Board of Directors

JIM COVEL, Director and Board President

Home: Seaside
Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Management from University of California Davis (UCD); Masters degree in Community Development from UCD
Business Background: Director of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation for Monterey Bay Aquarium, 27 year employee.  Responsible for training over 700 staff and volunteers who share the wonders of Monterey Bay with more than 2 million aquarium guests each year. Former faculty at both UCD and California State University, Sacramento, taught environmental studies, recreation and resource management. Developed and managed interpretive and education programs with the National Park Service, California State Parks and several local park agencies. 

STEVE DENNIS, Director and Board Vice President

Home: Carmel
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Management Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Business Background: Founded Smith, Dennis & Gaylord in 1973 and SD&G Healthcare Systems. Served on Board of Directors of Pointshare Corporation. Early in his career, Steve worked for General Electric on the Apollo Moon Project (Cape Canaveral, FL.) Steve has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Sea Studios Foundation, the Point Lobos Foundation, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Sealife Conservation, and the Monterey County Family Service Agency.

ROBERT W. BIANCHI, Director and Board Treasurer

Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Accounting, University of San Francisco.
Business Background: Managing General Partner, Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP providing public accounting & tax services for individuals, corporations, partner-ships, non-profits, trusts and estates, as well as auditing and business val-uation services; former partner in successful oil and gas exploration company; member and former president, Hollister Rotary Club; board chair, Central Coast YMCA; member, Monterey County Business Council; board member, Sacred Heart Parish School, Hollister.

DEDE BENT, Director and Board Secretary 

Home: Monterey
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley; Masters of Arts, University of Oregon
Business Background: Owner, Personnel Resources (Monterey); Human Resources Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Administrator, Marin Museum of Science; Seminar Coordinator, Young President’s Organization; Assistant Registrar, Guggenheim Museum.  Dede has served as a Board member at All Saints Day School and for the Breast Care Initiative at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood of Monterey. 


Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Graduate Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of the Pacific; Master of Arts, Management and Healthcare Administration, Central Michigan University
Business Background: Business development, management, management consulting, marketing and sales in a variety of healthcare-related businesses, including hospitals, medical clinics, pathology laboratories and health centers; experience in start-ups and turnarounds; and legislative advocacy in professional fields.



Home: Pacific Grove
Degree: Master’s Degree in Public Administration
Business Background: Communications Manager for the Center for Ocean Solutions in the Stanford Woods Institute. Nearly 20 years experience creating and implementing public education, community outreach and media campaigns. Former Partnerships and Communications Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Background in partnership development, strategic communications and media relations, and translating complex research in a manner that informs and inspires. Former Outreach Coordinator for PBS Station KCTS in Seattle, retired Peace Corps Volunteer from Zaire, Central Africa (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). 



Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, College of Letters and Science, Organizational Studies/Economics, University of California at Davis. Chartered Financial Analyst
Business Background: Associate Wealth Advisor & Fund Analyst at Hayashi Wayland Investment Services. Provide financial solutions for individuals and fund analysis & selection for 401(k) retirement plan solutions. Nine years as an Underwriter for CNA Financial in San Francisco & New York. Fundamental analysis and corporate governance analysis for fortune 500 companies. Providing fiduciary solutions for company board of directors and C suite executives.  



Home: Pebble Beach
Degrees: Doctorate degree and Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Business Background: Member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission since 2013, managing director at KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint Inc. from 2001 to 2009, multiple positions at the Chevron Corporation from 1979 to 2001, including principal consultant, general manager, business development manager, area business development manager and technology research and development manager. Commissioner Chung formerly served as chairperson of Friends of China Camp, which operates China Camp State Park, and was a board member of the Marin State Parks Association, which operates Olompali State Historic Park and Tomales Bay State Park.


ED CLIFTON, Director

Home: Monterey
Degrees:  Ph.D Geology, The Johns Hopkins University; Bachelor of Science with High Distinction in Geology, Ohio State University
Business Background:  Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (1963-1991), Chief, USGS Pacific Branch of Marine Geology (1978-1981); Aquanaut, Man-in-Sea Projects Tektite 1 and 2 (1969, 1970); Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology, Stanford University (1982-1991); Senior Research Fellow, Conoco, Inc. (1991-1999). Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America. Past National President, Honorary Member and Francis Pettijohn Medalist: The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

PAUL DAVIS, Director

Home: Monterey
Degree: Bachelor of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 
Business Background:  Paul has been in the field of architecture for over 25 years, first as a project architect for Davis, Jacoubowsky, Hawkins and Walker Associates, Inc. and now as a partner of The Paul Davis Partnership. Currently serves as a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Monterey, Chair of the Design Review Board for Sand City and Consulting Architect for California State University, Monterey Bay.


Home: Spreckels
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of California, Davis; Master of Arts, Education, University of California, Davis; Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon
Business Background:  Retired Professor, union president, department chair, development officer and currently Dean of Extended Education and International Programs, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Development of University programs in Teacher Education, Liberal Studies, Telecommunication, Multimedia and Applied Computing; instrumental in raising $10 million to complete CSUMB Science Academic Center. Board, International School of Monterey. Board, Camp SEA Lab. Development Officer, CSUMB College of Science. Media Arts and Technology. Vice President of Development, CSUMB. Wrote successful grants totaling more than $1 million.

TAMA OLVER, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Business Background:  Tama Olver retired from a career in computer and life sciences technology in 2007. She has served on the boards of The Women in Technology International Foundation, the Society for Computer Machinery Silicon Valley, the Alliance for Women and Technology, the Child Abuse Prevention Center of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, and the Support Network for Battered Women Santa Clara County. She’s also served on the board of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Association during its last year of operation. She's also served as the Museum's volunteer coordinator, as a host in the Museum Store, and as a monarch docent. Tama also volunteers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point Lobos, and served as secretary for Pacific Grove’s city-operated Museum Board.


Home: Pacific Grove (30 Years) 
Degrees: Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Museum Studies / Education Theory; Master of Arts in Arts Education; Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Business Background: 10 years, Professor of Museum Studies and Art History, California State University Monterey Bay; 11 years, Art Teacher, Pacific Grove Middle School.



Home: Carmel
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts from California State University Stanislaus (Political Science and Business)
Business Background: More than 30 years experience as an International Insurance Broker and Risk Management Consultant. Experience in workers compensation, disability management, health and safety, and risk assessment. President of Carmel Knolls Property Owners Association and Vice President of Del Rey Chateaux Owners Association. Volunteer guide for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, advisor to the Teen Conversation Leaders and shift captain. Currently CEO of Exclusive Home/Estate Management located in Carmel-by-the Sea.