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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


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 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 and MAT in Secondary Biology and General Science from Sacred Heart University, Molly is dedicated to both the marine environment and education. 

Outside of NAMEPA, Molly is a high school science teacher.  She strives to promote a diverse and inquiry-based classroom for her students. She supports our Outreach and Education team with curriculum development and program facilitation. Her responsibilities as Digital Media Manager include overseeing digital media campaigns and display advertising. Molly maintains our social media presence across all digital platforms and manages NAMEPA’s online brand. 

Cecilia Arntzen

Read Cecilia's Bio

Cecilia Arntzen graduated from the University of St Andrews, where she received a Masters of Arts (M.A) in Social Anthropology. Her studies focused on how best to approach cross- cultural dilemmas and interactions, ethnographic research, and the ability to acquire a deeper understanding through social-analysis. Cecilia's passion for the environment and marine life stems from her childhood spent sailing in Maine and diving around the world. Her role of Development Associate will be focused on non-profit work pursuing grants and funding through foundations and other resources


Read Rachael's Bio

Rachael Previti is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has her B.F.A. in World Arts and Cultures. Rachael worked at NAMEPA for two years as an intern, working to push NAMEPA's presence on social media. Currently, she aids marketing initiatives to increase NAMEPA's visibility on social media as well as makes various graphics and designs from industry events to educational materials. Rachael's love for protecting the marine environment comes from a deep love of her hometown, Fairfield, CT. The beaches and rivers in Fairfield are the main arteries of the community.


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.


Read Rachel's Bio

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.

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

Andrew Marshall

Chris Cannon
Port of Los Angeles

Captain Anuj Chopra

Humera Ahmed

Fred Gordon
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Marina Hadjipateras
Dorian LPG

Cynthia Hudson

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

RADM Duncan Smith (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group

Paul Rosenblum

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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