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

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
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

Victor Bach Munoz

Kourtney Barber

Caitlin Celic

Matt Elliott

Agatha Fabry

Duncan Fleming

Anthony Gooch

Maya Hodder

Robert Ledesma

Dean Maidhof

Jax Mikkelsen

Amy Yarbrough Miles

Karen Miller McClune

Kristen Page

Jordan Pritzl

David Tabor

Shane Waning

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)


Officers

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

 

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

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