Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team

Improving NOAA's service to the Nation through collaboration

To improve NOAA’s responsiveness to challenges and priorities of this region, the NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART) fosters stronger collaborative ties internally and with partners and constituents; works with constituents to evaluate and improve NOAA products and services; and promotes awareness and understanding of NOAA’s regional capabilities, services, and priorities. SECART is one of eight teams in NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network.
Team members reflect the capabilities of NOAA within the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean and include NOAA employees and NOAA partners. To learn more about the NOAA offices and labs represented by team members, visit the links associated with their home offices provided below. SECART utilizes a work group (sub-team) structure to focus its activities and reach beyond team members to bring in additional expertise for specific activities. Please see our “Strategic Direction” and annual work plans to learn about our priority areas and activities.

SECART Group Photo June 2022
SECART Hybrid Annual Team Meeting - June 2022

NOAA in the Region

Membership Roster

Nic Alvarado, Navigation Manager Florida and US Caribbean, Office of Coast Survey
Emily Becker, Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at University of Miami offsite link
Kyla Breland, SE Regional Preparedness Coordinator,  NOS/ORR Disaster Preparedness Program             
Scott Cross, East Coast Liaison, National Center for Environmental Information
Beth Dieveney, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 
Rebecca Ellin, Reserve Manager, NC National Estuarine Research Reserve                                                       
Ian Enochs, Research Ecologist, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Virginia Fay, NMFS Southeast Regional Office
Debra Hernandez, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association offsite link
Chip Kasper, Meteorologist-in-Charge, Weather Forecast Office Key West, FL
Todd Kellison, Ecosystems Research Branch Chief,  Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Aranzazu Lascurain, SE & Caribbean Team Lead, Office for Coastal Management
AK Leight, Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Oxford Laboratory
Ashley Lundry, Chief of Programs, Aircraft Operations Center
Ellen Mecray, Eastern Region Climate Services Director, National Center for Environmental Information
Ernesto Morales, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Puerto Rico Weather Forecast Office
Richard Okulski, Columbia, SC Weather Forecast Office
Geno Olmi, Regional Team Coordinator, NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team
Jeffrey Payne, Director, Office for Coastal Management
Mark Risse, Director, Georgia Sea Grant Program
John Schmidt, Hydrologist in Charge, Southeast River Forecast Center
Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Office for Coastal Management

SECART Team Meeting - Beaufort, SC, June 2022


Contact us

Chip Kasper

Regional Team Lead:
Chip Kasper
Weather Forecast Office, Key West, FL
NOAA National Weather Service

photo of Geno Olmi

Regional Coordinator:
Dr. Geno Olmi
National Ocean Service