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Our team

WDC has around 80 staff worldwide working in 6 locations. They are led by a team of directors overseen by volunteer trustees who are responsible for ensuring we meet our charitable obligations.

Executive Directors

International and UK CEO: Chris Butler-Stroud

Director of Strategy: Chris Vick

Director of Finance: Cally Moore

Director of Fundraising: Helen Mitchell

Director of Campaigns and Policy: Carla Boreham

Director of Human Resources: Sian Davies-Hamilton

Director of Marketing and Communications: Ed Fox

Executive Director North America: Regina Asmutis-Silvia

Executive Director Germany: Franziska Walter

Executive Director Australasia: Declan Andrews

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. WDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. We embrace diversity and equal opportunity and are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

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Amy Wright, Education & Outreach Specialist

Amy joined WDC in 2023 and continues to support our education & outreach programs. When not sharing her love of marine mammals with you, she can be found trying to visit every National Park (32/63 down!), with her nose in a book, or playing with her two pups, Dunkin and Luna.

Autumn Hanscom, Philanthropy Officer

Autumn joined us in early 2021. She brings her years of experience in grant management and grant writing to provide new opportunities for WDC. When she isn't knee-deep in grants, she can be found talking local policy as an elected representative for her town of Groton, CT and is a quesadilla connoisseur.

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Bri Baptista, Education Specialist

Bri joined WDC in 2023 as our Education Specialist. She can’t help but hum "Hey There Delilah" any time we get to take Delilah, our inflatable right whale, out for an education program. She loves getting to learn new marine animal facts every day and always keeps an eye out for the nearest place to get a boba tea.

Caroline Genther, Stranding Specialist

Caroline joined WDC in 2023 and is excited to be a part of such an awesome team. As a born and bred New England beach girl, she can be found swimming, beach combing, picnicking, hiking, or just relaxing, no matter the season. If you happen to call while she is manning our Marine Animal Rescue and Response hotline, make sure to say hello!

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Caroline Mowdy, Communications Specialist

Caroline joined WDC in 2023 as our Communications Specialist. When you receive an email from us, there's a 99% chance it came from her. She loves being in the ocean, traveling to new places, and attending concerts.

Ed Maheigan, Vice Chair - Finance and Audit

We couldn't function without our Superstar Volunteer Ed! Ed joined us in 2016 and has become a permanent fixture in our office, helping with managing our finances. Ed is an avid scuba diver and has been working on his cooking skills with help from his WDC crew.

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Evan Silvia, Program Assistant

Evan started volunteering with WDC in the winter of 2019. He was later hired as the Program Assistant in February of 2021. He helps process and ship all orders, donations, and whale adoptions that come in. He is currently attending Bridgewater State University and is a big fan of the Bruins and Patriots.

Jen Kelly, Education Department Chair

Jen joined WDC in 2022 to revamp our Education Program with her experience in education and outreach. She fits in with the rest of us perfectly as she shares our love of being outside and is Team Coffee. Jen has her 50-ton captains license and for fun is taking tap classes again after dancing for 13 years as a kid.

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Josy Irizarry, Social Media Communications Strategist

Josy joined WDC in 2024. She specializes in finding creative ways to connect with our audience on social and making sure everyone understands how important whales are to the world. When she's not working, you can find her singing Whitney, reading, taking pictures of flowers, or pretending to be tall and playing ball.

Lauren Brandkamp, Stranding Coordinator

Lauren joined the WDC Marine Animal Rescue and Response team in 2024. She has worked in the marine science field around the country and is excited to continue her conservation efforts here in Massachusetts. When she is not on the beach responding to stranded marine animals, she is still on the beach enjoying a variety of water sports such as surf-skiing, kayaking, or wing foiling!

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Lucie Baker, Director of Operations

Lucie joined WDC in July of 2021. Since then, she has quickly been learning everything about marine mammals. She is a Plymouth-native and enjoys music, true crime podcasts, and horror movies when not overseeing office administration. She also is the one that sends out your whale adoptions!


Missy Walker, Deputy Director - North America

Missy first became part of the whamily when she collaborated with WDC on an education program in 2013. She came on board in 2014 and oversees all of the fundraising and communications for North America. Missy loves all of her bird and squirrel friends that visit the feeder outside her office window and she teaches us all about vegetables that we never knew existed!

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Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director - North America

Regina is our fearless leader. She has her USCG 100-ton near coastal Master's License and has been involved in whale conservation for over 20 years. Besides running the office, she is also responsible for a lot of our policy and advocacy work. She is a Massachusetts native, a walking encyclopedia of whale information, and obsessed with Keith Richards.

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Lucine Tashjian, Marine Mammal Conservation Intern

Lucine joined WDC in 2024 as a summer intern. From Long Island, NY, she is currently a rising senior at Boston College as an Environmental Studies major concentrating in biodiversity conservation, and recently completed a semester abroad in Panama. Outside of the office, you can find her playing tennis or the clarinet, and listening to the birds!



Pat Watson

Pat Watson volunteers at WDC's outreach and education presentations and attended the NYC Climate Week event in 2023. We love that she showed off her WDC t-shirt to help spread the word that whales are Climate Giants and are a necessity for healthy oceans and thriving fish stocks - and may even be a natural solution for climate change!

Sulmaan Khan

Sulmaan Khan has been collecting data for WDC since 2022. He claims not to have a favorite whale but tends to smile just a little more when he sees Dross or Chunk. He loves the fact that voyages to and from whales come with excellent looks at great shearwaters, Wilson's storm-petrels, and even the occasional south polar skua.