A technical and administrative staff based in Newburyport, MA supports the Council’s activities. Led by its Executive Director, the staff is responsible for all aspects of Council operations, including preparing fishery management plans and other documents that reflect the Council’s positions and policies, ensuring program continuity, and the maintenance of records and archives.


New England Fishery Management Council staff. Front row, left to right: Andrew Applegate, Lou Goodreau, Executive Director Tom Nies, Dr. Rachel Feeney, Janice Plante, Woneta Cloutier, Dr. Jamie Cournane, Dr. Naresh Pradhan, Jonathon Peros, and Sam Asci. Back row, left to right: Margaret Bernier, Robin Frede, Deputy Director Chris Kellogg, Dr. Fiona Hogan, Sherie Goutier, Joan O’Leary, Michelle Bachman, and Deirdre Boelke. (Missing: Jennifer Couture and Melissa Errend, who joined the staff, respectively, in April and May 2019.)

Thomas A. Nies

Executive Director
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 113 )

Christopher Kellogg

Deputy Director; Technical Staff Coordinator
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 112)

Joan O'Leary

Executive Assistant and Office Manager
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 101)

Woneta Cloutier

Administrative and Financial Assistant
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 100)

Sherie Goutier

Administrative Assistant & Web Coordinator
(978) 465-0492 (Ext. 102)

Andrew Applegate

Senior Fishery Analyst for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management and Small Mesh Multispecies (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 114)

Michelle Bachman

Fishery Analyst for Habitat (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 120)

Deirdre Boelke

Fishery Analyst for Atlantic Herring (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 105 )

Dr. Jamie Cournane

Fishery Analyst for Groundfish (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 103)

Melissa Errend

Fishery Analyst, Economist
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 107)

Dr. Rachel Feeney

Social Impact Analyst
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 110)

Robin Frede

Fishery Analyst, Groundfish
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 124)

Lou Goodreau

Management Information Specialist and Enforcement (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 115)

Jonathon Peros

Fishery Analyst for Atlantic Sea Scallops (lead)
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 117)

Dr. Naresh Pradhan

Fishery Analyst, Economist
(978) 465-0492 (ext. 106)