Lobster Institute Board of Advisors

The Lobster Institute’s Board of Advisors is a volunteer group that provides advice and counsel to the Institute regarding its research and programming priorities; and supports the Institute in implementing its activities.  They come from a wide variety of lobster industry sectors and geographic regions, and help keep the Institute in touch and in tune with the needs of the lobster industry.

  • Marianne LaCroix (Chair) – Director, Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
  • Geoff Irvine (Vice Chair) – The Lobster Council of Canada
  • Remy Rochette (Secretary) – University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Biological Sciences
  • William Anderson – Lobsterman, Trescott, Maine
  • Curt Brown – Chief Biologist, Ready Seafood
  • Beth Casoni – President/Executive Director, Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
  • Sheila Dassatt – Executive Director, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association
  • Jim Dow – Treasurer, Maine Lobstermen’s Association
  • Melanie Giffin – Marine Biologist, PEI Fishermen’s Association
  • Heidi Henniger – NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Jason Joyce – Lobsterman, Swans Island, Maine
  • Luc LeBlanc – Maritime Fishermen’s Union Representative
  • Bart Mansi – Guilford Lobster Pound, Connecticut
  • Jack Merrill – Vice President, Maine Lobstermen’s Association
  • Virginia “Ginny” Olsen – Maine Lobstering Union, Local 207 
  • Tracy L. Pugh, Ph.D. – Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Kathleen Reardon – Lobster Scientist, Maine Department of Marine Resources
  • Dana Rice – Lobster Dealer, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association
  • Arthur “Sookey” Sawyer – Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
  • Melanie Sonnenberg – Eastern Fishermen’s Federation
  • Joshua Stoll – Faculty in Marine Sciences, University of Maine
  • Annie Tselikis – Executive Director, Maine Lobster Dealers Association

Lobster Institute Staff

Chris Cash


Christina “Chris” Cash is the Interim Director for UMaine’s Lobster Institute. Prior to her work with the Institute, Chris served as an Advancement Officer for Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Program and Development Director at the Frances Perkins Center and Director of Outreach at the Institute for Broadening Participation.

Chris is a former lobster boat owner/operator fishing out of Monhegan Island, where she also worked as a pilot boat and tuna boat first mate. Chris also maintains a USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license. 


B.A. English Literature, University of Maine, 1994