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Board & Staff


Since 1963, scientists at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute have been dedicated to providing solutions through science. In addition to the science staff is a team of managers and administrators who play a critical role in helping to accomplish our mission:

Corporate Officers

Donald B. Kent, M.S.
President & CEO

Pamela K. Yochem, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

Bethany Smith, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer

Development & Community Relations

Eileen Sigler
Development Director

Stephanie Robitaille
Annual Fund Coordinator

Tracie Romandetti
Development Associate/Office Manager



Administrative & Technical Staff

Julie Carpenter Diuguid
Human Resources Coordinator

Robert Ledesma
Maintenance Tech

Dena Leon
Front Office Coordinator

Mark Rudin
Maintenance Tech

Zachary Shrove
Aquaculture Maintenance Manager

Christine Truman
IT Manager

Laura Vega
Accounting Manager

Chris Walters
Facilities and Safety Manager





Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees oversees the administration of HSWRI through its corporate officers. The HSWRI Board of Trustees represents a collection of visionary leaders who have distinguished careers in a variety of scientific, corporate, and cultural endeavors. Each individual Board member brings to the Institute a vision for ocean conservation, a dedication to advance the Institute and its mission, a commitment to maintain America’s leadership in science and technology, dedication to community service, and an ethical belief that ocean and coastal conservation is a social imperative to protect our natural resource assets, recreational opportunities, ocean-based economy, and quality of life on Earth.

Chairman Emeritus

Milt Shedd (deceased)

Chair Emeritus, Science Committee

Dr. Clark Hubbs (deceased)

Executive Committee

William Shedd
President, AFTCO Manufacturing Company, Inc.; Chairman of the Board

Dr. John Ahlering
Physician (Retired); Chair, Development Committee

Brad Andrews
Zoological Director Emeritus, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; Chair, Science Committee

James Atchison 
Vice Chairman of the Board, SeaWorld Parks & entertainment; Co-Chair Nominating Committee

J. David Gardner
Principal, Highland Partnership, Inc.; Immediate Past Chair

Murray Hutchison  
Chairman, TEPPCO Partners; Chair, Finance Committee

Donald Kent 
President & CEO, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

John T. Reilly 
Chief Operations Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; Co-Chair, Nominating Committee


Board of Trustees

Linnea Arrington
President & Founder
San Diego Funding

K.C. Bishop, III, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Corporation

Dr. Chris Dold
Chief Zoological Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Jan Driscoll
Partner, Allen Matkins LLP (Retired)

Robert C. Fletcher
Past President, Sportfishing Association of California

Marilyn Hannes
Park President, SeaWorld & Aquatica, San Diego, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Bob Kelly
President Emeritus, The San Diego Foundation

Jill Kermes
Head of Corporate Affairs, Home Shopping Network

David Lambillotte
Founder and President
IVD Research, Inc. and SafePath Labs

John Morrell
President, Douglas Wilson Companies

Mike Morton
Chairman of the Board, The Brigantine Family of Restaurants

Kevin Sagara
President, Sempra Renewables

Jerry Sansom  
Governmental Affairs Consultant, JHS Legislative Consultants

Laurilee Thompson
Owner, Dixie Crossroads

Geri Ann Warnke,PT
Physical Therapist

Louis Zimm
Captain (Retired), UCSD/SIO



Trustees Emeritus

Senator Dede Alpert

Art DeFever (deceased)

Char DeMotte

George L. Gildred

Wally Schirra (deceased)


Donald Kent, M.S.
President & Chief Executive Officer

Pamela K. Yochem, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

Bethany Smith, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer/Secretary