Save Our Shores is comprised of a small team of passionate environmentalists who share a strong connection to our ocean and, in particular, our Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We thrive on enjoying all that the Sanctuary has to offer and protecting it for generations to come. We are scientists, ecologists, educators, conservationists, and members of the Monterey Bay community. 

Erica Donnelly-Greenan – Executive Director

Erica’s background as a marine conservation scientist and experience with marine facility operations, people management; and outreach with organizations focused on threats to our region’s environment will lead Save Our Shores into the future to fulfill its mission to steward clean shores, healthy habitats, and living waters to foster thriving marine ecosystems across our region. She plans to strengthen Save Our Shores’ ongoing coastal conservation efforts continuing to emphasize youth education and engagement and to sustain the organization’s commitment to advocate for smarter coastal policy and to actively engage community members and visitors. READ MORE about Erica’s experience and her plans for Save Our Shores.

Favorite Marine Activities: wildlife viewing, getting in the water, beach running, and beach lounging

Email: erica@saveourshores.org

Calah Pasley – Development and Communications Director

Calah grew up in Turlock, California before her family settled in the Silicon Valley for her teenage years. As a child, she and her siblings relished visits to Santa Cruz beaches and the Boardwalk. She knew, even then, that one day she would make Santa Cruz her home.

Calah attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies. Before joining Save Our Shores Calah worked at the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, where for more than decade, she helped foster the local community’s connection to the land.

At Save Our Shores, Calah oversees individual and major gift fundraising as well as capacity-building communications and events.

Favorite marine activities: beach lounging, building sandcastles with her daughter, tide pooling

Email: calah@saveourshores.org


Val Brown – Finance and Nonprofit Operations Director

Val grew up in the East Bay in the hills of Briones, playing soccer and surrounded by cats and chickens.

Val attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where she earned her BS in mathematics and Statistics. She then attended graduate school at University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned her MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Val additionally holds an AS in accounting.

At Save Our Shores, Val oversees the day-to-day financial management of Save Our Shores, and maintains the on-going operations as related to contracts, grants, vendors, staff, other operational and finance relationships.

Favorite marine activities: tide pooling and beach walking 

Email: val@saveourshores.org

Krista Rogers – Program Manager

Krista is a Santa Cruz local who grew up in Capitola and attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied marine biology. Before joining Save Our Shores she worked and volunteered in youth programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, where she developed her passion for engaging youth in marine science and connecting people with the amazing ecosystems of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

At Save Our Shores, Krista previously served as our Education & Outreach Coordinator. As our current Program Manager, she manages the education and outreach programs, engaging the community in learning about and protecting their beloved Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Favorite marine activities: tide pooling, snorkeling, and kayaking

Email: krista@saveourshores.org

Peter Disney – Volunteer and Outreach Associate

Peter was born and raised all over the Bay Area, finally settling in Santa Cruz after receiving a B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies from UC Santa Cruz. His love of all things ocean was inspired and encouraged by his extended family of surfers and sailors, all of whom shared their stoke on the ocean with him. When not talking to volunteers at SOS, Peter can be found biking, climbing, or spending time reading in the sun. 

Favorite marine activities: tide pooling, snorkeling.

Email: peter@saveourshores.org


Featured photo by Michael Langhans