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Our Education Team
The education team at Pacific Whale Foundation offers 30 years of combined passion and experience in the marine education field.
Lendy Leslie, originally from the landlocked state of Oklahoma, has always been fascinated by the wonders of the ocean. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Science and her Master of Science in Mathematics & Science Education both from The University of Tulsa, Lendy first joined our team in 2004 and worked in various positions through 2009. Lendy resumed working with PWF in March 2014 after a five year hiatus of teaching and training in different locations throughout the world including Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Hawai'i Island, Florida, Bahamas, Africa and Fiji.
Lendy has participated in marine research accessing human impact on spinner dolphins around the Big Island and humpback whales in Maui County. She has also taught in a variety of experiential education programs from environmental education in the Virgin Islands and Florida Keys to outdoor and adventure education in Colorado.
Lendy values her role as a Marine Education Specialist to empower our future generation as stewards of the ocean and as advocates against marine injustices. Specifically passionate about ending the exhibition of cetaceans in captivity, Lendy hopes to give others an accurate and truthful education of the natural environment and the potential impact humans can and may have on it.
In her spare time, Lendy enjoys reading, writing, researching, hiking, dancing, serving others and spending time with her church family. A missionary at heart, Lendy is honored to also contribute to the Pacific Whale Foundation mission of protecting the ocean and its inhabitants.
Erin Iberg’s love for the ocean began here on Maui, Hawaii as a senior studying at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Originally coming to Maui for a land-based internship at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, she had never really seen the ocean before and after an incredible experience diving off the Wailea coast, she realized a whole new passion in life. Having grown up in Wisconsin and only seeing the ocean for the first time as a university student, this new environment fascinated her taking her academic focus from terrestrial biology and zoology studies to anything marine related.
After graduating a few months later with a BS in biology and captive wildlife she moved back to Maui. She started working for Pacific Whale Foundation’s boat company as a marine naturalist and shortly after she also joined the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team as a research assistant. Her goal was to learn and experience as much as possible. As a Marine Naturalist, she taught people about the marine life with the goal of helping them connect in a meaningful way with the Hawaiian environment that they came to experience. As a research assistant, she helped to collect data on the East Australian humpback whale population and was fortunate enough to spend hundreds of hours around this amazing species.
Erin’s wanderlust and desire to travel caused her to leave Maui in 2009 and after a bit of travel and an amazing summer in Alaska guiding, she returned to Maui in 2010. She spent three years working at Maui Ocean Center and managing the education department there before returning to Pacific Whale Foundation in April 2014 as a Marine Education Specialist. Erin has a love for the ocean and passion for helping people of any age better connect with the marine environment through firsthand experience.