Board Members

Kathleen Cantner

Kat is the science illustrator for the American Geosciences Institute and holds a Masters Degree in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. She spent five years conducting oceanographic research with the Ocean Exploration Trust before pursuing a degree in Science Illustration.

Kat creates diagrams and illustrations for magazines, textbooks and educational materials with a focus on the Earth Sciences. She is actively engaged in education outreach in her community and is dedicated to exploring and conserving the world ocean.

Cheryl Procaccini

Cheryl is a musician who provides inspiration to Aeon for Ocean with songs that educate kids about ocean animals and their habitats. She is a multiple-award-winning songwriter, recording artist and naturalist who is passionate about the ocean, kids and restoring the earth for future generations. Her music is featured in the Emmy award-winning film Tidepool Scene and is a recipient of the coveted Parents' Choice® Award in children's media. Her musical brand, Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders, has been entertaining children and families with lively, interactive songs about animals, plants and nature's "great big web of life" since 2005.

Educated with degrees in special education and social work, Cheryl created Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders to inspire young learners about the beauty of the natural world and the important stewardship role that children have in caring for Mother Earth. Her songs are now heard by tens of thousands of children worldwide, and are used by teachers in their curriculum in places as far reaching as Gabon, Africa; the Red Sea in Egypt; Brazil; Central America; the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Asia and throughout the United States.

Dr. Marcie Jenner

Dr. Marcie is a co-writer, associate producer and beloved performer of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Often found with an animal puppet in hand, her lively and interactive performance style inspires the participation of audience members of all ages, facilitating a wonderful blend of entertainment and whole brain learning.

Educated with a Doctorate Degree in Family Therapy, Dr. Marcie brings her expertise, limitless imagination and deep respect for Nature to the mission of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Dr. Marcie's fun-filled energy inspires the entire family to be "Eco-Wonder Heroes" and inquisitive stewards of our planet.

June Yoshinari Davis

June is the Global Principles & Practices Lead for Inclusion & Diversity at Cargill. In her role, she identifies the best practices, policies, processes and systems needed to embed inclusion and diversity into the fabric of the organization, and partners with business teams and leaders to support and accelerate their work in creating and sustaining inclusive work environments. Prior to this role, June drove strategy and learning for the Global Change group of Cargill.

June also has over 15 years of experience in the education and retail industries. Her background includes e-commerce, strategy and merchandising experience at Nike and Target Corporation, as well as experience in the for-profit K-12 and higher education sectors. She served as Vice President leading the Business/Technology and Social and Behavioral Sciences markets, having previously led the Innovation team at Capella Education Company. While at LearnNow, a start-up school management company that was later acquired by Edison Schools, she launched LearnNow's first public charter school, an elementary school focused on the Hmong community. Most recently prior to Cargill, June was the Senior Managing Director for Strategy and Operations at Teach For America for their Organizational Effectiveness team, which included the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.

She graduated with an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She currently resides in Minnesota with her husband and son.

Laura Goodrich

Laura is an internationally recognized expert in change and the future of work. She has spent over twenty years as an innovator, speaker, coach, and advisor. Her global perspectives on workplace dynamics and change have earned her the reputation as someone who can create positive outcomes in even the most challenging workplace dynamics.

Leveraging extensive experience as an entrepreneurial technology leader and global workforce change expert who is always looking for an innovative way to challenge the status quo, she is a valuable asset for organizations that are working on transforming from smaller to larger size, or on change management initiatives and organizational development. Her broad areas of expertise include research, human dynamics, executive coaching, strategic change, organizational transformation, global workforce innovation, and interactive cinematic micro-learning programs.

Laura has authored, hosted and produced ten internationally distributed cinematic micro-learning programs for business and industry, she has hosted three television shows and a national radio program. She and her business partner are pioneer producers of Cinematic Micro-Learning programs that leverage film-making methods, coaching and storytelling into a designed process that drives true change.

Laura is the award-winning author and producer of the book "Seeing Red Cars: Driving Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization to a Positive Future, and the Creating a Mindset for Change cinematic micro-learning program" It's the culmination of her dynamic philosophy, and two decades of research on trends and the future coupled with extensive experience in business.

Alex Cooper

Treasurer

Alex is a Director working at FOX 9 News in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul television market who has been awarded a Regional Emmy® and eight additional nominations for automation-based live productions over the past 12 years. His additional skills come from serving as the President, Board of Directors for Ridgewoods Condominium #1 Association. In that role Alex has been able to implement a recycling program for 20 units which previously had only trash service, partner with Hennepin County to pass along continuing education materials to homeowners on the importance of recycling, and work to upgrade the property to reduce the carbon footprint mainly through energy improvements. He wrote his thesis on the association's ability to grow satisfaction by providing better communication to owners through strategic outreach and empowerment tools. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting the National Parks and other public lands here in the US along with Canada to hike, camp, photograph animals, or try out something new in connecting with nature.

He holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Communication Management (Concordia University - Saint Paul), Bachelor's Degree in Communications / Associates in Environmental, Safety & Security Technologies (Thomas Edison State University), and Associates in Accounting/Mass Communication / Certificates in Management, Human Resource Management, along with Marketing Management (Normandale Community College). The volunteering seed was planted early in Alex's life as he began helping with video production work for the local food shelf in high school and was presented with the Caring Youth Award by the City of Minnetonka along with a nomination for the Youth Service Award by what was then Time Warner Cable.

Bashir Ahmed

Chair

Bashir oversees the development and operations of Aeon for Ocean. His business acumen and technical expertise has proven valuable in Aeon for Ocean initiative. He has been the driving force behind upbringing of Aeon for Ocean's organizational entity, forging partnerhip with organizations alike, online presence, etc. He always has been an avid advocate of investing in science and engineering.

Professionally and personally has been involved in various aspects of business development & technology for years and passionate about STEM education. He continues learning about marine life & ecosystem and has been studying about marine habitats and ocean conservation for past several years and believes "it is about knowing and recognizing that we are part of everything, and everything is a part of us - We are One"