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OUR PEOPLE

Alexandra Doudera

Alexandra Doudera

Founder & Executive Director

Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"I am inspired by a sustainable future for our planet, driven by a deeper love and appreciation for our oceans. The first step is education, and that is where Saltwater Classroom comes in."

Brian Wold

Brian Wold

Board of Directors

Portland, Maine

he, him, his

"There is such complexity to the ocean, and you can always learn something new about it... pretty wicked if you ask me!"

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman

Board of Directors

Sayulita, NAY, Mexico

he, him, his

"I'm a big advocate and practitioner of hands-on education, and the ocean, as our largest and most important natural resource, is an essential tool and educational resource..."

Sarah Girouard

Sarah Girouard

Board of Directors

Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"Once I got SCUBA certified and went diving, my world completely changed. My love for the ocean drives my daily activities and also efforts in doing what I can to protect it as much as possible."

Tessa Anable

Tessa Anable

Board of Directors

Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"My earliest memories of painting plein air were at 10 years old with my father on the rocky New England coast, easels perched on rocks so we could paint the wild grey waves of the Atlantic."

Sophie Ringel

Sophie Ringel

Board of Advisors

Miami Beach, Florida

she, her, hers

"Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. This message is so important, let's spread it far and wide. There are 170 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, and every wave washes some of these pieces ashore."

Malcolm Hill

Malcolm Hill

Board of Advisors

Boston, Massachusetts

he, him, his

Rachael Suhie

Rachael Suhie

Ocean Educator

South Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"My favorite aspect of the ocean is that it still holds many mysteries due to how much of it has yet to be explored."

Olivia Dawson

Olivia Dawson

Board of Directors

South Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"The more one learns about the ocean, the more one is able to directly connect themselves to it, no matter where in the world you live. Once there is a personal connection established, there is a curiosity to learn more and protect the incredible resource."

Lee Scheuer

Lee Scheuer

Board of Directors

Portola Valley, California

he, him, his

Eben Kopp

Eben Kopp

Board of Directors

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

he, him, his

Laura Marston

Laura Marston

Board of Advisors

South Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

Megan Frey

Megan Frey

Board of Advisors

At Sea

she, her, hers

“Being nearby or on the ocean gives me life and freedom. The ocean influences my life primarily by teaching me to be humble, aware, patient, direct, honest, and gentle.”

Anastasia Faivre

Anastasia Faivre

SC Ambassador

Scarborough, Maine

she, her, hers

"After moving to Maine in 2017, the ocean took on a new meaning for me. It is the place I go to feel solace and it represents connection to myself and others. Every time I stand in front of the ocean, it reminds me that is our duty to nurture the ocean like it nurtures us."

Parker Richardson

Parker Richardson

Grant Strategy

Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"I feel so at home in the water and lucky to live near it. It is a source of joy, calm, and ferocity that makes me feel connected to the world."

Katie Weiler

Katie Weiler

Board of Directors

Portland, Maine

she, her, hers

"I believe there is hope to address the issues our ocean is facing, ones that humans have vastly created, but that hope lies with younger generations."

Ed Doudera, J.D., LL.M.

Ed Doudera, J.D., LL.M.

Board of Directors

Camden, Maine

he, him, his

"Favorite thing about the ocean is the peace that watching it brings."

Lynda Glover

Lynda Glover

Board of Directors

Newnan, Georgia

she, her, hers

James Merrill

James Merrill

Board of Advisors

Venice Beach, California

he, him, his

“Education around sustainability needs to start with phrases like environmental justice, circular economy, and outbound vs. ocean-found plastic at early stages in our youth’s development.”

Capt. Chadwell DuBose

Capt. Chadwell DuBose

Board of Advisors

Savannah, Georgia

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