Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She has more than 25+ years of experience working in high tech and business. She has held leadership roles in General Management, Marketing, Software Product Development and Sales. She has been successful in running and transforming large and small businesses, and has significant international […]
Sachi is the Communications Development Coordinator for OneReef Micronesia. With her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan, she oversees OneReef’s interactions with the public through our various social media platforms as well as the development of a communications strategy for the Micronesia region. Sachi believes that the communities […]
Lalii supports the development and implementation of the OneReef Micronesia Traditional Stewardship Program, working with communities to integrate modern science with traditional wisdom to solve collective challenges. Lalii has a background in international relations, policy and project management working in both the government and the private sector. She was also an interviewer and transcriber for […]
Ralph Kanai is a public servant, businessman, and community leader with a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the world around him. As the Impact Monitoring Coordinator at OneReef, Ralph uses his experience and expertise to help communities preserve and protect their ocean resources. In addition to his work at OneReef, Ralph is […]
Raised in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Patterson brings to OneReef a passionate conservation and community resource management career spanning more than fifteen years in leadership and management. Previously he served as a Regional Coordinator for the USAID Climate Ready Project coordinating support to three Pacific countries (Palau, FSM, and RMI). Patterson […]
Colin Hyatt is the Executive Administrator for the OneReef US office. Having graduated as a student athlete with a BS in Earth Systems, focusing on oceans and climate, from Stanford University, Colin understands the importance of protecting our marine environments. Colin has spent time performing coral research in Australia and Palau, receiving his PADI divemaster […]
Charley is a retired officer of the Saipan Police Force and a retired coordinator for the Alliance of Palau Conservation Officers (APCO). He now helps communities across Palau by instructing conservation officers in law enforcement and coordinating training for U.S. and Guam instructors who also teach Palau conservation officers. Charley designs and implements successful surveillance […]
Akilino is a traditional elder who left formal schooling in third grade after growing interested in canoe carving and seafaring. At a very young age, he learned the skills of traditional canoe building, seafaring, and then navigation from his father Albis. From his mother, he learned about native medicine that helped save the lives of […]
Sharon is a global community builder with over 15 years of experience strengthening local leaders around the world to protect our natural water resources. Her talents as a cross-cultural communicator, creative strategist, and fundraiser have helped grow global and local environmental NGOs in budget and impact. As a published environmental economist, including with the United […]
Dr. Tershy is an Adjunct Professor and a Research Biologist in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). He also directs the Coastal Conservation Action Lab at UCSC.
As a philanthropist, Dr. Igor Korneitchouk, a retired music professor, has been involved in efforts to rid the oceans of plastic refuse, spearheading and helping to sponsor the Plastics Awareness Global Initiative, a symposium of scientists gathered from around the world to address this problem.
Dr. Lida Teneva is a marine conservationist and ecologist who has investigated climate change impacts on key ocean ecosystems, worked with indigenous communities on sustainable fisheries, and built ocean exploration programs.
Mr. Dawson is a retired entrepreneur who has helped to create several successful startup companies. He has spent the past 20 years serving as a board member and donor for various leading-edge nonprofits.
Ngirur is responsible for financial oversight of OneReef’s Micronesia office, overseeing the preparation and planning of budgets. She maintains records and receipts for all transactions, monitors all bank deposits and payments, and assists with financial audits. Ngirur graduated from Palau Community College in 2019 with an AS degree in Environmental/Marine Science and she enjoys sharing […]
Clivia is responsible for connecting with our Partner Communities in Palau, helping to coordinate and execute their activities and projects, and participating in workshops, online webinars, and training. With an educational background in Tourism and Hospitality, her non-profit work experience, including office administration and operations, began in 2015. As a young Palauan steward, Clivia shares […]
Angel Jonathan is a young emerging conservation leader from Kitti in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Mr. Jonathan has helped communities in Pohnpei and Micronesia in conservation planning and he led a very successful Rare Pride Campaign in Pohnpei that led to an increase in fish population at the Nanwap Marine Protected Area. Mr. Jonathan […]
Madelsar manages and strengthens community partnerships with diverse stakeholders who similarly value the importance of coral reefs and their role for island communities. She was born and raised in the Republic of Palau and has extensive experience in community-based non-profit organizations that primarily focus on gender issues, women’s empowerment, youth development, environmental conservation, and tourism. […]
Wayne is the former Hatohobei State Delegate from Palau’s National Congress, the 8th Olbiil Era Kelulau (8th OEK), and is currently the Chairman of the Helen Reef Board. He is an expert in resource management planning and has worked throughout Micronesia assisting partners and communities with management plans. Wayne serves as a Regional Mentor for […]
Chris founded OneReef in 2012 to create a direct impact through locally controlled coral reef conservation. As CEO, he has been principally responsible for fundraising, organizational vision and design, and negotiating agreements with Micronesian communities who own coral reefs and are committed to conservation goals and adaptive management strategies. He has lived in Africa and […]