- Shannon Eldredge, President
Renee Flesch, Vice President
Jamey Lionette, Treasurer
Amanda Beal, Clerk
Amanda has decades of experience serving on boards, including terms as President of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and President of Cultivating Community. A graduate of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Agriculture, Food and Environment program, she participated in the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, working on a project that explores the synergies between farmers and fishermen. Issues of industry consolidation and corporate control, the interconnected nature of watersheds and agricultural activities, and their environmental implications on wild fisheries are important to her. She has co-authored articles focused on resource and food security and relevance to farmers and fishermen. She's currently the CEO and President of the Maine Farmland Trust.
Paul is the Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm. He's worked for decades alongside many talented people in organized labor, indigenous rights, and the environmental movement. His experience with organizations big and small at both a staff and management level will bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to NAMA.
A long time advocate for community and ecosystem based fisheries management, clean manufacturing and production processes, and environmental justice Niaz became NAMA's new coordinating director in March 2008. To read more about Niaz and her work, please visit Our Staff page.
Shannon has been a shellfish harvester on Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA and weir fisherman in Nantucket Sound. She and her family have been involved in environmentally sustainable fishing practices since 1953, and have facilitated educational and scientific programs with a variety of institutions including SMAST and the New England Aquarium. She serves on the Board of Directors of Women of Fishing Families; is the co-proprietor of the Cape Cod Community Supported Fishery; and worked in communications relations for the Red Tide Disaster Relief Team – all organizations in Chatham, MA. She is the full‐time fisherman, and studied Early American History with concentration on Women in Maritime Communities at the College of William and Mary’s graduate program.
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Ryan Horwath grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Buffalo with his wife and new daughter. When not living in upstate NY, he jigs for cod and rockfish out of Kodiak, Alaska. He and his father moved to Kodiak in 2003 to take the reins of his uncle’s fishing business. Ryan is a member of the Alaska Jig Association, Alaska Marine Conservation Council board member, and an advocate for sustainable fisheries. About joining NAMA’s board, Ryan says “It seems to be a natural fit. More of my time will be spent closer to the east coast and it’s clear we are all facing the same issues as public resources are under attack by the corporate consolidation and privatization process. Uniting and staying involved on any level is important.”
Jason is a commercial fishermen from Rhode Island, and has been fishing pretty much his entire life. He brings to us his unique perspective on the fishing industry from 30+ years experience on the water fishing on all kinds of boats - gillnetting, hooking, trawling, clamming... you name it... both in charter and commercial fisheries. And, he's the lead singer of Hope Road, a Bob Marley tribute band.
Jamey is an organizer and advocate for local foods and whole animal utilzation and responsible butchering. He has been a primary organizer of the Boston Local Food Festival for the past two years. He is the administrator for City Growers, which is an organization that converts urban wasteland into farmland that serves local markets. He is a public speaker at numerous events on local and sustainable foods and has published articles and book chapters on the subject. His work includes connections with seafood buyers and opportunities to incorporate seafood into local food discussions. He also serves on the board of 5 Rights Inc., a Human Rights group. He is currently the Sustainable Seafood Coordinator at Red's Best.