Board of Directors

Todd Steiner

Executive Director

Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

Carole Allen

Board Member

Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART).

Dr. Alex Hearn

Board Member

Dr. Alex Hearn joined Turtle Island as Director of Conservation Science in early 2013, and now serves on our Board of Directors.

Brock Cahill

Board Member

Brock is the founder of SeaChange Agency and an underwater cinematographer.

Deb Castellana

Board Member

Deb Castellana is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue.


Todd Steiner

Executive Director

Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

Scott Artis

Managing Director

Scott Artis joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network staff in 2018 and brings more than a decade’s worth of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in wildlife conservation, habitat protection, biotech, management and fundraising.

Preston Brown

Director of Watershed Conservation

Preston's work is focused on developing and facilitating stream restoration projects and administrating salmonid population monitoring programs.

Joanie Steinhaus

Gulf Program Director

Joanie Steinhaus attended Houston Community College in Houston Texas studying Animal Health Management and Veterinary Technology.

Audrey Fusco

Nursery Manager & Restoration Ecologist

Audrey is the manager of the SPAWN's native plant nursery and an enthusiastic supporter of ecological restoration.

Annalisa Batanides Tuel

Policy & Advocacy Manager

Annalisa is an environmental attorney and policy analyst working to create holistic habitat uplift by focusing on imperiled marine and anadromous species.

Rebekah Staub

Communications Manager

Rebekah Staub joins TIRN from Golden, Colorado.

Stepph Sharpe

Development Manager

Stepph is passionate about wildlife conservation and protection of public lands.

Andrew Scott

Membership & Office Manager

Andrew grew up on the shores of New Zealand's Manukau harbor and spent countless childhood hours examining the creatures of the tidal mudflats.

Ayano Hayes

Watershed Biologist

Ayano strives to protect and restore the natural environment through action, education, and connection.

Mariano Castro

Latin America Legal & Policy Analyst

Mariano Castro is a Costa Rican lawyer with an LLM in public international law from Leiden University, and current candidate for a Mphil in Conservation Leadership in Cambridge University.

Serenoa Steiner

Membership Specialist

Serenoa is passionate about climate change mitigation and understanding its impact on our ecosystems and human health.

Benedict Tagle

Communications Specialist

Benedict is a communications professional from Northern California.


Elizabeth Purcell

Communications Intern

Elizabeth is currently studying environmental science with an aquatic biology tract.

Logan Anderson

Habitat Restoration Intern

Logan is a recent graduate from Humboldt State with a BA in Mathematics.

Giselle Schmitz

Policy & Advocacy Intern

Giselle is a recently-returned Peace Corps Volunteer with a background in ocean and coastal policy.

Teska Hapig-Ward

Habitat Restoration Intern

Teska recently graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Ecological Management and Restoration.

Jamie Wilson

Habitat Restoration Intern

Jamie fell in love with the ocean during a semester abroad in New Zealand and is now pursuing a career in marine research and conservation.

Science and Policy Advisory Board

César Peñaherrera, Ph.D

César Peñaherrera is an Ecuadorian Marine Biologist specialized in Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) and currently serves as the Academic Director at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador – Manabí.

Frank Paladino, Ph.D

Frank Paladino is the Biology Department Chair and Professor at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D

Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

Kerstin Forsberg

Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

Jonathan R. Green

Jonathan R. Green

Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D

Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology

William Loftus, Ph.D

William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues

George Shillinger, Ph.D

George Shillinger is the Executive Director of The Leatherback Trust. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986.

Boris Worm, Ph.D

Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conservation of marine biodiversity.

Shaya Honarvar, Ph.D

Shaya Honarvar is the Founder and Director of the Bioko Marine Turtle Program, a Research Associate at Purdue University Fort Wayne, and affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai'i.

Mark Stabb, Ph.D

Mark Stabb is a professional engineer, small business owner, environmental conservationist and long time scuba divemaster.

Kevin Weng, Ph.D

Kevin Weng is an Associate Professor at College of William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science where he studies the impact of fisheries on sharks and other marine species.