Moderator: Shavonne Smith
Director of the Shinnecock Environmental Department
Shavonne Smith currently works for the Shinnecock Indian Nation Environmental Department. She oversees the daily operations of the department, plans and implements community outreach programming, and guides the development of the environmental program for the tribe. The Environmental Department staff work on behalf of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to protect human health by partnering with agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as with NGOs. The staff develop and implement plans to address the Shinnecock Nation’s concerns in the areas of water quality, air quality, solid waste management, wildlife habitat preservation, and Climate Change Resiliency. Ms. Smith graduated from SUNY Empire State College.
Paul M. Scholz, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management
Paul M. Scholz is Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Ocean Service (NOS). As the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management at NOAA, Mr. Scholz oversees the financial, administrative, and performance activities across NOS to address the evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean, coasts, and coastal communities. His portfolio focuses on NOS’s conservation and stewardship mission, with particular emphasis on coastal resilience, coastal zone management, coastal ocean science, marine sanctuaries, estuarine research reserves, response and restoration, and related activities.
Mr. Scholz has over 25 years of experience at NOAA. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, where he provided executive direction, oversight, and guidance for NOS operations and for financial, human resources, and administrative activities to support and manage a staff of over 2,200 federal and contract employees and over $620 million in federal financial resources.He also served as the deputy director in NOS’s Office for Coastal Management, providing leadership and support for all new office integration efforts since the office’s inception in 2014. Mr. Scholz served for 17 years in the NOAA Coastal Services Center, including seven years as the Management and Budget Division director and 11 years as director of the Coastal Management Services Division.
Mr. Scholz holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining NOAA, Mr. Scholz was a Knauss Fellow in Marine Policy, director of International Coastal Programs for the University of South Carolina, and began his public service career as a Peace Corps aquaculture volunteer in Ecuador.
Mr. Scholz has had a number of detail assignments, including serving as director for the National Weather Service’s Climate Services Division, where he led the implementation of their Climate Services Program. He has also served as Deputy for NOS’s Office of Response and Restoration, in the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research’s Climate Program Office, and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he conducted an executive evaluation of the Flood Map Modernization program.
Pacific Regional Geospatial Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs
John Mosley is the Regional Geospatial Coordinator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office. Mosley has a tribal affiliation with the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Oglala Sioux, Bishop Paiute, Walker Paiute, and Fort Peck Assiniboine. John completed his undergraduate work at the University of Nevada and has over 20 years of experience working in GIS. John has used his experience to assist the Pacific Region LTRO, Realty, and Wildland Fire and Fuels programs.
Nicole Bartlett, NOAA North Atlantic Regional Coordinator
Nicole Bartlett, NOAA’s North Atlantic Regional Coordinator, has worked at NOAA since 2003, first as a survey statistician working with recreational and charter fishermen to estimate recreational landings, then as a recreational fisheries coordinator for the Pacific Islands in Hawaii. In 2009, she and her family moved to Woods Hole, MA where she became NOAA’s North Atlantic Regional Coordinator. In this position she serves as a translator and connector, bringing NOAA and its partners together to help the nation tackle the climate crisis; integrate equity into NOAA operations; and promote economic development while maintaining environmental stewardship. While at NOAA she has completed temporary assignments as the Chief of Staff for NOAA’s polar satellite program in 2012, and strategic planning lead for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2015.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Seton Hill University, a graduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a PhD in environmental science from UMass Boston’s School for the Environment. Her areas of interest include engagement, the equitable provision of NOAA products and services, and in particular, the leveraging of satellite-based earth observations for coastal monitoring and community resilience. Prior to joining NOAA, Nicole worked as a congressional district staffer for several years in her native Pennsylvania, and a survey research consultant. She is Vice President for the Northeast Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) Board of Directors, and in her 6th year on the Mashpee School Committee. She and her husband John have two children and live on Cape Cod, MA.
Jacquelyn Overbeck, Alaska Regional Geospatial Coordinator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Jacquelyn Overbeck is the Alaska Regional Geospatial Coordinator with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. She provides technical assistance and coordination support for coastal geospatial projects and initiatives spanning Alaska’s 66,000 miles of coastline. Jacqueline works with Alaska Native communities, tribes, and tribal organizations to ensure coastal geospatial projects meet user needs and help to answer critical questions regarding flooding, erosion, and permafrost degradation as these hazards relate to protecting communities in place, managed retreat, and relocation.