Our Team

Meet Our Team

Katherine O'Dea- Executive Director

As a sustainability expert, non-profit leader, and conservation, Katherine has tackled environmental from coast to coast for the last 25 years. She has worked for environmental organizations including Social Responsibility and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Katherine 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. 

At Save Our Shores she focuses on the organization's vision and strategy and influencing policy to ensure a healthy Monterey Bay now and for decades to come.

Favorite Marine Activity: Boogie boarding and kayaking

Email: katherine@saveourshores.org

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Rod Caborn- Development Director

Rod comes to Save Our Shores as an esteemed local fundraiser and development consultant. Originally from Lowestoft, England, he has lived in the Santa Cruz Area for over thirty years.

As a professional emcee and auctioneer, he is well-known for his public advocacy and community-building and has raised over $30 million for local and Bay Area non-profits and schools.

Rod focuses on uniting the local community around Save Our Shores' mission and aspirations in order make financial resources available for the organization.

Favorite Marine Activity: Running along the coast, surfing, and swimming

Email: rod@saveourshores.org

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Tucker Hirsch- Program Manager

Originally from New Jersey, Tucker returned to Monterey for the third time in 2013 after living in Germany and China. With degrees in marine science and environmental management, Tucker is passionate about educating the next generation of ocean stewards.
Tucker brings over ten years of experience in coastal conservation and education. She has worked for and with organizations such as Carnegie Endowment, Coastal Watershed Council, and National Geographic Learning. At Save Our Shores she focuses on expanding educational outreach to a broader population.
Favorite Marine Activity: Sailing in the Bay and running along the coastal trail

Emma Chiaroni- Program Coordinator

Emma hails from Sonoma County, California and spent her childhood exploring the rugged Northern California coastline. Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz and has lived in Santa Cruz on and off for five years. 
With an interest in marine ecology and policy, Emma focuses her efforts on acting as a liaison between the marine science realm and the local Monterey Bay community. She often spends her days out at the beach with school groups, leading kayak cleanups up a river, or in the classroom educating students about marine conservation.
Favorite Marine activity: SCUBA diving in the kelp forest
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Elva Sprattling- Grants and Finance Manager

Elva has lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, Madrid, Spain, and Toronto, Canada and now has called Santa Cruz home for over a decade.

Elva has an MBA and 16 years of accounting and auditing experience in both the private and public sectors. She has worked with organizations such as one of the BIG 4 accounting firms, as well in our local, state, and federal government. 

Elva is in charge of financial reporting, budget management, grants management, funding from donors, and accounting services. She works with the numbers to make Save Our Shores' conservation impact possible! 

Favorite Marine Activity: Whale watching

Email: elva@saveourshores.org

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Shay Hlavaty- Communications Associate

Shay is the newest member of the Save Our Shores team. Originally from Texas, she most recently relocated from the snowy mountains of Colorado to the beautiful beaches of California. 

With a BA in Natural Resources Management and a MA in Environmental Conservation, Shay focuses on turning complex information into approachable and relatable formats for the general public. She's worked on marketing strategies with nonprofits such as the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. At Save Our Shores she focuses on social media management, web design, and getting the word out to the community about conserving our Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Favorite Marine Activity: Checking out tide pools and reading on the beach

Email: shay@saveourshores.org