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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

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 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."


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


Board of Directors

Humera Ahmed

Jan Hagen Andersen

Joan Bondareff
Blank Rome LLP

Gareth Burton

Chris Cannon
Port of Los Angeles

Captain Anuj Chopra

Fred Gordon
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Marina Hadjipateras
Dorian LPG

Cynthia Hudson

Joe Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.

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

Andrew Marshall

Douglas Martin
SMIT Salvage

Alejandro Trillo Menchelli
Global Maritime Compliance Solutions

Paul Rosenblum
Apostleship of the Sea Port Minister, NAMMA

Brian Salerno

Ole Chr. Schroder
Scorpio Tankers

RADM Duncan Smith (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group

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.

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