The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators recently appointed 15 people to the new National Education Standards Panel.
The panel, consisting of members representing state, federal, non-profit, commercial and public stakeholder interests, will begin this year to review the National Boating Education Standards.
Members appointed to represent state interests are Anthony Cardoza (New Hampshire), Ed Huntsman (Arizona), Jeff Johnson (Alaska), MariAnn Koloszar (Oregon) and Betsy Woods (Tennessee).
Members appointed to represent federal boating agency interests are John Malatak (Coast Guard) and Robin Freeman (Coast Guard Auxiliary). Members appointed to represent commercial interests are Cindy Kalkomey (BoatEd) and Kerry Moher (BoaterExam).
Members who represent non-profit interests are John Adey (American Boat and Yacht Council), Joe Gatfield (Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons) and Terry Leitz (National Marine Manufacturers Association). Members appointed to represent the public interest are Pam Dillon, Joseph Connolly II and Bob Sweet (U.S. Power Squadrons).
The panel will review the education standards on a five-year basis, beginning this year, with the most currently approved version of the standards forming the basis for the first review.
“We are thrilled with not only the quantity of applications we received for the panel, but also the qualifications that all of the candidates possessed. NASBLA is confident in the quality of work this panel will undoubtedly accomplish,” association president Jim Graybeal said in a statement.