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
Office: 831.462.5660 x8
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
Allison Titley, Development Manager
Office: 831.462.5660 x7
Favorite SOS Program: All aspects of our programs that bring our community closer to caring for our Monterey Bay
Favorite Marine Animal: Octopus
Ryan Kallabis, Communications Manager
Office: 831.462.5660 x4
Favorite SOS Program: School ocean field trips
Favorite Marine Animal: Any kind of octopus
Matt Miller, Program Manager
Office: 831.462.5660 x5
Favorite SOS Program: Dockwalkers
Favorite Marine Animal: Black-footed Albatross
MATT MILLER 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.
Michael Pollacci, Program Coordinator
Office: 831.462.5660 x2
Favorite SOS Program: Educational cleanups
Favorite Marine Animal: Dugong
In his free time you can find Michael in the surf lineup somewhere between Big Sur and Half Moon Bay, climbing rocks, or riding around town on his skateboard. Michael’s roots to the Monterey Bay will help Save Our Shores influence our community so that we can better protect our coastline and the health of the diverse species living along it.
Melanie Franklin, Office Manager and Development Associate
Office: 831.462.5660 x1
Favorite SOS Program: Anything involving education
Favorite Marine Animal: Anemone, coral, and jellyfish
Save Our Shores Consultants
Julia Sauer, Bookkeeper
Photographs by JULIECAHILL PHOTOGRAPHY