Tim Dunleavy, New Hampshire Boating Law Administrator, recently served as a member of the New Hampshire State Legislature’s Commission, charged with studying the effects of wake boats on NH’s public waters. Dunleavy will speak to the Commission’s final report and the issues that wake boats and wake surfing are causing in NH. Chris Bischoff, Water Sports Industry Association, will speak of efforts to address wake boat issues. Pamela Dillon will provide an update on the USCG grant project to create the Guide for Multiple-Use Waterway Issues (Third Edition).
Captain, Boating Law Administrator, New Hampshire State Police – Marine Patrol
As a 32-year veteran of the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Unit, Captain Tim Dunleavy has been the unit’s Commander and NH Boating Law Administrator for the last ten years. Overseeing 75 sworn and civilian employees, Dunleavy’s oversight includes law enforcement operations, the boating education program, patrol fleet maintenance, and aids to navigation deployment and repair. Dunleavy also serves as the unit’s legislative liaison where he has served on various legislative commissions. Most recently, he was a member of the state’s Commission to Study Wake Boats and the Study of Shoreland Structures.
Captain Dunleavy is currently a member of the New Hampshire Port Security Committee and Sector Northern New England’s Area Maritime Security-Executive Steering Committee. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the Nation Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) and is the current chair of NASBLA’s Executive Board.
Waterway Access – Chairman, Water Sports Industry Association
Chris Bischoff has been in the water sports industry for nearly 25 years. He started out as a competitive wakeboarder in the late 1990’s. He was a professional wakeboarder for six years, and then started exploring other areas of the wakeboarding industry. Over the years, Bischoff has worked as team manager for companies such as Reef Footwear, Obrien Wakeboards and Tige Boats. He has also been the chief judge and tournament director for the Pro Wakeboard Tour.
Bischoff currently works as an operations consultant for the Pro Wakeboard Tour and for the World Wake Association in addition to his job at the WSIA handling Waterway Access Issues and Government Relations.
When Bischoff is not dealing with some angry lake association about wakesurfing, he spends his time with his wife and two boys in Orlando, Florida, where they spend their free time racing dirt bikes or out on the lake!
Pamela Dillon serves as project specialist for the National Boating Education Standards Panel (ESP). In this role, she works to fully articulate NASBLA’s national role in standards development and conformity assessment. Previously, Dillon served as BLA, retiring in 2011 as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. During a five-year break in service from the state of Ohio, Dillon served as executive director of the American Canoe Association (2002-2007), working to develop strategic alliances with boating, outdoor recreation, and paddlesport education and conservation programs across the U.S. and Canada. Dillon served two terms as a public member of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. In 2014 Dillon earned her credential as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from ASAE.