Board of Directors


Darren Mierau, President,

Darren is the current CEINC board president. Darren is a biologist, with many years of experience and involvement in coastal estuarine and Humboldt Bay strategic planning, resource management, and wetland/salmonid restoration efforts. These efforts have primarily focuses on fishery and water resource issues, as well as bringing a whole-watershed approach to management and restoration efforts. Darren is the north coast program manager for California Trout, a science-based conservation organization dedicated to restoring salmon and steelhead and their waters throughout California.


Jill Demers, Vice-President,

Jill is the CEINC vice-president and previously coordinated the Humboldt Bay Initiative. Jill is trained as a waterbird ecologist and has worked in both the nonprofit and government sectors to provide science-support for land managers and restoration practitioners. Jill believes in the power of science and partnerships and takes great satisfaction in being part of nonprofit that advances science-based and coordinated natural resource management. Jill currently is the Executive Director of the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District.

Sharon Kramer

Dr. Sharon Kramer, Secretary,

Sharon is a Principal at H.T. Harvey & Associates where she leads their fish ecology division and North Coast office in Arcata, CA. Sharon’s expertise spans over 25 years and her recent professional research and work has focused on integrating watershed and coastal processes and the freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecology of fishes. Sharon was an active Humboldt Bay Initiative Core Team member during the development of their strategic plan and one of the founding CEINC board members.

Dr. Mary Ann Madej,

Mary Ann is a geomorphologist with 40 years of experience in erosion and sediment transport in the Pacific Northwest and California. She retired in 2013, after working for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service as a research scientist. Mary Ann is an Adjunct Professor at Humboldt State University. Her recent work focuses on carbon fluxes from the terrestrial environment to rivers and estuaries, and eventually to the ocean. She also evaluates the effectiveness of watershed restoration programs and has been monitoring river channel changes over decades. Mary Ann believes in the importance of public scientific literacy, and teaches classes, organizes workshops, and leads field trips to groups of all ages.

Jeff Anderson,

Jeff Anderson, Northern Hydrology & Engineering, is a civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience, including 20 years of experience as an independent consultant .  His consulting experience includes hydrology, river, lake, and estuary hydraulics/hydrodynamics, water quality and sediment transport modeling, assessing the effects of sea level rise and climate change on water resources, stream and wetland restoration, watershed hydrology and water quality, surface water quality studies, watershed management, urban stormwater technologies, onsite and small community wastewater systems, and wetland treatment systems.  Mr. Anderson has applied and/or developed 1-D and multi-dimensional models for hydrologic, hydraulic/hydrodynamic, and water quality studies of rivers, estuaries, lakes, and watersheds and has designed numerous channel restoration projects.  He has worked on hydrologic, hydraulic, sediment TMDL, and sediment transport issues.  His experience includes serving as project or principal engineer on projects for the City of Arcata, Oregon Trout, EPA, the Nature Conservancy, and the Bureau of Reclamation as well as serving as part-time faculty of Humboldt State University’s Department of Environmental Resource Engineering.

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Susan Schlosser,

Susan retired from California Sea Grant in 2012, where she worked to provide science-based knowledge through education, outreach and applied research programs. Schlosser’s work on estuarine ecology, ecosystem-based management and coastal habitats are broadly inclusive and facilitate collaboration among stakeholders to implement projects. While at Sea Grant, Susan coordinated and facilitated activities for the Humboldt Bay Initiative and co-founded CEINC to continue the efforts that she started.


Dr. Frank Shaughnessy,

Frank is a professor of botany at Humboldt State University, where his research focuses on the population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses. Frank and his students are often involved in projects relevant to the management of Humboldt Bay, and Frank is also involved in CSU collaborative effort to set up an integrated ocean observation platform to monitor near shore marine water quality. Frank was an active Humboldt Bay Initiative Core Team member during the development of their strategic plan and one of the founding CEINC board members.

And a special thanks to our previous Board members:


Becky Price-HallBecky Price-Hall, Treasurer,

Becky is a Watershed & Grant Coordinator at the City of Trinidad, where she oversees the City’s Stormwater program, leads the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council, and manages city projects. Becky has MA in Social Science from Humboldt State University is interested in institutional structure, collaboration and adaptive governance. She coordinated the Humboldt Bay Initiative (HBI), has been an active member of the HBI steering committee, and worked on development of the HBI strategic plan. Becky is one of the founding CEINC board members.