Our Team

FSO Staff:

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Frank Reynolds

Program Manager

Frank Reynolds received his Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies and his B.A. from UC Berkeley in Globalization and the Environment. He has experience working with several ocean conservation organizations in the greater Monterey Bay area including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Ocean Champions. As well, he contributed to Environmental Defense Fund’s tri-national shark conservation agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. He is proficient in the Spanish language.

Contact Information: Phone: (714) 920-5111

Email: freynolds@seaotters.org
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Jim Curland

Advocacy Program Director

Jim Curland, who has been involved in sea otter research and conservation since 1990, advocates for sea otters and their habitat at the federal, state and local levels; lobbies for funding and policy for sea otter recovery efforts; educates schools and communities about sea otter natural history and conservation; works with sea otter biologists, federal and state wildlife agencies, water quality agencies and others to identify critical research needs; and conducts media interviews and serves as an advisor to sea otter documentaries.

In addition, Jim served as a member on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Alaska Sea Otter Recovery Team and the Southern Sea Otter Recovery Implementation Team.

In April 2008, Jim, along with Dr. Jim Estes, world-renowned expert on sea otters, Andy Johnson, Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program, were invited to be expert witnesses to testify about sea otters before the Congressional Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and the Oceans.

Prior to re-joining Friends of the Sea Otter, Jim was the marine program associate for Defenders of Wildlife for just under 11 years and Science Director for Friends of the Sea Otter for 2.5 years. He was also an interpretive guide/docent for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for five years during the mid 1980s, conducted sea otter research for his master’s thesis at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and studied killer whales in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia with orca biologist Jeff Jacobsen in the early 1980s.

Jim Curland holds a B.A. in Animal Behavior from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California and a M.S. in Marine Science, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, California.

Contact Information: Phone: (831) 726-9010 Email: jcurland@seaotters.org
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FSO Board:

jen Our TeamJennifer Covert

Jennifer has been with FSO since 2008 and started out as a staff member, Senior Program Manager, and transitioned to a board member in 2013. Jennifer graduated from the Monterey Institute for International Studies with an M.A. in International Environmental Studies and works full-time for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, following UN negotiations and other international activities focused on the environment and sustainable development.

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James A. Estes

After growing up in southern California, Jim received a bachelor‘s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1974. He subsequently worked as a research scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. After retiring from federal service in 2007, Jim took a part time faculty position with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he currently resides. Jim is an internationally known expert on marine mammals and a specialist in the critical role of apex (top level) predators in the marine environment. Much of this work has been with sea otters and coastal ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean. Jim has conducted field research in Alaska, California, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published more than 150 scientific articles, several books and monographs, and has served on the editorial boards for a variety of professional journals. He also served on the California and southwest Alaska sea otter recovery teams. Jim‘s most recent book, published by Island Press in 2010, is a co-edited volume with John Terborgh entitled Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. Jim is a Pew Fellow in marine conservation and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. He received the Western Society of Naturalist‘s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, the American Society of Mammalogists‘ C. Hart Merriam Award in 2012, and in 2014 Jim was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive.
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Jud Vandevere:

For many years Jud studied the natural history of the southern sea otter. He has written multiple scientific articles including The Sea Otter (Enhydra Lutris): Behavior, Ecology and Natural History (Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Report 90 (14)) and has had his work cited multiple times in academic journal articles.  Jud passed away on December 25, 2012.

 

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pam Our TeamPam Ferris Olson

Pam Ferris Olson helped Margaret Owings, Friends of the Sea Otter’s founder, and Betty Davis write several position papers for Friends of the Sea Otter in the ‘70s. She wrote a masters thesis on the conservation of the southern sea otter. Since she left California, Pam has raised two sons; the youngest, a master’s student in North Carolina, is working toward becoming a marine biologist. Pam currently lives in the Dayton, Ohio area and works as a freelance writer. Pam is glad to be part of a team that works hard to protect the sea otter and its marine habitat.

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Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been involved with Friends of the Sea Otter for multiple years and is an active volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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cindy Our TeamCindy Tucey

Cindy Tucey currently teaches undergraduate courses in American Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Virginia, where she focused on the media and political deliberation about scientific issues. Prior to attending graduate school, Cindy received a B.A. in Government from The College of William & Mary, and gained experience working for the American Embassy in London and the U.S. Department of Justice. Cindy is an avid hiker and photographer, and enjoys photographing wildlife, especially the sea otters at the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, CA. She is passionate about sea otters & wildlife conservation and is looking forward to working with FSO!

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Sarah Beyrich

Sarah Beyrich’s background is in finance as she spent 16 years working as a financial analyst and portfolio manager at Artemis Investments in New York. For the last 4 years, she has been a Director on the board of a 100 year old manufacturing company in West Virginia that has gradually been transitioning from being run by family members to professional management.

She also serves as a trustee on 3 related trusts helping to ensure that current beneficiaries’ income needs are being met, while the principal is conserved for the next generation.

She has a great fondness for wildlife and eagerness to help where she can, and certainly loves watching the otters frolic while visiting the West Coast.
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Joyce Capuano

Joyce Capuano began her career at Smith Barney in institutional sales before moving to a start-up Registered Investment Advisory firm where she worked as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager. In 1998 she found ed Artemis Investment Management LLC, managing small cap equity portfolios and two hedge fund strategies for institutional clients including corporate pension funds, employee retirement systems, endowments and foundations. Joyce graduated from the Cornell EMBA program in May 2011 and has consulted for two start-ups while looking to transition to a position in Corporate Management.
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tim Our TeamTim Eichenberg

Tim Eichenberg is an environmental lawyer and a member of the summer faculty at the Vermont Law School.  He is the former Chief Counsel of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and has served as legal counsel for the California Coastal Commission, The Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, the Marine Law Institute, and Environmental Defense Center.  He has chaired the Clean Water Network in Washington, D.C., co-founded the Casco Baykeeper Program in Maine, and published more than 30 articles and reports on environmental issues, including the American Bar Association’s treatise on Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy.  He has a BA from Earlham College, a JD from the Washington University School of Law, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in marine policy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Teiko Saito

Over the course of a diverse career spanning more than 40 years, Teiko Saito has been actively involved in federal natural resource management with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 25 years and in Equal Opportunity and Human Resource management for more than 15 years. Rising through the ranks to become the first Asian American Senior Executive Service (SES) employee in the Fish and Wildlife Service, Teiko’s career has spanned the breadth of the wildlife conservation programs in that agency, including the Endangered Species and National Wildlife Refuge System Programs, International Affairs, External Affairs, Human Resources and the Director’s Office.
FEDERAL NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE-Teiko has held a wide variety of program and administrative positions during her 28 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has served as a program analyst for both the National Wildlife Refuge and Endangered Species Programs and as a budget analyst for the agency’s Division of Budget. She served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Director for External Affairs (covering Legislative Affairs and Public Affairs for the agency). She also served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Service. In this latter capacity, Teiko was responsible for reviewing every document that flowed into the office for approval by the Deputy Director or Director of the agency.

Prior to retiring in June 2012, Teiko spent 16 years in the International Affairs Program, including serving for 10 years as the Program’s Deputy Assistant Director and 2 years as the Assistant Director. As the Assistant Director for International Affairs, Teiko was responsible for managing a budget of more than $25 million and more than 70 employees whose work focused on saving some of the world’s most iconic endangered species, ranging from tigers to giant pandas to elephants and rhinos and great apes. Apart from her work with the Service, Teiko also gained invaluable insights on federal agency management during details at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and with the United States Senate.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN RESOURCE EXPERTISE – Teiko has spent more than 15 years in a wide variety of Equal Opportunity and Human Resource programs, ranging from work at the city, regional, FWS agency and Departmental levels. She worked for both the Des Moines and New York City Human Rights Commissions and for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She was the first EEO officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Regional Office in Anchorage Alaska, and also served as the Deputy Chief of the Service’s Office of Human Resources in Washington DC. Teiko spent 3 years in senior positions in the Department of the Interior’s Office for Equal Opportunity. She also worked briefly as a job counselor for the Neighborhood Youth Corp in Des Moines, Iowa.

EDUCATION – Teiko has an undergraduate degree with Honors in Sociology and Religion from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters Degree in Education from Northwestern University. She taught English in Japan for four years.