The Sea Camp Board of Advisors is a small group of talented professionals which meets periodically to offer advice and direction. The Board of Advisors offers useful suggestions to the Sea Camp Director based on many years of research and experience in their fields of interest.
Dr. Judy Kiester (Wern) retired from her position as Sea Camp Director in 2006. Having been with Sea Camp since its beginning in 1986, Judy always knew that Sea Camp would touch the lives of kids, but its impact on their life goals, grades and behavior continues to amaze her.Judy is three times an Aggie, having received her B.S. in marine sciences, M.S. in Biology and Ph.D in Zoology from Texas A&M University . Her greatest priority, after the safety of the children, is maintaining the educational quality of the program. She believes that the hands-on approach to learning is the most powerful tool to gain attention, stimulate imagination and motivate children to learn. Judy wants students to experience science as fun and not intimidating.
Dr. McGonagle is the Assistant Vice President for Administration at Texas A&M University at Galveston where he is responsible for overseeing the campus’ Physical Plant, Human Resources Department, Campus Police, Safety Program, Emergency Preparedness and Campus Energy Management programs. In addition to these duties he is also responsible for campus construction and facilities planning which includes serving as the co-user coordinator on the new $53 million Science Building project which is scheduled to open next summer. His most recent special assignment was overseeing the $2.5 million restoration and clean up of the TAMUUG campus following Hurricane Ike. Dr. McGonagle holds four degrees from Texas A&M University with undergraduate degrees in Management, Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and Management. He is a member of the TAMU Letterman’s Association, Former Student’s Association and is on the Strategic Operating Team at TAMUG and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maritime Administration.
Dr. Randall Davis, Professor in the Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston has a graduate appointment in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Dr. Davis received a Ph.D. in Physiology from University of California, San Diego. He teaches undergraduate courses in Physiological Ecology of Marine Mammals and Marine Biology Seminars. His research emphasis is on the physiological ecology of marine mammals and birds, comparative physiology and behavior of diving vertebrates, animal energetics and locomotory performance. He has conducted research on six continents, but most of his field research has occurred in polar regions, including Antarctica, Alaska and Eastern Russia.
Robert Mihovil is a Galveston/Houston freelance photographer whose work has achieved national recognition through its use in news and general interest publications. Mihovil’s photographs have appeared in feature articles for Coastal Living, National Geographic, Newsweek, Offshore, People, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Journey, Texas Monthly and Time.Mihovil, age 51, is a fourth generation BOI (Born on the Island). His passion for photography is equaled only by his passion and love for Galveston Island. His photographs capture the historic architecture and natural beauty of the Island. His colorful imagery reflects the way a native Galvestonians sees and appreciates his hometown.
For approximately 10 years, Mihovil has served as a photography instructor for the Texas A&M Outreach Program, teaching Digital Photography for Sea Camp from ages 13-18 and Exploritas from ages 55 and over. Mihovil is happily married and has one daughter.