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Virginia Coastal Policy Team

Virginia CZM Program LogoCoastal Zone Management is an extremely complex activity. Virginia's CZM Program includes everything from wetlands laws to public access to sustainable economic development. It's about making resource protection and economic development fit together rather than preclude each other.

Virginia's network of natural resource agencies shares responsibility for implementing Virginia's coastal resources management laws and policies. Facilitating cooperation among these agencies is the Coastal Policy Team (CPT).

The CPT, whose members and alternates represent the Virginia CZM Program's key partners and eight planning district commissions, provides a forum for discussion and resolution of cross-cutting coastal resource management issues.  Members serve on the team at the discretion of their agency or planning district commission director.  

Mission of the Coastal Policy Team

  • Identify coastal policy issues that cut across agency jurisdictions and develop policy recommendations. For example: habitat restoration, marina technical assistance, aquaculture management, ecotourism development, stormwater management.
  • Guide the development of measures or indicators to analyze the effectiveness of Virginia's CZM Program and current health and status of our coastal resources and guides the future activities of the Program.
  • Recommend funding levels to the DEQ Director for coastal zone management projects.

Coastal Policy Team Meeting Summaries:   


Virginia Coastal Policy Team
Laura McKay
Manager, Virginia CZM Program
Department of Environmental Quality
(804) 698-4323
Sharon Baxter
Ex Officio
Director, Division of Environmental Enhancement
Department of Environmental Quality
(804) 698-4344
John Kuriawa
Ex Officio
Program Specialist
NOAA, Office of Coastal Resource Management
(301) 563-7202
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - Lead Agency
Appointee Alternate
Bettina Rayfield
Manager, EIR/Federal Consistency Office
(804) 698-4204    
John Fisher
Environmental Impact Review Coordinator
(804) 698-4339

Justin Williams
Director, Office of Watershed & Local Government Assistance Programs
Water Planning Division
(804) 698-4185 

V'lent Lassiter
Water Quality Planner
Water Planning Division
(804) 698-4030
David Davis
Manager, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection,
Water Permitting Division
(804) 698-4105
  Dan Salkovitz 
Air and Renewable Energy
(804) 698-4404 
Meghann Quinn  
Manager, Pollution Prevention Program
(804) 698-4021
Ann Regn
Manager, Public Information & Outreach
(804) 698-4442
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)
Appointee Alternate
Kevin Schmidt
Director, Office of Policy, Planning & Research
(804) 786-1346
Erin Williams
Senior Policy Analyst
(804) 786-7157
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Appointee Alternate
Danette Poole
Director, Division of Planning & Recreation
(804) 786-1119
Roberta Rhur
Environmental Programs Planner
(804) 371.2594
Jason Bulluck 
Director, Division of Natural Heritage
(804) 786-8377
Joseph Weber
Natural Heritage Information Manager
(804) 371-2545 
Carl Thiel-goin
Conservation Planning and Training Coordinator, Soil & Water Division
(804) 887-8915
Angela Davis
Floodplain Planner, Dam Safety & Floodplain Management Division
(804) 371-6135
Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)
Appointee Alternate

Andres Alvarez
Deputy State Coordinator - Mission Support
(804) 897-9980 

Debbie Messmer
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
(804) 267-7732
Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF)
Appointee Alternate
Terry Lasher
Eastern Regional Forester
Matt Poirot
Assistant Director, Water Quality Program
(434) 220-9027
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
Appointee Alternate
Ray Fernald
Environmental Programs Manager
(804) 367-8364   
Amy Ewing
ESS Biologist/FWIS Manager
(804) 367-2211
Becky Gwynn
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Resources Division
(804) 593-2043 
David Norris
Regional Wildlife Mgr, Coastal Virginia
(804) 829-6656  
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)  
Appointee Alternate
Keith Skiles
Shellfish Sanitation Division Director
(804) 864-7477             
Todd Egerton, Ph.D.
Marine Scientist Supervisor, Div. of Shellfish Sanitation
(804) 355-5745
Lance Gregory
Interim Director, Division of Onsite Sewage & water Services
(804) 864-7491
Todd Grubbs
Environmental Health Coordinator
(804) 864-7462
Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR)
Appointee Alternate
Roger Kirchen
Director, Review and Compliance Division
(804) 482-6091 
Samantha Henderson
Project Review Archaeologist
(804) 482-6088
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
Appointee Alternate
Kenneth Jurman
Policy Planning Specialist
(804) 692-3222
David Spears
Regulatory Coordinator
(434) 951-6350
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Appointee Alternate
Steven Begg
Natural Resource Program Manager
Environmental Quality Division
(804) 786-4304
Taylor Parker
Environmental Specialist
(804) 786-7401
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Appointee Alternate
Lyle Varnell
Assistant Director, Advisory Services
(804) 684-7764
Pam Mason
Center for Coastal Resource Management
(804) 684-7387
William Reay
Manager, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System in VA
(804) 684-7119
Cirse Gonzalez
Coastal Training Coordinator
(804) 684-7144

Troy Hartley
Virginia Sea Grant
(804) 684-7248

Scott Sandridge
Associate Director
Virginia Sea Grant
(804) 684-7251
Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)
Appointee Alternate
Tony Watkinson
Deputy Chief, Habitat Management
(757) 247-2255
Randy Owen
Deputy Chief, Habitat Management
(757) 247-2251
Lewis Gillingham
Director, Virginia Recreational Saltwater Tournament
(757) 491-5160
Alicia Nelson
Liaison for Recreational Fishing Advisory Board
(757) 247-8155
Andrew Button
Head, Oyster Conservation and Replenishment
(757) 247-2121
Virginia Planning District Commissions (PDCs)
Appointee Alternate
Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (ANPDC)
Curtis Smith
Director of Planning
(757) 787-2936 x 114
Shannon Alexander
Coastal Resources Program Manager
(757) 787-2936 x 115
Crater Planning District Commission (Crater PDC)
Jay Ruffa
Director of Planning & GIS
(804) 861-1666
Martha Burton
Assistant to the Executive Director
(804) 861-1666
George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC)
Kate Gibson
Senior Planner
(540) 642-1579
Linda Millsaps
Executive Director
(540) 642-1580
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC)
Ben McFarlane
Senior Regional Planner
(757) 420-8300
Keith Cannady
Deputy Executive Director
(757) 420-8300
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC)
Lewie Lawrence
Director of Regional Planning
(804) 758-2311
Beth Johnson
Finance Director
(804) 758-2311
Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC)
John Bateman
Regional Planner
(804) 333-1900
Lisa Hull
Economic Development Coordinator
(804) 333-1900
Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVPDC)
Corey Miles
Senior Environmental Planner/Coastal Program Mgr.
(703) 642-4625
Normand Goulet
Acting Director, Div. of Planning & Environmental Services
(703) 642-4634
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC)
Sarah Stewart
Senior Planner
(804) 323-2003
Barbara Jacocks
Director of Planning
(804) 323-2033


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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