Executive Committee Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Oceana México

Mike Hirshfield

Mike has worked at Oceana since 2001 in a variety of roles, currently as Senior Advisor. In that capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic guidance and organizational troubleshooting, among other duties. Until May of 2019, he was Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer, working to identify strategic opportunities for Oceana expansion into new countries, in … Read more

Liesbeth van der Meer

Liesbeth van der Meer is a doctor of veterinary medicine and earned her degree with a focus on salmon aquaculture at the University of Chile. She quickly became disillusioned with the salmon farming industry, which inspired her career in conservation. Liesbeth earned her master’s degree in natural resource management and environmental sustainability with a focus on … Read more

Kathryn Matthews

Katie joined Oceana in January 2016 as their Deputy Chief Scientist, and stepped into the Chief Scientist role three years later.  She’s responsible for ensuring that Oceana’s advocacy is informed by the best and most current scientific understanding, as well as tracking emerging issues, advising on strategic direction, and supporting the nearly 50 staff scientists … Read more

Nancy Golden

Nancy Golden is Oceana’s vice president of global development and has more than 25 years of fundraising experience. She leads the Major Gifts, Events, Corporate and Celebrity Partnerships and Planned Giving teams. Prior to joining Oceana in 2015 as Vice President for Development, Nancy served for 15 years as the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) … Read more

Joshua Laughren

Josh grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada and spent his childhood lost in the creeks and swamps around his house, with countless hours spent chasing reptiles and all things that creep and crawl. He is still hard-wired to chase reptiles whenever he can, much to his son’s delight… and his wife’s dismay. Turning his boyhood … Read more

Kathy A. Whelpley

Kathy joined Oceana because she was inspired by the mission and impact of the organization. As someone who grew up two miles from the Jersey Shore, she swam almost every summer day of her childhood and countless hours on her dad’s fishing boat. Being a part of the foundations fundraising team is the opportunity to connect personal … Read more

Chris Sharkey

Christopher Sharkey is Chief Financial Officer of Oceana.  A seasoned executive with nearly 25 years of committed service to international and domestic NGO’s. Sharkey’s broad experience in the areas of finance, administrative functions, and programmatic operations include 11 years as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Citizens Development Corps and 10 years as Vice … Read more

Janelle Chanona

Janelle Chanona joined Oceana as its new leader for Belize in January 2014.  The former Belize newscaster and Belmopan native now leads Oceana’s efforts to protect Belize’s marine resources. Chanona, a long time anchor for News Five, Great Belize Productions in Belize, most recently ran her own media and production company. She has produced documentaries … Read more

Susan Murray

Susan Murray is Oceana’s Deputy Vice President, Pacific based in Juneau, Alaska office. With more than 25 years of executive experience, Susan oversees Oceana’s US campaigns in the Pacific from Alaska to California. She has worked at Oceana since 2003 in a variety of capacities, and successes include protecting more than a million square miles … Read more

Beth Lowell

Beth Lowell is Oceana’s Deputy Vice President for U.S. Campaigns. In this role, Lowell oversees Oceana’s campaigns to stop the expansion of offshore drilling, ban the trade of shark fins, save vulnerable species from extinction, defend core ocean conservation laws, and deter illegal fishing and increase transparency. Lowell has dedicated her 20-plus year career to … Read more