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WHO WE ARE / VOLUNTEER STAFF

Our movement is powered by a whole lot of passion and commitment.

Volunteers lend us a hand.

EMILY BERGLUND

Program Director

Emily’s mission is to enrich the long-term health and wellbeing of Earth and all its inhabitants by supporting environmental conservation movements worldwide.

In 2017 Emily graduated from UCSB with a multi-disciplinary background in economics and environmental science. In 2018, she  volunteered for the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales attending public meetings to represent the council’s interests in stopping the degradation of Kosciusko National Parks water resources. In the first half of 2019 she served with AmeriCorps, Montana Conservation Corps, and the United States Forest Service as a leader in conserving Custer Gallatin National Forest which borders the northern end of Yellowstone National Park. 

Emily is affectively applying her grant management, environmental policy, and  research skills to effectively guide organization expansion. She also serves as a mentor, assisting Hiers achieve their goal of reducing nutrient pollution on California’s coasts.

BRAD PEEBLER

CTO

Brad Peebler worked on products that started the desktop video revolution in the 90s and then started his own company in the early 2000s in the 3D graphics market. Today he directs a special projects group at Apple, Inc.

Brad has always been passionate about education and loves working with the youth of Heirs To Our Oceans, where he shares his expertise in VR creation, video editing, audio recording, photography, public speaking, and 3D graphics.

In 2016 Brad worked with the Heirs to produce a short VR film based on the poem “Swept Under the Waves”, the film went on to win Best Live Action Documentary at the 2017 Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  At H2OO SEAL 2017 and 2018 he taught international groups of Heirs how to use GoPros, VR technology, and video editing software to make documentary films about human impacts on our oceans and waterways, so they could share their concerns and ideas with the world. 

RUFARO KANGAI-SIBANDA

Director of Development

Rufaro Kangai-Sibanda is a recognized leader in the field of international development with 20 years experience developing, managing, and implementing health, technology, and education programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

Rufaro is an experienced cross-cultural communicator bridging global funders and local networks of CSO and policy leaders. She is the first VP of the Tech for Global Good initiative at the Tech Museum of Innovation and has worked at international development organizations such as the Global Fund for Women, Public Health Institute, and International Child Resource Institute.  

Rufaro is effectively applying her skills in development and management to Heirs To Our Oceans’ vision and mission believing that a paradigm shift in leadership development of our youth globally must happen to bring about the change we all want to see for our children.  

APRIL PEEBLER

President and
Executive Director

April has been an advocate for ecological and social justice since she was a young adult.

She learned to scuba dive in Palau during law school while on an overseas externship working with Senate Legal Counsel, and she learned quickly about the atrocities that our oceans face.

April applies her background in environmental advocacy, law, and progressive education to steer the vision and mission of Heirs To Our Oceans.

April’s passion and commitment to the next generation and the health of their water planet is tireless and resolute.

CHAPTER
VOLUNTEERS

Heirs To Our Oceans is grateful to have the ongoing support of chapter volunteers who have contributed to the success of the organization.

EMILY AND TREVOR BARTLETT

Founding Heirs Chapter

San Francisco Bay Area, since 2016

THANGAM AND YESH SUBRAMANIAN

Founding Heirs Chapter

Washington State, Since 2016

JACQUELINE OMANIA

Chapter Advisor

Berkeley California, since 2018

KYAH REMELIIK

Chapter Advisor

Palau High School, since 2018

COURTNEY HOBLICK LARSEN

Chapter Advisor

Orange County, CA, 2017-2019

KELLY MUNOZ

Chapter Advisor

Pescadero, CA, since 2017

TUBLAI ILILAU

H2OO Representative

Palau, since 2018

JOIE WHIPPS

Chapter Advisor

Palau Mission Academy, since 2018

AIYANA “YANI” FERENS

H2OO Representative

New Zealand, since 2018

FUANA TMARSEL

Chapter Advisor

Mindszenty High School, Palau, 2019

ANDY JOHNSTON

Founding Heirs Chapter

San Francisco Bay Area, 2016-2019

JANET AND JIM CLARK

Founding Heirs Chapter

San Francisco Bay Area, since 2016

TARITA HOLM

Chapter Advisor

Palau Mission Academy, 2017-2018.

ISABELL ISENHART

Chapter Advisor

Kentucky, since 2018

OYERONKE “RONKY” ADEGBILE

H2OO Representative

Nigeria, since 2019

VANESSA FIELD

Founding Heirs Chapter

San Francisco Bay Area, since 2016

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

In addition to the professionals on our Advisory Council who provide consistent mentorship and support, Heirs To Our Oceans benefits from the time and care gifted by other professionals, including, but not limited to:

The Honorable Bilung Gloria Salii

of Koror

Palau

Dr. Melissa Miller

of CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

California

Deb Castellana

of Mission Blue

California

Dr. Peter Etnoyer


of NOAA

Washington DC

Tom Bowling

of BIOTA

Palau

Michael Potter

of Michael Potter Films

Washington DC

Jackie Nunez de Villavicencio

of The Last Plastic Straw

California

Dr. Pat Colin and Lori Colin

of Coral Reef Research

Palau

Sam Scott

of Sam’s Tours

Palau

Carolina Dratva

of Mission Blue

California

June Barnard

of Salty Blue Designs

California

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