About Us

Members of the Board of Directors



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LAD HANDELMAN

Co-Founder

Lad is a long-time Santa Barbara resident who as a commercial fisherman/diver amassed over 10,000 hours underwater along California shorelines. He is the founder of twopioneering enterprises known for the development of subsea equipment and marine construction techniques, Cal Dive International and Oceaneering International—both now New York Stock Exchange companies. Having made his mark on the subsea industry in countless ways, including taking practical diving depths from 200′ to 3,000′, he is alegend in the commercial diving industry. Since losing the use of his body from the chest down as a result of a 1985 skiing accident, Lad has continued to sponsor and support projects and organizations that improve the quality of the ocean and its resources.

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JIM NELSON

Vice President / Treasurer

Jim retired from Cal Dive International, Inc., a marine contractor and operator of offshore oil and gas properties and production facilities, where he was, Chief Financial Officer, Vice Chairman and a Director. Mr. Nelson currently serves on the Boards of Directors of four publicly traded companies: W&T Offshore, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company focused in the Gulf of Mexico; Oil States International, Inc., a diversified oilfield services company; Input/Output, a seismic services provider; and Quintana Maritime Ltd., an international provider of dry bulk cargo marine transportation services based in Athens, Greece. He also is amember of the Board for The Ucross Foundation, an artist colony located on a 20,000 acre working cattle ranch in Wyoming; and Volunteers Of America (VOA), a human service organization providing homeless, correctional, youth and substance abuse programs in Wyoming & Montana.

Alice Green

ALICE GREEN

Secretary

Alice is an Environmental Consultant with over 20 years of experience in assessing the impacts of human activities on marine, coastal, and terrestrial resources. Her contributions have included project management, technical writing, detailed research and data acquisition, biological monitoring, and the application of the requirements of significant environmental statutes and regulations. She served as Project Manager assisting the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) in preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for their Management Plan update. She has also analyzed bowhead whale acoustic monitoring data collected as mitigation data for oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she holds a BA in Biology (marine biology concentration) from University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Management (marine resources management) from Texas A&M University.

Michael Holland

Michael Holland

Board Member

Michael Holland has a strong work history consisting of: 1989-2012: CEO of Holland Electronics, an international electronics company making cable TV, Satellite, internet, and home theater products. 1985-1989: president, Pico Products, an ASE electronics company. 1980-1985: vice president: Macom Industries. 1975-1980: Design engineer and general manager for Bikor, a electronic power supply company. 1972-1975: Energy Communications: communications product design and energy control systems consulting company.

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PEGGY EWING

Board Member

During her years as an undergraduate at the University of California, Peggy worked as a commercial abalone diver at the Channel Islands. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Biology, she was employed as a research diver for the University, participating in the Exxon population studies to determine the effects of the 1969 oil spill on the abalone beds around the Channel Islands. Additionally, she worked as a salmon biologist for the Fish and Game department in Alaska, and spent several years abroad, primarily in Scotland, working in the offshore oil industry. Peggy is a long-time environmentalist and, while she currently resides in north San Diego County, is an active member of Heal the Ocean in Santa Barbara.

 

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BYRON ISHKANIAN

Board Member

Byron brings to SOS extensive experience as a Geologist and Safety Engineer. He has held significant supervisory positions in petroleum drilling-production-refining, diving technology and related industries, with special emphasis on regulations which address safety and health. These include Principal Engineer for mineral industries, mining and tunneling Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the State of California, with safety responsibility for the entire state; and Committee Chairman for writing the Administrative Codes and Regulations for underwater work and petroleum drilling-well service. Byron has received commendations from 3 governors and chiefs of the divisions of the state Division of Occupational Safety. Byron holds a BS in Geology from UCLA, was chosen to study diving with Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and served in the US Army in Europe as a member of the Counterintelligence Corps.

Don-Barthelmess

DON BARTHELMESS

Board Member

Don Barthelmess is a Professor of Marine Technology at Santa Barbara City College, where he has been training professional commercial divers for twenty-seven years. Don is passionate about diving safety and marine education. He shares his love of the Santa Barbara Channel and the ocean as a critical but fragile resource. Don’s career has taken him on diving projects all over the world in support of marine research, offshore oil and gas operations and film projects for many organizations, including National Geographic Society. This past year, Don trained divers for each of SeaWorld’s Parks. Professionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Association of Commercial Diving Educators and the Technical Diving Advisory Board for the National Association of Underwater Instructors. Locally, he serves on the Board of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and is currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors. He is also a past president of The Historical Diving Society USA.

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JUDY ROSSITER

Executive Director

Judy is an Educator and Marketing Consultant, originally from Seattle, Washington, with a broad background in both the for profit and not-for-profit business sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Puget Sound, with post-graduate study in Marketing and Communications. After moving to California in 1997, her career has been focused on organizations committed to environmental and social change. She has lived in Santa Barbara for six years, working as a marketing/business development consultant and serving several nonprofit organizations in development and special events. She is also co-owner of a marketing and public relations company serving north Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Bruce Allen

BRUCE ALLEN

Co-Founder, In Memoriam

The SOS CA team lost Bruce at the end of 2013. He was an amazing part of our organiation. He lead a wonderfully interesting life. Read more about Bruce Allen Here. Bruce has 26 years’ experience as a physicist and project manager in spacecraft research and development. He previously worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Hughes Aircraft, and SAIC. He founded a space research and solar energy company, has written numerous articles on energy policy, and in 2009 published his first book, Reaching the Solar Tipping Point. As Co-founder of SOS California, Bruce has testified before Congress on national energy policy and is frequently interviewed by print, radio and television media. He lives in Santa Barbara and previously served on the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District Community Advisory Council.

ADVISORY BOARD

John Weller, Environmental Photographic Journalist
Jeff Harris, CEO, Buffalo Brothers Studios
William K. Rogers, Atty, Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP
Larry Barels, Chairman, Aqueos Corporation
Tim Tremblay, President, Tremblay Financial Services
John Whitehurst, Journalist, CASA Magazine
Patt Wardlaw, Chairman, Specialty Tool & Bolt

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1187 Coast Village Rd – #455
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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