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Staff Bios


Chris Kelley is a 26 year veteran of not for profit organizations having held senior leadership, fundraising and communications roles. Mr. Kelley most recently lead the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross, CA as its CEO. Prior to this, Mr. Kelley was the CEO and Division President for the National Kidney Foundation based in San Francisco with operations throughout Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Mr. Kelley was Director of External Relations for San Francisco Maritime Park and prior to this, spent 10 years in New York City in several posts, including Director of Development for Rainforest Alliance, Director of Major Gifts at National Audubon Society, Director of Corporate Gifts at Lighthouse International and Assistant Director, Major Gifts at CARE. In addition, Mr. Kelley founded International Philanthropy Advisors, a strategic management and fundraising consulting organization whose clients included for profit and not for profit companies based in the US and Latin America. Prior to living in New York, Mr. Kelley was the Managing Director and Deputy Director for the American Lung Associaton of Indiana in Indianapolis and the Promotion Coordinator for the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club. Mr. Kelley graduated from Purdue University in 1985 with a BA in Public Relations and Management. Mr. Kelley is married with two children and lives in Northern California.

Chris's Links: LinkedIn profile


Amy Dean.Amy Dean is the Education Manager for FMSA. She manages the LiMPETS program for the Sanctuary, leads teacher workshops, and develops curriculum for middle and high school students. Amy earned a Masters Degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University and has approximately 15 years of experience teaching environmental science to students of all ages.

Amy's Links: Bernese Mountain Dog Club, Los Farallones Blog


Dru Devlin.Dru Devlin is a Research Associate for the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. She assists with the management of volunteers, surveys, data and quality control. Ms. Devlin has years experience developing and implementing marine and environmental education programs for adults and children and was the associate director for the Tarlton Institute for Marine Education. She earned both her Master's of Public and Business Administration, and B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.

Dru's Links: Seafood Watch and Surfline Women


Kirsten Lindquist is the Ecosystem Monitoring Manager. She manages Beach Watch, a long-term monitoring program that utilizes the expertise of over 100 citizen scientists to collect data along the coast. Kirsten earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Conservation from Prescott College in 2001. Since then she has worked in the remote field studying seabirds and marine mammals throughout the Pacific, Antarctica, and most notably here throughout the California Current. Kirsten is happily setting down roots here in the bay area which she has called home for ten years.

Kirsten's Links: Penguin Science and Boating SF

Abby Nickels is the LiMPETS Coordinator for FMSA.  She teaches middle, high school, college students and local citizen groups how to participate in the LiMPETS program.  Abby earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University.  Abby has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including: Pacific salmon ecology, black abalone monitoring and visitor learning in museums and other informal education institutions.  Until recently, Abby was an ORISE fellow in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.   Abby is happy to be back on west coast working for FMSA where she can combine her love for the ocean and marine sciences with teaching.

Abby's Links:
 Monterey Bay Aquarium, Institute for Learning Innovation and Año Nuevo State Park



Adrian SkajrAdrian Skaj is a native San Franciscan who graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Women's Studies and a Minor in Holistic Health. She is happy to use her administrative skills to support the fine work accomplished here at FMSA where she serves as the Finance Officer. Adrian is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teaches at Iyengar Yoga Institute, YMCA, ClubOne and the USF Koret Center in San Francisco.

Adrian's Links:
 Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF, Vipassana Meditation and Station 46026 - 18NM West of SF


AmandaAmanda Ault is the Development and Operations Manager for FMSA. She supports the day to day operations of the organizations and FMSA's ongoing fundraising efforts.  Amanda has over 10 years experience in the non-profit sector, and has been very active in local and national forums related to art, independent media and leadership development. Prior to joining FMSA's team she was the Associate Director of Southern Exposure, a 40 year old arts organization in San Francisco. Amanda earned a B.F.A from the University of Michigan, and is also an avid free diver, scuba diver and enthusiastic supporter of ocean conservation. 

Amanda's Links: Manta Pacific Research Foundation and Swim Art



TaylorTaylor Nairn is the Data Manager for the Beach Watch program. She manages data frombeach surveys, in addition to surveying beaches and participating in ACCESS. Taylor earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from San Francisco State University in 2010, with a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. She has several years of field and horticultural experience in plant restoration. Taylor enjoys going on adventures, and expanding her knowledge of birds and marine wildlife with Beach Watch.


MaiMai Maheigan is the Outreach and Communication Manager for FMSA and also works on the Seabird Protection Network at the Sanctuary. Mai has studied marine life from Australia to French Polynesia and even in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. She has a M.S. biology from California State University Northridge, and studied Natural Resource & Wildlife Conservation at Umass Amherst.

Mai's links: Seabird Protection Network, Solar Flare


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