Our Team

Our team of volunteers and interns are at the core of our work. Without these dedicated and hard-working individuals we could not do the work we do. In addition to our great team of volunteers and interns, our staff includes:

Senior Leadership & Staff


Jon Gelman

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors


Prior to founding Hawaii Marine Animal Response, Jon Gelman spent 32 years in leadership roles in the telecommunications industry working for some of the best-known firms in the U.S. before starting a successful telecom company in Hawaii. Jon has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University in Speech Communication/Social Psychology.

Whitney Beer-Kerr

Treasurer, Board of Directors


Whitney Beer-Kerr has a Masters in Science degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. Whitney has 10 years of experience as a producer and writer of science and wildlife films working with production organizations such as National Geographic and NOVA. Whitney served as HMAR’s Development Manager until transitioning to our Board of Directors.

Dr. Terry Norton

Member of Board of Directors


Dr. Terry Norton is a world-renowned expert on sea turtle and avian medicine and rehabilitation. He is a diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University in 1985. He is currently the Director and Veterinarian at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Wildlife Veterinarian at the St. Catherines Island Wildlife Center, Lead Veterinarian at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon Florida, and is the Marine Mammal Veterinarian for the State of Georgia. He has authored or co-authored 117 research papers, books and book chapters concerning wildlife biology, care and rehabilitation, and has been involved in marine mammal, reptile and avian research and population recovery projects world-wide.

Kristina Dauterman

Dispatch & Reporting Manager


Kristina Dauterman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management from University of Maryland where she focused on conservation ecology and sustainability. Kristina manages HMAR’s hotlines, dispatch operations, coordinates protected marine animal escalations, interventions and rescues and is responsible for several key organizational roles.

Dr. Micah Brodsky

Veterinarian & Director of Development


Dr. Micah Brodsky is a wildlife veterinarian and pioneer in the fields of marine mammal and sea turtle research and medicine. He received an undergraduate degree in fine art from the Tyler School of Art, completed his pre-med work at Temple University, and earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Dr. Brodsky brings more than 15 years of experience in wildlife medicine, basic and applied research, and marine mammal stranding and rehabilitation to his role as HMAR’s Veterinarian and Director of Development.

Nico Lopez

Field Operations Manager & Cultural Liaison


Nico Lopez is a native Hawaiian raised on the Big Island. Nico oversees field response and rescue operations on Oahu and Molokai and is also HMAR’s Hawaiian cultural relations coordinator. Nico is a veteran of the US Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division. When he is not in the field, he enjoys surfing and spending time on the north shore of Oahu shaping surfboards for friends.

Elisabeth Bogle

Field Support & Outreach Lead


Elisabeth Bogle manages field support and response activity for HMAR and also coordinates our internship program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of Tampa. Prior to joining HMAR, Elisabeth worked in animal care at Seal Rescue Ireland, pinniped husbandry at Mystic Aquarium, education programs at Sea World Orlando, and was a Clinical Research Coordinator at Emory University Hospital.

Carissa Cabrera

Programs Manager


Carissa Cabrera has a Masters degree in Marine Science from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology from the University of Arizona. Carissa manages HMAR’s Education & Engagement Program, our Marine Debris Program, grants and other funding opportunities. Prior to HMAR, Carissa was leading ocean conservation outreach initiatives and conducting research on marine mammals with the University of Hawaii cetacean stranding lab.

Christina Castaldo

Field Support & Outreach Lead


Christina Castaldo was a dedicated volunteer for HMAR for 2 years before joining our staff. Christina manages field support and response activity for HMAR and also coordinates volunteer training. Before HMAR, Christina worked in animal husbandry and as a dive aquarist at the Disney Aulani Resort, as a zookeeper and veterinary assistant and in marine mammal stranding support and rehabilitation in New York.

Lauren Chamberlain

Marine Programs Lead


Lauren Chamberlain leads our Marine Debris Program and Marine Operations Program. She brings a background of seabird, sea turtle and marine debris research experience to our team. Lauren obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources from Clemson University and her Master’s in Marine Sciences from Hawaii Pacific University. Lauren is an experienced diver and is certified as a dive instructor.

Board of Advisors


Patrick Ching

Beloved Hawaii nature and wildlife artist

Matt Kerr

Certified safety & hazardous operations trainer and entrepreneur

Dr. Gregg Levine

Marine animal veterinarian

Sarah Pifer

Financial analyst and animal advocate

Rachel Spraque Ph.D.

Biologist and professional conservation manager