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.


NOAA in the Region

Membership Roster
Emily Becker, Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at University of Miamioffsite link
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
Virginia Fay, NMFS Southeast Regional Office
Roberto García, Meteorologist-in-Charge, San Juan, Puerto Rico Weather Forecast Office
Debra Hernandez, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Associationoffsite link
Chip Kasper, Meteorologist-in-Charge, Weather Forecast Office Key West, FL
Todd Kellison, Ecosystems Research Branch Chief,  Southeast Fisheries Science Center
AK Leight, Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Oxford Laboratory
Scott Lokken, NC – State Geodetic Advisor, National Geodetic Survey Advisor Program
Ellen Mecray, Eastern Region Climate Services Director, National Center for Environmental Information
Shirley Murillo, Hurricane Research Division Deputy Director, Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory
Makeda Okolo, SE & Carib Lead, Office for Coastal Management
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
John Schmidt, Hydrologist in Charge, Southeast River Forecast Center
Lou Licate, Navigation Manager Florida and US Caribbean, Office of Coast Survey
Susan White, Director, NC Sea Grant Programoffsite link
Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Office for Coastal Management



Contact us

Rich Okulski

Regional Team Lead:
Rich Okulski
Weather Forecast Office, Columbia , SC
NOAA National Weather Service

Geno Olmi

Regional Coordinator:
Dr. Geno Olmi
National Ocean Service