Kiwi has been fascinated by the ocean and marine life for as long as she can remember, and cannot think of a time when she didn’t want to be a marine biologist. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, with a Bachelor’s of Science in marine biology, where she was involved in a research project on how freshwater nutrient inputs affect macro-algal growth on shallow reef ecosystems. While in school, she worked in the education department at the Waikiki Aquarium, where she taught a class on the Hawaiian monk seals, led behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium and assisted with all other community-based education programs. Kiwi also attended two scientific diving field schools, and completed the University of Hawaii scientific diving course to become an AAUS certified scientific diver and NAUI DiveMaster. She also worked aboard the SSV Tole Mour for CIMIs Tall Ship Expeditions Program, where she taught students ages 10-18 sailing, marine biology, island ecology and leadership skills. Kiwi believes that educational trips, like Broadreach, are one of the most beneficial types of learning experiences a student can have because they are so engaging, interactive, challenging and completely hands-on.
Rob has been teaching marine, earth and environmental science for more than 16 years in both classrooms and outdoor environments. When not working for Broadreach, he is an assistant professor in the Marine Science Department at Orange Coast College in Southern California and the Director of the OCC Public Aquarium. He has co-authored two widely-used textbooks on oceanography and is currently working on a third. In addition to Broadreach, Rob has worked for a variety of field education programs including the Ocean Institute, Catalina Island Marine Institute, Longacre Expeditions and Astrocamp. Rob has led our Caribbean Marine Conservation, Belize Dolphin Studies, Fiji Shark Behavior & Conservation, Bahamas Marine Biology, Caribbean Sailing & Leadership, British Columbia Marine Mammal Studies, Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology and Caribbean Tropical Marine Biology programs. He is returning to lead our Curaçao Advanced Marine Biology program because “working for Broadreach allows me to do more in-depth field work on specific topics that I cannot spend as much time on in normal classrooms. It allows me to focus in on a different sub-discipline of marine science each year and work with a variety of researchers, organizations, agencies and local populations to convey the importance of their marine resources to students from all around the world. I find that students that get a chance to explore the real world applications of what we discuss in classrooms understand the content on a higher level and are inspired to get involved in the field once they get back.”
At the age of four, Julia knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. Fast forward to college, where she pursued her dreams with a degree in animal science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After graduation, she transitioned directly into vet school at Western University of Health Sciences in Ponoma, California. An avid animal lover, Julia has volunteered at a dog shelter and elephant sanctuary in Thailand, and worked with equids (donkeys, mules and horses) in the underserved areas of the Dominican Republic. As a competitive horseback rider, she completed an internship at equine practice in Lexington, Kentucky, and currently owns a small equine practice and two horses of her own. When she’s not working as a vet at a small animal clinic, horseback riding, or spreading her passion for veterinary medicine to the next generation of animal enthusiasts, Julia enjoys running, kayaking, cooking and gardening.
With a master’s degree in marine biology from Northeastern University, Lindsay Graff has focused her attention on helping students develop a love for one specific marine animal—the shark. This instructor of our Fiji Shark Studies program since 2012 has worked with Project Great White Shark in South Africa, assisting in the tagging and genetic sampling of great whites, and set a world record for 106 continuous hours of manual tracking of an individual white shark. Most recently, Lindsay has spent her falls working for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tracking migration routes and conducting population studies of great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, MA. Her passion for sharks is contagious, and students often remark how inspired they are by her knowledge and field experience.
After moving away from her hometown in South Florida, Jen headed to Little Corn Island, a remote island in Nicaragua where she’s lived for the past eight years, teaching SCUBA diving to visitors and basic computer skills to local children. Some of her favorite students were teens on gap year trips, which inspired her to become a Broadreach instructor in 2011. Jen studied international business and marketing at George Washington University and plans to focus her conservation efforts by adding to and maintaining the artificial reef system built at the dive shop where she works. Her favorite part of traveling is taking in the night sky and noticing how different each place is from where she grew up. She also enjoys making jewelry, a craft that she learned from artisans in Central America, who fund their nomadic lifestyle by selling their handmade goods.
A native of Atlanta, Deanna headed to the coast to study Spanish and journalism at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During a semester abroad in Valencia, Spain, she fell in love with the culture and later spent a year in the Spanish Basque Country teaching English to middle and high school students in the small village of Zumaia. Deanna also worked at a private English academy in San Sebastian, Spain teaching adults and children the English language. After grad school, Deanna returned to Wilmington, where she currently lives and teaches Spanish her alma mater. She founded a Pre-K through 8th grade Spanish program at Island Montessori school in Wilmington, and also works part-time as a contract interpreter for a refugee settlement agency. Deanna is also an avid yogi, a practice she adopted over 13 years ago.
Jessica grew up in Greenville, NC, and moved to Raleigh, NC over 10 years ago to pursue an undergraduate degree in animal science from North Carolina State University. In May 2017, Jessica earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She was heavily involved in the university’s recreation program, assisting with equipment rentals, teaching rock climbing clinics, managing rock wall safety, and leading day and overnight sea kayaking, hiking and rock climbing trips. Her most memorable trip was a 10-day backpacking trek through Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah. Jessica is a lifelong Girl Scout, having earned her Gold Award. She also worked for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE), mentoring women during their freshman year at college. Currently, Jessica works for Banfield Pet Hospital as a full-time veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys hanging with her family and their Golden Retriever, Casey. They all enjoy hiking, throwing frisbees, gardening, and traveling by camper van. She lived in Sicily, Italy in high school, studied abroad in The Netherlands during vet school and visited 18 US National Parks in the past few years.
Kristen grew up in Northern Michigan, where summers were filled with sailing the Great Lakes and swimming for hours. Always fascinated by fish, it was during her first Broadreach trip in the Caribbean during high school that her interest in Scuba diving and marine biology really took hold. She was back at Broadreach the very next summer as a Divemaster Intern and headed to University of Tampa for a B.S. in Marine Biology. Kristen has led Broadreach trips as a PADI Dive Instructor in St. Martin, the Grenadine islands, Mexico and Bonaire. She is completing an M.S. in Marine and Environmental Science at the University of the Virgin Islands. When she’s not studying, you’ll find her gardening in coral nurseries, aboard research vessels collecting fisheries data and diving into the deep with eager students from the local dive shop. “Broadreach trips offer amazing life and learning experiences. When each trip ends, students can’t believe how much they’ve seen, how fast the time went by, and how many new friends they have gotten to know. Broadreach programs should come with a warning, ‘Watch Out this Activity is Addictive’. It has been for me!
Lauren’s love for the outdoors began as a child while exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family. She attended Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where she double majored in biology and Spanish with a minor in chemistry. During her time in school, she led a student organization that taught ESL to migrant farm workers and worked as an instructor for a wilderness program leading backpacking, rock climbing and ice climbing trips. Lauren spent a semester abroad in Ecuador, where she became fluent in Spanish while traveling all over the country from the Highlands to the Galapagos Islands. After college, she completed three semesters of graduate coursework in molecular genetics at Dartmouth College before venturing to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she taught field science to teens at the Teton Science Schools. Currently, Lauren is attending graduate school at the University of Oregon to earn her master’s degree in Spanish language and literature. Lauren enjoys hiking, playing the ukulele, mountain biking, helping others learn, rock climbing and everything about nature.
TJ hails from the rolling hills of Northern California, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Rhetoric. TJ traded in a corporate career to work with young adults as a teacher and mentor. He has traveled to over 74 countries until finally settling down again in California. TJ has worked as an English and PE teacher for middle and high school students, as an adjunct professor at a junior college teaching a matriculation course for students leaving foster care, and has led multiple international expeditions for organizations that work with disadvantaged youth, children who have lost a parent to military service, and youth who are physically impaired. When he’s not leading trips for Broadreach, he teaches a variety of outdoor courses, including wilderness medicine, survival techniques, and various outdoor skill courses.
Sara hails from Asheville, NC but traveled north to attend college at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with a degree in art history, Sara moved further east to the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada where she earned another Bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a Master of Architecture. Sara is a fluent French speaker from her time living in Canada, and she also gained conversational Spanish and Portuguese language skills through her time living in Argentina and Portugal. Sara is currently an architectural designer based in Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America. Sara began as a student on Broadreach’s scuba programs in the Caribbean and the Sinai Peninsula, She has experience leading community youth art classes, architectural history courses for college students and loves working with new generations of urban designers to share her passions for travel and the exploration of built environments.
Simon is a Kiwi from the wonderful, windy lands of New Zealand. When not instructing for Broadreach, Simon works in Wellington teaching sailing lessons and delivering boats in New Zealand, and he just completed a two-week-long 900-mile race. He has extensive sailing experience in everything from delivering brand new yachts for clients, to skippering yachts in 10+ day ocean races with both a full crew and just one other person on board. Simon has always been captivated by traveling and has worked to incorporate travel into his work. He has traveled to places like China where he walked the Great Wall and visited the Forbidden City, and the West Coast of the U.S. where he visited Las Vegas, San Francisco and L.A. One of his favorite memories was taking a group of disadvantaged 14-16 year olds from Wellington out sailing for the day. He has also coached canoe polo for both the local high school and the Regional Canoe Polo association for the past 5 years. His philosophy is to live life to the fullest, set goals and do your best to follow them through on them.
Trish hails from Rhode Island, but now calls Florida home. She grew up touring the country with her father in their motorhome, an experience that led her to seek more travel adventures. In 1998, she participated in a cultural exchange student ambassador program that led her to Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. She went on to earn a B.F.A in art studio photography and an M.F.A in emerging media with a focus in photography from the University of Central Florida. Trish is currently an adjunct professor of photography, teaching advanced digital, editorial and fine arts photography courses at the University of Central Florida and Daytona State College. She loves working with people, learning about different cultures and recently returned from teaching as a guest lecturer at Chiang Mai University in Thailand for the second year. In addition to teaching in Thailand, Trish worked with an organization there called Daughters Rising to establish a photography program as part of the vocational training and therapy for women in the organization’s trafficking prevention program. She also worked as the Thailand Program Manager for the social enterprise group Lensational, a program that brings digital cameras and photographic training to marginalized women internationally. In addition to her teaching and traveling, Trish is a practicing artist and curator and currently curating an international exhibit at the southeast museum of photography in Daytona. In 2016, she curated a large exhibition of 36 US-based artists as part of the Chiang Mai Photography festival. When she’s not teaching, Trish loves to spend time hiking with her two Australian shepherds, paddleboarding or finding her next adventure.