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.

Cynde McInnis

Cynde has been involved in the world of whale education since 1994. As owner of The Whalemobile-a life-sized model of a humpback whale-Cynde travels to schools and libraries educating students about whales and the oceans and what students can do to help protect both. She has worked with Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA as a naturalist and Education Director spending thousands of hours observing these amazing animals in their natural habitat. In the fall semester, she can be found at Salem State University in Salem, MA teaching courses about whales, tourism and interpretation. Cynde brings with her an ability to make whales relevant and accessible for everyone through methods

Cynde arrived in Gloucester via Dartmouth College in 1994 having received and BA in Psychology. She earned one of the few Master's degrees ever awarded in whale watch education having designed her own program through Lesley University. Taking a variety of educational theories and applying it to a whale watch setting, she developed a program that strives to make a difference in the lives of the passengers, and therefore, the lives of the whales.

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"