Gulf Restoration Network

United for a Healthy Gulf

 

Mailing Address

Louisiana (Main Office)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2245
New Orleans, LA 70176

Physical Address:
541 Julia St., Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 525-1528
Fax: (504) 525-0833


Florida (Satellite Office)

Cathy Harrelson
Florida Organizer
231 44th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 415-8805

Mississippi (Satellite Office)

Andrew Whitehurst
Science and Water Policy Assistant Director
3141 West Tidewater Lane
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 954-7236

Staff Listing

Cyn M Sarthou staff listing sizeCyn Sarthou, Executive Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 202
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Cyn is responsible for the day to day operations and staff management at the GRN. She is primarily responsible for foundation fundraising, and also works to elevate regional issues to a national level, and monitors federal agency action affecting coastal and marine endangered species in Gulf states. Cyn received her B.A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, her law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, and her Masters of Law in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1992.

 

PROGRAM STAFF

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Steve Murchie, Campaign Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 207
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Steve has extensive experience in building and implementing effective campaigns, including working with groups across the Gulf to pass the RESTORE Act that will bring 80% of the fines and penalties arising out of the BP drilling disaster to the Gulf, and serving on the Southeast Climate and Energy Network steering committee. Steve comes to GRN most recently from National Wildlife Federation, and has also worked with the National Environmental Trust, Florida Consumer Action Network and Texas Campaign for the Environment.  He has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

 


Matt RotaMatt Rota, Senior Policy Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 206
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Matt is the Senior Policy Director for the Gulf Restoration Network. Through his work with GRN, he advocates for healthy waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico region.  He also works with Mississippi River Basin organizations to promote policies that will reduce the Dead Zone-causing pollution flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Matt currently focuses on water pollution issues in Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico, working to ensure adequate policies regarding the BP oil drilling disaster, wetlands, water quality, and nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are adopted and implemented in order to protect and restore waters of the Gulf of Mexico region. He is co-Chair of the Nutrients Workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative and has given numerous presentations on water pollution issues including the Dead Zone, sewage pollution, wetlands, the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, at professional and technical conferences throughout the country. He earned his B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology from Tulane University and his Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.

 


Raleigh Hoke staff listing sizeRaleigh Hoke, Communications Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 204
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Raleigh works to bring the story of the Gulf and Gulf Restoration Network's efforts to the public. Working closely with GRN staff, Raleigh drives the organization's communications strategy through media outreach, GRN publications, public presentations, web presence, correspondence with e-activists, and grassroots outreach. Before focusing on communications, Raleigh worked as GRN’s Mississippi Organizer and helped run several of GRN’s annual summer outreach offices. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.

 


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Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 205
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Andrew works to develop and implement healthy waters campaigns in Mississippi, advancing GRN public policy positions through administrative comment writing, public education, and mobilization. Andrew has a B.A. in English from L.S.U. in 1982; a Master's Degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1990; and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at L.S.U. in 1997. His experience includes work in coastal fisheries research, law, and conservation outreach.

 



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Scott Eustis, Coastal Wetland Specialist

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 212
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Scott Eustis is our Coastal Wetland Specialist. With an extensive background in wetland and fisheries research, Scott supports GRN's Science and Water Policy team by analyzing wetland restoration projects, providing scientific arguments against bad developments and wetland destruction, and by representing GRN in many public forums.

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 203
 


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Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 203
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Jayeesha coordinates a diverse and collaborative effort, the Gulf Future Coalition, bringing together Gulf Coast communities for environmental and community restoration in the aftermath of the BP oil drilling disaster. Before coming to the GRN, Jayeesha worked for over 15 years in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She is an expert participatory and creative facilitator with a strong knack for program development, cultural organizing and campaign strategy. She possesses a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Jayeesha conducted graduate studies in Social Justice and Equity in Education at San Francisco State University and is completing a Masters of Science in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.

 



Jordan E Macha for websiteJordan Macha, Gulf Policy Analyst

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 209
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Jordan is responsible for identifying GRN’s restoration priorities for the Gulf region and advancing those priorities in federal, state, and local decision-making venues. Jordan also works with other NGO’s and stakeholders to evaluate and advocate for RESTORE Act funds to be spent on sound ecological restoration projects. Before joining GRN, Jordan worked with the Sierra Club as the Gulf States Representative advancing clean energy policy initiatives in Louisiana, as well as restoration priorities in the wake of the BP drilling disaster.  She received her undergraduate degree in Russian and Political Science with an emphasis on international human rights from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

 

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Cathy Harrelson, Florida Organizer

Phone: 727-415-8805
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Cathy brings the healthy Gulf message to coastal and water issues in Florida, working with media, stakeholders, coalition partners and contacts within government to mitigate damaging coastal development, prevent drilling in Florida waters, and develop restorative water quality standards.  Cathy received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Potsdam, with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and physics.

 

Jonathan HendersonJonathan Henderson, Coastal Resiliency Organizer

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 211
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Jonathan is the Coastal Resiliency Organizer for GRN. Currently, Jonathan is managing GRN's BP drilling disaster field monitoring operations in the Gulf of Mexico and is the GRN liaison with the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. Jonathan is the current writer of GRN's bi-weekly on-line newsletter, GulfWaves and is advocating for better stormwater management with the Flood-Less New Orleans campaign. Jonathan received a bachelor’s degree in Theater from LSU, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana, and a law degree from Southern University Law Center. Jonathan has worked in government relations for many years including as a legislative assistant at the Louisiana State Legislature and as Director of Governmental Relations for the Brylski Company, a full-scale public relations firm.

 

Helen Rose Patterson staff listing sizeHelen Rose Patterson, Mississippi Organizer

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Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 200 

Helen Rose works to engage stakeholders and build coalitions in Mississippi to protect the Gulf, the Mississippi Sound and its barrier islands, as well as the coastal plain. She is a Mississippi native and has worked with GRN intermittently since 2008. She has a B.A. in Cultural Ecology from Bennington College in Vermont and served in the Peace Corps in Morocco as an environmental education volunteer.

 

Harry Lowenburg smaller for staff listing on siteHarry Lowenburg, Fisheries Restoration Organizer

Phone: 504-525-1528 x208
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Harry works to engage and activate the Louisiana environmental, business, and fishing communities to support the Gulf Surface Longline Closure Campaign to transition surface longline fishermen to more selective gear and prohibiting surface longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Harry began his career as a community organizer in 1977 working for Seattle Light Brigade. He subsequently served as a chapter organizer for Oregon Fair Share; Executive Director of the Council Bluffs Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and a founding organizer of a congregation-based organization in Louisiana which later became All Congregations Together.

 



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Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 220
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Grace leads our work with the Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition. She works with people across the Gulf to challenge the coal industry's devastating impacts to coastal communities and to forward coastal restoration. Grace, who last worked with GRN in 2010 as our Public Outreach Campaign Director, rejoins the GRN team having completed Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing and worked most recently as a national campaign organizer for Corporate Accountability International. She received her B.A. from Yale.

 

Anna Dvorak smallerAnna Dvorak, Outreach Team Manager 

Phone: 504-525-1528, ext. 222
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As our Outreach Team Manager, Anna is focused primarily on grassroots fundraising and developing GRN’s membership and volunteer base, while offering information and opportunities for public engagement. She also works closely with GRN’s Gulf Future Coordinator to engage our coalition partners in holding BP accountable and pushing for effective Gulf restoration. Prior to joining GRN’s permanent staff, she worked as Field Manager on the 2013 Summer Outreach Team. She holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and strongly believes in grassroots organizing as a means to promote change.

(202) 635-0411
 


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Casey McGowan, Outreach Team Organizer

Phone: 504-525-1528, ext. 213
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In her role as Outreach Team Organizer, Casey McGowan works to bring citizens together to restore and protect the Gulf of Mexico through grassroots fundraising and by bringing opportunities to engage in GRN’s work to our members and other concerned Gulf residents. She also coordinates our internship program and volunteer outreach for GRN, including our monthly volunteer nights. Casey is no stranger to volunteer work, having volunteered over 1,700 hours with AmeriCorps NCCC. She is passionate about the environment and takes joy in helping to protect the Gulf that is her home.

 

DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

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Natasha Noordhoff, Development Director

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 210
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Natasha is responsible for the GRN major donor campaign and fundraising.  She received her B.A. in Sociology, Women’s Studies, and French from Tulane University.  After working with the GRN as a field manager for the 2009 summer outreach campaign, Natasha continued her work on GRN's membership development and fundraising for two years before becoming Development Director.

 

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Irene Dowling, Office Manager

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext. 201
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Irene is in charge of the GRN’s bookkeeping and day to day operations. Irene received her B.A. in History and A.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked as a full charge bookkeeper for a CPA, in accounts payable for Hotel Management of New Orleans, and as an IT manger for the law firm of Jones, Walker.

 


Michael L Hurst staff listing sizeMichael Hurst, Administrative Assistant and Graphic Designer

Phone: 504-525-1528 ext 215
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As the Administrative Assistant, Michael is responsible for assisting the office manager with bookkeeping, filing of documents, and other office tasks. As the Graphic Designer, he is in charge of designing print materials for upcoming events, creating slides for the website and social pages, and designing the layout for the quarterly newsletter. He received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and started off as GRN's Design Intern in 2012 before being hired on at the beginning of 2013.

 


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Phone: 504-525-1528, ext. 214
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Sarah works to assist the Development Director with membership and event fundraising. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a degree in American history and French. Prior to coming to the GRN she worked with Minnesota Public Radio in Saint Paul.