Counting coral

our team

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jolyon
President

Artist, avid surfer, diver and all around ocean man jolyon has for a lifetime been an ocean advocate and has now turned all his attention on saving coral reefs

 

30+ years experience building multi-million dollar dream homes Managing entire builds, operational costs, budgeting, and project timelines.

Favourite Movie: The Matrix

Favourite Food: Tacos

Favourite Destination: Fiji

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Aria 
chief fundraising
officer

Aria Ma is a high school senior from Maryland, USA. She has been engaged in the nonprofit and humanitarian industry for the past 3 years, focusing on environmental conservation and Alzheimer's research.

 

Aria is passionate about bridging interdisciplinary skills in order to help create a more sustainable future.

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lionel
Treasurer

Lionel has over 30 years in executive corporate roles and running small businesses. He is responsible for the initial business structure and financial tracking for Counting Coral. 

 

Favorite Food: Indian and Thai (spicy food) 

 

Favorite Destination: Laid back - Hua Hin Thailand; Upscale experience - Geneva Switzerland

hollie
executive advisor

Hollie is a professional writer and activist, with experience working for non-profit educational organizations. 

With a background in international affairs, she hopes to use her skillset to navigate the team to clear waters and flourishing reefs.

Favorite Movie: The Shining

Favorite Food: Japanese Cuisine

Favorite Destination: The Greek Isles or fjordic Norway

 

 

Brooke
executive director

Brooke is a creative director and fashion model with a love for for all things nature. With experience in branding and graphic design, she hopes to direct Counting Coral and its ability to create a positive change.

Born by the sea and forever outdoors, Brooke intends to generate worldwide awareness in a unique and captivating manner. With previous involvement in current and trending marketing techniques, she will be able to optimize Counting Coral’s growth. 

Favorite Movie: The Prestige, Ratatouille
Favorite Food: Asian Cuisine
Favorite Destination: Barcelona, Spain 

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Jonny
Director of
science

Jonny is a professional environmentalist, specializing in project management and impact assessments. 

 

With an educational background in Marine Biology, he holds experience in working and managing research projects for non-profit organisations which practice in biodiversity and conservation management.

 

Jonny aims to apply his technical inputs in order to support Counting Coral's cause and operations moving forwards.

Favourite Movie: The Gladiator

Favourite Food: Seafood 

Favourite Destination: The Philippines 

 
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Spring of 2021

Interns

Fundraisers

max
mallinen

 Max Mällinen is a senior at Quinnipiac University double majoring in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Originally from Washington state and currently living in Idaho, I'm an outdoor enthusiast from skiing to backpacking to surfing and everything in between, an avid traveler having been to all 50 US states and 39 countries, and have a deep love for all the worlds animals (yes, even the creepy crawlies). I aim to bring my experience, passion, and infectious positivity to the Counting Coral team!

Favorite movie: toss up between Interstellar and Meru
Favorite food: Sushi hands down
Favorite destination: New Zealand (winter) or Glacier NP (summer)

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Fundraisers

Vuongnhi Vo (Nini)

“To help yourself is to help others.” My life motto that has been inspiring me to follow my passion in speaking up for the voiceless. I am a former international flight attendant turned animal rights activist. For the past two years, I have been actively involved in the Atlanta Animals Rights Activists and Animal Save Movement as an event coordinator, assistant organizer and volunteer fundraiser. I look forward to be working with everyone and creating great impact for our ecosystem!  

Favorite Movie : Harry Potters and The Order of The Phoenix 

Favorite Food : Home made Pho! 

Favorite Destination : Czech Republic and Scotland 

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Fundraisers

Viola
zhang

Viola is a bioengineer and material scientist interested in and working at the intersection of conservation and bio-integrated design. 

 

She is a diver, equestrian, and artist passionate about wildlife and coastal ecosystems. She aims to use her interdisciplinary knowledge to raise awareness and expand impactful efforts for ecological and societal sustainability. 

 

Favorite Movie: Call Me By Your Name, Léon, Infernal Affairs, Aristocats

Favorite Food: Oysters

Favorite Destination(s): New York ♥️, Italy, Southeast China

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Content

Creator

joseph
cardoza

Joseph (Joe) Cardoza is a recent graduate with a degree in Cinema and Media Studies. He enjoys many forms of content creation including video, sound design, photography, and editing. With a passion for nonfiction work, Joe enjoys storytelling through composition and narrative structure.

His goal with film is to create impactful work that leads to discussions. He enjoys creating films about difficult topics and making them accessible to a variety of audiences.

Favorite Movie: Big Hero 6, Halloween
Favorite Food: Tex-Mex, Seafood
Favorite Destination: Mexico, Portuga

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Content

Creator

isabelle groenewegen

Izzy is a recent graduate and aspiring documentary filmmaker.

 

I want to use film to lay bare the issues that humankind has created but also has the power to solve!

 

The ocean is a magical and mysterious place that deserves our utmost respect and protection.

 

I hope to use this experience at Counting Coral to work towards safeguarding the ocean. 

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Content

Creator

paula
Milenkova

Paula is a recent Film graduate from UC, Berkeley and a commercial assistant editor.

 

When I'm not bound to a desk, I like to bike, juggle, and hope to get a refresher in scuba diving! As a video intern for Counting Coral, I'm excited to revisit my relationship with ocean conservation and encourage people to join us on our mission.

Favorite Movie: Ponyo and A Moment of Innocence
Favorite Food: Seafood and milkshakes, not necessarily together
Favorite Destination: Bulgaria

 

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Spring of 2021

Interns

SocialMedia

marketing

megan
mersino

Megan is a sophomore at Oregon State University, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing with a Graphic Design Minor. As someone who thrives off of genuine human connections, she finds herself drawn to opportunities where she is able to make a positive impact on others' lives. She has a strong passion for both animal welfare and environmental conservation and is thrilled to work with Counting Coral to help save our precious ecosystem.

 

Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Avengers

 

Favorite Food: Mexican

 

Favorite Destination(s): Anywhere she can take her dog!

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Spring of 2021

Interns

SocialMedia

marketing

courtney
Borkowski

Courtney is a recent graduate from Florida State University with a degree in marketing. I've always been passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation ever since I was a child.

 

As a marketing specialist, I want to use the skills I've learned to help protect the fragile ecosystems that make this earth so beautiful.

 

I hope to help Counting Coral reach their maximum potential in their journey to save coral reefs!

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Spring of 2021

Interns

Web development

colton
wilmouth

Colton recently graduated from App Academy's Full Stack Software Engineering/ Web Development program. I enjoy travel and investing, and trying everything at least once.

 

I have a passion for nature and the outdoors, as well as old architecture.

 

combining everyone's efforts here into an interactive portal where people can get involved, and help us fight our world's hapless coral reduction.

Favorite Movie: Crimson Peak

Favorite Food: Sushi, and pickles.

 

Favorite Destination(s): Iceland, definitely Iceland.

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Counting Coral is an ocean non-profit organization seeking to save the coral reefs through direct, innovative action.