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    During this session, the speakers will describe fundamental policy changes, how to submit comments, the following steps, and answer questions.

    Upholding the integrity of a NASBLA approved boating course, and student assessment is essential to maintaining the quality of and mutual state acceptance of the boating education system established and adopted by most states and territories in the United States.
                    
    Effective since January 1, 2016, the National Boating Education Standard - ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge-Power is undergoing its scheduled ANSI required review. The anticipated changes to this standard will necessitate that NASBLA updates its Policy for Basic Boating Education Course Approval.
     
    The current Policy and Procedure for Basic Boating Education Course Approval has been in use since adopted in September 2016. The Education Committee Leadership has drafted revisions to the existing documents and seeks comments from all boating education stakeholders. 
     
    During this session, Stacey Brown, Education Committee Chair, and Mark Chanski, NASBLA Education Director, will describe fundamental policy changes, how to submit comments, the following steps, and answer questions.

    Mark Chanski

    Education Director, NASBLA

    NASBLA

    Mark joined NASBLA’s team of professionals as the Deputy Education Director in June of 2019 and assumed the director's position in January 2020. Prior to joining NASBLA, Mark worked for the State of Connecticut’s Boating Division for more than twelve years. While there, he initiated a number of innovative programs that focused on delivering the Division’s Safe and Clean Boating messages to the public. Mark was the lead coordinator for the Boating Division’s on-the-water outreach MV Prudence campaign, BOATS (Because Our Acquaintances Think Safety) Program, life jacket rebate program, paddlecraft education, and outreach campaigns and the administrator of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s first social media campaign, Facebook page, Boating in Connecticut.

    Mark has extensive commercial and recreational maritime experience. He holds credentials, licenses, and certificates from the U.S. Coast Guard, American Canoe Association, Connecticut DEEP, National Association of State Law Administrators, National Safe Boating Council, and US Sailing. Mark has received numerous awards from state and national organizations for his efforts and achievements in the boating education field.

    Stacey Brown

    Recreational Boating Safety Manager, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

    Stacey Brown has worked for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources as the Boating Safety Manager for thirteen years.  Her primary functions are to manager the implementation of the mandatory boating education requirement, compile boat incident reports, and serve the primary cheerleader for boating safety outreach throughout the Commonwealth.

    She was born and raised in Virginia and currently lives in Hanover, Virginia with her husband and two young men.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She enjoys gardening (planning and planting, not weeding), biking, reading mysteries and thrillers, and spending time on the water and in the water at Smith Mountain Lake.

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    This session examines a joint venture between NASBLA and the National District Attorney’s Association/National Traffic Law Center to add to the national BUI training courses.

    It’s not just enough to gather sufficient evidence to make a solid BUI arrest…being able to follow through to help your prosecutor get a conviction of the offender is critical. This session will highlight a joint venture between NASBLA and the National District Attorney’s Association/National Traffic Law Center. This effort has led to new enhancements to the national BUI training courses aimed at improving an officer’s ability to prepare thorough, accurate and effective arrest reports, plan and participate in pre-trial conferences, and present relevant facts of the BUI case at trial. 

    Richard Moore

    BUI Program Manager

    NASBLA

    Richard Moore serves as the national BUI Program Manager for NASBLA and has been a leader in BUI training and enforcement efforts at both the state and national level since the mid-1990s. He retired from state employment with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement in March of 2017.   In that position, he served as the manager of the Boating and Waterways Section and was designated as Florida’s Boating Law Administrator for 15 years. With more than 27 years of fish, wildlife and boating law enforcement experience, his professional role included oversight of Florida’s boating safety, boating access and waterway management efforts.

    Erin Inman

    Staff Attorney

    National Traffic Law Center

    Erin Inman is a Staff Attorney for the National Traffic Law Center with the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to joining the NTLC, Erin practiced law in Montana for over 15 years. She was elected to serve as the Prairie County Attorney, launched Montana's Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor program, taught at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, and has participated in the design of several criminal justice publications and curricula.

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    The session will detail five key findings from the 2021 NASBLA BUI Research Study research as a benchmark for awareness, further research, and programmatic discussions.

    As a supplement to the 2019 NASBLA BUI Research Report, 10 international studies (ranging in publication 1990 – 2010) were analyzed for key findings and topical parallels to prior research. The session will detail five key findings from the research as a benchmark for awareness, further research, and programmatic discussions.

    Alex Otte

    President

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

    Alex Otte is the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She came to MADD, and the boating and water safety community, after surviving a near-fatal crash caused by an intoxicated boater in 2010 when she was just 13 years old. As a result of the crash, Alex was in a coma for a week and suffered numerous life threatening and lifelong injuries. She has since dedicated her life to fighting for a day when no other child is forced to face such a tragedy, on the roadway or the waterway.

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    The session discusses the acquisition, distribution and training on the oxygen kits now carried by every Game Warden in Texas and how you can quip your own officers with this lifesaving resource.

    Are we equipping our maritime first responders for success? It was the waning days of the 86th Texas Legislative session and Speaker Dennis Bonnen had two of his constituents Sherry and Jason Sheffield in his officer who are the founders of Rory the warrior. You see, on August 19, 2016 while on vacation, the Sheffield’s youngest of four children, Rory, drowned when he slipped away and entered some water alone. Sherry and Jason could have done nothing after his death yet Rory was too special and God had bigger plans for him and for the Sheffield’s. In the months and years that have passed the Sheffield’s have made it part of their life’s work to raise awareness of the importance of emergency oxygen and its accessibility to first responders, especially those working around the water. Well that meeting ultimately led to the line item funding of $250,000 dollars for 500 drowning resuscitation kits to be distributed to all Game Wardens and state park police officers around the state of Texas. During this session we will discuss the acquisition, distribution and training on the Oxygen Kits now carried by every Game Warden in the State and how you might be able to consider equipping your own officers with this lifesaving resource.

    Cody Jones

    Boating Law Administrator

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

    Commander Game Warden Cody Jones is the State of Texas Boating Law Administrator (BLA) and is an innovative and proactive member of the Law Enforcement Leadership Team of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. During his tenure as BLA, Cody has served on a number of national committees and boards to include the NASBLA Executive Board (Chair in 2020), the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (2018 to Present), the U.S. National Water Safety Action Plan, the NASBLA Engineering Reporting and Analysis Committee and Preparedness and Response Committee among many others. Commander Jones’ tenure at TPWD Headquarters has led to some of the most dramatic sweeping changes and some of the strongest relationships with the agency’s partners and constituents alike. Commander Jones brings a very progressive mindset to implement best practices and new technologies when forwarding the mission and objectives of his agency.

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    Information on the challenges facing the Marine Transportation System and an overview of Coast Guard authorities related shared waterways.

    This session will provide information on the challenges facing the Marine Transportation System and an overview of Coast Guard authorities related shared waterways. We will also have a discussion on sources of information related to navigation information and improving stakeholder engagement. 

    Laura Springer

    Chief of Waterways Management Division One (WWM-1)

    U.S. Coast Guard

    CDR Laura Springer is the Chief of the Waterways Management Division One (WWM-1) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this capacity she is responsible for promoting safe and efficient waterways. Her prior tours include operational assignments as a waterways manager, marine inspector, casualty investigator, and operational planner.

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    Learn about the Grant Form and Budget tools -- essential for developing and managing your state RBS grant.

    Learn about the Grant Form and Budget tools -- essential for developing and managing your state RBS grant. 

    Gary Jensen

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, USCG Boating Safety Division

    U.S. Coast Guard

    Gary Jensen has served as a Grant Management Specialist in the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division since October of 2007. Prior to beginning his second career in federal civil service, Jensen spent nearly 27 years on active duty in the Coast Guard. He retired from active duty in 2005 as a Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate.

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    Learn about state assigned hull identification numbers (HIN) and best practices for issuing them.

    Learn about state assigned hull identification numbers (HIN) and best practices for issuing them.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Vann Burgess retired from the United States Coast Guard in February of 2000 after serving more than 21 years on active duty. During his career, Burgess’s primary fields were Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as the coordinator and lead instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer’s Course and a regulatory subject matter expert for the Boarding Officer’s Course at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia.

     In July 2000, Burgess came to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Coast Guard Headquarters, where he now serves as the Coast Guard’s Senior Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Specialist. In his current position, Burgess oversees the programmatic operation of the State RBS Grant Program, provided under the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This grant program provides funding to all U.S. states and territories for the purposes of vessel numbering, RBS law enforcement, RBS education, search and rescue and boating accident investigation and reporting. Burgess also serves as the programmatic lead for the Vessel Identification System (VIS), a national database for state numbered and Coast Guard documented vessels for the purposes of law enforcement and security.

     Vann Burgess is the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety liaison to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and serves on the Boat Accident and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board.

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    Learn about leveraging your state dollars to meet your match in the RBS state grant program.

    Learn about leveraging your state dollars to meet your match in the RBS state grant program.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Vann Burgess retired from the United States Coast Guard in February of 2000 after serving more than 21 years on active duty. During his career, Burgess’s primary fields were Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as the coordinator and lead instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer’s Course and a regulatory subject matter expert for the Boarding Officer’s Course at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia.

     In July 2000, Burgess came to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Coast Guard Headquarters, where he now serves as the Coast Guard’s Senior Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Specialist. In his current position, Burgess oversees the programmatic operation of the State RBS Grant Program, provided under the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This grant program provides funding to all U.S. states and territories for the purposes of vessel numbering, RBS law enforcement, RBS education, search and rescue and boating accident investigation and reporting. Burgess also serves as the programmatic lead for the Vessel Identification System (VIS), a national database for state numbered and Coast Guard documented vessels for the purposes of law enforcement and security.

     Vann Burgess is the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety liaison to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and serves on the Boat Accident and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board.

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    Learn about leveraging your state dollars to meet your match in the RBS state grant program.

    Learn about leveraging your state dollars to meet your match in the RBS state grant program.

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    Learn what the Coast Guard is really looking for in your state grant program narrative.

    Learn what the Coast Guard is really looking for in your state grant program narrative.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

    Vann Burgess retired from the United States Coast Guard in February of 2000 after serving more than 21 years on active duty. During his career, Burgess’s primary fields were Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue. His last tour of duty was as the coordinator and lead instructor for the Marine Patrol Officer’s Course and a regulatory subject matter expert for the Boarding Officer’s Course at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia.

     In July 2000, Burgess came to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Coast Guard Headquarters, where he now serves as the Coast Guard’s Senior Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Specialist. In his current position, Burgess oversees the programmatic operation of the State RBS Grant Program, provided under the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This grant program provides funding to all U.S. states and territories for the purposes of vessel numbering, RBS law enforcement, RBS education, search and rescue and boating accident investigation and reporting. Burgess also serves as the programmatic lead for the Vessel Identification System (VIS), a national database for state numbered and Coast Guard documented vessels for the purposes of law enforcement and security.

     Vann Burgess is the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety liaison to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and serves on the Boat Accident and Training (BOAT) Program Advisory Board.