Since founding Marine Life Studies in 2006, I have served as Executive Director. From 1990 to 2008, I served as President of Bloomin’ Acres, Inc., a Michigan-based corporation. I am co-founder of the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®, co-investigator (CI) level 3 responder under NOAA MMHSRP permit for WET®, principle investigator (PI) under NOAA NMFS permit since 2006, plus was CI under NOAA NMFS permit and Research Assistant for the Hawaii Whale Research Foundation from 1999 to 2008.
My dream when I started Marine Life Studies was to inspire students and people from all walks of life to pursue science and education to protect our ocean and the marine life that depend on it. I now want staff to sustain Marine Life Studies into the future by setting up a succession plan for young scientists and educators so that it can continue into inspire students and the public to protect the ocean and its inhabitants through its different programs.