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:

Our Staff

Dr. Micah Brodsky

Director of Conservation Medicine & 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.

Lauren Chamberlain

Marine Programs Manager

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.

Kate Behrens

Operations Support Program Manager

Kate Behrens manages internal HMAR operational functions including hotline management, dispatch, inter-agency coordination, volunteer scheduling, online training systems, and reporting. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work at Grand Valley State University and brings a perspective focused on the human dimensions of conservation. Previously, she was a very active HMAR volunteer on our Rescue & Stranding Support, and Field Support & Outreach teams.

Jon Gelman


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.

Marisa Goin

Field Support & Outreach Program Lead

Marisa Goin manages field support and response activity for HMAR and also coordinates our internship program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii. She’s lived in Hawaii for about 10 years and before she joined HMAR, she built her experience with work at Dolphin Quest and Sea Life Park. Marisa is also a former HMAR intern.

Emily Greene

Education & Engagement Program Manager

Emily Greene is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology & Environmental Sciences. Emily has worked as a veterinary technician’s assistant and has experience in education and outreach environments spanning elementary and middle schools, museums, and ocean theme parks. Emily heads up our Education & Engagement initiatives and also assists in our social media, fundraising, and grant applications.

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.

Todd Yamashita

Molokai Operations Manager

Todd Yamashita was born and raised on Molokai and is the 4th generation of his family to call Molokai home. Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining HMAR, Todd spent 6 years with the Polynesian Voyaging Society as their Communications Specialist. Todd has significant experience in non-profit communications in Hawaii and has a passion for marine conservation.

Our Board of Directors

Whitney Beer-Kerr

Treasurer, Secretary and Board Member

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.

Jon Gelman

Board President

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.

Dr. Terry Norton

Board Member

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.

Megan Rycraft

Board Member

Originally from Hilo, Hawaii, Megan Rycraft attended Hilo High School where her love for the ocean started with her first sailing on the Polynesian Voyaging Canoe, Makali’i and that put her on a path to attend the Maine Maritime Academy where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations. Following graduation, Megan spent 13 years at sea with various companies but, spent the majority of her career with Maersk Line and left as a Chief Officer on various types of vessels (tankers, heavy lifts, container ships). Megan is currently the Director of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment at Young Brothers, a company that has served the people of Hawaii for over 100 years. Megan is passionate about the maritime industry and values the work Young Brothers does to support the community, and the protection of our islands and the ocean.

Malcolm de Sieyes

Board Member

Malcolm de Sieyes has over 15 of experience working with marine animals. Malcolm is knowledgeable and experienced in rescue, disentanglement, triage, transport, rehabilitation, release, and tracking a wide range of species of wild cetaceans, pinnipeds, and sea turtles. Research and conservation of marine mammals have been the focus of Malcolm’s career. While acting as the Stranding Coordinator and Operations Manager at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute/Florida Atlantic University, he was instrumental in helping to manage not only the stranding response efforts of live and dead marine mammals but also necropsies, photo-identification, and health assessments research. He has extensive experience in open-ocean, small vessel operation, and navigation. Malcolm is known as an all-around waterman, lover of the ocean and all its creatures.

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