Dr. Wallace J Nichols, PhD - Marine Biologist & Conservationist, Best Selling Author, Blue Mind; Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member/Advisor
Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves. J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network and LiVBLUE.org, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others. Nichols earned his MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona. He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive and connected environmental community.
Bruckner Chase: Ocean Advocate & Endurance Waterman, Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Founder/CEO
Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose 2010 25-mile swim across Monterey Bay launched both the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and his own career committed to moving others from awareness to personal, sustainable action that benefits our oceans and our communities. A recently launched 5-year collaboration with NOAA’s National Weather Service will work to build a new outreach model for protecting our communities and our oceans. Using Evidence Based Ocean Engagements his personal and corporate mission is: To positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans.
Bruckner’s athletic pursuits are a means to connect others to our aquatic world. As an ocean ambassador, advisor, coach, speaker and writer he inspires others and creates opportunities for individuals, communities and companies to embrace their own connection to our oceans. He has created innovative youth programs in American Samoa, and was given a Matai (Chief) title in the village of Aunu’u. His innovative Unified Team trains those with spinal injuries as prone paddlers and swimmers in the open water. Through their foundation he and his wife, Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, work with groups such as: National Weather Service, Seafood Watch, Ocean Today, National Marine Sanctuaries, BLUE MIND, Government of American Samoa and Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital. Bruckner continues to build healthier oceans and communities with a commitment to enable in others the Passion to Care, Strength to Act and Vision to Inspire.
Patrick Roach, USCG AST - Aviation Survival Technician, U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama; Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive Inc. - Board Member/Special Advisor - Expedition Logistics, Safety, Operations & Training
Patrick’s Career as a decorated helicopter rescue swimmer has spanned more than 17 years, over 2000 flight hours. His work included operations in: Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, The eastern Seaboard, the Great Lakes and the Gulf Coast. He is an NREMT registered EMT and has been on board for expeditions across Monterrey Bay and American Samoa. He has extensive training in Operations planning, Risk Management and Ocean Survival Instruction. Always looking for the next adventure, his master plan is to be “out there” doing those things others read about. Prior to the coast guard he learned conversational French, attended Ferris State University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. When he’s not in motion he enjoys spending time outside in northern Michigan and can usually be found reading graphic novels or books on New Zealand.
Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, M.A., PhD - Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. – Board Member, Programming & Grants Director
Michelle Evans-Chase is by profession a social researcher who specializes in field research and program evaluation. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and her focus is the design and evaluation of programs for adolescents incarcerated in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Evans-Chase has received research awards from the National Institutes of Justice, the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently was nominated for an international scholar award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO). Dr. Evans-Chase is also an avid ocean athlete who spends much of her free time swimming, surfing and paddle boarding off of the coast of New Jersey, activities she encourages others to try by taking them out and providing them a safe place to learn. She has accompanied her husband on every long-distance swim, serving as his coach during the swim along with managing the boat and related swim logistics. She has also been known to jump in and swim the final leg alongside Bruckner.
PUBLICATIONS: Neuroscience for Social Work: Neuroscience of Risk-Taking in Adolescence (With excerpt on Toa o le Tai Program), Springer Publishing Company, 2013
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Sean Hays - Senior Chief, Command of USCG Station Philadelphia; Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member/Special Advisor - Expedition Development
Sean is currently in command of USCG Station Philadelphia. In this capacity he is responsible for the maritime safety and security of all navigable waters on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. Throughout Sean’s career he has focused on Maritime Safety, Operational Risk Management, Maritime Event Planning, Team Coordination and Natural Resource Management. Sean has extensive experience in large scale operations including the Philadelphia Papal visit, Tall Ships festivals, Red Bull Flugtag, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. Sean is an active outdoorsman and conservationist and can be found on or in the waters throughout South Jersey.
Bartlomiej Bober - Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc - Special Advisor and Project Manager, Blue Journey Poland & Eastern Europe
Bart has been an ocean and pool lifeguard since 1998 with extensive experience as an athlete, coach and sport ambassador on the national and international level. He has represented Poland on several national teams and most recently won a Bronze medal at the Lifesaving World Championships 2016 in The Netherlands. He is the former head of the Department of Tourism and Sport for the City of Zabze in Poland, and he is currently focused on developing various Blue Journey initiatives in Poland for 2017. He holds a BA in Emergency Medicine and an MA in Public Healthcare.