Our Team


Michael Fishbach

Michael is our executive director and co-founder.

 For the past 25 years Michael has been actively involved in field research and conservation work on Blue and other Great Whales.

Heather Watrous

Heather Watrous, our director of education, has been teaching about and sharing the wonders of the natural world to children and adults her entire life. 

Delphi Waters

Creative Director
Director of Media Production

Ashanka Kananda

Ms. Kananda brings a background in television and film, sales and radio advertising in her role as Director of Communications.

 Board of Directors

William J. Chandler

Bill has worked in the conservation policy arena for over 35 years. His career includes research and policy advocacy work at the federal level in water pollution control, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, national parks protection, and most recently ocean conservation. 

Lenard Milich, PHD

Lenard Milich studied under the world-renowned cetacean researcher, Dr. Ken Norris. His first direct exposure to the great whales was when he participated in the dissection of an adult female blue whale, washed up just north of that city.

Board of Advisors

John Calambokidis

A research biologist and co-founder of Cascadia Research, a nonprofit organization formed in 1979 and based in Olympia, Washington, is an advisor to the GWC. 

Maximiliano Bello

Maximiliano Bello is an international ocean policy expert who has worked in the environmental arena for over 2 decades to advance marine conservation priorities.

Louie Psihoyos

The Executive Director of OPS, Louie is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prominent still photographers. He has circled the globe dozens of times for National Geographic..

Dr. David Guggenehim

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator. He is president and founder of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor.

Richard Zack Klyver

Zack Klyver is a Maine based marine scientist, naturalist and conservationist. Zack was born in Niarobi, Kenya in 1968 and grew up in Eastport, Maine – the eastern most city in the United States.

Roger Proudfoot

Roger Proudfoot is the UK Environment Agency’s Estuary and Coast Planning Manager for England and Chair of the UK Healthy Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG).

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