The SDOF Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team are committed to accomplishing projects that will make a difference in the sustainable use and enhancement of our coastal waters. The upcoming year brings an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past, bask in the limelight of the achievements of today and dream of the opportunities for tomorrow.
SDOF Executive Leadership Team
Executive Director: Samantha Harrod
Collaborative Fisheries Program Director: Alice Kao
Alice holds a Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Environmental Engineering from UCLA. Alice is passionate about conservation and creating a more sustainable relationship between humans and our environment. Previously working in several different research labs focusing on ecology, water quality, and the bioremediation of environmental toxins, Alice brings significant scientific research experience to our collaborative fisheries programs as well as a sincere devotion to the ocean. In her free time, Alice enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, and snowboarding.
Board of Directors
President: Dave Rudie
Dave began diving southern California in 1972 as a sport diver and later as a commercial sea urchin diver. Dave owns a sea urchin processing company called Catalina Offshore Products. Dave has been involved in fishery management of sea urchins for the last 25 years as a member of the Directors Sea Urchin Advisory Committee, the Sea Urchin Fishery Advisory Committee, and the Sea Urchin Commission. He was involved in managing the sea urchin fishery with size limits, limited entry and limited days. Dave was also a member of the Regional Stakeholders of the MLPA (marine life protection act) as a fishery representative. In his free time, Dave enjoys digital underwater photography and being a member of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society, since 2007.
Vice President: Wendy Pacofsky
Wendy is a co-owner of an adventure travel company in San Diego – Outdoor Travel Adventures (OTA). For the past 7 years, she has sent travelers all over the world for both land and sea adventures, and experienced a few herself. Since becoming a dive instructor for Ocean Enterprises in 2003, she has spent a great deal of time in the San Diego waters, and organized a number of group dive adventures to the warm waters of the world. Wendy has a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and also worked in London for the State of California. Prior to owning OTA, she spent 4 years at BCT Scenic Walking, dedicating herself to the sales & marketing of European hiking holidays, and exploring much of Europe by foot.
A Gloucester, MA native, Kacy has her Masters in Education, Teaching Credential and has taught both Elementary and Middle school. She is the Executive Director of Discovery Adventures which operates a summer camp and kayak excursions. She has taught Marine Science to children on Catalina Island, and San Diego, California. She has worked in Outdoor Education for the past 15 years and is a trained guide with CPR, EMT, Emergency Dive Accident Management and Lifesaving Certification. She was recently certified by the Coast Guard as a licensed Captain.
Gayle Van Leer
Paul Dayton, PhD
Ed Parnell, PhD
H.P. “Sandy” Purdon
Jan Svejkovsky, PhD
Richard Wright, PhD