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Board of Directors

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Board of Directors make all strategic short and long term decisions for the organization. Directors serve without compensation or other tangible incentives.

Lani Blazier LANI BLAZIER
Lani has more than 12 years experience in the digital media and technology realm in a variety of roles including television producer, community manager, and videogame producer. Her professional background includes working with award-winning companies such as NCsoft as a producer on their massive, multiplayer online (MMO) game, Aion. In 2011 she was hired by 343 Industries based in Kirkland, Washington as the Franchise Creative Producer to work with Microsoft Game Studios internal Halo team.

Lani has been a lifelong supporter of Sea Shepherd and has crewed on three major campaigns. She was therefore very pleased and honored to be asked to sit on the Board of Directors. Lani saw this as an opportunity to combine her deep concerns for the world’s oceans with her passion for online communication and communities. Lani is the youngest crewmember to have served on a Sea Shepherd ship. She first participated when she was 10 years old on a voyage from San Diego to Key West Florida via the Panama Canal to protect dolphins from the tuna industry.

Sea Shepherd looks to her expertise in these fields to link Sea Shepherd to the growing youth movement who are attracted to its direct action strategies. Lani’s goal is to continue building Sea Shepherd’s online presence through social media, video games, and community interaction. She is currently collaborating with volunteers in the UK to develop a Sea Shepherd video game.

Lani has been an avid gamer since she was a teenager, earning her a spot on the first fully sponsored Canadian female Halflife: Counter-Strike team, a fast-paced tactical action game. She recently worked with a team of men and women to plan and execute the successful 2011 inaugural GeekGirlCon in Seattle.

In addition to being drawn to the world of Sci-Fi, Lani loves all things related to water activities; therefore it was natural for her to take up as a lifeguard to put herself through college. Growing up on the Pacific coast she has spent time hiking the North Shore mountains and skiing Blackcomb/Whistler. Between her professional life and family commitments, Lani finds time to volunteer for an animal rescue organization fostering abandoned dogs looking for their ‘forever’ home.

She is also the daughter of Captain Paul Watson.

 

Marnie Gaede MARNIE GAEDE
Marnie Gaede is a writer, editor, and publisher of numerous books and articles. She has taught Environmental Issues at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California since 1993. She served as Advisor to the Director Board of Duke University Primate Center in the late 1990’s. Marnie has been involved with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society since 1989 and worked in support of numerous campaigns and publications. She served as a director for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from 2000 to 2002 and served for 10 years as an Advisor. Marnie is currently on the board of the Galapagos Preservation Society and Grizzly People. Since 2000 she has been on the board for and is currently President of the Fund for Wild Nature, an all-volunteer board that invests in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness.

 

ANTHONY KIEDIS
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Peter Rieman PETER RIEMAN
Peter Rieman is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Retail Solutions Inc. During the last 8 years, he helped build and expand Retail Solutions to become the leading Demand Signal management company. Retail Solutions currently operates its SaaS service for 500 CPG customers, across 57 retailers, in 12 countries. The company currently has 250 employees and has offices in 5 countries.

Peter started his career at the strategy practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Upon leaving BCG in Munich, he joined Granger Associates in California, where he had profit/loss (P/L) responsibility for its successful international digital transmission business. DSC acquired Granger Associates for $320 million and this eventually became Alcatel North America.

At Consilium, now a part of Applied Materials, Peter was Division Vice President with P/L responsibility for the MES product aimed at the semiconductor and Aerospace & Defense markets. Under Peter's leadership, Consilium significantly expanded its Asian business and its business partnerships while transforming the product to UNIX and SQL.

More recently, Peter managed the US expansion at Esker SA, a French software company that went public in 1997. He built the US business through acquisitions of four companies and two products. The results of these acquisitions today constitute over 70% of revenues.

Peter holds an M.S.M.E. from Chalmers University in Sweden and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

My reason for joining Sea Shepherd’s board of Directors: I feel passionate about preserving our oceans as part of the life surrounding us. Over the years, I have to gotten to know Paul Watson and built respect for his ability to cause actual change. As a board member, it is my hope that I can apply some of my business experience for the continuous improvement of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

 

directors_Bob_Talbot BOB TALBOT
Bob Talbot has been a member of the Sea Shepherd Advisory Board since 1996 and as a director will continue to contribute greatly to Sea Shepherd's efforts to document our high seas campaigns to protect marine wildlife. Talbot has joined the Sea Shepherds on the ice floes of Canada several times, most recently this spring, when he filmed devastating footage of sealers brutally killing seals. For over twenty years Talbot's whale and dolphin photographs have inspired wonder in people around the world. He has made it his life's work to foster a respect for animals and to fight to protect their habitat. Talbot's photographs have been published in magazines such as Audubon, Time, Natural History, American Photographer, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. A filmmaker as well, Talbot filmed the wildlife sequences for the Warner Bros. series of FREE WILLY feature films and Universal Pictures' FLIPPER. He directed and photographed the IMAX® RidefilmTM motion simulation system film, DOLPHINS - THE RIDE and acted as director and cinematographer for sequences in the Academy Award nominated MacGillivray Freeman IMAX® film, DOLPHINS.

 

directors_Persia_White PERSIA WHITE
Persia White, born October 25,1977, is an actress, singer, musician, and activist. After 9 seasons as a series regular on the hit TV comedy “Girlfriends” on the CW network, Persia is branching out into the world of film and music. In 2008, Persia completed filming “Spoken Word” opposite Ruben Blades and Kuno Becker, directed by Victor Nunez. In 2009, Persia starred in “Stand” opposite Darrin Henson and Regan Gomez.

On the music front… Persia will release 2 albums this summer. One is a compilation of songs she wrote that have appeared on Girlfriends and various solo work. Some songs were collaborated with recording artist Tricky (of Massive Attack) and others with Saul Williams. The second album, titled “Problem Child,” was created with Persia’s band XEO3 and has a darker industrial influence. Persia has worked with great artists such as Gary Wallis of Pink Floyd, Dominique Miller of Sting, Jerome Dillon, former member of Nine Inch Nails, and Big Bio of Outcast. Persia has written soundtrack music for 3 independent films, as well as the season 5 and 6 finale song for “Girlfriends,” and the season premier of season 8.

Outside of music and TV, Persia starred in the made-for-TV movies “Operation Sandman” opposite Ron Perlman and “Suddenly” opposite Kirstie Alley. She has appeared in various independent films, including “Red Letters” opposite Peter Coyote and the cult horror “Blood Dolls.”

As a teenager, Persia’s extensive television experience included a series regular roll on the syndicated teen series “Breaker High” with co-star Ryan Gosling, as well as guest starring roles on “Angel,” “NYPD Blue,” “Brooklyn South,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and many more.

Adding an important layer to this versatile performer, Persia is an animal welfare and environmental activist. Persia is an active Board member of the Humane Society of the United States, as well as a Board member of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Persia has been a trusted spokesperson on behalf of animal welfare for over 10 years. In 2005, she was honored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as Humanitarian of the Year, as well as by Farm Sanctuary in 2006. Persia also managed to merge her activism into her TV character on “Girlfriends,” by making her a vegan and animal activist, leaving millions of fans globally aware of animal welfare issues. “Girlfriends” was the #1 TV show in African American homes for over 8 years, as well as a leading show for all women ages 14-42. In addition, Persia produced the award-winning documentary “Earthlings,” narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.

www.persiawhite.com

 

robert-wintner ROBERT WINTNER (Snorkel Bob)
Robert Wintner has worked for years to protect Hawaii’s reefs. He led legislative campaigns at the Hawaii State Capitol and in Maui County. His anti-aquarium campaign brought aquarium plunder and reef destruction to the surface and showed the grim reality of empty reefs.

Robert Wintner and the Snorkel Bob Foundation were crucial members of a coalition formed to protect the northwestern Hawaiian Islands Papahanaumokuakea Marine Monument. Wintner has also been involved with Monk seal protection, resulting in state laws to protect critically endangered Hawaiian Monk seals from abuse by enacting felony penalties. The Snorkel Bob Foundation underwrote litigation through Earthjustice, the nonprofit, public-interest law firm, to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from expanding the Hawaii longline swordfish fishery. An expansion would have tripled the incidental “take” on Loggerhead, Giant Leatherback, and Hawksbill sea turtles. Through Earthjustice, Wintner personally underwrote litigation against the state of Hawaii for the state's failure to assess environmental impact prior to issuing permits for aquarium collecting. These irresponsible permits legally allowed any collector to take every fish from any given reef.

Known in the Hawaii tourism business for media against the grain, Wintner also produced a video on gillnet fishing, which proved effective in banning gillnets on Maui. Through the Snorkel Bob Foundation, Robert Wintner has been a lead advocates for eliminating the aquarium trade in Hawaii and around the world. Wintner has been a voice for marine mammals, turtles, reefs and reef citizens for many decades and vows to continue on. “It’s a long march. We have no choice but to take the next step,” says Wintner.

 

directors_Ben_Zuckerman BEN ZUCKERMAN
Conservation
Dr. Benjamin Zuckerman is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has co-edited six books, including "Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?" (Cambridge University Press 1995), "The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" (Jones & Bartlett 1996), and "Human Population and the Environmental Crisis" (Jones & Bartlett 1995). Dr. Zuckerman's interest in other planets has not outweighed his concerns for this one, and to that end he is a member of the Board of Directors of Californians for Population Stabilization and was on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club 2002-2005. Dr. Zuckerman is a Guggenheim fellow, and has received the Bok Prize from Harvard University, the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, and the Muhlmann Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

 


FARLEY MOWAT
directors_Farley_Mowat
INTERNATIONAL CHAIR

Author Farley Mowat is Canada's Living Treasure. A naturalist and expert on indigenous people, he has penned many masterpieces, among them are Never Cry Wolf , A Whale For The Killing , and Sea of Slaughter .


 

directors_Bob_Talbot BOB TALBOT
Bob Talbot has been a member of the Sea Shepherd Advisory Board since 1996 and as a director will continue to contribute greatly to Sea Shepherd's efforts to document our high seas campaigns to protect marine wildlife. Talbot has joined the Sea Shepherds on the ice floes of Canada several times, most recently this spring, when he filmed devastating footage of sealers brutally killing seals. For over twenty years Talbot's whale and dolphin photographs have inspired wonder in people around the world. He has made it his life's work to foster a respect for animals and to fight to protect their habitat. Talbot's photographs have been published in magazines such as Audubon, Time, Natural History, American Photographer, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. A filmmaker as well, Talbot filmed the wildlife sequences for the Warner Bros. series of FREE WILLY feature films and Universal Pictures' FLIPPER. He directed and photographed the IMAX® RidefilmTM motion simulation system film, DOLPHINS - THE RIDE and acted as director and cinematographer for sequences in the Academy Award nominated MacGillivray Freeman IMAX® film, DOLPHINS.