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SAVE OUR SHORES staff members are educators, biologists, community builders and ocean advocates. We are also surfers, divers, sailors and kayakers that hold a deep appreciation for our ocean and the Monterey Bay community that we live in.

Katherine O’Dea, Executive Director

Email: katherine(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x8

Favorite Ocean Activity: Boogie boarding and kayaking
Favorite SOS Program: I don’t really have a favorite! If I had to pick one, I’d probably say experiential education initiatives.
Favorite Marine Animal: California sea otter

Get to Know Katherine

KATHERINE comes to Save Our Shores as a seasoned sustainability expert, non-profit leader and conservationist. She has experience working across a range of sustainability issues like resource conservation, waste prevention, biodiversity, habitat restoration, water quality and climate change for organizations like Business for Social Responsibility, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, and Green Blue Institute. She is an expert on product and packaging sustainability and identifying pathways for abating plastic waste, which comprises so much of the debris in our marine environments and ocean gyres.

Ryan Kallabis, Communications & Advocacy Sr. Manager

Email: ryank(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x4

Favorite Ocean Activity: Paddle boarding and open water swimming
Favorite SOS Program: School ocean field trips
Favorite Marine Animal: Any kind of octopus

Get to Know Ryan

RYAN joins Save Our Shores with a experience creating compelling campaigns and messages that create press worthy stories. His background integrates across the public and private sectors where he has promoted products, services, events and environmental issues to a wide range of audiences. Before joining Save Our Shores, Ryan worked on connecting businesses, nonprofits and people to sustainable practices that improve living standards without impacting the environment.

Matt Miller, Program Manager

Email: matt(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x5

Favorite Ocean Activity: Surfing
Favorite SOS Program: Dockwalkers
Favorite Marine Animal: Black-footed Albatross

Get to Know Matt

MATT comes to Save Our Shores with a background in Environmental Education and Natural History. He is a transplant to Santa Cruz, but after living here for eight years he calls it home. It was at UCSC where he grew his academic and professional foundation for working in this field, but he is a lifelong champion for the environment.
After working in South America for Conservacion Patagonica, Matt returned to California to pursue more opportunities working with and investigating the natural world. He has spent the last two years working as a seasonal field biologist in salmon fisheries, and during the past two summers bike toured from Canada to Mexico down the Pacific Coast. Now, Save Our Shores provides Matt an opportunity to work with our community and tend to our exceptional marine environment.

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Allison Titley, Development Manager

Email: Allison(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x7

Favorite Ocean Activity: Kayaking and Sailing
Favorite SOS Program: All aspects of our programs that bring our community closer to caring for our Monterey Bay
Favorite Marine Animal: Octopus 

Get to Know Allison

ALLISON has called Santa Cruz her home since 1995, where she helped create a development department at one of the largest non-profits in the county. She loves working with donors and community members with causes they hold dear. She is a mountaineer who grew up with a family of watermen. She is enthused to be working for an organization with a tremendous positive influence in the community.

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Emma Chiaroni, Program Coordinator

Email: emma(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x5

Favorite Ocean Activity: Scuba Diving (preferably in a kelp forest)
Favorite SOS Program: Educational Cleanups
Favorite Marine Animal: Pigeon Guillemot

Get to Know Emma

EMMA is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Emma grew up near the wild and rugged Sonoma Coast, allowing her to develop a passion for all things aquatic at a very young age. Emma’s dream of working in marine science led her to attend UCSC for her bachelor’s degree. Upon moving to Santa Cruz, she fell in love with the unique abundance of life in the Monterey Bay. Shortly after graduation she worked for Point Blue Conservation Science as a biologist and a research assistant. She lived on the Farallon Islands for three months studying seabird ecology for Point Blue, needless to say, she loves getting down and dirty in the field. Now, working at Save Our Shores allows Emma to support the community in her adopted home and protect the beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

When Emma isn’t at the Save Our Shores headquarters, you can find her riding her mountain bike through the redwoods, climbing at Pacific Edge, diving in the Monterey Bay, or painting at a sweet spot along highway 1.

Melanie Franklin, Office Manager and Development Associate

Email: melanie(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x1

Favorite Ocean Activity: Walking the beach and exploring
Favorite SOS Program: Anything involving education
Favorite Marine Animal: Anemone, coral, and jellyfish

Get to Know Melanie

Coming soon!

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Elva Sprattling, Grant Manager/Bookkeeping Administrator

Email: elva(at)
Office: 831.462.5660 x6

Favorite Ocean Activity: Beach Bootcamp, and Whale watching
Favorite SOS Program: Awareness/Education Program
Favorite Marine Animal: Whale-Shark

Get to Know Elva

ELVA comes to Save Our Shores with experienced in Private Sector Accounting, as well as Governmental Accounting. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and an MBA from the European School of business in Madrid, Spain. She has worked as a Marketing Teacher of a Private College, and a project coordinator/consultant to promote small businesses. She loves Math, and Balancing Algebra equations. Working for Save our shores is a dream of hers, because she gets to work with numbers and helps to promote ocean awareness among the youngsters. She loves kids, she is a proud Pisces and an Ocean Lover!!

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Julia Sauer, Bookkeeper