MBNMS Program Operations Staff
Dawn L. Hayes
Deputy Superintendent, Program Operations Coordinator
As the Deputy Superintendent and Program Operations Coordinator for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Dawn Hayes is responsible for operations planning, budgeting and administering the site's Management Plan. She and her team support the efforts and infrastructure for ~30 staff at the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Simeon offices and the Sanctuary's Advisory Council. Dawn graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Zoology with a marine emphasis and a Secondary Science Teaching Credential in Life and Physical Sciences.
Dawn brings over 20 years of professional experience to the sanctuary and has implemented marine science programs for the Catalina Island Marine Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Arcata High School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.
Ray is the Program Specialist at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) from 2 May 2002 until present. Ray is responsible for MBNMS's budget tracking, line of accounting allocations, obligations, accruals, contracts, payroll web/TA, and credit card reconciliations. Ray also assists the Deputy Superintendent and MBNMS staff as needed.
Prior to coming to MBNMS Ray worked in DOD at Naval Research Laboratory for 8 years as a Budget Analyst, U.S. Fleet Numerical Meteorology Oceanography Center (Navy) for 4 years as Budget Technician, Naval Post Graduate School (NPS, Dudley Knox Library) as a Library Technician responsible for interlibrary loans with other public and private colleges and universities for one year, Naval Post Graduate School (NPS Comptrollers) as a Financial Analyst for 3 years, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for one year as a Tax Technician.
Ray has worked for various business in the private sector as an accounting clerk and staff accountant and auditor for over 15 years. Ray attended Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) for two years, National University for two years, Golden Gate University for one year.
Sanctuary Advisory Council Program Specialist
As the Advisory Council Program Specialist, Kristen is responsible for coordinating the meetings, working groups and sub-committees for the Sanctuary Advisory Council as well as supporting the Management Plan Review process. Kristen graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. She is currently in her final semester of her master's program at California State University Monterey Bay in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science Program.
Kristen interned for MBNMS over the summer assisting with the Management Plan Review. Previously she assisted the Education and Visitor Programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory in Santa Cruz for four years. She also assists two grants at CSUMB supporting the Marine Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and the Science Investigations project within the Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education Program. In both programs she encourages students to develop independence and confidence in a research-oriented atmosphere and to continue their education in coastal and marine sciences.
Nichole Rodriguez - ON LEAVE
Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator
As the Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator, Nichole Rodriguez is responsible for coordinating the meetings, working groups and sub-committees for the Sanctuary Advisory Council as well as supporting the Management Plan Review process. Nichole graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science.
For the past two years she has worked for California Department of Fish and Wildlife supporting the Coastal Pelagic Species and Highly Migratory Species Project. She volunteered with the Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program at Monterey Bay Aquarium for five years assisting with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of southern sea otters. Nichole also interned with various organizations focused primarily on marine mammal research.
Sanctuary Exploration Center
Andrew C. B. White
Network Manager & Webmaster
Andrew is responasble for management of intenral networks, servers, workstations, mobile devices and telephone system. This includes security, training and administration for the Monterey, San Simeon and Santa Cruz offices. He's also responable for content, design and management of the MBNMS social media sites (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Additionally, he helps maintain property inventories, vehicle maintenance, and sits on ONMS, NOS and NOAA committes relating to IT and web development. My back ground as an Apple Specialist has made the transition from technical support and training smooth. IT may be my profession, but my past life included professional cooking, firefighting, and 13 years in prehospital care.