Board Elections

2020 Board Elections

The MTS Board of Directors is comprised of active members who have been elected to office. Each year, members can run for open positions.

There are three positions slated for the 2020 MTS Board Elections:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Research, Industry, and Technology

What is the voting process?

All MTS members in good standing will receive an electronic ballot via email on August 26, 2020. Online voting will remain open through 5:00 pm (EST) on October 7, 2020 and the results will be announced during Global OCEANS 2020 on October 8, 2020. You can cast your vote here: Your username is your last name and your password is your member ID. Please contact Monica Ostrander at if you have any difficulty voting.

Meet the Candidates

President-elect – Justin Manley

Learn More about Justin Manley

Vice President of Communications – Liesl Hotaling

Learn more about Liesl Hotaling

Vice President of Research, Industry, and Technology – Jim Hanlon

Learn more about Jim Hanlon

Position Descriptions

Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 (President-Elect), January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024 (President), and January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2026 (Immediate Past President)

  1. Chair of the Membership and Sections Committee, which is made up of the vice-president of section affairs, the vice president of government and public affairs and the section chairs.
  2. Chair, Nominating Committee 

Vice President, Communications
Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023

  1. Responsible for ensuring that Society publications and communications meet the highest professional standards
  2. Develop and promulgate policy regarding advertising for the journal and newsletter
  3. Oversee marketing plans for publications
  4. Oversee development, policy and direction of new publication venues—online Journals, other newsletters, student publications, website(s)
  5. Participate in all Editorial Board functions
  6. Chair ad-hoc committees as they relate to publications: website development, student/children publications
  7. Serve on the Budget and Finance Committee
  8. Oversee issues as they relate to publications and communications
  9. Provide timely and appropriate reporting of Board decisions and actions to the membership publications

Vice President, Industry and Technology
Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023

  1. Co-chair the Professional Committee Board. The Society is known and regarded for the technical expertise of our members. This expertise gets disseminated through the auspices of the Professional Committees, via conferences, workshops, networking, programs and publications. The VP oversees the policy for our professional committee work: to ensure that all members have access to information and that projects and programs are viable and relevant.
  2. Serve on the Publications Committee
  3. Serve on the Budget and Finance Committee
  4. Have direct responsibility for designated Professional Committees.
  5. Pursue opportunities for the Society to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with businesses, companies, corporations, trade associations and other industry organizations with an interest in marine affairs and technology.
  6. Enhance communications and membership within the business and for-profit sector
  7. Oversee issues as they relate to marine technology and industry affairs


Please contact Monica Ostrander at

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