Our Staff and Leadership

“From food to weather and jobs to national security, our lives are inextricably linked to the oceans. Simply put, we cannot live without them. In turn, the health of the oceans and coastal areas is directly dependent upon our actions.” — Admiral James Watkins, US Navy (Ret.) and SeaKeeper Awardee, 2005

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a small but international group who shares a genuine concern for the oceans and are passionate about protecting them. Corporate headquarters are located in Coral Gables, Florida.

Jay Wade


Julian Chang

Board Member

Glen Allen

Yacht Captain

Mark Luther, Ph.D


Michael T. Moore

Chairman Emeritus

Patty Elkus


Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) is charged with providing advice, assistance, and support to SeaKeepers and its staff to guide the programming and planning decisions of the organization. SAC members liaise with the Director of Programming and Policies and represent a diverse wealth of expertise. Members are appointed by invitation.

“SeaKeepers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the leaders of the world to become a voice for the oceans by bridging gaps between good science and the business and yachting communities.” — SAC mission statement, adopted 2011

Mark luther, Ph.D

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D

Roni Avissar, PhD

Fabien Cousteau

Kevin Hardy

Dr. James Morris

Bill Read

SeaKeepers Staff

Richard Snow

President & CEO

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Ivonne Gamboa

Marketing & PR Manager

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Tony Gilbert

Program Director

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Ariel Blatt

Assistant Program Director

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Ruth Robinson


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SeaKeepers Internship Program 2016–2018

Program Mission: To provide a professional development program for college and graduate students. The internship experience provides entry-level positions, mentoring, and enriching job skills that engage participants in becoming highly valued professionals with marine conservation awareness.

Kellen Sanchez

Spring 2019

Graphic Design intern

Florida International University

Tayhara Garcia

Spring 2017

Marketing & PR Intern

Florida International University

Tessa Gonzalez

Summer 2016

Programming Intern

UMiami - Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Victoria Bianchi

Fall 2016

Marketing & PR Intern

Florida International University

Léna Picard

Fall 2016

Programming Intern

University of Brussels

Eduin Turcios

Summer 2018

Marketing & Social Media Intern

Florida International University

Annie Peterson

Summer 2015 - Spring 2016

Programming Intern

UMiami - Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science