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Kelly Drinnen
Kelly Drinnen Ms. Drinnen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from James Madison University. She is a certified SCUBA diver and K-4 teacher with two years of classroom experience and over 13 years of informal education experience at Sea World of Florida and Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. She is currently an Education Specialist for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Texas. Kelly's professional career has focused primarily on marine education. Her current responsibilities include coordinating professional development workshops for educators; developing, revising and maintaining many of the communication tools used to share sanctuary information with the public; and making presentations to local community organizations. Kelly is also the primary liaison between the sanctuary and informal organizations, such as aquariums and zoos, that wish to incorporate sanctuary issues and messages into their exhibits and programs.

Kelly comes from a family full of educators and likes to say she has "teaching in her genes." This, coupled with her love of the ocean, and wildlife in general, led her to a career in informal education where she gets to share her interests, in two languages, and meet people from around the world.

Dr. Kathy Chaston
Dr. Kathy Chaston Dr. Kathy Chaston is a coral and coastal management specialist with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Resource Management. Based in Honolulu, Kathy coordinates Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management initiatives in the U.S territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Kathy also supports watershed management activities throughout the Pacific islands.

Before joining NOAA in January 2008, Kathy was extension faculty at the University of Hawaii. For 3 years, she coordinated a state-wide strategy aimed at reducing land-based pollution impacts to Hawaii’s coral reefs. Before moving to Hawaii, Kathy was a coastal resource manager in the Republic of Palau and a development officer for a non-profit organization in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Kathy is originally from Australia and has a PhD in Marine Botany from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her PhD examined the impacts of agricultural runoff on coastal ecosystems.

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