NOWS Program

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Team

Core SME Team that lead the content development of On-Water, Skills-based American National Standards and instructional resources 

Charlie Arms SME Photo.jpg

POWER Rubrics Specialist

Charlie Arms


NOWS Oversight Committee - Industry

Peter Chisholm

Gordon Colby SME Photo.jpg

HUMAN Industry Specialist

Gordon Colby

Pam Dillon SME Photo.jpg
  • NOWS Project Awareness Committee - State Government

NOWS Advisory Committee - ANSI

Pam Dillon

Peter Durant SME  Photo.jpg

SAIL Domain Rubrics Specialist

Peter Durant

Jim Emmons Head Shot2.jpg

Project Awareness Committee - Media

Jim Emmons

Rick Franke.JPG
  • Captain (USCG Inland Master)

  • Proptalk Magazine / WNAV., Marine Reporter

  • Email:

SAIL Domain Team Leader

Rick Franke

NOWS Logo. SQUAREjpg.jpg

SAIL Domain Team Leader

Harry Horgan

Emily King SME Photo.jpg
  • POWER Instructional Approach Standard Specialist 

  • Past Training Director, NSBC

  • Email:

POWER Rubrics Specialist

Emily King

Jim Muldoon SME Photo.jpg

NOWS Oversight Committee - Past Chair, NBSAC

James Muldoon

Barry Nobles SME Photo.jpg

Grant Technical Manager, U.S. Coast Guard

Barry Nobles

Jeremy Oyen SME Photo.jpg

HUMAN Domain Team Leader

Jeremy Oyen

Bob Palmer SME Photo.jpg

POWER Domain Team Leader

Bob Palmer

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 3.35.11 PM.png

HUMAN Rubrics & IAS Specialist

Robin Pope

Bruce Rowe SME Photo.jpg

POWER Industry Specialist

Bruce Rowe

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 3.38.38 PM.png

SAIL Industry Specialist

Linda Stearns

NOWS Logo. SQUAREjpg.jpg


John Adey

NOWS Organization Specialist

Dick Allsopp SME Photo.jpg

Dick Allsopp

POWER Rubrics Specialist

William Black SME Photo.jpg

Willie Black

HUMAN Domain Rubrics Specialist & Specialty Advisor

Jeff Decker Sme Photo.jpg

Jeff Decker

NOWS Project Awareness Committee - USCG

Vernie Gifford SME Photo.jpg

Verne Gifford


Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 3.49.26 PM.png
  • Outdoor Program Manager, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

  • Email:

  • Website

Joshua P. Hall

HUMAN Domain Team Leader

Rich Jepsen SME Photo.jpg

Richard Jepsen

NOWS Advisory Committee - Organization / IAS SAIL Specialist

Sailing off Newfoundland.jpg

Timothea Larr

NOWS Oversight Committee - Organization

NOWS Logo. SQUAREjpg.jpg

Thomas Lindblade

HUMAN Rubrics Specialist

Lynn Lynch SME Photo.jpg

Lynn Lynch

SAIL Domain Rubrics Specialist

  • Chief Program Operations (ret.), US Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety

  • Email:

John Malatak

NOWS Advisory Committee Standards Master

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 3.59.14 PM.png
  • President, Everest Consulting Associates

  • member of United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

  • Email:

L. Daniel Maxim

NOWS Statistics Specialist

Karen Prioleau SME Photo.jpg

Karen Prioleau

POWER Domain Team Leader

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 4.02.04 PM.png

Jeff Riecks

SAIL Domain Team Leader/Rubrics Specialist

Chris Stec SME Photo.JPG
  • Director of Auxiliary Programs at Fredericksburg Academy

  • Past ACA, Chief Operating Officer

  • email:

Christopher Stec

HUMAN Domain Team Leader

NOWS Program Management

Joanne M. Dorval, CMP

National On-Water Standards Program Administrator

K. Brian Dorval 

National On-Water Standards Facilitator

Davis Connors


US Sailing

Grant Funding