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Team Member Bio’s

Alex Lewis-Dorer – President of the Board

Alex SJIAlex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. Alex can be contacted via her Twitter or email: alewis@finsandfluke.org

John Koehler – Vice President & Social Media Coordinator

JohnJohn Koehler (aka Aquaman OceanDefender) is a 51 year old activist residing in Ocean City, Maryland. Since leaving the Navy in 1992 he has been a dedicated advocate for the oceans. He has been a guest and co-host on numerous talk radio shows advocating for the oceans and the environment over the past ten years and has launched his own talk radio show featuring guests that are activists for various environmental issues, the show is now entering it’s second season. He has a B.S. degree in Marine Biology he completed while in the Navy as he wanted to always continue learning and still strives to learn each day as he believes education is key to positive change. He maintains a blog site highlighting many issues the environment and society face today. Over the past 20 years he has participated in many campaigns including anti-whaling, opposing the sport-fishing industry, ocean pollution, overfishing, shark finning, captivity, and various others. Check out John’s Blog and his Fins and Fluke Blog Talk Radio page. You can contact John on his Twitter, his Facebook or via his email: johnk@finsandfluke.org

Amanda Fagan – Secretary

AmandaAmanda Fagan is a 21 year old activist and college student majoring in Public Administration & Policy. Growing up between 2 rivers in Virginia, Amanda has always loved underwater life. Amanda has always been interested in animal welfare, but she became most passionate about animals when she moved to Florida, spending most of her time by the water observing manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. Amanda first knew she had to become an activist after her high school marine science teacher introduced her to the film Sharkwater, ever since that day her life has revolved around fighting for animals and the environment. Amanda has worked on numerous campaigns for things such as stopping illegal logging, chemical safety, defending clean air and water, ocean conservation, and more. Amanda is inspired by her fellow activists and this beautiful planet we live on. If you would like to contact Amanda please e-mail her afagan@finsandfluke.org and on Twitter.

 Michelle Johnson – Treasurer

MipsMichelle Johnson is a 26 year old activist from Southern California. Residing near the beach, she has always taken an interest in the oceans. She jumped into activism early in 2012, joining the Sea Shepherd on-shore crew. Michelle has been working diligently with fellow activist, Alex Dorer, to track Taiji Dolphins. She has also taken part in Japan Dolphins Day at the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles with other activists to raise awareness about the horrific dolphin slaughters in Taiji. While she has invested a lot of time in raising awareness about the Cove, she is also dedicated to shedding light on issues such as overfishing, whaling and shark finning. More recently, she has joined the crew of Los Angeles “Waterkeeper” to monitor marine protected areas off the Southern California coast. When she isn’t busy raising awareness about the plight of the oceans, she can be found painting. Her art is influenced by marine life and conservation. She hopes to one day soon contribute to ending the over exploitation of the oceans. Follow Michelle on Twitter, stay up to date with her Tumblr or contact her via email: mjohnson@finsandfluke.org

Kayla Feudner – Board Member

10387620_10203938191685844_2351307972640683134_nKayla Feudner is a 26 year old activist residing in Manchester New Hampshire. Kayla has always been interested in the world’s oceans and its inhabitants. She began in online activism in 2012 by creating a blog to educate and spread awareness about the threats facing the oceans and all the creatures that call them home, as well as anti captivity issues. Kayla often participates in beach cleanups in her area and signs many petitions that she then shares with her blog followers. Check out her blog here. Kayla Can be contacted via twitter or email: kfeudner@finsandfluke.org

 

Tiffany Heard – Board Member

Tiffany Heard  is a thirty-eight year old activist, mother, dental hygienist and vertical fitness instructor, residing in Ontario,photo 1 Canada. Instilled with compassion and empathy toward all living creatures, Tiffany was devastated after watching footage of the Canadian Seal Hunt, when she was in high school. It was then that she wrote her first letter to the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, in protest of the mass slaughter. Over the years Tiffany developed increasing concerns regarding wildlife protection, animal welfare, Cetacean rights, ocean preservation and climate change. After research and increased awareness regarding marine mammal captivity, Tiffany felt that it was essential to further educate others, raise awareness and put forth a greater effort to initiate change. Tiffany began signing and promoting petitions, while continuing to write letters to government officials and organizations, using social media to educate others regarding various campaigns and causes, volunteering and attending protests. Tiffany felt that it was important to increase her involvement, and truly make a difference.  In 2014 Tiffany became a Level 1, cyber volunteer with Fins and Fluke, and is pleased to become a member of the board in 2015. Tiffany looks forward to further increasing global awareness, promoting campaigns, and initiating change. You can contact Tiffany by email: theard@finsandfluke.org 

Kristi Everard – Board Member

KrisKristi Everard, born in Canada, now a mother and grandmother always had a love for animals of all kinds. In 2010 she watched the documentary “The Cove”. She thought she was it was going to be fun DVD on dolphins. Little did she know the horror she was going to witness and how that one documentary would change her life. Kristi has spent a great deal of her time dedicating her life to sharing and educating people  not to swim with dolphins or buy tickets to dolphin shows. Supporting captivity only aids in more death of dolphins. Kristi also participated in the 2014 5km walk to protest MarineLand, Canada where Kiska, the only living lone Orca whale in Canada remains in a small tank all alone. Kristi feels we should educate parents but also children as they are the ones that will continue on after our generation is gone. We can change history by only allowing them to experience dolphins and whales in their natural habitat and teaching them that captivity is wrong. In November of 2015 Kristi was proud to be chosen to sit on the Board of Fins and Fluke. The diversity of each board member covers all aspects of ocean conservation, education and the protection of marine life. With this caring and dedicated group of activists there should be no limits to what can be accomplished in 2016 for our friends without voices. You can contact Kirsti via email: keverard@finsandfluke.org

Emily Castro – Grant Writer

Emily Castro is a 21 year old writer and activist living in southeastern Massachusetts. She has always had a connection to, and 1236208_10152237062917516_1947071712_nlove for all animals, especially Beluga Whales. Growing up near the ocean has given her opportunities to be involved with the conservation and general health of her local harbors and waterways. She began volunteering at the Center for Student Coastal Research in her town when she was 15. While there she tested water quality to assure the health of marine life and citizens who would be in contact with the water. In 2010 she participated in a state funded group research project in which they studied the origin, composition and possible health impact of a foam found in their harbor. The project received several awards and recognitions including, second place at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, and an Excellence and Achievement award from their town. With her love for animals and writing talent she plans to become more involved and make a difference in the protection of marine mammals both in captivity and in the wild. In addition, with her experience with grant writing from her project she hopes to help obtain funding for current and future projects carried out by Fins and Fluke. Emily can be contacted via email at: ecastro@finsandfluke.org

Alex Lewis-Dorer

Alex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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