Our Staff

Jean Alupay is a new member of the education team for GFA, working with the Oceans After School Program, teaching weekend Family Workshops, and helping develop a new Naturalist Program. Growing up in California, Jean loves the beach and its animals. She has a B.S. in Biological Science from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She is particularly fond of cephalopods, the focus of her work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at USC. Jean also worked as an instructor at the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Marine Science Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, exploring the great outdoors, and teaching cardio kickboxing.

Kate Bimrose

Kate Bimrose is the Bolinas Lagoon Restoration Project Coordinator. Kate works to facilitate the implementation of restoration projects at Bolinas Lagoon through project planning, outreach and education, and volunteer field work activities. Kate received her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara and graduated from the University of San Francisco’s Master of Science program in Environmental Management in 2009. Kate is a native of the area and loves the food, music, and outdoor activities that San Francisco has to offer! Go Giants!

Courtney Buel is a marine science instructor for GFA. During the week, Courtney primarily teaches our Oceans After School program at SFUSD elementary schools. You can also catch her on site teaching Visitor Center Field Trips. On weekends she coordinates and instructs Weekend Family Workshops and birthday parties. Originally from the SF Bay Area, she has her BS in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, she spent a summer working on Catalina Island, during which she received her NAUI Divemaster certification. On her days off you can find her adventuring around the bay area with her dog Nala.

Alayne Chappell comes to the GFA Development team with a background in communications, conservation advocacy, and non-profit management. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation management from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research centered on translating science to sound policy and using effective communications strategies to further ocean conservation. She is a scientific diver, a shark enthusiast, and the proud owner of Oscar the dog..

Dru Devlin has been a Research Associate for Beach Watch for over twenty years. She conducts beach surveys and assists with the recruitment, training and management of Beach Watch volunteers. She is a wildlife observer and team member of the ACCESS Partnership which conducts ocean research of northern and central California. Dru earned both her Masters of Public and Business Administration, and B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine. She resides in Half Moon Bay and spends time playing on the beach with her dog, Mango, traveling, kayaking and SCUBA diving.

Amy Frankel is a certified Salesforce Administrator and the Greater Farallones Association’s Salesforce Data Manager, who also contributes to our marketing and fundraising outreach efforts. She’s had a lifelong passion for preserving wild places and wild things, most recently serving as both a volunteer docent and the Marketing Communications and Membership Manager at the San Francisco Zoo. She also volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in Santa Barbara while getting her B.A. in Communications at UCSB. She loves being outdoors connecting with flora and fauna, but especially enjoys stand-up paddle-boarding among the ocean residents.

Jenn Gamurot is the Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the sanctuary. She organizes all administrative and logistical aspects of the Sanctuary Advisory Council, including agenda and meeting preparation, working group support, and council communications, as well as daily sanctuary operations. She has a B.S. in Recreation and Sustainable Tourism Management from San Diego State University and is a graduate student in the Master’s of Environmental Management program at the University of San Francisco. She enjoys being outdoors, biking, and climbing rocks and mountains.

Doug George, PhD, is a geological oceanographer and coastal scientist at GFA, specializing in sediment transport and coastal processes, such as waves, currents, and coastal erosion. As part of the Ocean Climate Center, Doug led the Sonoma-Marin Coastal Regional Sediment Plan. Prior to GFA, Doug focused on ocean and estuarine science at the USGS, ocean policy at the California Ocean Protection Council, and restoration of coastal habitats at environmental consultant firms. He has a PhD in hydrologic sciences from Bodega Marine Lab, UC Davis, his MSc in oceanography from Dalhousie University, his MS in journalism from Columbia University, and his BS in oceanography from Humboldt State. He lives in San Rafael with his wife and frequents the coast in his kayak and the mountains with his backpack.

Sara Heintzelman is the Field Excursions & Social Media Manager. She runs the Sanctuary Explorations series, which provides monthly opportunities for the public to connect with and experience their Sanctuary through fun excursions while learning ocean conservation ethics and wildlife etiquette. Using social media as a virtual education tool, she reaches a global audience with amazing photos and interesting information about the Sanctuary and its fascinating inhabitants. Sara earned her B.S. in Ecology from UC San Diego and her M.S. in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara and has enjoyed teaching environmental education programs since 2000.

Paul Hobi manages the Seabird Protection Network’s efforts to reduce disturbances to sensitive seabird colonies using targeted outreach and education.  Previous to GFA, he led grassroots outreach for the MPA Collaborative Network and Ocean Conservancy.  He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in History, studied in Chile as a Fulbright Scholar, and speaks fluent Spanish.

Rietta Hohman is on the education team for the Greater Farallones Association, where she develops marine science curriculum and coordinates the At Your School Marine Science Outreach Program and the Marine Explorers Summer Camp. Rietta has a B.S. in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is currently earning her M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. She is a SCUBA instructor and scientific diver, working with various institutions such as Bodega Marine Lab, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Reef Check, and the Southwest Fisheries Science in Santa Cruz.

Sara Hutto is the Ocean Climate Program Coordinator for Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary where she integrates climate- smart adaptation into Sanctuary management and provides training for marine protected area managers around the country to undertake climate-smart adaptation planning. Sara’s background is in rocky intertidal ecology, and she holds a Master of Science in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Sara calls Santa Cruz home, and enjoys being a mom while exploring California’s mountains and coasts.

Wendy Kordesch is the Outreach Specialist for the Seabird Protection Network.  Wendy works to raise awareness of sensitive seabird colonies and marine wildlife on the California coast through making inroads with the aviation and boating communities. She completed her Ph.D. in Paleoclimate at the University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre in the UK and holds an M.S. and B.S. in Earth and Ocean Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wendy began her ocean science career on a Sea Semester sailing trip from Mexico to Tahiti and has taught at Santa Clara University. She is a Bay Area native and enjoys living in a city where the coastline is great for open water swimming.

Monika Lynn Krach is the Development & Communications Manager for the Association. She earned her undergraduate degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and master’s degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Along with researching California coastal ecology, she studies invertebrates living in extreme environments including deep-sea methane seeps and Antarctic winter waters. She is a SCUBA diving fanatic, adventurer, and avid fossil collector. She loves playing tennis, swimming, and watching action movies.

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.

Taylor Nairn is a Research Associate with Beach Watch, where she conducts beach surveys and manages data flow. She is an ecosystem monitor with years of experience in varying terrain and biodiversity. She participates in ACCESS Partnership Cruises at sea with the Conservation Science team. 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 and tracking, and enjoys going on adventures and being a lifelong learner of birds and mammals through Beach Watch.

Abby Nickels is the LiMPETS Program Manager for GFA. She trains and supports LiMPETS teachers and students in their coastal monitoring efforts. Abby earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. She has worked on Pacific salmon ecology, black abalone monitoring and visitor ‘free-choice learning’ in museums and aquariums. 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 at GFA where she can combine her love for the ocean and marine sciences with teaching. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, cooking and exploring all the fun activities the Bay Area and California has to offer.

Jim Rogers is the Finance and Administration Manager for Greater Farallones Association, supporting the areas of finance, budgeting, human resources, and business planning.  Jim’s background includes roles as Director of Operations for two Bay Area non-profits, and as a Database and Systems Analyst in the university, healthcare, and environmental research sectors.   He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Computer Information Systems from Northern Michigan University, and is currently completing an Accounting Certificate from UC Davis Extension. Jim and his wife enjoy, traveling, telemark skiing, and trekking in the Andes and Himalayas.

Bob Wilson is the Executive Director of the Greater Farallones Association. He a retired attorney for the federal government, Bob now spends his time volunteering for marine issues. He has worked at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, not only as a crew and stranding volunteer, but also as a Director emeritus and policy liaison. He is the former Board President, and now Treasurer of GFA where he also volunteers as part of the Beach Watch program. He is also a former Director of Polar Bear International. Bob lives in Tiburon, CA.

Peter Winch is the Visitor Center Naturalist and Education Specialist. He has a BS in Environmental Science from Plymouth University, England. He has studied seabirds in Alaska, Hawaii, Baja Mexico and Oregon for US Fish and Wildlife and The Island Ecology Group, and worked as a naturalist for Oceanic Society Expeditions on Whale Watching Trips off California for 9 years. Peter surfs and dives, and explores the ocean whenever possible. After graduating he spent three years working as an activist for The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is an advocate for marine conservation. Peter is a filmmaker and an artist. He published his first book The Giant Ocean Coloring Book in September 2016.