Meet the Staff
Associate Vice Chancellor and Superintendent of Maritime
Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Stauffer
Chief Stauffer oversees both the credit and noncredit maritime programs at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus. His mission is to help more military veterans transition into maritime careers by earning maritime transportation associate degrees and grow the maritime pipeline from high school to college.
Over the course of his 22 years in the U.S. Army, Chief Stauffer became a captain and was deployed three times to the Persian Gulf from 2001-2012, serving as Commander of the U.S. Army's largest ship from 2011-2012. Following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Chief Stauffer assisted in humanitarian efforts and the reopening of Port-au-Prince as Commander of the U.S. Army’s Harbor Master Team. He served as director of the U.S. Army’s Europe Sea Section in Germany from 2012-2015 before transitioning into his most recent position in the Maritime Operations Branch in Virginia, overseeing 32 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved courses.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and four Army Achievement Medals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University. His licenses and certifications include a Master 200 GRT Upon Oceans, Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels Upon Oceans, USCG Qualified Assessor and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ramona "Mona" K. Thibodeaux, Senior Administrative Assistant
Myklynn Caffey, Administrative Assistant
Captain Amy Arrowood, Director of Maritime Credit Program
Arrowood oversees all aspects of the credit program, which awards the Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Transportation.
Amy is a graduate of Texas A&M University Galveston and has over 20 years experience in the maritime industry. She currently holds a 2nd Mate Unlimited tonnage, Oceans license, as well as 1600 Master. She also holds a Tankership PIC endorsement. Capt. Arrowood has sailed US flag vessels both coastwide and internationally. She completed three years of active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard and was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal. She is approved to teach over 30 maritime courses at San Jacinto College.
Larry Claflin, Director of Maritime Commercial Program
Mr. Larry Claflin oversees all aspects of the Commercial Maritime Program and is responsible for instruction of all United States Coast Guard-approved courses at the San Jacinto College Maritime Campus and with the Continuing Professional Development program. Mr. Claflin comes to San Jacinto College by way of nearly 34 years of military service in the Transportation and Maritime Operations arenas. He holds a U.S. Army Unlimited Marine license and extensive experience in Maritime Operations, Planning and Program Management.
Over the course of his military service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Claflin has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and once in support of Operation Noble Eagle. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, three Army Commendation Medals, U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon and nine US Army Sea Service Ribbon Awards.
In addition to his military career, Mr. Claflin maintains efficiencies in Business Process Improvement and Project Management specialties. His mission at San Jacinto College is to raise awareness of the Maritime Program and demonstrate to the Gulf Coast Region the value of training and educating the professional mariner right here in our own backyard!
Bryan Elliott, Director of Maritime Simulations
Elliott oversees maritime simulations that meet industry needs and United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements.
Mr. Elliott retired from the Navy in 2007. Bryan has over 20 years of successful management, leadership and training experience with a reputation of meeting the most challenging organizational goals and objectives. A pragmatic and focused individual recognized for making seemingly impossible situations work. Some of his duties and experience include Navy Instructor, LCAC Loadmaster where he managed and trained 60 personnel in loading and discharge of vessels and deck maintenance. On October 2009, Mr. Elliott became a licensed United States Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited. He also worked for Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy as a Deck Instructor and IT Manager until 2010, where he became an San Jacinto College Maritime faculty member and Simulation Operator, and now Director of Maritime Simulations.
Dr. John Sitka, Director of Maritime Credentialing
Sitka oversees writing and maintaining curriculum that meets and exceeds USCG regulations and ensures compliance with the USCG filing requirements.
Sitkas has over 42 years of experience in the maritime industry. He retired from the Navy in 1994, worked in the offshore industry, inland tugs, container ships, as well as government vessels for Maersk Lines Limited. He holds an unlimited Master upon Oceans, Master of Towing Oceans and Western Rivers license. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Captain Sitka has worked as a simulator instructor for MarineSafety International, Director for Instructors and Curriculum Development for Marine Safety Consultants / Tidewater School of Navigation Inc., and Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy LLC. as Vice President of Academics.
Captain Robert "Mark" Lloyd
Robert “Mark” Lloyd is a graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston and has over 10 years experience in the maritime industry. He currently holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited tonnage, Oceans license, as well as 100 ton Master. Mark has been master of passenger and private vessels traveling the Gulf of Mexico and east coast. Still currently sailing as Master of the Boardwalk Fantasea, Landry Corp. 117’ motor yacht.
Captain K. Ron Crook
Captain John "JP" Fuller
Captain John Gregg
Captain Michael "Mike" Shanks