Ocean Institute Staff


David F. Guertin, Jr.
Vice President of Development

Hometown: Newport, Rhode Island

Education: Rhode Island College

Why I work at Ocean Institute: I grew up in the historic waterfront town of Bristol, Rhode Island where the Herreshoff boat building legacy was world-renown. My first nonprofit fundraising experiences were at the Herreshoff Marine Museum and later the America’s Cup Hall of Fame where I met the legends of sailing. These maritime history experiences naturally evolved into a passion for the ocean and conservation of our natural environment. My fundraising career has navigated through the preservation and perpetuation of American maritime history from magnificent sailing yachts to World War II historic naval ships and back to tall ships.  The ability to connect children to sailing and the sea, and to promote experiences that may lead to careers in science or ocean conservation is very meaningful to me.    


Dan Pingaro
President & CEO

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Education: Colorado State University

Why I Work at Ocean Institute: My life passion is the ocean, and my life goal is to ensure future generations have the same ocean joy and opportunities that I had growing up at the beach.  My deep commitment to the ocean via my education, research and environmental work dovetails perfectly with the Ocean Institute.  I feel lucky to be at Ocean Institute and to pursue my life passion every day.


Lane Avery
Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Almont, Michigan

Education: Michigan State University (BA); University of Houston (MBA)

Why I work at Ocean Institute: Spending my summers while growing up on Elk Lake in Michigan, I gained an appreciation for water quality, its connection to the environment and of course all the recreational opportunities that a lake affords!  Since then, I have spent my career working for CPA firms and other great companies in accounting, auditing and technology.  Ocean Institute provides me with a unique opportunity to do something a little more soulful, using my background and experiences to support its important mission promoting ocean education, research and conservation.


Wendy Marshall
Vice President of Education

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Education: University of Southern California

Why I work at Ocean Institute: The Ocean Institute is a dream setting for an educator who is passionate about education, research, and the environment. Having worked in education for over twenty years, I have seen the power of real-world, hands-on learning experiences and the benefits of connecting young minds to cutting edge research through age-appropriate lessons. The Ocean Institute provides a context like no other for developing curiosity and the habits of mind that will help visitors see the world and themselves in a new way. I work here because the people, programs, and unique resources provide the best context to practice my passion and contribute to the ocean.


Membership Team


Emma Opie