Officers and Staff

Lori Marino


Dr. Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University. Lori is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and … Read More

Charles Vinick

Executive Director

A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors since mid-2016, Charles brings a unique blend of leadership and experience to his role as Executive Director. With a solid background in business that includes extensive experience … Read More

Don Baur

Legal Counsel

Donald C. Baur is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Perkins Coie. He previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of … Read More

Mica Day

Social Media Coordinator

Mica Day is a passionate advocate for animal rights, with a background in the charity sector, specifically in community and online fundraising. She runs a personal blog, covering cruelty-free and veganism, and her use of social media has … Read More

Michelle Duncan

Site Selection GIS Associate

Michelle Duncan is the Founder of Duncan GIS, which provides geographic information services to help people organize, analyze and visualize their data. An example of these is the story map tour she created to time-stamp and geolocate the … Read More

Jeffrey Foster

Animal Transfer & Rehab Coordinator

Jeff Foster has spent his whole life around wild and exotic animals. He grew up as the son of a prominent zoo veterinarian, giving him experience caring for and managing animals from an early age. Jeff has worked in the marine mammal … Read More

Rob Laidlaw

Canadian Advisor

Rob Laidlaw has been the Director of Zoocheck since its inception in 1984, and has also worked for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the Toronto Humane Society and other animal protection organizations. His focus is on … Read More

Michael Mountain

Outreach Coordinator

Michael Mountain is the former President and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society and its sanctuary in Southern Utah for abused and abandoned animals. Best Friends was one of the pioneers of the no-kill movement for companion … Read More

Michael Parks

Site Search Manager

Captain Michael Parks served as chief of marine operations for the rehabilitation of the orca Keiko, and is leading the search for suitable sites for a seaside sanctuary for the Whale Sanctuary Project. He began in 1998 as a field engineer … Read More

Paul Thrasher

Chief Financial Officer

Paul is a CPA and financial consultant with a 35-year professional career devoted to the financial needs of the nonprofit community. His 25 years in public accounting included tenures with Big 4 and large local CPA firms, in positions … Read More