Staff Directory


MPS_9109Ward Slacum
Executive Director

Ward is responsible for activities within ORP’s core programs in Oyster Restoration, Shell Reclamation, Oyster Aquaculture and Fisheries. Ward has a broad background in marine and estuarine science and has been supporting Bay restoration for the past 20 years through research and cooperative programs with Bay watermen. Prior to joining ORP he was the manager of Versar’s Coastal and Marine Assessment Program. He earned a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland MEES Program and a bachelor degree in Environmental Science from the UMD Eastern Shore campus. He was born on the Eastern Shore and lives in Stevensville. In his free time, Ward enjoys being outdoors gardening, boating, fishing, and making furniture in the woodshop.

David KingDavid King
Director of Field Operations
As the Director of Field Operations, Dave oversees staff and operations at ORP’s shell recycling headquarters in Cambridge, MD.  A Kent Island native, Dave grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. His love of the water led him to the Navy, where he became an awarded sailor. After the Navy he served on the State of Maryland buoy tender and ice breaker. It was during that time he discovered diving, eventually graduating from the Diver’s Academy of the Eastern Seaboard. He then went on to work in the Gulf of Mexico before serving in the Army Active Reserve (honorably discharged) as a watercraft operator. Since 2007 he has managed a successful diving business based out of Annapolis. Dave feels very fortunate to be involved in ORP’s mission to improve the health of his beloved Chesapeake Bay. His free time is spent boating, camping and traveling with his wife Brooke, and daughters Taylor, Piper and Sophie. He considers his family to be dining aficionados — enjoying cuisines with Chesapeake seafood being at the top of the list.

Paul SPaul Schurick
Director of Partnerships
Paul works with businesses, organizations and individuals to build partnerships to increase the environmental, economic and cultural importance of oysters. He has more than 30 years experience in policy, communications, and partnerships. He has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from the West Virginia University. He served as chief of staff for Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer and director of communications for Gov. Robert Ehrlich. In his free time, Paul enjoys kayaking and cooking. He lives in Annapolis.


Ward SlacumExecutive
Beth FranksSenior
Olivia CarettiCoastal Restoration Program
Eric AmrheinCoastal Resource Scientist
Jennifer WaltersCoastal Resource
Jennica MoffatMonitoring
Patrick TempleCoastal Science
Tommy PriceShell Recycling Alliance Operations
Matt MillerShell Collection and Transport
Jeremiah JurickShell Collection and Transport


Paul SchurickDirector of
Allison Albert GuercioMarketing
Kaylee FleuryEvents & Marketing


Lady Jane 'LJ' MachoianFinance & Program Support
Charlene HarrisonAccounts Receivable
Kevin MillerPayroll & Finance

Field Operations

Dave KingDirector of Field
Paul Rineholt