Cynthia holds a BS in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation.
John is an entrepreneur with a diverse resume who has strong ties to Cape Cod that span many generations. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, John spent more than seven years working as a commercial fisherman on vessels in Alaska. He relocated back to his roots in Chatham after concluding a twenty five year career in the biopharmaceutical business and has been active in various pursuits working to make a difference in the community. John currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Center for Coastal Studies. He also serves as an Adviser to the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. John Mandelman
John is the Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, which encompasses all of the Institution’s solutions-driven scientific research, engagement and conservation work. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, his research focuses on the physiological ecology and conservation physiology of marine fishes, with a specific focus on better understanding and mitigating the lethal and sublethal effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable and/or socioeconomically important species, particularly in the Gulf of Maine. All of his work aims to generate best-practice mitigation strategies that directly aid or inform fisheries management processes and policies. In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, Dr. Mandelman is Research Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Aaron moved to Cape Cod with his family while in grade school and developed a strong appreciation for its coastal community. As a licensed US Coast Guard Captain, Aaron has spent significant time on the water, where he ran fishing charters throughout college and following graduation. His marine passion continues today and he spends much of his free time exploring the waters in and around Cape Cod. Aaron is President of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders. He oversees the company’s business operations and as a Licensed Construction Supervisor with a business background, is responsible for executing the company’s comprehensive, quality-focused project management model. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he studied sociology and business entrepreneurship. He resides in Chatham with his family.
Dave is Founder and Co-owner of Gustare Oils & Vinegars with tasting rooms in Chatham, Wellesley Square, and Mashpee Commons. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Imation Corporation with a focus on international sales, marketing, and brand development. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and attended Stanford School of Business for Executive Management. Dave has lived full-time on Cape Cod since 2005 with his wife, Catherine and had previously served as President of the Chatham Shark Center.
Brian Skerry is a National Geographic Magazine Photographer specializing in marine wildlife and underwater subjects. His year-round assignment schedule has him frequently working in environments of extreme contrast, from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath Arctic ice. He has been exploring the world’s oceans for 35 years and has spent an estimated 10,000 hours underwater. In 2010 National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time. In 2012 he was honored with the Peter Benchley Award for excellence in Media and an exhibit of Brian’s work is currently running at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. In June 2014, Brian was named one of only four National Geographic Photography Fellows; providing him even broader platforms to reach new audiences.
Ben holds a BA in Economics from Hobart College, and works in Boston for U.S. Trust, a private wealth management company. Ben has over sixteen years experience in the financial markets, and at U.S. Trust he is responsible for overseeing the Taxable Trading Desk. Ben’s love for the Cape, its beaches, and the ocean were apparent early in his life—spending summers fishing, clamming, sailing and surfing at Nauset Beach. He is passionate about protecting and conserving the wildlife and natural resources of the Cape. Ben is on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Oyster Project and the Executive Committee of the Orleans Yacht Club.
Joe developed a love for the ocean at a young age. After seeing his first shark at age 5, he has been captivated by them ever since. Joe founded 333 Productions in 2007 with fellow producer & shark advocate Bill Fisher. Since then, 333 Productions has produced several award‐winning films and has received numerous honors for their work. In 2012, Joe made his debut on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, appearing in “How JAWS Changed The World” as on‐camera talent, as well as underwater cinematographer for the episode. Joe is a member of the Explorers Club and Ocean Artists Society. His cinematography has been featured on Discovery Networks, National Geographic, Shark Week, Fox, and various other T.V. productions and programs. Joe also runs Pelagic Expeditions out of Rhode Island, which specializes in blue and mako shark encounters.
Amelia holds a BA in Sociology from Trinity College and JD from Suffolk University Law School. Prior to founding her own company Amelia worked as in-house corporate counsel for Oxford Global Resources and also enjoyed serving as a pro bono legal advocate for victims of domestic violence. In 2007, Amelia decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream and incorporated what was then a jewelry hobby into Amelia Rose Design, Inc. Humble handmade beginnings have grown into international production and a collection carried in over 150 stores nationwide. In addition to managing her company, Amelia is passionate about giving back and has proudly collaborated with non-profits to design custom pieces that are then sold for fundraising efforts. To date Amelia has worked with The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Good Sports, Experience Camps and of course Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; 100% of all proceeds raised go directly to the organizations involved. Since childhood Amelia has had a fondness for Cape Cod and currently splits time between Newton and Chatham, along with her two young children, Henry and Sadie.
Chris holds a BS in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and a MA in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He has over 15 years experience in the commercial marine industry, leveraging his background in commercial fishing and as a USCG licensed Chief Engineer and Master working for Caterpillar Marine. In this position, Chris is responsible for product support for the east coast territory of North America and has managed global initiatives focused on global shark research, environmental sustainability, and education. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Little Steps Learning Center, in Scituate, MA. He is an avid traveler, fisherman, and outdoorsman.
Following an entrepreneurial career in finance that ran for over 25 years in New York City, Stephen created Alder Restaurant Management Group in 2013. Stephen is a lifelong outdoorsman who grew up on the waters around Chatham, spending several summers working as a commercial fisherman. Stephen serves as a Board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Chatham Historical Society, and on the Board of the Center for Coastal Studies. He served as a Charter member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he remains Trustee Emeritus. Stephen holds a Master in Business Administration from Yale University.
Jon spent his summers along the shores of Stonington, CT where he spent most of his days fishing, lobstering, crabbing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, clamming and more. After graduating from URI with a degree in Biology, Jon co-founded an education finance company with his brother that grew to several hundred employees. After 25 years in the marketplace, he sold the company to one of the nation's ten largest financial institutions. He has spent countless hours on the ocean where he has caught and released more than 850 sharks while tagging hundreds for the NMFS Apex Predator Program. He currently consults small business, is a member of Cherrystone Angel Group in Providence, RI and serves in various roles at Connecticut College, Roger Williams University, The Prout School and BetaSpring, RI.
Ken is a partner with B2BCFO®, a firm that provides CFO services to small and mid market companies. He spent 30 years in financial services with Citibank and Visa International where he was a member of the Board of Directors, CEO and previously CFO. He serves on various charitable boards and is the Chairman of the Chatham Finance Committee. He has resided in Chatham with his wife Betsy since 2009. Ken is a the Chief risk officer and COO for PayPal’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He previously was a partner with B2BCFO®, a firm that provides CFO services to small and mid market companies. He spent 25 years in financial services with Citibank and Visa International where he was a member of the Board of Directors, CEO and previously had been CFO. He has served on various charitable boards and was the former Chairman of the Chatham Finance Committee. He currently resides in Luxembourg with his wife Betsy and two golden retrievers, but continues to maintain his permanent residence in Chatham, MA.