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Ohio Sea Grant Extension Agents

Ohio agents work with diverse agencies and organizations such as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Lake Erie Office, Chambers of Commerce and Port Authorities, Ohio Visitors Bureaus, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, outdoor writers, sportsmen’s groups, charterboat associations, and the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association.

Tory Gabriel

Tory Gabriel holds his Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and his Master’s degree in life science education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After starting as a science teacher in Fairfield County, he has since served as a workshop instructor, laboratory assistant, and on fish sampling crews for the Ohio Sea Grant College Prograam and Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s biological field station on Lake Erie’s Gibraltar Island. Tory currently is an Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator based in the Ottawa County Extension Office in Oak Harbor. His primary responsibilities are research, education, and outreach on Lake Erie fisheries, which often finds him interacting with the Lake Erie fishing public and stakeholder groups such as charter captains and fishing associations.

Tory also leads the outreach effort at the Aquatic Visitors Center in Put-in-Bay, a converted state fish hatchery now serving as a hands-on Lake Erie museum and aquarium.

Tory is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Fisheries Society & Ohio Chapter, International Association for Great Lakes Research, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, Ohio Association of Extension Professionals, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, and the Ohio Fish & Wildlife Management Association.

Tory, an Eagle Scout who grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, currently resides around the Fremont area. His hobbies include: fishing, hunting, sports (especially Cleveland Browns and OSU football), SCUBA diving, swimming, hiking, and camping.

Joe Lucente

Joe Lucente is an Assistant Professor and Extension Educator in Community and Economic Development with The Ohio State University Extension/Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Located at the Ohio State Extension Office in Lucas County, he is responsible for research, education and technology transfer of information concerning Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. His main responsibilities include developing and conducting an outreach education program on leadership development, business retention and expansion, and related environmental issues designed to improve the economic and environmental climate of the Toledo and Maumee Bay area. Clientele include economic development professionals, community development organizations, business associations and individual businesses.

Joe is a member of many local and national organizations including the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association, Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Greater Toledo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, North Central Ohio Regional Economic Development Association, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, Great Lakes Representative to the National Sea Grant Sustainable Coastal Community Development Network and Sea Grant’s National Coastal Communities and Economies Theme Team.

Joe obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Akron in 1995. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree from Youngstown State University in 1994 with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Political Science. Joe’s previous experience included economic development positions in county and city government as well as a major non-profit organization in northwest Ohio. Joe obtained the status of Certified Consultant in Business Retention and Expansion in June 2002 through Business Retention and Expansion International, an international economic development organization focusing on business retention and expansion techniques and methodologies.

Joe has been with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program since February 2001.

Sarah Orlando

Sarah Orlando is an Extension Educator with Ohio Sea Grant based in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Coastal Management in Sandusky. She is the coordinator for the Ohio Clean Marinas and Clean Boaters programs – voluntary, incentive-based programs to help maintain and improve Lake Erie water quality while preserving the economic activity and viability of the marine trades industry. Her primary responsibilities include conducting applied research and education programs regarding Clean Marinas, Clean Boaters, non-point source Lake Erie water quality, and other Lake Erie issues. Sarah also coordinates the Ohio Shrink-Wrap Recycling Program, a cost effective, eco-friendly alternative to disposing of shrink-wrap for Lake Erie marinas and boaters.

Sarah holds her bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in marine science and English from Wittenberg University, and her master’s degree in marine resources management from Texas A&M University at Galveston. Sarah grew up in Cuyahoga County and now lives in Lorain County with her husband, Steve, and their dog, Rocky.