Board & 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

Danielle Haulsee, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer

Development & Community Relations

Celina Maggi, Director of Development

Annalee Kraai, Development Manager

Administrative Staff

Julie Carpenter, Human Resources Coordinator
Dena Leon, Front Office Coordinator
Christine Truman, IT Manager
Laura Vega, Accounting Manager

Les Winchester, Facility and Safety Manager

Senior Research Scientists

Research Scientists

Research Assistants & Support Staff

Victor Bach Munoz

Kourtney Barber

Matt Elliott

Agatha Fabry

Duncan Fleming

Madison Guthrie

Maya Hodder

Jack Howell

Andrew Jarrett

Mariana Kawakami

Robert Ledesma

Dean Maidhof

Jax Mikkelsen

Amy Yarbrough Miles

Karen Miller McClune

Kristen Page

Taylor Overy

Jordan Pritzl

Christine Steinke

David Tabor

Phillip Tahimic

Other Affiliated Scientists

Liz Gagneron (Research Associate)

Michael Rust, Ph.D. (Research Fellow)

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

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, Finance Committee and Immediate Past Chair


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


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


Ian K. Stewart, Former Director of Corporate Sustainability,  Sempra Energy; Chair, Nominating Commitee


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


Michael King, Director of Real Estate & Development, King’s Seafood


Jim Lake, Park President, SeaWorld San Diego and Sesame Place San Diego


Laura MacKinnon, Senior Social Impact & Sustainability Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank


Ermelinda Ruiz Moretti, Chief Advocate, Chevron Corporation


Nick Sanzone, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of Satellite Beach, FL


Sharon Vidal, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Illumina


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)


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


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

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