Principals & Member Agencies

Roles and Responsibilities

Principal members are the senior leadership of participating State and Federal Agencies. Principals are responsible for identifying priorities, developing strategies, making decisions, and providing overall leadership and direction on efforts undertaken by the partnership. In addition, the Principals act as the primary champions for SERPPAS-led efforts within their respective agencies.

SERPPAS is co-chaired by a Principal representing the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense and a Principal representing one of the state partners. The State Principal will serve on a rotating basis between the member states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi), as agreed upon by the Principals.

SERPPAS Principals and Steering Committee



Richard  Kidd photo
Richard Kidd
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience


Ken  Arney photo
Ken Arney
Regional Forester, Southern Region, USFS

Daniel Blackman photo
Daniel Blackman
Regional Administrator, Region 4

Richard  Dolan photo
Richard Dolan
Director and State Forester

Thomas Eason photo
Thomas Eason
Acting Executive Director

Tim Lowrimore photo
Tim Lowrimore
Director and State Forester

Mike Oetker photo
Mike Oetker
Acting Regional Director, Southeast Region

Dr. Raymond D.  O’Toole, Jr photo
Dr. Raymond D. O’Toole, Jr
Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation

Heidi  Stiller photo
Heidi Stiller
South Regional Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service

Chuck Sykes photo
Chuck Sykes
Director, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

James Tillman photo
James Tillman
Sr. Regional Conservationist, Southeast

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Holly Weyers
Regional Director, Southeast Region