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

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.... 

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


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. 



Lyn is an astute business operations and project director strengthening cross functional teams to improve process efficiency, increase program effectiveness and develop stakeholder engagement. With over 25 years working in the maritime industry, she has focused on staff management and process improvement. Lyn has led projects on educational programing, engaging stakeholders and deploying to underserved communities including workforce development. Lyn is proficient in operations management, business planning and development, staff management, process improvement, customer relationship management, financial management. She is a liaison in building alliances and partnerships for the mission of NAMEPA to "Save Our Seas."



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.


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.


Equipped with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Art degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, Molly has established herself as a dedicated science educator. Molly’s deep-rooted passion for marine and environmental science was sparked in her youth growing up on Long Island Sound. In her role as MPSEC Director, she leads the strategic efforts to promote maritime education in our nation’s primary and secondary schools through partnerships and resource sharing. 

As the Education & Outreach Director for the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Molly spearheads NAMEPA’s education and outreach initiatives around public and student environmental stewardship and marine environmental awareness for maritime personnel. With a primary focus on developing and implementing comprehensive programs, she engages participants on mission-driven initiatives, grant-based projects, and informative programs in collaboration with diverse audiences including the public, students, and both shoreside and offshore maritime personnel. 

Molly is also a secondary science teacher and Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University.


Marcela is a seasoned professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, earned from Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia. With almost 20 years of diverse experience in the corporate landscape, she has established herself as a versatile and accomplished individual.

Marcela's career journey encompasses a range of impactful roles within Corporate America. Notably, she served as a Territory Sales Manager for the Northeastern United States, worked in Customer Support for one of the largest consumer goods corporations in the U.S., and later showcased her project management proficiency during her participation in the SAP Project Cordillera.

Currently, at NAMEPA, Marcela holds a pivotal role in several significant projects. She is instrumental in the development, successful implementation, management, and promotion of the NAMEPA Maritime Sustainability Passport® Program. Collaborating closely with subject matter experts in the maritime industry, Marcela has played a key role in creating innovative solutions to address pressing environmental, social, and governance challenges within the maritime sector.

Marcela's linguistic dexterity shines through in her role as a Spanish editor for all NAMEPA educational materials. Her bilingual skills ensure that critical content is not only accurate but also accessible to a diverse audience, expanding NAMEPA's reach and impact.

Marcela's journey is a testament to her adaptability, leadership, and commitment to driving positive change. Her multifaceted experiences and dedication to the values of NAMEPA make her an invaluable asset to the organization and the broader community.


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.


Anika Bjarnadottir, an alumna of Texas Christian University, holds a Bachelor's degree in Strategic Communications with a complementary minor in general business. Leveraging her expertise as the Digital Media Manager at NAMEPA, she spearheads diverse initiatives, skillfully managing the organization's online presence across social media platforms and the website.


Meghan Reilly has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science Safety and Environmental Protection with a minor in Marine Biology from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. With NAMEPA, Meghan oversees the MARPOL Webinar Series, Sea Safety Series, educational materials, and career development projects, as well as collaborating on other educational projects. Her passions include ocean education, sailing, and boating.

Board of Directors

Gareth Burton

Dana Merkel
Blank Rome LLP

Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Cargill Ocean Transportation

Brian Salerno

Jan Hagen Andersen

Marina Hadjipateras
Dorian LPG

Andrew Marshall

Captain Anuj Chopra

Alejandro Trillo Menchelli
Global Maritime Compliance Solutions

Cynthia Hudson

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

Paul Rosenblum
Apostleship of the Sea Port Minister, NAMMA

Fred Gordon
Navios Maritime Partners L.P.

Kai Martin
The Pasha Group

Lisa Ochsner
Port of Los Angeles

Ole Chr. Schroder
Scorpio Tankers

Joe Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.

Douglas Martin
SMIT Salvage

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

Annual Report 2022

Our 10 Year Anniversary

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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