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
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 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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