Citizens Advisory

Citizens Advisory Committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is responsible for bringing issues of public concern related to the protection of the Inland Bays and their watershed to the Center’s Board of Directors. Each quarter, the CAC hosts public gatherings, featuring presentations from Center staff and guest speakers focused on a variety of topics—from nature-based solutions to local species to climate change and more. All are welcome to attend, in person or virtually, to learn and share their stories and concerns about the Inland Bays watershed.

Submit a Comment or Concern

Do you have concerns about the Inland Bays and/or their watershed? The Center wants to hear from you! Please click the icon below to submit your comments to the CAC. They will be reviewed by the committee at the next scheduled meeting.

2024 Meeting Schedule

February 15, 2024, 6-8 PM
April 25, 2024, 6-8 PM
August 22, 2024, 6-8 PM
October 24, 2024, 6-8 PM

Meeting Information

Agendas, Minutes & Presentations

Committee Information

Operating Rules


Current Members

Dr. Claire Simmers (Chair)

Dr. Dennis Bartow

Lee Bunting

Gail Dubowe

Stephen Gonski

Mary Kunst

Tianyin (Tia) Ouyang

Amanda Pappas

Frank Piorko


Cheryl Rehrig

Dr. Ken Sigvardson

Ken Silverstein

Richard Watson


Join the Committee

To apply to become a member of the CAC, please contact the current CAC Chair, Claire Simmers at and complete the following:

  1. Attend one CAC meeting
  2. Submit an application to the CAC chair
  3. Submit a CV, resume or bio to the CAC chair
  4. Interview with the CAC chair