Photo credit Rob DiGiovanni Jr. Permit # 15575

Photo credit Rob DiGiovanni Jr. Permit # 15575

   Robert a. digiovanni, jr.

Chief Scientist Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr. is a nationally recognized expert in the field of marine mammal and sea turtle strandings.  He has responded to over 3,900 strandings and directed his team in various rescue and rehabilitation techniques, including the disentanglement of Leatherback sea turtles, animal transport, and post-rescue animal care. 

Rob has satellite tagged over 120 animals, including four species of seals, three species of dolphins, and four species of sea turtles.  He is presently serving as the principal investigator on aerial surveys conducted in the mid-Atlantic region, surveying the coastal waters from Virginia to Delaware, including the Chesapeake Bay, for sea turtles and marine mammals.  Additionally, he has coordinated the open water capture of two bottlenose dolphins in distress, and coordinated the first mass stranding response of common dolphins in New York. 

Rob is also working on developing and training a Specially Trained Animal Response Team (START) funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which integrates incident command system into the stranding network at an incident management team level. 

Rob lectures at both universities and community events about his first-hand experience with marine mammals and sea turtles.  

our staff

Kimberly Durham - Necropsy Program Coordinator and NYS Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator

Allison Deperte - Research Associate and Field Biologist

Hannah Winslow - Field Biologist and Education Coordinator


President - Thomas Telesca, Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.

Tom Telesca is an attorney in a private practice on Long Island. His family has been enjoying the bays and offshore waters of the East End since the 1940s. Mr. Telesca continues that tradition with his wife and four children, always with an aim towards conservation and preserving the marine environment for future generations.


Secretary - Lori Pack, Esq. Professor, Stony Brook University 

Lori Pack, Secretary of the Board of Directors, has been a government attorney for over twenty years and has been an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University for eighteen years. She has a B.S. in Engineering from Stony Brook and an M.B.A in Finance, in addition to being a practicing attorney. She regularly assists both undergraduate and graduate students in earning credit toward their degrees by assisting their placement as interns in various fields.


Treasurer - Carolynn Burke, Accountant - Honeywell International

Ms. Burke has over 20 years of accounting experience with local municipalities, non-profit organizations, and both large and small corporations. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Dowling College. She has also been an active member in various civil and charitable organizations over the years .