MTS Staff

Chris Ostrander
Executive Director 
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202-827-7170

 

Chris is an oceanographer and business development executive with 15+ years of experience building and leading complex organizations, advancing mission-driven partnerships, and guiding durable growth for a range of academic, government, and private organizations.  

Prior to joining the Marine Technology Society, Chris served in a range of leadership roles at the University of Utah spanning technology licensing and commercialization, industry partnerships, foundation & corporate philanthropy, and research administration. Before Utah, Chris served as the assistant dean and director of strategic initiatives for the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While in Hawaii, he was the co-founder and director of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS). He has launched three companies and helped entrepreneurs and institutions raise more than $450 million in research and philanthropic capital.

Chris received his undergraduate and graduate education from the United States Military Academy at West Point (geography), the Johns Hopkins University (political theory), and the University of Hawaii (physical oceanography).


Kristina NormanKristina Norman
Deputy Executive Director & Director of Events
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202-827-7171

A graduate of George Mason University, Kristina has spent her career in both the non-profit and government sectors. As a member of the MTS Executive Team, the Director of Events is an integral part of the expansion and growth of all MTS events, programs, and activities, and implementation of the MTS Strategic Plan. Kristina plans and manages all MTS events and conferences, builds and develops conference infrastructure, coordinates the expansion of MTS educational events and offerings, and strengthens the MTS brand by developing programs that will create and enhance membership value. With over 12 years of professional experience, Kristina brings expansive knowledge and skills to MTS.


Claire IdellClaire Idell
Director of Member Engagement
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202-827-7176


With a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Claire brings a well-rounded perspective to her role as MTS’s Director of Member Engagement. Claire is the primary representative of MTS’s membership program, using a collaborative and data-informed approach to help craft the member experience. Prior to joining MTS, Claire held positions with a national foundation and a trade association, with a common thread of engaging communities and building relationships. Claire is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives. A believer in the collective power of professional societies, she is excited to bring this knowledge to advancing MTS’s important mission. Claire looks forward to getting to know the MTS membership and creating tailored strategies for improving member value.


Monica OstranderMonica Ostrander
Director of Programs
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202-827-7174

As a member of the MTS Executive Team, the Director of Programs is an integral part of the expansion and growth of all MTS events, programs, and activities, and implementation of the MTS Strategic Plan. Monica coordinates and supervises all MTS programs and activities, including MTS Sections and Committees, the MTS Scholarship Program, the MTS Mentoring Program, the MTS Awards Program, MTS Elections, and MTS Student Sections. With over 8 years of experience as a Programs Director, Monica brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to MTS in her role as Director of Programs.

Amy MorganteAmy Morgante
Managing Editor, MTS Journal
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Amy has served as the Managing Editor of the Marine Technology Society Journal for over 20 years. She supervises submission of manuscripts, supports the editorial committee, and works directly with Journal authors to prepare manuscripts for final publication.

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