Meet the Team

This is our crew of amazing folks that help keep the whales swimming.

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Maris Sidenstecker I (M1)

President, Co-Founder

Maris (M1) is co-founder of Save The Whales.

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Cheryl Butner

Education Specialist and Facebook Manager

Cheryl Butner has an M.A. in International Environmental Policy.

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Ray Villanueva

Storm Drain Stenciling Coordinator

Ray Villanueva is a retired public works employee from Salinas, CA who stencils local school campus storm drains.

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Maris Sidenstecker II (M2)

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Maris (M2) is co-founder of Save The Whales.

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Amanda Good

Activities Coordinator

Amanda Good is a graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay. Since 2012, she has assisted Save The Whales.

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Erin Ver Hage

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Erin Ver Hage is a recent graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay

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Tom Kieckhefer

Outreach Instructor, Program Development

Tom infuses excitement about protecting marine life.

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David Gonzales

Bilingual Outreach Assistant

David Gonzales is a graduate from Notre Dame De Namur University, he emphasizes the importance of healthy oceans.

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Susan Robinson

Grant Writer

Susan Robinson is a grant writer for Save The Whales and several other organizations in the Monterey Bay area.

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