Board & Staff

Staff

Our team of scientists provides innovative scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world. In addition to our researchers is a team that plays a critical role in helping accomplish our mission:

Corporate Officers

Donald B. Kent, M.S., President & CEO
Bethany Smith, M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer

Development & Community Relations

Autumn Batson, Development Officer

Administrative Staff

Julie Carpenter, Human Resources Coordinator
Ed Earp, Facilities and Safety Manager
Dena Leon, Front Office Coordinator
Christine Truman, IT Manager
Laura Vega, Accounting Manager

Senior Research Scientists

Research Scientists

Research Assistants & Support Staff

5

Chad Brewer

5

Agatha Fabry

5

Anthony Gooch

5

Greg Hacker

5

Samantha Hobin

5

Jacob Kuleen

5

Tim Lawton

5

Robert Ledesma

5

Lauren Mazzola

5

Karen Miller McClune

5

Amy Yarbrough Miles

5

Kristen Page

5

Jordan Pritzl

5

David Tabor

Other Affiliated Scientists

5

Liz Gagneron (Research Associate)

5

Sam Rossman, Ph.D. (Research Associate)

5

Todd Schmitt, D.V.M. (Research Associate)

5

Connie Silbernagel, D.V.M., M.P.V.M. (Research Associate)

Board of Trustees

 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 Board member brings to the Institute a vision for ocean conservation, a dedication to advance the Institute and its mission, and a dedication to community service.

Chairman Emeritus

Milt Shedd (deceased)


Chair Emeritus, Science Committee

Dr. Clark Hubbs (deceased)


Executive Committee

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

 

Dr. Chris Dold Chief Zoological Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; Chair, Science Committee

 

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

 

Murray Hutchison   Chairman, TEPPCO Partners; Chair, Finance Committee

 

John Morrell Chairman Emeritus, Higgs, Fletcher, Mack; Chair, Audit Committee

 

Jerry Sansom   Governmental Affairs Consultant, JHS Legislative Consultants; Chair, Corporate and Government Relations Committee

 

Laurilee Thompson Owner, Dixie Crossroads; Chair, Development Committee

Board of Trustees

Robert C. Fletcher Past President, Sportfishing Association of California

 

Paul Fruchbom Co-Founder, KDF Communities

 

Julee Jenkins, Engineering Operations Manager, Qualcomm

 

Ermelinda Ruiz Moretti Chief Advocate, Chevron Corporation


Dan Pittard, Chairman/CEO, Pittard Partners LLC


Ian K. Stewart, Director of Corporate Sustainability,  Sempra Energy


Robert J. Weiner, Owner, Star-Box, Inc


Louis Zimm Captain (Retired), UCSD/SIO

Trustees Emeritus

Senator Dede Alpert
Art DeFever (deceased)
Char DeMotte
George L. Gildred
Wally Schirra (deceased)


Officers

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

 

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

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