Since 2002, Jeff has served as the superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. The 4,300 square-mile sanctuary protects the Great Lakes and their rich history, so this and future generations can enjoy these underwater treasures. As sanctuary superintendent, Jeff oversees the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the sanctuary’s research and visitor center. The GLMHC received nearly 100,000 visitors in 2016.
Jeff has played an active role in parks and recreation in Michigan. In addition to severing on several local and regional boards, Jeff served as a member of Michigan’sBlue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and currently serves onthe Michigan State Park Advisory Committee.
Before joining NOAA, Jeff served as the State Underwater Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Jeff holds an M.A. in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology from East Carolina University and a B.A. in Archaeology from Beloit College.