Coastal States Organization Leadership
Executive Committee Officers
Brian Lynn (WA)
Brian Lynn manages the Coastal/Shorelands Section at the Washington State Department of Ecology. He leads a group of staff who provide policy assistance, regulatory and planning oversight, scientific support, and financial assistance to communities. He also serves as the State’s Coastal Program Manager and represents state interests at the state, regional and national level. He has served on the CSO Executive Committee since 2011, is the past president of the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation, and has worked in the state’s coastal management program for over 30 years. He has spent his entire life in, on, or near Puget Sound and currently lives in Olympia with his wife Valerie.
Steve Couture (NH)
Steve Couture has worked for New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for 17 years, with a focus on watershed management policy and implementation, including watershed hazards. Steve currently manages the Coastal Program and previously served for eight years as the NHDES Rivers Coordinator. Steve represented NHDES on N.H.’s legislatively enacted Flood Study Commission and currently serves as the NHDES alternate on the N.H. Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission. He holds BS degrees in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs from University of New Hampshire (UNH) and a Masters in Public Administration from UNH.
Ronda Wuycheck (MI)
Ronda has over 28 years of state service with the State of Michigan and is the Michigan Coastal Management Program Manager for the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She oversees the administration of the federal and state resources dedicated to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of the nation’s longest freshwater coastline. Ronda represents Michigan as a delegate in the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and currently serves as the treasurer on the executive committee for CSO. Ronda earned a Bachelor of Science, Community and Regional Planning, Resource Development, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University and a Master’s in Public Administration, Western Michigan University.
Leo Asuncion (HI)
Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., AICP, is the Director of the State of Hawaii Office of Planning, where he is responsible for the overall administration of the Office of Planning, management, development, and implementation of overall state policy, and coordination and planning support to state and county agencies. Leo is also responsible for the management and implementation of federal and state Coastal Zone Management Acts. Leo has 25 years of extensive experience in planning, policy analysis, and management throughout Hawaii and the Pacific region through previous positions with the Hawaii State Land Use Commission, the Hawaii State Judiciary, SSFM International, Inc., and the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
Leo has earned a Bachelor of Arts-Political Science and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degrees from the University of Hawaii, and a Masters in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1994, has held various leadership positions with community and professional organizations, and currently serves as a member on a number of advisory and decision-making boards and councils in Hawaii and the Pacific region.
Mike Friis (WI)
Mike Friis is the Leader of the Resource Policy Team at the WI Department of Administration, serving since 1998. The Resource Planning Team consists of the administration of three program areas—the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, the Wisconsin Comprehensive Planning Grant Program, and the Wisconsin Land Information Program. Prior to his current position, Mike served with the US Peace Corps in Bolivia with wife his Diane working on Soil Conservation and Community Agriculture. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1989). In addition to serving on the CSO Executive Committee, Mike serves on the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Committee, Lakes Superior National Estuary Research Reserve Advisory Board, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team, NOAA Digital Coast Partnership Team, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation Harbor Advisory Council
Executive Committee Regional Representatives
Janice Castro (CNMI)
Janice E. Castro currently serves as the Director for the Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) within the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). In this capacity, Janice oversees the administration of the Coastal Zone Management Program and the Coral Reef Initiative in the CNMI, managing their day-to-day operations of promoting conservation and wise management of the CNMI’s coastal resources. Janice chairs the Coastal Resources Management Agency Board that works with and supports DCRM’s mission. Additionally, Janice coordinates and networks with local and federal partners, and represents the CNMI on several local, regional, and international initiatives in resource management, planning, and policies, such as the Coastal States Organization, the United States Coral Reef Task Force, the Micronesia Challenge, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. She is also an alumna of the Pacific Century Fellows – Marianas Chapter. Janice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Seattle University.
Lisa Engler (MA)
Lisa is the Director for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management where she oversees all agency program areas including municipal technical assistance, local and regional coordination, coastal shoreline/floodplain management and climate resilience, as well as CZM’s regulatory responsibilities. Lisa previously served as CZM’s Assistant Director, and before that as the Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator. Prior to working for CZM she spent four years working for the MassBays National Estuary Program. Lisa holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a bachelors degree from Colby College.
Amber Westerbur (MN)
Great Lakes Representative
Amber Westerbur is the Coastal Program Manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In her role, Amber oversees the administration of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. She leads a staff who provide grant funding and support that keeps the state’s coastal area healthy, prosperous and safe. Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Geology from St. Norbert College. She lives in Duluth with her husband and two children.
Matthew Fleming (MD)
Mid - Atlantic Representative
Matthew Fleming is the Director of Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In this role, he is responsible for the management, policy formulation and implementation, and administration of the programs and staff committed to preserving, protecting, developing and restoring coastal resources for all Marylanders. He does this through financial and technical assistance to state and local partners, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education and effective intergovernmental coordination. Matt has been with the Department since 1997. With a commitment to building relationships and thinking across traditional disciplines and sectors, Matt believes that we will be better equipped as a broader community to address the emerging issues facing our coast and oceans. Mr. Fleming is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Jill Andrews (GA)
Jill Andrews joined the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division in 2001 as a Coastal Resources Specialist and became Manager of the Coastal and Ocean Management Program in 2005. Jill oversees the Coastal Management Program’s work in the areas of coastal resiliency, quality growth, land conservation/public access, living shorelines and wetland restoration; administers the Coastal Incentive Grant program which funds research and community projects; and supervises beach and shellfish water quality monitoring programs. Jill hails from western New York. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Buffalo, she moved far south in 1998 to pursue her Masters in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. Following graduate school, Jill interned with the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (now Consortium for Ocean Leadership) in Washington, DC and worked as a technical assistance specialist with the Florida Coastal Management Program. Jill is now located on St. Simons Island, Georgia where she enjoys raising her young family by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rebecca Prado (FL)
Gulf of Mexico Representative
Becky Prado is the Deputy Director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is responsible for the Coastal Zone Management, Clean Boating, and Outer Continental Shelf programs. Ms. Prado also oversees administration of 200 staff, who manage 4.5 million acres throughout the state. Coordinating across multiple state agencies implementing 24 statutes, coastal management policy is supported to protect and enhance the state’s natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. Mrs. Prado is leading a statewide assessment of submerged resources to better understand cumulative and secondary impacts in areas of preservation so vital to Florida’s economy. She formerly led statewide restoration efforts after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. Prior to that, she administered the state’s beach management program. Ms. Prado earned her Master of Science degree from the University of South Alabama and her Bachelor of Science (marine biology) degree from Auburn University.
Patty Snow (OR)
Patty Snow is the Manager of the Ocean and Coastal Services Division with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. In her position, she manages the Oregon Coastal Management Program and is Oregon’s representative on the West Coast Ocean Alliance. She joined the Department in 2011 after working with land use and waterway issues for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 21 years. Prior to that, she worked with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program as a Coastal Specialist and Federal Consistency Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University.