- Marketing and Communications
- Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
- Science and Policy
Shelley LucePresident & Chief Executive Officer
Shelley is responsible for determining Heal the Bay’s policy priorities, forming smart strategic alliances, and growing public participation across greater Los Angeles. Shelley, who holds a Doctorate of Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA and a B.S. in Biology from McGill University, began her advocacy career at Heal the Bay, serving as a staff scientist from 2001-2005. She went on to hold executive director positions at the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Bay Foundation, and the Environment Now Foundation before rejoining us as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017.
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Gabriele has been the face, voice, and administrative angel of Heal the Bay for nearly 20 years. She can answer any question about the organization and the Bay with ease and keeps the office running smoothly. When not manning her post as velvet rope/bouncer/concierge, she can probably be found in her recording studio.
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Sylvie MakaraOffice Manager
Sylvie provides administrative support to Heal the Bay’s President, Vice President, and Board of Directors. After relocating to Southern California from Ottawa, Ontario, Sylvie quickly found her niche as an educational programs volunteer and Key to the Sea Naturalist at Heal the Bay. Sylvie brings almost 20 years of administrative experience and an unabashed love of the ocean to her work.
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Sheila McSherryAssociate Director, Foundation Relations
Sheila serves as the liaison between Heal the Bay and its private, family and corporate foundation supporters. She has also been the organization’s senior grant writer since 2005. She graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz and is also a musician. She is on a mission to visit all of the world’s best beaches.
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Erik SchillerAssociate Advancement Director
Erik is excited to join Heal the Bay as the Associate Advancement Director. Erik graduated from Biola University with a degree in Marketing/Management. On the weekends, you can usually find him searching for historic tiki bars or planning his next scuba dive.
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Logan DoughtieDonor Relations Manager
Logan manages our new Wavemakers membership program, along with our Suits On the Sand program and a new retail initiative. Logan graduated from Florida State University and worked for several years managing arts education programs for homeless youth shelters. He enjoys exploring California’s national parks.
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Marketing and Communications
Matthew KingMarketing and Communications Director
Matthew is responsible for communicating Heal the Bay’s mission and activities to the general public. He oversees our branding, public messaging, pro-bono advertising, and public and media relations. Before joining Heal the Bay, he served as a vice president of The Hollywood Reporter and as an editor at the Los Angeles Times. An avid surfer, Matthew sneaks out to El Porto and Bay Street as often as he can. Listen to Matthew’s fun and inspiring interview with The Sound discussing Heal the Bay’s campaigns.
Talia WalshMarketing and Communications Director (Interim)
Talia creates digital strategies, social media and advocacy campaigns to activate and engage the Los Angeles County community with the natural environment. She oversees Heal the Bay’s brand, user experience and partnership development. She earned her B.S. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University and enjoys hiking, camping, art, new Emoji and live music.
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Alvin LamData and Information Manager
Alvin graduated from UCLA, but more importantly, unlike Frank Drebin, he doesn’t love swimming in raw sewage. It’s this aversion that led him to Heal the Bay where he helps the team attract lovers of clean water (yes, that was a reference to the 90’s classic, Naked Gun 2 ½).
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Meredith McCarthyOperations Director
Meredith oversees Heal the Bay’s suite of prestigious public programs, including Coastal Cleanup Day, Nick Gabaldon Day, Speakers Bureau, Adopt-a-Beach and Key to the Watershed. Meredith also chairs the Green L.A. Coalition and sits on the steering committees for OurParks, OurWaterLA, and the South Bay Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.
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Nancy ShrodesAssociate Director, Policy and Outreach
Nancy inspires thousands of Angelenos by managing Heal the Bay’s Speakers Bureau program. Her passion for ocean conservation earned her an Environmental Science degree with a focus in marine biology from Tufts University. Prior to joining Heal the Bay, Nancy ran a grassroots campaign office that was instrumental in banning plastic bags in L.A. Look for Nancy on the beach volleyball courts.
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Isabel CardenasBeach Programs Manager
Isabel manages the Adopt-a-Beach and Coastal Cleanup programs, educating diverse communities about the importance of our ocean and the impact of marine debris. She earned a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. Before working at Heal the Bay, Isabel was an environmental science educator in Olympic National Park. In her free time, Isabel likes to visit national parks, rock climb, and is learning to surf.
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Danielle FuruichiPrograms Coordinator
After graduating from Indiana University, Danielle further developed her passion for environmental justice and the ocean as a volunteer at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Danielle helps execute beach and creek cleanups, educates the community on the health of our watersheds and oceans, and engages high school students through Club Heal the Bay. On the weekends you can catch her rock climbing, hiking, and surfing!
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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Marslaidh RyanAquarium Director
Marslaidh (pronounced like parsley) studied Environmental Science at the University of Oregon, Aquarium Science at Saddleback College, and Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Oregon State University. She began her career in public aquariums over fifteen years ago gaining experience in areas such as marine science education, animal husbandry, life support systems, and facility operations. She has worked and volunteered in various other institutions as she made her way down the coast, such as the Marine Mammal Center, Aquarium of the Bay, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the California Science Center. She dives locally as an active PADI Divemaster and Scientific Diver, and is a member of the Grunions US Masters swim team.
Laura RinkAssociate Aquarium Director, Operations
After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Biology, Laura has spent the last 10 years working in the aquarium industry at facilities housing diverse collections of aquatic life. Her previous positions include Curator at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney, Senior Aquarist at The California Science Center, and Aquarist for the Calvert Marine Museum along the Chesapeake Bay.
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Jenna SegalAssociate Aquarium Director, Programs
Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern University, and coordinates with educators, event planners and others who wish to use the facilities. She also acts as liaison with various city agencies and Santa Monica Pier neighbors, and oversees the facility’s public hours and retail operations. Originally from Massachusetts, Jenna moved out west to enjoy the sunshine and study marine science. She started her career at Heal the Bay as an Aquarium and MPA Watch volunteer, and officially joined the staff in 2012.
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Kelly KellyEducation Manager
Kelly is responsible for teaching bright-eyed students on field trips about the local coastal ecology, in addition to managing the Key to the Sea and Summer Camp programs. She is excited to be back with Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, not just to educate others about marine animals and habitats, but also to instill stewardship and foster change. Kelly’s also excited to be back to where she first started as an intern and naturalist in 2014. She is currently working on her M.S. in Informal Science Education at CSU Long Beach. When not teaching on the beach or going to class, Kelly loves going to the zoo (even when she worked there), taking photos, and seeing live music shows.
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Halina Do-LinhVolunteer Programs Coordinator
Halina manages our volunteers at Heal the Bay. Our volunteers are dedicated, awesome individuals involved with beach cleanups, community science, community advocacy, our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and more. Halina is native to the Los Angeles area, but ventured up north where she achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies & Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is excited to be part of Heal the Bay and to be advocating for marine and ocean issues in the areas she grew up exploring. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Halina.
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Tikiesha AllenEducation and Outreach Associate
“Tiki” is a graduate of the LATTC Chemical Technology Certification program, with an Associate’s Degree in Science. Tiki has been an enthusiastic member of Heal the Bay’s watershed monitoring team since 2011. She was honored by Heal the Bay in 2015 as a “Super Healer”. Her ambitions are to be of service to her city and home, Los Angeles, by protecting our precious waterways. In Spring of 2018, she transitioned to our Aquarium as an Education and Outreach Associate where she helps educate K-12 students, while also working with corporations to teach them about conservation and preservation.
Colleen SullivanCommunity Programs Coordinator
Colleen leads daily operations for the Aquarium’s public hours, managing birthday parties, as well as coordinating theme weekends and special events. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in International Affairs and Italian at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Before coming to Heal the Bay, she spent a year teaching environmental studies and mechanics of renewable energy at a technical high school in Milan, Italy. In her free time, she likes to paint, SCUBA dive and hike.
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Grace YoungCommunity Outreach Coordinator
Grace manages MPA Watch, Sand Crabs Science Wednesdays, Aquadoption program, social media, as well as public hours at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Having worked in the fashion industry for a few years after earning her B.S in Fashion Production, Grace believes that protecting Marine Protected Areas and preserving our coast is more important than producing the next trendy shirt. After hours, she likes to cycle around the city, runs a small cycling hat company and loves to go tidepooling.
Robert RamosEducation and Outreach Associate
Robert Ramos is an aspiring marine biologist from Philadelphia. He discovered his passion for marine science while attending college at Wesleyan University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in both Biology and Environmental Science. Once graduated, Robert found his way out to California by participating in an AmeriCorps internship on Catalina Island building nature trails. Eventually, Robert was welcomed into the Heal the Bay family as an Education and Outreach Associate, where he educates and inspires young people to be stewards of their environment!
Gabriela CarrEducation and Outreach Associate
Gabi gets to teach kids from around L.A. about the ocean at Santa Monica Beach and at the Aquarium, as well as helping out during public programs and at outreach events. Originally from New York City, Gabi moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in biology and a minor in environmental policy and culture. When she’s not at the aquarium or the beach she’s often teaching about river ecology at the Glendale Narrows with Friends of the LA River. Outside of work she loves exploring her adopted city of Los Angeles.
Despite growing up in the midwest, Natalie has always had an inexplicable love for the ocean. So, after graduating from DePaul University, Natalie embarked on a year-long exploration of Australian marine life. This made her realize she could never live in a land-locked state again. After establishing a home base in coastal California, she jumped on a multitude of jobs and volunteer opportunities continuing her passion for environmental education along with animal rescue and rehabilitation. At the Santa Monica Aquarium, Natalie is part of the aquarist team that assists in keeping inhabitants healthy, the tanks looking beautiful and spreading knowledge about our sharks in weekly shark talks! In her free time, Natalie collects animal socks, plays volleyball, and explores Los Angeles with her Bearded Dragon, Belanus.
Science and Policy
Dr. Katherine PeaseScience and Policy Director
Katherine assesses the water quality and biological health of greater L.A.’s watersheds and assists stakeholder groups with policy recommendations. Katherine studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Barnard College and earned a Ph.D. from UCLA, where she wrote her dissertation on the impacts of invasive crayfish on native frog tadpoles in the Santa Monica Mountains. Katherine is passionate about freshwater ecosystems and loves to explore L.A.’s wilderness.
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Ryan SearcyBeach Water Quality Modeler
Ryan is responsible for developing and running Heal the Bay’s “NowCast” program, an innovative platform that will forecast water quality at beaches across California daily. Hailing from Northern California, Ryan moved down to sunny San Diego to earn both a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCSD. After the work day is done, Ryan can be found surfing waves or sipping a homebrew.
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Annelisa MoeWater Quality Scientist
Annelisa helps to keep L.A. water clean and safe by advocating for comprehensive and science-based water quality regulation and enforcement. Before joining the team at Heal the Bay, she worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board in both the underground storage tank program and the surface water ambient monitoring program. Annelisa completed her master’s degree in geological sciences at CSU Northridge. In her free time she enjoys caving, canyoneering and scuba diving.
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Luke GingerWater Quality Scientist
Luke fights for the environment’s rights by advocating for water quality regulation and enforcement. But he’s also looking out for the humans who go to the beaches, rivers, and streams by managing the Beach Report Card, River Report Card, and NowCast programs. Before joining Heal the Bay, he worked as an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compliance consultant for small businesses. He has a B.S. in Biology from The University of St. Thomas and a M.S. in Biology from Miami University. Although Luke does not consider what he does at Heal the Bay “work,” when he’s not in the office he is hiking in the National Parks or hanging out on the beach.
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Emily ParkerCoastal and Marine Scientist
Emily works to keep our oceans and marine ecosystems healthy and clean by advocating for strong legislation and enforcement both locally and statewide. She focuses on plastic pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and climate change related issues. Before arriving at Heal the Bay, Emily earned a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where she conducted research on sea turtle conservation in El Salvador. When not advocating for ocean rights, Emily can almost always be found on the shore catching a wave or soaking up some L.A. sunshine.
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Amanda WagnerWatershed Research Fellow
Amanda is developing the River Report Card Pilot Project, establishing ecological metrics for the L.A. River revitalization planning, and assisting with freshwater monitoring projects at Heal the Bay. She is currently a doctoral student in Environmental Science and Engineering at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences and a B.S. in Biology from UCLA. When not in classes or at Heal the Bay, she enjoys swimming and hiking.
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Frankie OrralaAngler Outreach Program Manager
Frankie manages the Angler Outreach Program, overseeing a multilingual team of five. He also develops partnerships with the Spanish-speaking community and acts as Heal the Bay’s Spanish media liaison. Before joining Heal the Bay, Frankie was a Fishing Observer for the Ecuadorian National Fishing Institute in the Galapagos Islands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of Guayaquil.
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Oscar TorresAngler Outreach Team
Driven by his zeal for the Southern California coast and his passion for informing and empowering communities, Oscar speaks with anglers and fishermen and instructs them about pollution and health risks from fishing L.A.’s piers. Oscar’s main interests are environmental and human health and sustainable fisheries.