The Team

Kathryn Sussman

Kathryn Sussman, founder of The Writing Space, combines her writing skills with animal advocacy work, specifically pertaining to the need to end the captive display of cetaceans in Canada, by working to close the wild capture loophole in … Read More

Helena Symonds

Helena Symonds is Co-Director of the orca research station OrcaLab on Hanson Island in British Columbia, Canada, and a director of the non-profit Pacific Orca Society. Helena’s special interests are in orca acoustics, social aspects of … 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

Courtney Vail

Courtney S. Vail holds an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology/natural resources management and a Master's Degree in Psychology. With a background in biology, law and environmental policy, Courtney has served as the director of programs … Read More

Jeffrey Ventre

Jeffrey Ventre is a medical doctor in Washington State practicing in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Prior to becoming a physician, he worked as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld from 1987 to 1995, spending seven … Read More

Kim Ventre

Kimberly Ventre is a brand consultant, specializing in brand identity, marketing operations, conservation marketing and impact production. She also has clients in the fields of fashion, home design and jewelry. Several years ago, I felt I … Read More

Ingrid N. Visser

Ingrid N. Visser is the Founder and Principal Scientist of the New Zealand-based Orca Research Trust, which works to protect orca and their habitat through conservation, education and scientific research. Since 1992, she has worked with … Read More

Hal Whitehead

Hal Whitehead is a University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on social organization and cultural transmission in the deep-water whales, but he also works on their ecology, … Read More

Cathy Williamson

Cathy Williamson leads the End Captivity program at Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins, with offices in the UK, Germany, USA, Argentina and … Read More