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Project Ocean Watch Planning Team

mark_schraderMark Schrader, Principal + Founder – Captain, S/V Ocean Watch
A renowned solo sailor, Mark has twice single-handedly circumnavigated the world and was the first American to singled- handedly circumnavigate the world via the five Southern Capes in 1982-3. He finished the BOC Challenge in 1987, and became its Race Director in 1990-91. Mark was co-founder of the 2009-2010 Around the Americas and Captain of its S/V Ocean Watch for its 13-month expedition. He currently lives in Washington state and is an avid marine conservationist and wildlife advocate.

dawn_hanleyDawn Curtis Hanley, Principal – Managing Director
Dawn served as Project Director for the original Around the Americas Expedition, putting to work her more than 20 years’ experience in successful brand management, sponsorship activation, marketing and communications experience, with specific expertise in project management. She has worked in the fields of tourism, hospitality and media and has produced numerous award-winning events and marketing campaigns. Dawn was also Director of Marine Operations for Sail Boston 1992, the largest maritime/tourism event in the history of New England, attracting 225 vessels and 7+ million visitors.

jennifer_benderJennifer Bender, Ph.D., Ocean and Marine Science Communications Expert 
As a Boston based environmental scientist, Jen passionately seeks to bridge gaps between scientists, policy makers, and the public for marine and coastal zone issues. She serves as Executive Director for the Marine Studies Consortium, an education collaborative that teaches courses in marine and aquatic sciences with experienced professionals, field work, and interactive learning initiatives. Dr. Bender consults to a variety of organizations including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Gloucester Maritime.

michael_suttonMichael Sutton, Ocean Conservation Leader
Michael Sutton is an internationally respected ocean conservation leader with extensive experience in public policy, environmental advocacy, global campaigns and nonprofit governance. Mike currently serves as Executive Director of the Goldman Environmental Foundation.  He was also a member of the  California Fish & Game Commission, where he helped create the nation’s largest network of marine protected areas.  Mike founded the Center for the Future of the Oceans and helped establish ocean conservation programs at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The World Wildlife Fund.

rob_lippincottRob Lippincott, Media, Technology, Education Expert
Rob is passionate about using 21st century technology to transform the process of learning to inspire curiosity, cultivate creativity, build resilience and sharpen critical thinking. Rob has held positions such as SVP Education Strategy + Partnerships for PBS, SVP for Pearson Education, GM of the Family Education Network and SVP, Product Development for Discovery Education. He has also served in leadership positions in schools and businesses where he has built and applied media and communications technology to education. He is a pioneer in multimedia and internet design for K-12 audiences.

 Sue Pasieka, Global Strategic Alliances
Sue has over 20 years experience building strategic partnerships for leading consumer brand, technology and digital media companies. She is passionate about helping companies activate their Corporate Social Responsibility missions and has held a variety of leadership positions at companies including MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, Ziff Davis and TechTarget working with leading companies including Dell EMC, Accenture, SAP, TJX, Dunkin Brands and CVS Health.

Karl Kruger, Captain
Captain Karl Kruger taught himself to windsurf at twelve years old and worked his way up to 420s, Lasers, Hobies and a variety of Keelboats…always yearning for a better ride. He has lived in the great Pacific Northwest for 20 years, cruising extensively along the West Coast, North Pacific, the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands. Karl charters sailing trips that combine Skiing/Standup Paddling/ Surfing with Sailing. His passions are furthered by his B.S. in Environmental Science/ Toxicology at Western Washington University and an A.A.S. in Ecology and Environmental Technology at Paul Smiths College.

Learn more about Karl at https://www.krugerescapes.com!

Additional Advisors:

  • Dr. Peter Auster, Undersea Research Scientist and Technology Specialist
  • Henry P. Huntington, Ph.D., scientist, conservationist + Arctic Expert
  • Deborah Cramer, Author, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World,
  • Julie Morse, Conservation Scientist and Ornithologist
  • Les Valsquier, Communication & Systems Coordinator
  • Dan Lovy, Technology and Marketing Expert
  • Bryant Patten, IoT and Big Data Leader
  • Paul Reynolds, CEO of FableVision + Storyteller
  • Molly Salatich, Brand + Marketing Strategist
  • Amy Kimball, Global Event Producer
  • Corinne Durocher, Marketing + Events Executive, Avid Sailor
  • Stuart Farrell, R/V Ocean Watch Operations


The Around The Americas Historic Expedition

It began with a simple idea. Take a map and draw a circle around The Americas. Suddenly, it becomes clear that what you are looking at is not two continents and two oceans, but one island, surrounded by one ocean—all deeply interconnected.

In the realm of ocean exploration, there are not many ‘firsts.’ In May 2009, a group of passionate and committed sailors, scientists, educators and journalists set out to circumnavigate that “island”—the first time it had ever been done. During this 13-month epic journey, they covered 25,000 nautical miles and made 50 port calls in more than a dozen countries. Their mission was to explain, to interpret, to document and to share with the widest possible audience, the threats to our oceans and the need to take action to preserve them.

Project Ocean Watch: The Next Generation Ocean Innovation Expedition

A decade later, with a stronger sense of urgency to stem the impact of climate change and reduce the human impact on our oceans—and with striking and powerful advancements in communication and technology plans are well underway for Project Ocean Watch, a follow-on expedition that will:

  • Unite and celebrate a global community of experts and entrepreneurs in the realm of ocean innovation and stewardship
  • Discover breakthrough ideas and distributive blue technologies that will contribute to a vibrant and sustainable circular blue economy
  • Highlight the inter-connectedness of our ‘neighborhoods of the sea’
  • Chronicle changes to the oceans since the first expedition in 2009-2010
  • Leverage the sailing expedition as a captivating, highly visual platform for storytelling about ocean health, engaging global audiences of all ages and inspiring them to take action to protect and preserve our oceans.

Around the Americas: 2009-2010

Around The Americas proved to those involved, including science and educational partners, sponsors and donors, that a well-organized adventure-based sailing voyage can have a tremendously powerful and broad reach into the formal and informal education worlds Ocean Watch followed a dual purpose: to collect scientific data along the 27,500-mile route and to educate children, families and communities in 50 ports.

  • 7,000+ people reached through tours and presentations during port visits—including 4,000+ students
  • 1,000+ additional students reached via distance learning
  • 400+ downloads of free curriculum
  • 100+ registered from 11 countries / 18 states
  • Online community of more than 1,500
  • 11.2 million total media impressions including Reuters, USA Today, Daily News and msnbc.com
  • 60,000+ images, 80+ hours of video footage
  • 250 Crew & Captain’s Logs distributed to thousands of people
  • Publication of One Island, One Ocean, a 240-page coffee-table book that documents this epic-environmental journey

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