Coast Guard Announces Appointments to National Boating Safety Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard recently appointed 20 individuals to serve as members of the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC).

The NBSAC was established on December 4, 2018, by § 601 of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-282, 132 Stat. 4192 and amended by § 8331 of the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020, Pub. L. No. 116-283. That authority is codified in 46 U.S.C. § 15105.

The NBSAC members are selected from disciplines within the following fields of expertise: State Boating Safety Programs, Recreational Vessel and Associated Equipment Manufacturers; and National Recreational Boating Organizations and the General Public. These new members serve three-year terms on the Committee and provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to recreational boating safety to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Coast Guard Commandant and the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy.

Membership is divided evenly among three membership categories in NBSAC:

  1. Seven representatives of State officials responsible for State boating safety programs
  2. Seven representatives of recreational vessel and associated equipment manufacturers
  3. Seven representatives of national recreational boating organizations and from the general public, and of the seven, at least five shall be representatives of national recreational boating organizations

Each member holds office for a term up to three years. For more information about NBSAC, visit this webpage.

The new members are:

State Officials Responsible for State Boating Safety Programs
Lt. Mark A. Brown, State of Oklahoma
Capt. Timothy C. Dunleavy, State of New Hampshire
Mr. Christopher Fallon, State of New York
Mr. Thomas E. Guess, Commonwealth of Virginia
Asst. Commander Cody Jones, State of Texas
Conservation Officer Specialist Joseph Keeton, State of South Dakota
Capt. Gary Klein, State of Florida

Recreational Vessel And Associated Equipment Manufacturers
Mr. Peter A. Chisholm, Mercury Marine
Mr. Ralph E. Hoskins, Regal Boats
Mr. David C. Marlow, Brunswick Corporation
Ms. Christina M. Paul, Esq., K&L Gates, LLP
Dr. Wendy Sanders, Explico Engineering
Mr. David Slikkers, S2 Yachts

National Recreational Boating Organizations & General Public
Mr. John S. Adey IV, American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
Mr. Chris Edmonston, BOATUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water
Mr. John M. Johnson, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
Ms. Caroline A. Mantel, Boat History Report
Ms. Peg B. Phillips, National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)
Dr. Robin Pope, American Canoe Association (ACA)
Ms. Wanda Kenton Smith, Kenton Smith Marketing