Board of Directors and Advisors
Board of Directors
Georgienne Bradley is the founder and executive director of Sea Safe Foundation. She is also co-owner of Bradley Ireland Productions, one of the world’s largest underwater still photography and video stock houses.
A well-known and tireless conservationist, Ms. Bradley is a scientist, underwater photographer, videographer, writer and producer who has been focused on raising awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans for over two decades. She has authored hundreds of magazine articles and scientific papers about the ocean, and two books, Such is Life in Costa Rica: Underwater Printex, Costa Rica and Dive Guide to Costa Rica. Ms. Bradley has also has produced ocean-themed television programming for a variety of studios and networks including Paramount, Disney and National Geographic.
She is perhaps best-known for her work involving shark finning and Cocos Island. In 1990, Ms. Bradley and underwater photographer Jay Ireland began documenting the plight of Cocos Island, a remote, uninhabited island off the coast of Costa Rica that is home to a thriving marine ecosystem that makes it one of the world’s top dive spots. The two documented the shark-finning practices at Cocos Island, and, in an attempt to stop it, they presented their findings to the Costa Rican President José María Figueres and Minister of Natural Resources, Alvaro Ugalde. The duo’s photographs were used by the Costa Rica government to launch a national marine-awareness campaign including a postage stamp series, national lottery tickets and other materials. Bradley and Ireland were instrumental in expanding the boundaries of the protected areas around Cocos Island National Park and eventually contributed to the UNESCO petition which made Cocos Island a World Heritage Site.
In 1995, Ms. Bradley spearheaded the launch of Costa Rican Marine Imaging Project (CRMIP), a non-profit organization that enabled high school and college students to get involved with ocean focused educational projects. She is also the co-founder of the America Society of Media Photographers’ Underwater Professionals’ Group.
In her current role with Sea Save Foundation, Ms. Bradley campaigns to raise awareness about the planet’s fragile marine ecosystems and advocates for change in public policy. In 2013, representatives from Sea Save Foundation helped negotiate groundbreaking policy changes at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to protect seven marine species. With Sea Save Foundation’s current Give ‘em The Fin campaign, Bradley has returned to the issue of shark finning.
Ms. Bradley studied medicine at Sackler Medical School, Tel Aviv University and attended graduate school at Georgetown University. In 2006 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
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Michael serves as president of the California Fish and Game Commission and vice president for the Pacific Flyway with the National Audubon Society. Previously, he founded and directed the Center for the Future of the Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and served as a program officer in the Conservation & Science Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Prior to that, Michael served as vice president at the World Wildlife Fund, where he led WWF’s global ocean conservation programs and founded the Marine Stewardship Council. He is also an author and lecturer in marine conservation law and policy on the summer faculty at the Vermont Law School. In his spare time, Michael explores West Coast skies in his Cessna Centurion. Mike’s passion for conservation is tireless, and Sea Save Foundation is fortunate to have him as an adviser.
|Lawrence Stock, MD|
Lawrence Stock, MD, FACEP, Physician, Clinical Professor of Medicine UCLA, Trauma Director Emeritis (Community Partners International, Thailand – Burma Border), President-elect California Chapter of the America College of Emergency Physicians. Partner at Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates, Vice Chairman Emergency Department, Antelope Valley Hospital. Larry brings a 25 year history of working with disaster relief and human rights efforts. The deterioration of our oceans threatens our right to live on a healthy planet.
|Edi Frommenwiler – Owner M/V Pindito|
A trailblazer in the underwater world of motion pictures and film, Edi is a self-made man. He built the classic Pindito from the ground up overseeing all aspects of ship building. The Pindito now enjoys celebrity status as an iconic liveaboard in the seas of Indonesia. He is an optimistic visionary who gave birth to the Sea Save Campaign “Wins for Fins.”
Inducted into the Divers Hall of Fame and recipient of the coveted Reaching Out Award, Peter Hughes loves the underwater world. He has been diving for over 40 years, and each dive he discovers new reasons to love the ocean. An ardent conservationist, Peter now joins the Sea Save pod to help raise awareness about sharks, mantas, and all ocean ecosystems.
|Carlos de la Rosa |
Carlos holds a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Adjunct Professor at several US and Costa Rican universities, providing additional links and collaborations with academic institutions. He served as the the director of USAID’s Environmental Management Office in Costa Rica as well as the Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve and later as the Director of the Catalina Conservancy. He has written several books and over 50 articles, papers and field guides.
Andrew Lok is the Co-Founder of the Solitude brand and Managing Director of CKM-Squared Pte Ltd (Since 2012), the owning company of the Solitude brand with its flagship Solitude One Live-aboard launched and operational in December 2013. He is well versed with current and future information technologies (a graduate in computer electronics and programming, and also known across international markets associated with scuba travel, and notably excellent reputation in South East Asia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China with a strong network of sales agents. With his sharp business acumen, he will be a great asset in helping Sea Save further our cause.
Junior Board of Directors
Sea Save Foundation recognizes that not all integral members of the Sea Save family are able to carry the full responsibilities of a board member. Junior board members typically invest 12 – 15 hours a week into Sea Save activities. Our JBOD members participate in board meetings and help drive the direction of the organization.
| Katie Alexandridis|
Katie has been involved with Sea Save Foundation since she attended two organization scholar programs. Her commitment to ocean conservation was set after her first SCUBA dive. Katie now holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Engineering. She spends her days developing new ways to expand and enhance the harnessing of clean wind energy and deliver it throughout the United States. Sharkspeak@seasave.org
|Ian & Donna Allsopp|
They have worked with Sea Save for more than five years. Their daily efforts ensure that we communicate our messages on our various platforms and that all informational systems are being updated. The duo live just outside London. Sealion@seasave.org and firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Advisors
We are proud of the accomplishments made and awards received by our Advisory Team. Paramount to our “super-team” selection process was their proven dedication to wildlife education. Each member brings to the table not only valuable talents, but an enthusiastic willingness to mentor others and convey a passion for the natural world through entertaining projects. These projects will be used in educational programs for local communities, youth groups, and nonprofit organizations. The Advisory Team profiles reveal a cadre of sharp, creative, and scientific minds. We invite you to join us in our challenge to better understand and protect the natural world.
|Jonathan and Christine Bird|
Jonathan fell in love with the ocean in the 1980s and with Christine in the 1990’s. This dynamic duo are passionate educators, film producers, SCUBA divers, and conservationists. They each bring a unique set of skills to “Oceanic Research Group” and “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” series. This Emmy-award winning team published seven books and directed over 20 films. They are currently working on an ambitious IMAX film uncovering the hidden mysteries of ancient underwater caves.
|Chris Crumley – Photographer|
Chris Crumley is a well-traveled and published professional underwater photographer who has tapped into the growing trend in the publishing world for images of mermaids. Crumley has become a hero and a celebrity within the community. His mermaid images (10,000 plus on file), techniques and ability to coach up and coming “mermaids” make him THE source for underwater mermaid photography.
|Ken Loyst – Owner/partner at FastForward Events|
Loyst’s extensive background in successful business launches, including magazine and book publishing, creation of innovative events, trade shows, and conferences, development of web content and SEO technology provides substantial professional experience. Specializing in negotiations, trade show management, event launch strategies and execution, sponsorship integration, business development and consulting. Private pilot, professional photographer, and scuba instructor.
|Cliff Horton – Owner of Truk Odyssey Live-aboard|
Cliff has a passion for scuba diving and ocean advocacy. He brings to the table a trog convistion that he can make a difference and years of standing witness to the challenges facing our marine environments.
Jay Ireland’s innate understanding of animal behavior is a key ingredient in our recipe for success. As a filmmaker and photographer, Jay possesses both the experience and the tenacity to capture underwater and terrestrial activity in innovative ways. Jay is also a born teacher. He thrives upon sharing his childlike enthusiasm with any interested participant. Jay’s generous approach to teaching photography has inspired many and affords the Sea Save Foundation a unique opportunity to teach expedition volunteers as they contribute to our mission. Jay’s images have already stood witness for many other nonprofit agencies, showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of our natural world.
Ron Steven is better known as artist Rogest. Ron has made it his personal and business mission to educate and help save the environment one dot and one brushstroke at a time. Her has delivered a message of environmental awareness about the oceans we all love and enjoy with his involvement with the Kids Sea Camps, hospitalized kids in Canada, foster kids in Cayman, village kids in PNG and Fiji along with schools and libraries in Canada, England, USA, Australia, Singapore. His passion is to inspire and educate the next generation of Marine stewards.
Pioneer underwater film producer and photographer Stan Waterman, winner of five Emmys, has been at the forefront of scuba diving since its inception. In 1968 he collaborated with Peter Gimbel on the classic shark film “Blue Water, White Death.” He was an associate producer and underwater cameraman. Stan directed underwater photography in the production of “The Deep,” based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel. He and his oldest son, Gordy, won the first father-and-son Emmy for their work together in the National Geographic Explorer production, “Dancing With Stingrays.” Stingray City, the topic of the film, was coincidentally discovered by two of our other advisors, Jay Ireland and Pat Kenney. Stan’s commercial success is surpassed only by his passion for diving and his commitment to education and mentoring new filmmakers.
As photo editor for National Geographic Explorer, Miriam Stein was responsible for imagery used in the Society’s classroom magazine and website. She has an extensive background photo researching natural history for high-profile NGOs, including Conservation International, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy. Miriam was the initial photo researcher for the Smithsonian’s Ocean Planet exhibit, to which she tendered her educational background in marine conservation. Miriam has contributed her time to the Whale Conservation Institute, Global Environment Facility, National Marine Sanctuary Program, and North American Nature Photography Association, for which she chairs the International Committee. She is a diver, a recognized photographer, and concurrently serves as an advisor to the International League of Conservation Photographers. Miriam brings to Sea Save Foundation a keen eye for the specific parameters requisite for photography to be used in conservation and education endeavors.
Jody Martin has held the title of Curator of Invertebrates at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County since April 1993. He simultaneously holds positions as Adjunct Professor at both USC and UCLA. Jody’s talent for processing highly specialized and technically scientific information and presenting it in an accurate but highly engaging and educational format is refreshing. His easygoing manner, coupled with his accomplished academic background, make him a critical addition to our creative process.
As co-founder of Stingray City in Grand Cayman, BWI, Pat Kenney is responsible for the development of the most successful underwater attraction in the world. Prior to the launch of Stingray City, these animals were feared and unprotected. The millions of people who have interacted with Pat’s rays have helped change public opinion and mold public policy. With more than 20 years spent in the diving industry, Pat brings his knowledge and experience in SCUBA diving technology to Sea Save Foundation.
|Steve Clermont |
Steve has been a steadfast fixture at Sea Save Foundation for over seven years. While the rest of us are in the middle of campaigns and on-location activities, we can depend on Steve to cross all the Ts and dot all our Is. He keeps us in compliance with the government and ensures that we can continue our efforts.