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Department: Outreach

JJ Freier

Kenz Perillo

Susan Frett

Growing up in a small town in western Iowa, Susan has an innate love for all animals and the natural world.  Since visiting the ocean as a child, she has been passionate about protecting the ocean and all the creatures living within it.  After earning a bachelor’s in Environmental Science with a water quality focus … Continued

Jess Hunsucker

Being raised on Maui and having a strong connection with the ʻāina (land) and love for her lāhui (people), Jess is thrilled to be one of the core members of our newly developed Outreach department. Jess has been with us since 2020 and though she loved her position as a Customer Care Senior Lead, she … Continued

Brianna Simon

Bri grew up on Lānaʻi with her ʻohana rooted on Maui for generations. With a great love for the ocean, she pursued her degree in marine biology. After working as a Naturalist on the PacWhale vessels since 2021, she is excited to lead this passionate team as the Outreach Supervisor and as a Conservation Biologist … Continued

Leiana Coloma-Naho’oikaika

Leiana joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2023 as an Education Specialist. Lei was born and raised on the island of ʻIhikapalaumāewa, where her curiosity for the natural world evolved. She developed a deep connection to marine life, intrigued by its interconnectedness to the ‘āina. As an Education Specialist, Lei hopes to instill the power of … Continued

Nicole Belknap

Upon Graduating from the University of New England, Nicole began her marine science career along the coast of Massachusetts and Maine observing the North Atlantic stock of Fins, Minkes, and Humpback whales. Continuing this path in 2018, Nicole accepted a position with Pac-Whale Eco Adventures as a naturalist and the migration to Maui in search … Continued

Lauren Spencer (she/her)

Lauren joined the Pacific Whale Foundation as a Marine Naturalist in 2021, later moving into the Education department as an Education Specialist in 2022. From a young age, Lauren has been passionate about nature and outdoor spaces, specifically the ocean, after watching movies Finding Nemo and Free Willy as a child. This love continued, leading … Continued