David Hance - Chief Operating Officer

David HanceDavid joined the executive management team of Sea Shepherd in 2016, after being a member of the organization since 2009.  David has served as an on shore volunteer, crew-member on the ships and also spent two years as the organization’s campaign coordinator. 

Currently David oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations in the Burbank HQ office, and after spending 11 years in private business management and operational roles, he brings a vast network of experiences to the team.

In 2007, David launched a private investigation firm in Southern California, with the focus of the firm being on Civil Rights and Criminal Defense cases.  David’s firm became one of the most sought after firms by attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area, due to their hard work and diligence in protecting and defending human rights.  David continues to be an advisor to local civil rights investigators and remains active in his community, fighting for equal rights for all people.

In addition to David’s passion for human rights, he is equally as zealous about the state of our oceans and the atrocities that occur in the seas around the world.  David applies his business experience, coupled with his passion, to ensure that Sea Shepherd remains an active and effective ocean conservation organization.

Farrah Smith - Senior Leadership Giving and Development Officer

Farrah SmithFarrah Smith joined the staff of Sea Shepherd as the Senior Leadership Giving Officer in 2011. She is responsible for maintaining relationships with major donors, celebrities, and Advisory Board members.  Farrah also coordinates fundraising events and public speaking engagements.

In 2016, Farrah produced a short film directed by actor/filmmaker Ross McCall titled “The Grind of the Faroe Islands” about Sea Shepherd’s campaign to protect pilot whales in the Danish Isles.

Prior to Sea Shepherd, Farrah’s corporate experience started in Las Vegas in 2005, where she worked as the Director of Relationship Marketing for “W Hotels Worldwide”, overseeing the company’s high net worth clientele.

Following that position, Farrah moved to a prestigious position as the VIP Sales Director, for the luxury high-rise, “City Center Residential”.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Farrah became the Director of Sales and Special Events for the “Innovative Dining Group”, where she was responsible for building and maintaining key industry relationships with high-profile clients, managers, producers and studio/network executives.

After viewing the popular reality television series “Whale Wars”, on Animal Planet, Farrah was inspired by Captain Paul Watson and the volunteer crewmembers, as they risked their lives on the high seas to defend whales in the Southern Ocean.  Farrah decided that she wanted to utilize her extensive experience in sales, marketing and celebrity relations to help fundraise to support the efforts of Sea Shepherd.

Her goal is to continue to be an advocate for the oceans and the amazing marine animals that live in them, and to leave this world a better place for future generations.

Zorianna Kit - Media Director

Zorianna Kit is the Media Director at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society where the she oversees the media for the organization’s various campaigns, arranges print and television interviews, stages press conferences and produces PSA videos among other duties.

Zorianna comes to Sea Shepherd from the world of journalism, where she worked as an entertainment reporter for such outlets as Reuters, Hollywood Reporter and People Magazine. A travel writer as well, Zorianna finds time to explore remote locations where she can observe endangered wildlife including polar bears in the sub-Arctic and orangutans in Borneo -  experiences that continue to fuel her passion to respect the planet and save the world’s Oceans. 

Omar Todd - Chief Technical Officer/Chief Information Officer

Omar ToddEntrepreneur, filmmaker, conservationist and activist, Omar has overseen the development and growth of a group of start-up companies in the digital media and technology sectors over the past 20 years.  He also has completed several stints consulting with some of the world's largest technology companies, including Microsoft and Cisco.  He is currently a Council member of the International Cyber Threat Task Force an organisation that deals with current and future security implications to the Internet. Omar also has extensive political contacts as a founder/deputy chairman of the new WikiLeaks Political Party in Australia and serves on its National Council.

Omar met Captain Paul Watson in 2008 at a speech given by Paul and despite being a committed entrepreneur, Omar always had a love of animals and was moved by Captain Paul Watson's talk about the plight of Whales and our Oceans.  Over the next few years he become more involved in the organisation and donated his skills until he was made Cyber Director (Communications & Social Media Director) by Captain Paul Watson and Omar has grown with Sea Shepherd since then and he is currently the Chief Technical Officer/Chief Information Officer (CIO/CTO). 

With extensive knowledge of network design, internet management and security (CISSP/CISM trained), web design and complex project management, Omar's role takes him around the world and sometimes on to the ships as well.  .

Omar brings forward thinking, analytical, creative and innovative resolutions to complex I.T. problems which remain commercially focused whilst adhering to conservation principles in demanding environment, Omar currently is working very hard on improving Sea Shepherd's Information Infrastructure. From time to time he also does VIP liaison and gives speeches and talks about Sea Shepherd.  Omar considers his Sea Shepherd role to be by far his most satisfying ever and despite his other responsibilities, he puts his Sea Shepherd work first and foremost.

Gwen Letutour - Marine Technical Superintendent- US Fleet

staff Gwendolyn LetutorGwen joined Sea Shepherd in 2012 as an on-shore volunteer in Lorient, France but with his strong background as a marine engineer, he was quickly recruited as one of our ship engineers, and a short time later was aboard the ships in Sydney, Australia.

After being on several Sea Shepherd ships and campaigns as a chief engineer, Gwen is now providing technical support for the US fleet.

Managing the Fleets’ engine rooms, scheduled repairs, re-fits, and technical operations is a key role in the long term success of the organization because insuring that the ships are as efficient as possible is a great way to make sure that we do not waste a single penny of our amazing donor’s money.

“Being passionate about protecting the environment and the animals, it is an honor to serve Sea Shepherd in the best way possible”- Gwen Letutour

Marianne Lyons -Finance Manager

An east coast native, Marianne has recently moved to Southern California, from Connecticut. 

Ever conscious of the increasing environmental concerns of our planet, Marianne appreciates this opportunity to be involved with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as administrative support. 

Marianne has over 30 years of nonprofit financial experience in education, disability legal rights, and women’s issues.   To help support her experience she returned to school while employed full time, earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and receiving a Master’s in Business Administration.

Michaela Tompkins - Development and Database Manager 

Micaela has worked with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society since early 2011. She is responsible for working with all departments within the organization and guiding the long-term development of SSCS, as well as maintaining and managing the organization’s database. Micaela has had a deep passion for marine conservation and humanitarian efforts since a young age and has volunteered on various local projects and with several local non-profits throughout her life. She is currently one of the Sea Shepherd Baltimore/DC Chapter Co-Coordinators.

Although she has a love for the administrative and database aspects of her job, Micaela's favorite part of her position is speaking and working with the supporters, donors, and volunteers of the organization. She has seen first-hand at Sea Shepherd what monumental work can be done by compassionate supporters and is a firm believer that, "Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now." (Sylvia Earle)

 

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Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
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Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Six fishing boats engaged in illegal activities were spotted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, ending in their arrest by the Mexican Navy.
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Sea Shepherd and the M/V Farley Mowat break down how illegal underwater nets in the Sea of Cortez are snagged, pulled, cut and bundled. Footage also includes freeing and releasing live animals from the nets and cataloging those who unfortunately did not make it.
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
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Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
**If you cannot see the captions on this video, just click on CC on the lower right corner of video settings on the video ** #Breaking #SeaShepherd helps scientists learn more about #rare Beaked whales! Did you know that Cuvier's Beaked whales hold the record for the deepest mammalian dive? Watch t...
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro III to save the near extinct vaquita marina porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass. The M/V Farley Mowat is back on active duty with the M/V Sam Simon joining the Milagro campaign for the first ti...
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
The Farley Mowat Sea Shepherd crew is called out to investigate a dead Brydes whale in the Gulf of California on November 5th, 2016 while patrolling the vaquita refuge. To help the Sea Shepherd crew to continue its work in the Sea of Cortez, including protecting the near-extinct vaquita marina porpo...
Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Sea Shepherd campaign Operation Virus Hunter saw the vessel RV Martin Sheen under the leadership of Alexandra Morton, head up the coast of British Columbia Canada to expose open pen Atlantic salmon farms and the impact they are having on wild Pacific salmon and the the surrounding eco-systems.
Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Sea Shepherd Chairman of the Board, actor/activist Pamela Anderson, cautions viewers about the dangers of eating farmed salmon.
Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Never before seen footage. Sea Shepherd catches critically endangered totoaba poacher in the act. The Sea Shepherd crew filmed these totoaba poachers as they were checking one of their illegal nets in the protected vaquita habitat. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the wor...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Watch‬ the routine of our crew doing valuable work in the ‪Sea of Cortez‬. We have been very effective at removing illegal fishing gear from the ‪‎vaquita‬ porpoise's habitat. So much so, that now, most of the time we remove nets and lines that are mostly empty, our favorite thing to do....
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
The Sea Shepherd crew has found 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks in the month of march of 2016. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org/milagro2
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
While patrolling the waters of the upper Gulf of California the Sea Shepherd crew found a dead vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the whole world. The crew also found a Great White Shark caught in an illegal gillnet.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
This week, the crew of ‪Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The M/V Farley Mowat and The RV Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass long line from the critically endangered ‪vaquita porpoise habitat. The totoaba fish is also critically endangered. Watch all episodes at: http...
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd crew rescued a whale entangled in an illegal totoaba gillnet in the Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd currently has two vessels in Mexico's Gulf of California on OPERATION MILAGRO. Our goal is to save the vaquita porpoises, the most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita are caught as a r...
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
You might know Gregg Lowe from X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now watch him explain Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro and understand why we must save the #VaquitaMarina - The most endangered cetacean in the world. Help us save the vaquita at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/donate-now/vaquita-appeal...