Ms. Kristin L. Vehrs - CEO
Dr. John T. Everett - Founder & President
Mr. Peter A. Milone - Director of Operations
Ms. Kelly Murray - Director of Business Development
Ms. Mary Means Odum - Director of Science Programs
Ms. Nona S. Henderson, PhD - Director of Finance
Ms. Juleen Savarese - Director of HR, General Counsel
Ms. Susan Linhares - Director of IT Services & Marketing
Project Managers

Dr. Tracy Collier   
Dr. Dan Grosse
Mr. Bruce Morehead
Mr. Matt Morris
Mr. Robert Henry
Ms. Paula Keener
Ms. Judy Lemus
Ms. Morgane Lauf
Ms. Patricia Lawson
Dr. Michael Uhart

Kristin L. Vehrs - CEO of OAI

Kris is the majority owner and CEO of OAI Consulting (Ocean Associates, Inc.), responsible for all aspects of its management. Prior to becoming CEO, she was the Executive Director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which accredits and represents 238 zoological institutions in the US and 12 countries. For over 40 years, Kris played a key role in the growth and modernization of the zoological profession and AZA, including accreditation, professional development, animal management program, and ethics and bylaws. She helped shape the complex laws and regulations that impact zoos and aquariums in the USA. Kris represented AZA before the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, Congress, Federal agencies, and state and local governments. Kris served as AZA Director of Government Affairs from 1979 until 2000, as Deputy Director from 2000 until 2005 and then as Executive Director from 2005 to January 2020.

Kris was a trusted advisor to zoo and aquarium professionals around the globe. She was a long-serving Board member of Species 360 (Global Information Serving Conservation), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In addition she has provided counsel and presented to the Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Mexican Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the South Asia Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation, among others. Kris has received the Zoological Society of London’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Zoo Community; AZA’s highest recognition, the Marlin R. Perkins Award for Professional Excellence; and WAZA’s Heini Hediger Award - its highest professional recognition. Before joining AZA as a full-time employee, Kris owned and managed KLV Associates, representing and consulting for the National Shrimp Congress, Texas Shrimp Association, and the Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

Kris has her bachelor degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her law degree from George Mason University.

Kristin L. Vehrs

Kristin L. Vehrs - CEO

Dr. John T. Everett - Founder and President of OAI

Dr. Everett founded OAI in 2003 after his 31 year career at NOAA. OAI has grown from a few employees in 2003 to over 200 employees and subcontractors in 2018. He founded OAI with a strategic goal to provide outstanding scientific, administrative and technical services that are both cost and time effective. He assembled a team of highly qualified Project Managers with a deep understanding of agency mission and program requirements in order to provide the best customer experience. He is passionate about attracting, developing and inspiring diverse talent. In addition to his responsibility for maintaining OAI’s reputation as a trusted partner, Dr. Everett is committed to growing and adapting with the changing needs of our clients and the shifting environment for Federal contractors by tailoring efficient and effective strategies for clients. Earlier in his career he was a commercial fisherman, Chapter Chair for several subjects for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established and managed the UN Atlas of the Oceans, and was an Apollo Program launch vehicle and space craft systems engineer. Dr. Everett holds a Doctorate and Masters from Florida State University focused on quantitative systems analysis, business administration and natural resources research and management. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. For more info - BIO and full resume with publications.

Dr John T Everett
Dr. John T. Everett - President
Peter Milone - Director of Operations

Mr. Milone has over 30 years of experience in fisheries programs and international business management and development. As Director of Operations for OAI he is responsible for the management and oversight of all contractual relationships, quality assurance, customer support, employee safety and ensuring business systems critical to the functioning of OAI are in place. He held several positions with NOAA Fisheries at both the national and regional levels in the areas of fishery development, fishery management, policy research and formulation, and program management. Mr. Milone managed Federal and international fishery development and resource management programs. In addition to his NOAA career Mr. Milone has extensive executive business experience having started up, owned, grown and sold two successful companies in the sports industry. He led the international marketing efforts to find and develop successful business partners for his companies in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has excellent analytical, organizational, management and communication skills and is very adept at managing cross functional and cross cultural teams to build strategic partnerships. He holds a M.S. in international law and economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Bachelors in history and biology from the University of Vermont.

Dr Peter Milone
Peter Milone
Kelly Murray - Director of Business Development

Kelly Murray brings over 20 years of experience in Development, Marketing, Management and Strategy Consulting to her position as OAI’s Director of Business Development. She is responsible for developing growth strategies, management of the company’s proposal process, GSA schedules and Partnerships including Teaming and Subcontractor relationships. Kelly is results oriented, responsive and passionate about providing solutions for OAI customers. Kelly’s previous position was as Director of Interactive Marketing at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where she oversaw Strategy and Communication, Membership Development, Customer Service and Web Marketing. During her tenure she managed a staff of over 40 employees and consultants, oversaw an annual budget of $65 million, doubled membership to over 1 million and increased revenues by over 100%. She developed the online business plan and oversaw the relaunch of www.nature.org to make it one of the most effective fundraising websites in the country, a tool for recruiting and the most important source of information for all interested constituents. Through her experience with 70 global decentralized TNC operating units she has a proven track record for gaining stakeholder support, being a results oriented change agent and leading large multi-disciplinary teams. Kelly received a B.A. in Organizational Communication and Management from Creighton University (1991) and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from George Mason University (1994).

Kelly Murray
Kelly Murray
Mary Means Odum - Director of Science Programs

Mary Means Odum serves as OAI’s Director of Science Programs, bringing a strong background in field and laboratory research science and environmental policy to the managerial team at OAI headquarters. She is responsible for developing and managing environmental, ecological, and social science projects. This includes directing research staff for projects and papers in preparation for submission to peer reviewed journals. In addition, she brings her scientific expertise to OAI strategic planning, procurement work and other business development needs to achieve interdisciplinary solutions. She is passionate about integrating best scientific practices into the business sector to ensure a sustainable future for OAI and our clients. Mary received her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University and B.S. in Geography/Ecology from the University of Georgia.

Mary Means Odum
Mary Means Odum
Nona S. Henderson, PhD - Director of Finance

Nona S. Henderson is a Finance & Operations Management Executive with a strong track record of success in leading finance, operations, and accounting functions for top-tier organizations. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial management, budgeting, and analysis. Nona is skilled in team building, leadership, and process improvement, with expertise in areas such as accounts payable/receivable, general ledger accounting, risk assessment, and staff training and development. In her career, Nona has achieved several notable accomplishments, including directing multiple departments, generating additional revenue through successful grant writing, managing budget expansions, and contributing to the growth of a CPA firm. She has a proven ability to build and lead high-performing teams, streamline organizational activities, and achieve financial goals. Nona holds a PhD in Human Services for Non-Profits from Capella University, where her research focused on community strengthening and promoting healthier lifestyles. She also has a Master's degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University, as well as an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts. Nona’s responsibilities include accounts receivable, accounts payable, monthly reconciliations, year-end tax reporting, maintaining GAAP financial statements, and the overall financial reporting of the company. Nona also administers the OAI 401k retirement plan.

Nona S. Henderson, PhD
Nona S. Henderson, PhD
Juleen Savarese - Director of Human Resources and General Counsel

Juleen Savarese brings over 25 years of experience to her position as OAI’s Director of Human Resources and General Counsel since 2010. Ms. Savarese is responsible for strategic staffing plans and talent acquisition including equal opportunity employment programs, compensation, benefits, company policies and business insurances. She manages human resource operations by recruiting, selecting, hiring, orienting, training, coaching and retaining staff. She works directly with customers if a personnel concern arises and uses a coaching and communication process to improve quality and productivity. Ms. Savarese provides OAI management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, negotiates contracts and provides continuing counsel on legal matters including contract compliance and compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements. Ms. Savarese has worked in a variety of settings, organizations and industries, public and private, both as an attorney and as a Human Resource Director. She conducted regulatory review and antitrust analysis for the Federal Trade Commission; practiced antitrust and complex civil litigation for a national law firm and served as the Director and Human Resource Manager of a large non-profit organization, where she established personnel policy, developed staff recruiting and retention strategies and analyzed and significantly increased staff performance. Ms. Savarese was selected for a prestigious internship in the Appellate Section of the D.C. Corporation Council representing the District of Columbia in appellate litigation. Ms. Savarese received both her JD and her Bachelors in Economics and Art History from the University of Virginia.

Juleen Savarese
Dr. Tracy Collier - Project Manager: West Coast

Dr. Collier has over 35 years of experience at NOAA Fisheries, 8 years of experience with California’s Delta Independent Science Board, 3 years of experience as the Science Director for Washington State’s Puget Sound Partnership, and 5 years serving as the Science Advisor to NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative. Together with his extensive experience serving as a consultant on oil spills, for First Nations in Canada, and for natural resource damage assessment cases nationally, Dr. Collier has a broad science background to apply to his PM role at OAI. Tracy serves as a lead PM for NOAA Fisheries offices and laboratories on the West Coast, and is cross trained to provide back up to fellow PMs. Tracy’s areas of expertise include environmental toxicology (especially for fish, sea turtles, and marine mammals), the application of science to protect and restore complex ecosystems, and how human health is affected by environmental conditions. He has worked in virtually all coastal areas of the United States, and has a broad portfolio of international consulting experience as well. Dr. Collier has over 170 scientific publications, and received his PhD from the University of Washington’s College of Fisheries.

Dr Tracy Collier
Dr. Tracy Collier
Dr. Daniel J. Grosse - Project Manager: NOAA HQ International Affairs

Dan, with a marine biology and environmental policy background, brings over 30 years of experience in government (including NOAA and the U.S. Navy), foundation, university, consulting and agriculture sectors to his PM role at OAI. Dan serves as lead PM for NOAA HQ Office International Affairs program and is cross trained to provide back up to fellow PMs. Dan is co-founder and president of TerrAqua Environmental Science and Policy, LLC, a Chincoteague VA-based environmental consulting firm that focuses on aquaculture and agriculture development. Dan is an expert in Blue Economy and ocean resource stewardship. He is helping to commercialize a marine recirculating aquaculture technology developed by the University of Maryland and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate Program in Environmental Management. Staying active in the oceans and environmental research community, Dan can help recruit top subject-matter experts. Dan has a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington.

Dr Daniel J Gross
Dr. Daniel J. Grosse
Susan Linhares - Director of IT Services & Marketing

Susan has been with OAI since 2006. She is native to, and resides in, the southcoast area of Massachusetts where she is an OAI PM for our NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Field Office (GARFO) Office of Law Enforcement work in Gloucester, MA. Susan also spearheads OAI’s recruitment and marketing including website, social media, email list and recruitment efforts. In addition, Susan and her team thoroughly review hundreds of incoming resumes, working collaboratively with other PM’s to maintain an outstanding talent pool for our customers. Susan is passionate about using social media and other web-based tools to share exciting OAI and employee news and successes with all our constituents. She has extensive experience in social media and photography, and has won numerous awards in both such as 'Who to Follow on Twitter' and 'Top 100 Scientific Twitter Feeds' along with a number of photography awards starting when she was just 11 years old. Her photos and videos have been featured on many national and local news outlets. Susan is also an accomplished public speaker, having appeared on national and local news and television programs along with leading conferences and discussion groups. Susan has a degree in Business Marketing and Travel/Tourism from Kinyon Campbell Business School in New Bedford, MA. She is also a certifed scuba diver and a NWS SKYWarn Storm Spotter.

Susan Linhares
Susan Linhares
Bruce Morehead - Project Manager: NOAA HQ Office of Protected Resources

Bruce has been with OAI since 2005 and brings 40 years of experience in environmental services to his role as PM for NOAA HQ Office of Protected Resources (OPR). Bruce has spearheaded this OPR work since 2012, utilizing his extensive background in fisheries. .Bruce spent his career at NOAA Fisheries with a wide variety of positions, including in the areas of fishery development, seafood safety, industry economics, utilization research, fishery disaster relief, aquaculture and fishery management where he served as Deputy and Acting Director for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries. He has broad experience in policy formulation and program development and management and has been recognized for his achievements with a Department of Commerce Gold Medal, NOAA Administrator's Award, the NOAA Distinguished Career Award, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration's Special Citation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College.

Bruce Morehead
Bruce Morehead
Matt Morris - Project Manager: West Coast

Matt Morris is one of OAI’s West Coast Project Managers (PM). He is the primary PM for NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Fish Ecology Division of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and various task orders at the West Coast Regional offices. Matt spent over a decade in fisheries research leading survival and timing studies of Pacific Salmonids in the Columbia River as a contractor to NOAA. Prior to that, he was involved in Dungeness crab research in Alaska and Oregon. Matt brings a unique perspective to the PM role, having recently been under contract as an OAI employee. His experience in project and personnel management, understanding of regional scientific issues, and relatability as a recent contract employee allow him to excel in his role as a PM. He strives to provide exceptional support to OAI’s customers and employees and make OAI a place that everyone wants to work. Matt has an MBA from Pacific University and a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University.

Matt Morris
Matt Morris