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Lee Gottlieb
Financial Advisor, New York Life

Lee Gottlieb has over 25 years of consultative services and business development experience—within large corporations and high growth companies.  Lee has been responsible for securing new business and maintaining and expanding client relationships within the financial services, culinary and food, health and fitness, oil and gas, and the public sector industries.


Vipe Desai
CEO and Co-Founder of HDX Mix

Vipe is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist, holding positions on the board of directors for other non-profits and for-profits over the past 15 years that include: Ocean Champions, Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres Institute, Lonely Whale Foundation, SIMA Humanitarian Fund, Rob Dyrdek Foundation and In addition, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of HDX Mix, an environmentally friendly sports drink mix.

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Ocean Institute Leadership

Lane Avery, President, Finance and Administration and Wendy Marshall, President, Education and Operations (left) pictured at the Time Capsule Event at Ocean Institute with Ocean Institute Marketing Manager, Kayla Tademy (center) and County Supervisor, Lisa Bartlett (right).


Waves of Impact

Donors make a difference!  Thanks to your generosity, the Ocean Institute is able to host thousands of students on once-in-a-lifetime field trip experiences.

2019 Foundation Wave of Impact:

Fluor Foundation

DeeDee Rosenthal leads the generous donation of $10,000 for the Adopt-A-Class Engineers Wanted Program.


Ocean Institute Overview

Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. Our mission is using the ocean as our classroom, we inspire children to learn. We are committed to the four strategic areas of focus education, conservation, research and operational excellence.   


Rare Bird Sightings: Nazca booby and Black Oyster-catcher chic
Mike Bursk

Okay, I know, I know…..we are best known for our cetacean sightings and fluke videos.  BUT, once in awhile, Mother Nature throws us a double-whammy that can’t be ignored.  This week, two rarities occurred repeatedly, not 100 feet apart.  Let’s start with the Nazca booby, an equatorial bird that seldom appears in these latitudes.  At least one has been taking its rest on the tip of the long breakwater each day, prior to hunting.  Each afternoon, it returns to the same spot.  It is a beautiful bird, with a striking black/white color pattern.  Even better,



Board of Directors actively provide leadership on the Ocean Institute’s mission of using the ocean as a classroom, we inspire children to learn.

Dana Point, Calif. (July 16, 2019) – The Ocean Institute is nationally known for its award winning, hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. Students, families and the general public become tall ship sailors, research scientists, oceanographers, and explorers while immersed in Ocean Institute programs.