Board of Directors

CHRIS HASEGAWA, Director and President

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 $10M 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.


HANK ARMSTRONG, Vice President

Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: BA English, Stanford University
Business Background:  Vice President Communications, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Experienced in directing communications and marketing programs, including media relations, web/website operations, graphic design, community relations, marketing and advertising.  (26 years.) Board member, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Board member, Monterey County Hospitality Association. Former board member and committee member Monterey Visitors and Convention Bureau. AAM professional member and PRAM committee member. Professional and committee member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.



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. Earlier 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.


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 turn-arounds; and legislative advocacy in professional fields.


DEDE BENT, Director

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.



Home: Pacific Grove
Degree: Master’s Degree in Public Administration
Business Background: Kristi is the Communications Manager for the Center for Ocean Solutions in the Stanford Woods Institute.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience creating and implementing public education, community outreach and media campaigns.  As the former Partnerships and Communications Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), Kristi has a strong background in partnership development, strategic communications and media relations.  Her specialty includes translating complex research in a manner that informs and inspires. She is the former Outreach Coordinator for PBS Station KCTS in Seattle, and is a retired Peace Corps Volunteer from Zaire, Central Africa (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).  She and her family currently live in Pacific Grove where they love to bike, hike, kayak and standup paddleboard.




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: Carmel
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Stanford University; Masters of Arts, Earth Systems, Stanford University
Business Background: Principal at Burnett EcoEnergy, a consulting and investment group, which supports financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; Associate Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (energy and climate change policy and greenhouse gases regulations); testimony before Senate and Congressional committees and continuing engagement with federal and state policy leaders on regulation of greenhouse gases; Director of Consulting and Structured Investments, Evolution Marketing.


ED CLIFTON, Director

Home: Monterey
Degrees:  PhD Geology, The Johns Hopkins University, BSc (with High Distinction in Geology), The 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).



Home: Seaside
Degrees:  BS in Environmental Planning and Management from UC Davis and an MS in Community Development also from UCD
Business Background: Jim Covel has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the past 27 years and currently serves as the Director of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation.  He’s responsible for training over 700 staff and volunteers who share the wonders of Monterey Bay with more than 2 million aquarium guests each year. Prior to joining the aquarium staff, Jim was on the faculty at both UC Davis and CSU Sacramento, teaching in the areas of environmental studies, recreation and resource management. He has also worked with the National Park Service, California State Parks and several local park agencies developing and managing interpretive and education programs. Jim grew up in Oakland, California where his father worked as one of the first park naturalists in the country. As a boy, he grew up sharing a house with raccoons, fawns, owls, bats, porcupines, skunks and other wild orphans that his father brought home. (His wife is glad the aquarium doesn’t allow him to bring fish home!)


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.  Paul 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 CSU Monterey Bay.



Home: Salinas
Degree: Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's degree in education from Stanford University
Business Background:  Juan is a high school biology teacher in Salinas, California and founding member of the school's systematic intervention committee, where he created a program to identify students in danger of failing subject area standards. In 2011, Juan was one of only sixteen teachers selected nationwide by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a Teaching Ambassador Classroom Fellow. The fellowships give outstanding teachers an opportunity to learn about national policy issues in education, and to contribute their expertise to develop policies that will support reform and strengthen the teaching profession. He is also currently a Trustee on the board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.



Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Physics, Manhattan College; Master of Business Administration, Pace University; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSUMB 
Business background: Director of International Marketing and Product Management, Compaq Computers and Hewlett Packard; 6th Grade Core instructor, PG Middle School; past-President of the Pacific Grove Museum Association 



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: BA from CSU Stanislaus (Political Science and Business)
Business Background: Harold has over 30 years’ experience as an International Insurance Broker and Risk Management Consultant. His experience is in Workers Compensation, Disability Management, Health and Safety, and Risk Assessment. Harold is the President of Carmel Knolls Property Owners Association, and Vice President of Del Rey Chateaux Owners Association. He is actively involved with the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a volunteer guide, an advisor to the Teen Conversation Leaders and shift captain. In addition, he is involved with many other organizations as a volunteer. Currently, Harold is the CEO of Exclusive Home/Estate Management located in Carmel-by-the Sea.