Our Team

Meet the Reef Renewal Staff

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Network Coordinator

Katie Leeper

“Coral reefs are a fundamental part of our oceans. Our only hope in restoring these ecosystems is through collaboration and supporting restoration projects worldwide.”

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Training Advisor

Francesca Virdis

“Saving coral reefs is one of the greatest challenge of our time. We have to get together now and join forces to make a difference and preserve this uniquely biodiverse and stunning ecosystems.”

Meet the Board of Directors

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Paul Coolen

President of the Board

“Our family has been working within the dive industry for decades and without reefs no diving! I feel obliged to try to save our legacy for our little girls.”

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David J. Fishman

Treasurer of the Board

“Having long been inspired by the diversity and the beauty of coral reefs, it’s exciting to engage with this smart & dedicated team working to understand and restore what we love.”

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Jerry Beaty

Secretary of the Board

“It’s been rough watching the state of the reefs decline over the years. I’m proud to be part of an organization taking the problem head on.”

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Ken Nedimyer

Director

“To rise to meet some of the biggest challenges our reefs have ever faced, we need to work together, collaborate and empower each other.”

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Martien van der Valk

Director

“Coral reefs are very important for our ecosystem. Our goal is to restore reef habitats to make sure future generations can also enjoy the beauty of the underwater life; the work of RRFI will make this possible.”