGM Fleet & Consulting Services

Brian Salerno

Ole Chr. Schroder
Scorpio Tankers

Paul Scope

RADM Duncan Smith (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group

James Spear

Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Cargill Ocean Transportation

Our Members

Founding Members

Clay Maitland (International Registries, Inc.), NAMEPA Founding Chairman

Carleen Lyden Walker (Morgan Marketing & Communications), NAMEPA Executive Director

Lifetime Members

Blank Rome Maritime

Carleen Lyden Walker - Morgan Marketing and Communications

Clay Maitland - International Registries, Inc.

Delphin Shipping – Director Emeritus: Sophocles Zoullas

Nicky Pappadakis

SeaGroup, Inc.

Annual Reports

Click here to see our 2015 Annual Report

Click here to see our 2014 Annual Report

Click here to see our 2013 Annual Report

Click here to see the NAMEPA Strategic Plan

Our First Five Years: Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman, looks back over the past five years and ahead to many more accomplishments.

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