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
Our commitment is to educate on the importance of protecting the marine enviornment and actively engage with the marine industry, communities and partners to preserve our waterways! The ocean, lakes and rivers are the cradle of life, but are seriously endangered by pollution on a global basis. Current environmental controls and regulations are inadequate. Efforts are needed to remove the threat and to Save the Seas; therefore....
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
CARLEEN LYDEN WALKER
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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.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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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."
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Janie Nneji is a highly intuitive leader and program manager with proven ability to plan, organize, and implement programs efficiently and resourcefully. Janie has over 20 years experience working with for-profit and non-profit businesses, developing operational strategies and employee experiences (from recruitment to hiring and training) that deliver business impact. With an engineering degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Janie is an exceptionally strategic and innovative thinker.
Janie brings her experience in program and stakeholder management to NAMEPA to increase operational efficiency and develop strategies with a focus on sustainability. Her passion to engage with communities to make a positive impact socially and environmentally are a great addition to the NAMEPA Team in the mission to Save Our Seas.
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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.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH DIRECTOR
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Molly’s passion for environmental protection stems from her youth as the daughter of a lobster-fisherman. With her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Art in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, Molly is a secondary science educator. As Education and Outreach Director at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Molly oversees NAMEPA's education initiatives for the maritime industry and public. This includes programming aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and CSR/ESG standards, K-12 curriculum & program development, and outreach program facilitation.
Outside of NAMEPA, Molly is a high school science teacher where she strives to promote a diverse and inquiry-based classroom to meet the needs of all her students.
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Marcela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Finance from St. Simon University in Bolivia. She brings a wealth of experience to her role at NAMEPA, having worked in various positions and projects in Corporate America for over 12 years. These roles include Territory Sales Manager for the Northeast territories in the USA, Customer Support, leading the SAP Project Cordillera and the logistics for Consumer Goods, and Inbound Logistics.
At NAMEPA, Marcela plays a lead role in several projects, including the development, successful implementation and management of the NAMEPA ESG - Maritime Sustainability Program with a group of subject matter experts in the maritime industry. She also utilizes her bilingual skills as a Spanish editor for all NAMEPA educational materials.
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Rachel is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Rachel has a diverse set of skills that comes from an extensive history in holding many positions throughout the years at her previous jobs, developing a great understanding for customer service and organizational skills. At NAMEPA, she is responsible for overseeing a variety of projects, such as office support and educational resources. Outside of NAMEPA, Rachel spends her summers sailing, which she started doing professionally at a young age. Her love of the ocean and the conservation of our seas has been a driving force into why she enjoys working for NAMEPA.
REBECCA R. TRIBELLI
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Rebecca Tribelli is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a degree in Management Information Systems, and has completed Harvard’s Graduate Certificate program for both Corporate Sustainability & Innovation and Sustainable Business Strategy. During the first decade of her career, Rebecca worked as a research analyst for global financial firms, before transitioning to lead the Event Marketing Group within Citi Private Bank, rebuilding the team, and implementing measurable strategies to effectively grow the business. Transitioning to the world of research after 15+ years on Wall Street, Rebecca continued her career in corporate events and conferences, successfully managing the market segmentation strategy for the global event portfolio at Gartner. Rebecca’s lifelong passion and advocacy for the preservation of our planet’s resources and marine protection, led her join NAMEPA as the Program Manager, coordinating programming and events to help Save Our Seas.
DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER
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Anika Bjarnadottir is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor's degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in general business. As the Digital Media Manager at NAMEPA, she works on many fronts, including social media and the website.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
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Meghan Reilly is an Educations Associate with NAMEPA and the Director of Youth Programs at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. She has a passion for the ocean and the marine environment. She graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in June of 2022 and earned Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection with a minor in Marine Biology. While working with NAMEPA she has worked on the MARPOL Webinar Series, Chapter Outreach, and Career Development along with completing several other social media projects and educational materials. At the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, she runs the STEM-based summer camp, the Young Mariner Program and oversees all educational programs that the museum has to offer.
Board of Directors
Jan Hagen Andersen
Blank Rome LLP
Port of Los Angeles
Captain Anuj Chopra
CEO of ESGPlus LLC.
Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
International Registries, Inc. (IRI)
Alejandro Trillo Menchelli
Global Maritime Compliance Solutions
Apostleship of the Sea Port Minister, NAMMA
Ole Chr. Schroder
RADM Duncan Smith (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group
Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Cargill Ocean Transportation
Clay Maitland (International Registries, Inc.), NAMEPA Founding Chairman
Carleen Lyden Walker (Morgan Marketing & Communications), NAMEPA Executive Director
Carleen Lyden Walker - Morgan Marketing and Communications
Clay Maitland - International Registries, Inc.
Delphin Shipping – Director Emeritus: Sophocles Zoullas
Click here to see our 2021 Annual Report
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Click here to see our 2014 Annual Report
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Our First Five Years: Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman, looks back over the past five years and ahead to many more accomplishments.