Jerry Walker (Board Chair)
Jerry has been a vital member of the Teens4Oceans’ Board of Directors. His twenty-year experience working for non-profit organizations and his dedication to helping structure the organization has been pivotal. Jerry has participated in many of the Teens4Oceans’ programs, trips, and field installations since Teens4Oceans began in 2007, and is a tremendous leader and advisor.
Lyn Ciocca (Secretary)
Lyn Ciocca McCaleb’s passion for diving began in 1987 in Cozumel. The next year on an Earthwatch trip to Bonaire, she sat at 100 feet for 17-minute stretches drawing meter-by-meter squares of coral, sparking her passion for coral reefs and ocean preservation. Since then she travels whenever she can to coral reef destinations, enjoying every breath underwater. In 2002, she became a Director of the Coral Reef Alliance, an international non-profit that helps to create local marine parks. From 2006 until early 2010, she was CORAL Board Chair. Lyn is now honored to be on the Teens4Oceans Board, helping to transfer her love of oceans and their stewardship to the next generation.
Lyn has over thirty years in marketing, management and market research, blending classical consumer package goods and entrepreneurial experiences. With a strong background in marketing strategy and positioning, Lyn brings consumer insight to ongoing products, new product development and other business issues. In her consulting company, Wellness Resources, Lyn works with major consumer package goods companies, pharmaceuticals, educational facilities and non-profits. Her corporate responsibilities included Vice President of Marketing positions at Wyeth Consumer (Advil) and Rhone Poulenc Rorer (Maalox). She has an MBA in Marketing from New York University and a BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. For the last decade, her consulting work has focused on marketing research preparation, execution and analysis with consumers, professionals and other stakeholders. She is currently expanding her practice to include coaching for professionals in transition.
Lyn moved from New York City to Boulder, Colorado, where she now lives with her husband, Rob McCaleb, an ethnobotanist.
Graham Casden (Treasurer)
Born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Graham moved to California as a child and quickly developed an insatiable love for the water. After eighteen years on the ocean, he moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado. Graham has traveled far and wide and had the privilege of seeing much of the world by the time he finished college. For him, the importance of traveling is in its rewards: knowledge, insight, and experience.
Graham is a CU alumnus from the Leeds School of Business, a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Master Scuba Diver Trainer and an underwater photographer with hundreds of logged dives around the world. In 2005, he founded Ocean First Divers, an environmentally conscious dive operation created to cultivate concern for the plight of the oceans while establishing an industry precedent for accountability and sustainability. As the business progressed, Graham realized there was a tremendous need to improve marine science education across the board, among divers, students, and working professionals. In 2010, Graham joined Teens4Oceans and helped create Ocean Classrooms to design and deliver a highly engaging, innovative approach to teaching key educational disciplines. As a sentient being and small business owner, his goal has been to create products and experiences that enhance lives and afford the opportunity to witness the same magic he has been fortunate enough to experience.
Dr. Mikki McComb
Mikki has a strong and distinguished scientific and educational background. She has traveled across the globe conducting research on marine fish with a special emphasis on shark sensory biology. Previously, Mikki made great strides in marine fish conservation while at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Florida where she spearheaded critical estuarine studies about habitat degradation and its pervasive impact upon fisheries. Mikki has been invited to speak, educate and conduct research at labs and institutions across several continents including South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her efforts have been documented in film, magazine and radio by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and CBC National Radio Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications. Mikki has served on several scientific and educational panels and executive boards.