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Staff

The Gallagher Marine Systems staff is uniquely comprised of individuals skilled in a broad range of disciplines. Our compliance support and incident response teams possess a wide variety of talents, long-term experience in incident responses, and well-rounded educational backgrounds in topics such as: engineering, environmental sciences, business management, finance, marine transportation, naval architecture, and law. In addition, our staff consists of professionals experienced in P&I Club/Salvage Association incident and claims handling, Merchant Marine Operations and Administration, and U.S. Coast Guard Operations and Law Enforcement. Our well-rounded and dynamic team is ready to support our clients’ unique needs. We are pleased to introduce our Executive and General Management Below.

Jack Gallagher (1929-2018), Founder of Gallagher Marine Systems

Jack was a pioneer of the maritime environmental services industry and his contributions helped to define modern oil spill response. For four decades starting in the early 1970s, Jack was a dominant force in the management of the highest-profile spills and maritime environmental disasters in the world.  During that time, Jack contributed to the development of many of the tools of the industry including the U.S. Navy’s inflatable oil boom and held dozens of patents.  Using his unprecedented experience, innovation, knowledge of maritime systems, and background as an admiralty and patent lawyer, Jack helped shape many regulations, developed and/or refined scores of oil spill tactics and tools, enabling responses to become increasingly more effective and safer for generations to come.  He was the founding Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Protection at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and, later formed Gallagher Marine Systems. In his book Oil Spill Jack (Gallagher, 2016), he tells his fascinating life story, including his time in the U.S. Air Force during the 1950’s in France.

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David C. Barry, President                                                                                        [email protected]

Mr. Barry’s maritime industry expertise spans nearly four decades. As Gallagher Marine System’s (GMS) President, he oversees all GMS services for clients that operate worldwide. From oil companies to terminal and pipeline operators and the owners of approximately 5000 vessels trading across the globe, his principle responsibility is helping to ensure that GMS personnel continue to provide our clients with the industry’s highest level of excellence in maritime safety, security, compliance, and environmental protection.  During his distinguished career, he played a key role in the development of the Center for Marine Environmental Protection & Safety at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he later served as Director. Mr. Barry has filled many roles in incident responses spanning the USA, including Alaska.  He serves as GMS’ Primary Qualified Individual and Spill Management Team Incident Commander, where he has supervised countless, high-profile incidents throughout North America.

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Thomas J. Wiker, Vice President – Operations                                                   [email protected]

Tom, who holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers State University, was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) where he sailed on two, 378’ Cutters followed by tours at USCG Headquarters in Washington D.C. & Marine Safety Office Philadelphia as a Port State Control & Facility Inspector and a lead pollution investigator.  Upon departing the USCG, Tom entered into the Qualified Individual/Incident Management Team (QI/IMT) field where he has worked since 1996.  As an IMT member, he has acted in many capacities such as Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, etc. for incidents throughout the US & Canada.

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Viraf Ranji, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President – Human Resources     [email protected]

Viraf joined Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) as Chief Financial Officer in 2004.  He has a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.  In addition to his role as CFO, Viraf oversees all human resource and information technology needs of the company.  Viraf is also a Qualified Individual, such that he is able to assist the GMS response team as needed.  Prior to joining GMS, Viraf worked at a management level for both financial services and consulting firms.  Currently, Viraf also serves on the Finance Committee of a non-profit organization.

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Kuldeep Singh, Vice President – Technical Services                                         [email protected]

Captain Singh joined GMS in 2004 and has been a maritime professional for 45 years, of which 24 years were in various management positions ashore. He sailed for 21 years on tankers, getting his first Command in 1984. He is a key leader of the GMS Incident Management Team. His experience includes many aspects of the maritime industry—ship management, regulatory compliance, emergency response, ISO/ISM, Quality Systems, maritime training and ship security systems. He holds a Master’s License – unlimited tonnage, is a graduate with BSc. Nautical Science and also holds Bachelor’s degree. He is an active member of the INTERTANKO NA panel and serves on the Houston Area Maritime Security Committee. He is also a member of Toastmasters International.

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Jeff Phelps, Director – Technical Services                                                     [email protected]

Having over 44 years of professional maritime service, Jeff is highly regarded as both a technical expert in Naval Engineering and a compliance process leader.  He has provided client companies—foreign and domestic—with superior consultation in services ranging from Third-Party Audits to US and international regulatory compliance programs. Jeff served for over twenty-five years in the US Coast Guard, specializing in engineering systems and managing liaisons between the Coast Guard and major ship and systems builders such as Lockheed Martin. He has held command-level leadership positions as Chief Engineer on the service’s high endurance cutter fleet, as well as Senior Naval Engineer at the Area-level Command. Accomplished at program design and training, he has not only written compliance plans for the US EPA Vessel General Permit Compliance Program, but also was a key component of the VGP “train the trainer” process.

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Chris Graff, Director – Response Services                                                      [email protected]

Chris joined Gallagher Marine Systems in August of 2012 after retiring from California Fish and Wildlife. Before retiring, his last position with California was Deputy Administrator for the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) which empowered Chris with executive management responsibilities. Prior to the Deputy Administrator duties, Chris was the Law Enforcement Captain with statewide responsibility of Investigators and State on scene coordinators of spill response. He was also the co-chair along with the USCG Captain of the Ports for each of the three (San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco) area committees in California. Chris had responsibilities as the Lead State on Scene Coordinator for pollution response along with management duties for statewide response activity. As the Director of Response Services, Chris oversees all Response Services activities and supervises the Response Managers for the Gulf, West, and East Coasts.

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Kevin Perry, Senior Manager – Drills & Training Department                         [email protected]

Prior to working with Gallagher Marine Systems, Kevin served with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). While in the USCG, Kevin was a certified Port State Control and ISPS Boarding Officer, Pollution Investigator, Container & Explosive Handling Supervisor, and Facility Inspector. Throughout his 10 years of duty, Kevin responded to numerous oil spills, including Athos I, and performed countless Port State Control and Security inspections. As part of the GMS team, he regularly stands duty as a Qualified Individual and is part of the Incident Management Team.

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Andrea Presutti, Senior Manager – Plans Department                                    [email protected]

Andrea, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, has worked in the contingency planning field since 2008.  Throughout her tenure, Andrea has been able to learn and grow alongside the complexities and ever-changing environment of the U.S. Federal & State contingency planning industry on many different levels.  From her early days, Andrea has taken on many project management and leadership roles, implementing regulatory required mandates for the GMS client base such as the EPA Vessel General Permit, Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Regulations, and Nontank Vessel Response Plan (NTVRP) Final Rule Regulations.

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Eva Pomaranski,  Senior Manager – Finance and Administration                     [email protected]

As a graduate of Stockton University Eva holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting. Eva’s professional career started as an accountant at a hometown CPA firm. She transitioned to working for GMS as an Accounting Coordinator in September of 2009 and soon joined the Incident Management Team. Since 2010 Eva has attended numerous spill responses and exercises in the capacity of Finance Section Chief and various support roles in Finance and Logistics; she has also participated in spill review audits and expert witness testimonies. In 2013 Eva became the Manager of GMS’s Finance Department.

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Jason Maddox, Scientific Support Technical Specialist                                       [email protected]

Jason, is a retired NOAA Corp Commission Officer whose service included being a Captain aboard two NOAA vessels working out of New England. Additionally, he participated in sea ice expeditions in the Artic and biota surveys in the Antarctic.  Jason’s first contribution to oil spills occurred during the Exxon Valdez where he worked at the National Geophysical Center in Boulder Colorado. He furnished all the National Database on hydrographic work in the Prince William Sound to responders out of the Command Post. During the first gulf war, Jason was aboard a scientific research Vessel MT Mitchel for the Regional Organization for Protection of Marine Environment (ROPME) project to study the effects of crude oil was on the environment. Before retiring, Jason was the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator for the Great Lakes and inland waters.

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Randy Henry, Manager of Response Services – US Gulf Coast                            [email protected]

Randy began his diverse career in environmental services over 33 years ago, first specializing in ecological drilling surveys for large corporations such as DuPont. Soon after, he diversified into pollution response and incident management, becoming an expert in nearly all facets of clean-up procedures, tactics and the Incident Command System. After joining Gallagher Marine Systems in 1994, Randy has overseen countless major responses both domestically and internationally, as well as managed complex projects including Natural Resource Damage Assessments various site through North America.   Randy studied collegiately at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.

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Rick Yelton, Response Manager – California South                                                [email protected]

A maritime professional for three decades, Rick has vast expertise in environmental response and safety, security, and environmental compliance. He retired from the US Coast Guard in 2012 after a distinguished, twenty-four-year career, employing superior technical knowledge and leadership in areas including Incident Management, Port State Control, U.S. and International Regulatory Compliance, Contingency Planning, and Training. Rick has been project manager for countless, high-profile oil and HAZMAT incidents. He is accomplished as both an instructor and curriculum developer in a variety of maritime studies, benefiting industry professionals in the US and overseas. Rick studied collegiately in Engineering, Geology and Business.

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Randy Ashmore, Emergency Response & Training Manager                              [email protected]

Randy Ashmore is a retired USCG Chief Petty Officer.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and is working on a Masters in Emergency Management.  He specializes in Emergency Management and Disaster Response.  Having over three decades of experience, he is not only a responder, but an active instructor.  Fluent in Spanish he is able to present courses in English or Spanish.  Away from work Randy is an avid outdoors-man and an accomplished photographer.

Dan Smiley, Response Manager – Pacific Northwest & Alaska                              [email protected]

Dan started his career in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1983 which was followed by sailing as Master and Mate in the Alaska coastal freight trade. In 1997 Dan joined Clean Sound Cooperative as Captain of the Oil Spill Recovery Vessel WESTERN GULL.   As a response manager for MSRC Dan participated in numerous responses including New Carissa, Cosco Busan, and Deepwater Horizon. Dan is an expert at exercise design and facilitation. He has been the lead designer of worst-case tabletop exercised in the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Additionally, Dan is an Incident Commander with the Washington State Maritime Cooperative.

Kurt Van Hauter – Response Specialist, Midwest                                                    [email protected]

Kurt retired from a 20+ year career between the Navy and the Coast Guard. He has been in the Marine Safety Field since 1994, serving in almost every region in the country and attaining pollution response, inspection, and investigation qualifications, and has worked response/salvage incidents on both coasts, the Great Lakes, and the inland river system. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Science from the University of Kentucky.

Mark G. Maser – Response Manager, East Coast                                                    [email protected]

Mark is a multidisciplinary environment, health, and safety professional with more than three decades of experience as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, corporate environmental response team manager, and environmental attorney.  As a Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative, Mark directed response efforts for over 100 oil spills and/or hazardous material releases from both vessels and facilities.   Mark is a former member of the National Strike Force.  He served as the U.S. Coast Guard Liaison to the Mayor of the City of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the purposes of responding to the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Mark also served as the Planning Section Chief for the FEMA Area Field Office in New Orleans during the response to Hurricane Katrina.  Mark has counseled and defended maritime, pharmaceutical, and chemical industry interests in numerous regulatory compliance and enforcement proceedings.

Erin Tomaino, Manager – Plans Department                                                          [email protected]

Prior to joining GMS, Erin attended a leadership program at Global Impact Leadership School, finishing at the top of her class.  With that experience, she has actively participated in humanitarian relief projects both domestic and international on a volunteer basis over the years.  Erin has been a part of the GMS Plans Department since 2006, growing her vessel compliance and contingency planning expertise.  Her adaptability and leadership skills have enabled her to grow with the ever-changing maritime industry.  Erin strives to extend her knowledge to our client base while also providing quality customer service.  Currently, Erin is enrolled at Rowan University, completing a B.A. in International Studies.

GMS GLOBAL REPRESENTATIVES
Irena Veroni, Marispond                                                                                [email protected]

Irena Veroni’s wide-ranging expertise in the Maritime Industry spans over twenty-five years.  Specializing in sales, business development and project coordination, she directly interfaces with GMS clients to ensure they continually receive superior service—on time, any time. Irena has vast experience in Maritime Operations, Ship Management, Maritime Law, Inspections and International Shipping. She is also highly skilled at building and retaining high performance teams for GMS operations in Greece and the surrounding region.  Irena is a graduate of St George Commercial College in Athens. She is fluent in Greek, English, French, Italian and Turkish.

Narayanan Shankar, GMS – Singapore                                                        [email protected]

Captain Shankar is a Master Mariner and earned an MBA (with distinction) from Heriot Watt University UK.   He started his career as an Officer Cadet at the age of 16+ and rapidly rose to become Captain of a Panamax Tanker at the age 26; from there his marine career took him around the world for 18 years.  Shoreside, he worked as a marine superintendent, crewing manager, general manager and more for various well-known shipping companies.  In 2003 he started with Inchcape Shipping Services reaching the level of Global Director of Operations and finally Vice President of Vessel Supply Chain.  He then founded a maritime consultancy firm in 2010 where he continues to provide high level advisory services.

Dr. Livia Pagano, GMS Italy                                                                         [email protected]

Livia holds a bachelor’s degree in Classic Literature and Philosophy achieved with honors from Università Degli Studi of Napoli.  She went on to earn her Master’s degree in micro and macro Economy, business processes of economic planning/programming.  To further her skill set, Livia went on to earn a Diploma with merit in Maritime Business Management from North Kent College and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.  Prior to her time with GMS, Livia was a Project Manager/consultant with an Italian Knowledge Management Company where she managed several European/Italian projects for problem solving, company and human resources organization/processes from 2001 to 2012.  Furthermore, in her capacity as a Business Trainer she coordinated projects of training, consultancy and Executive Management.  Livia joined GMS as Business Development Manager in 2013 where she continues to provide invaluable support to the GMS customer base in Italy and other European countries.

Gallagher Marine Japan, LLC                                                                      [email protected]

Gallagher Marine Japan was established in partnership with Gallagher Marine Systems (USA) to insure that GMS clients in Japan receive the highest level of service and support in a world of ever-increasing requirements in a shipping industry, both legal and regulatory, particularly in North America. Born in Matsuyama, Nobue Murakami, who also has worked for a maritime law firm for more than 10 years, serves the Japanese market for GMS.  Ms. Murakami supports clients in Japan daily in answering questions and ensuring vessels compliance with US requirements.

GMS CONSULTANTS
Steve Garcia, Senior Associate – Dallas, Texas                                            [email protected]

A twenty-one-year veteran of the US Coast Guard, Steve has an extensive background in maritime safety and security. He has held leadership positions in Environmental Response, Port State Control, Commercial Vessel Inspections, Planning, and Casualty Investigations. His experiences in the field include incident management in the Gulf of Mexico, the East Coast, the Great Lakes, and the Western Rivers. A few years after Coast Guard retirement, he joined Gallagher’s Incident Management Team (IMT), became a Qualified Individual (QI), and now is a member of the Drills and Training Team. Steve holds degrees from Ottawa University and the University of Phoenix.

Ryan Allain, Associate – Port Charlotte, Florida                                              [email protected]

Ryan Allain retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after a 24-year career that spanned many of the Coast Guard’s primary missions including marine inspection, pollution response and marine casualty investigations.  Major accomplishments during his career included the development and implementation of U.S. and international maritime safety and environmental regulations and improvements to the Coast Guard’s port state control vessel targeting scheme. Upon retiring from the USCG in 2015, Ryan worked for MSC Cruises as the Vice President for Safety, Security and Environmental for the cruise line’s North American fleet.

Paul Hamdorf, Associate – San Juan Island, Washington                              [email protected]

Paul is a Response Specialist. His work focuses on emergency response to hazardous materials, environmental planning, readiness, and tracking legislation that impacts the oil and shipping industries. He is qualified to fill roles that include: Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, as well as various other leadership roles on our incident management team.Prior to working with GMS, Paul worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. As an Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement, Paul’s work experience included assignments as the Co-Chair for the Los Angeles Oil Spill Area Committee, and as the Governor’s appointee to the incident specific review (ISPR) of the COSCO BUSAN oil spill in San Francisco. Paul’s familiarity and personal contacts with state government along the West Coast have proven to be beneficial when representing the interests of GMS clients.

Agustus “Gus” Bannan, Senior Associate – San Francisco Bay/ Northern California [email protected]

Gus joined Gallagher Marine Systems in July of 2019 after retiring from the U. S. Coast Guard. Gus, who served the USCG for 27 years, was primarily a Port Operations Specialist and Emergency Manager specializing in Oil Spill Response and Natural Disaster management.  He also has a significant amount of experience in Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement. Gus was certified as a Type 1 Incident Commander, Type 2 Planning Section Chief and Operations Section Chief.  He has responded to many events including, but not limited to, COSCO BUSAN, JACOB LUCHENBACH, and California’s Tsunami response  following the Japan Earthquake in 2011.  Gus was an instructor for the USCG’s ICS program from 2005 to 2019, teaching classes from ICS 300 and 400 to specialty courses.  He served on the USCG PACAREA Incident Management Assist Team for over 13 years and responded to events and exercises throughout the West Coast and the Pacific. Gus has expertise in the Contingency and Defense Planning fields, as well as Facility Inspections, Waterways Management and Container safety.

Kathy Waltosz (nee Moore), Senior Associate – Seattle, Washington                    [email protected]

Kathy retired in 2015 from a 25-year Coast Guard career culminating as Sector Commander and Captain of the Port, Sector Delaware Bay. She has skills and experience in vessel salvage, oil and hazmat responses and natural disasters. Since her retirement she has contributed in the QI/IMT field, participating as an Incident Commander on all three coasts and Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management, both from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Martin Mueller, Senior Associate – Miami, Florida                                                    [email protected]

Martin Mueller is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer with over 28 years of experience in pollution response.  Throughout his distinguished Coast Guard career, he managed several high visibility responses. After leaving active duty, Martin has responded to numerous incidents including Deepwater Horizon.  He currently serves as a Senior Associate and Qualified Individual for Gallagher Marines Systems, and he is a member of our Spill Management Team.  He has a Master of Science in Hazardous Waste and Materials Management from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of the State of New York.

Chris Curatilo, Associate – Honolulu, Hawaii                                                          [email protected]

Chris Curatilo joined the GMS Team after 28 years in the Coast Guard. He served as Chief of Port Operations and Chief of Maritime Environmental Response, responding to countless major oil spills, hazardous materials releases, SAR cases and man-made and natural disasters. He is a recognized expert in maritime security for both regulated vessels and facilities. He is a FEMA train the trainer for the ICS and able to step into Command, Ops, or Planning roles during any incident. He currently holds an active Federal Secret Clearance and a master’s degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

Craig Petersen, Associate – San Diego, California                                                [email protected]

Craig has over 26 years in the Maritime Industry, 24 of which were in the US Coast Guard. He has a wide-ranging field of expertise that encompasses engineering, marine science, incident management, contingency plan development, intergovernmental and foreign liaisons, waterways management, and US/international regulation enforcement. Craig has participated in countless, large-scale incidents and drills such as a Spill of National Significance Exercise (SONS) and Coordination Training that helped improve readiness at senior Coast Guard, DHS and FEMA levels. Craig holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University. 

Farrell Lafont, Associate, Response Specialist – Gulf Coast                                  [email protected]

Farrell has over 34 years of incident management and regulatory compliance experience. He has extensive leadership and training expertise, project management, and vast industry experience.  Farrell has held a myriad of industry positions—from Tankerman to Regional Management—throughout his career. He also takes great pride in having actively served in community organizations such as the Shriners for two decades.