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The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is pleased to announce its latest class of Maritime Port Executives (MPE), who completed certifications hosted by The Port of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. The course was held March 4-8 and was a hybrid coastal and inland structured program, giving students a chance to earn either the MPE or IMPE certification. The Maritime Port Manager (MPM) section was taught by Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE, CME, while the Maritime Port Executive Program (MPE) section was taught by Dale Murray, AMPE, CME. In addition, the IAMPE presented the Port of New Orleans with an Education Partner Certificate, making them the 29th education partner for the organization. Receiving the certificate was Matt Wypyski, MPE, Chief Operating Officer for the Port of New Orleans.


Graduates of the program received graduate-level academic and continuing education credits by the IAMPE’s Academic partners which includes Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, State University of New York Maritime College, Texas Southern University, The University of Memphis, and the Australian Maritime College. The Accredited Maritime Port Executive (AMPE) was awarded to Edward Lee, AMPE – Director of Facilities & Services Management, Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Earning the Inland Maritime Port Executive (IMPE) was Levi Woods, IMPE -Administrator of Freight and Waterways, Missouri DOT. Maritime Port Executive certifications were awarded to Chad Larkins, MPE – Engineer 7, Port NOLA; John Guidry, MPE- Engineer 9, Port NOLA; Elizabeth Loniello, MPE – Engineer 5, Port NOLA; Garri Brown, MPE – Chief People & Culture Officer, Port NOLA; Charlene Rollins, MPE – Director of Financial Reporting & Forecasting, Port NOLA; Amy Dawson, MPE – Emergency Management Director, Port NOLA; Sarah McLaughlin Porteous, MPE – Chief of Staff – Port NOLA; Josh Gommel, MPE – Deputy Director Marine Operations, Port NOLA; Michelle Scelson, MPE – General Counsel, Port NOLA; Catherine Falgoust, MPE – Commissioner, Port NOLA; Eric Johnsen, MPE – IT Manager, Port NOLA; Saed Abu Naser, MPE – Account Administrator 5, Port NOLA; Kyle Gilmore, MPE – Director of Real Estate, Port NOLA; LCDR Andrew Cole, MPE – Port State Control/ Inspections Oversight, USCG; CDR Joel Carse, MPE – Deputy Sector Commander – Sector Boston, USCG; LCDR Cameron Cooper, MPE – Prevention Department Head, Sector Key West, USCG; CDR Dale Cressman, MPE – Chief Prevention Department, Sector Miami, USCG; LCDR Brian Dochtermann, MPE- Marine Safety Detachment Officer, USCG; Arona John, MPE – Deputy Managing Director, Gambia Ports Authority; Micah Cormier, MPE – Director of Communications, Port of South Louisiana; Melissa Folse, MPE – Deputy Port Director, Plaquemines Parish; and Tessa Andres, MPE – Administrative Assistant, IRPT. Earning the Maritime Port Manager was Kate Dennis Spear, MPM – Commissioner, MSPA -Port of Gulfport. Additionally, Cassia Bomer Galvao, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Galveston, is working towards the IAMPE Certified Maritime Educator (CME) certification.


The IAMPE is proud to have 29 Education partners including the Connecticut Port Authority; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Georgia Ports Authority; Port of Alaska; Bruce Oakley, Inc.; Maine Port Authority; Little Rock Port Authority ; Port Milwaukee; Port of South Louisiana; Port of Morgan City (LA); America’s Central Port; the United States Coast Guard; the US Environmental Protection Agency; Port Tampa Bay; Jacksonville Port Authority; South Carolina Ports Authority; Maher Terminals; The Port of Virginia; The Mississippi State Port Authority; New Hampshire Port Authority; the World Trade Center New Orleans; Ports Association of Louisiana (PAL); Kean Miller; Parker Towing, Port of Decatur; A. Ayala Colón Sucrs Inc.; the Ponce Port Authority; Halifax Port Authority; The Port of New Orleans; and the British Virgin Islands Port Authority.


The IAMPE is a non-profit industry association that provides professional development for port/ terminal maritime managers and executives, as well as certification for operational personnel worldwide. Programs are reviewed and approved for certification by the IAMPE’s Board of Advisors, comprised of 20 industry professionals. The Association offers professional and accredited programs in Coastal and Inland Port Management and Executive Management, as well as certification programs for Marine Terminal Operator and IMDG/Hazardous Awareness. The Association has over 2,600 alumni worldwide and is the only industry association offering professional certification to port managers worldwide.


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