MARCO is pleased to announce the arrival of new Management Board member, Kimberly Cole of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Kim will be representing the State of Delaware on the five-state Board.

Kim’s arrival comes as a bittersweet transition for MARCO as we first said goodbye to one of our founding Management Board members and former Chair of MARCO, Sarah Cooksey. In September, Sarah announced her retirement from DNREC, where she led the Delaware Coastal Management Program for much of her 26 years on the job. However, Sarah’s passion for the environment won’t stop with her departure from DNREC. Although she retired from this venture she is signing onto a new one at The Nature Conservancy in Delaware as its new Director of Conservation. Join us in congratulating and sending well wishes to Sarah as she continues to inspire and protect the things that we love most.

MARCO would also like to also recognize and thank Robert Scarborough for serving as the interim Management Board member from Delaware until Kim was appointed.

Kim began her new role as Environmental Program Administrator at DNREC on Jan. 22.  Kim brings over 19 years of work experience on marine, estuarine and coastal management issues from scientific and policy perspectives. She spent the last nine years as the Manager for the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. Before that she spent eight years as an Environmental Scientist with the Delaware Coastal Management Program. Kim has a passion for coastal issues and looks forward to working collaboratively with the MARCO Management Board.

As the new Board Member representing the State of Delaware, Kim will play an important role in representing his state’s priorities in the 5-state regional partnership. We look forward to working with Kim in the months and years to come and ask you to join us in giving her an enthusiastic welcome to the team!