Our Team

Shaun MacGillivray, Managing Director
Shaun is also Managing Director of MacGillivray Freeman Films, where he produces IMAX films including “To The Arctic,” and the upcoming “One World One Ocean” and “Everest: Conquering Thin Air.”  The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in economics, then received an MFA degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Shaun and his wife Katie and son Charlie live in Laguna Beach, where they enjoy spending time with family.

 

 

Patty Collins, Senior Director, Partnerships & Development
Patty and the team develop strategic partnerships to support socially-conscious films and educational programming with companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Deckers Outdoor and Kohler as well as studio and NGO partnerships with Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Corporation, WWF, Ocean Conservancy and others. Previously, Patty worked in Worldwide Marketing at IMAX Corporation as well as in Marketing and Promotions at MGM/UA and Orion Pictures. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School and lives in Southern California with her husband Michael and two beautiful daughters.

 

Barbara MacGillivray, Director of Partner Outreach
With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Barbara has worked for 30 years in Children, Youth Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency. She has been active in philanthropic work in Laguna Beach for the School Power Foundation as well as for the Orange County Homeless Shelter (The Friendship Shelter) and for Crystal Cove Alliance. Barbara has worked with MacGillivray Freeman Films in multiple production, research, and development roles for the past 40 years. She oversees the campaign’s ocean alliances and is liaison to the One World One Ocean Foundation’s Science Advisory Council.

 

Lori Rick, Director of Communications

Lori Rick held the director of communications role at MacGillivray Freeman Films since 1998, following an 8-year book publishing career at St. Martin’s Press and other publishing companies in New York and Los Angeles.  Now, as Director of Communications for both MFF and One World One Ocean, Lori is responsible for all aspects of our public relations, including corporate media relations, national film publicity, world premiere events, company publications, speaker tours and other special projects.  Lori is also responsible for managing the company’s book publishing program and has worked with publishers such as National Geographic Books, Simon & Schuster, Putnam and Palace Press International for the publication of ten film companion titles.  A native Canadian, Lori loves traveling and in earlier days she spent two years living and studying in France.  She also loves backpacking and kayaking and in 2002 she hiked Canada’s West Coast Trail.  Lori received her bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from New York University.

 

Marc Ostrick, Director of Digital Production

Marc has been working in the entertainment industry as an award-winning content creator and emerging media specialist since graduating NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1995. In addition to writing, producing, directing and editing professional video programming for multiple platforms, Marc is CEO & Co-Founder of eGuiders.com. Marc produced and directed segments for the historic Barack Obama Special which aired on CBS, NBC, FOX just prior to the 2008 presidential election. In September 2007, Marc completed work on HBO’s John From Cincinnati, as the executive producer/director for the show’s New Media department, expanding the show’s reach into the Internet. Marc won 2 Gold Cindy Awards at the International Cinema in Industry Conference for writing, producing, and directing a twenty-eight part, international environmental documentary series, Preserving the Legacy, as well as numerous film festival awards for his NYU thesis film, Pressure Drop.

 

Jeff Girard, Design Director
Starting in 1993 with the film The Discoverers, Jeff has created and produced award-winning print and online communications for MacGillivray Freeman Films, including film posters, websites, educational guides and marketing materials. He also serves as Design Director at The Surfer’s Journal. Jeff has taught design courses at California State University, Fullerton, The Laguna College of Art and Design and the University of the Nations. In addition, he has designed books and periodicals for The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer Magazine, Quiksilver, Hurley, and the Laguna Art Museum. He is a world-traveled surfer and lives in San Clemente, California.

 

Ted Reckas, Online Editor

As a writer, and founder of software firm Dealerslink, Ted has feet firmly planted in the worlds of tech and talk. As Online Editor, Ted oversees content and web production for the One World One Ocean Campaign. After earning a degree in literature/writing at UC San Diego, Ted has written for The Surfer’s Journal, Climbing Magazine, Malibu Magazine, The Snowboard Journal, Laguna Beach Magazine and others. He has covered the largest technical rescue in the history of Denali mountaineering, and a four-month tour of South America during the financial collapse of 2002. As Associate Editor for the Laguna Beach Independent, he covered the 2010 earthquake on location in Haiti, the Marine Life Protection Act in Southern California, and homelessness in Laguna Beach, as well as winning 2010 Orange County Press Photo of the Year. A lifelong ocean enthusiast, Ted looks forward to introducing his new son to the ocean this summer.

 

Molly Malloy, Communications Coordinator


New to the California lifestyle but not a stranger to ocean issues, Molly Malloy is helping drive public relations and digital engagement for the One World One Ocean campaign. Molly has worked in various brand and communication roles at Ignition and Edelman, where she was a key member of teams executing both corporate and nonprofit campaigns that focused on a range of issues, including disaster response, public health, environment and energy, and education. After earning her degree in journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Molly's passion for ocean conservation was sparked as she worked alongside 2009 TED Prize Winner Sylvia Earle, helping to promote her wish to establish a global network of marine protected areas. "You know it's a dream job when you're wearing a wetsuit and holding a Blackberry on a boat in Bermuda with Dr. Earle diving into 'the blue heart of the planet'. I was hooked. Pun intended."

 

Mary Jane Dodge, Director of Theatre Marketing and Development

A twenty-nine-year veteran of the giant screen industry, Mary Jane has been developing strategic business partnerships, sponsorship opportunities and playing a role in the marketing and distribution of films for us since 2006.  Mary Jane began her career in the giant screen industry by overseeing the successful launch and operation of numerous IMAX® Theatres in such prestigious museums as Boston’s Museum of Science, the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.  She also helped launch the commercial giant screen theatre industry by launching and operating the first commercial IMAX theatre in New York City. The theatres in Boston and New York went on to become two of the most successful and influential theatres in the industry.   Throughout her career, Mary Jane has consulted for more than twenty-eight different institutions and giant screen theatres around the world including the Smithsonian Institution, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Museum of Science in Barcelona.  She writes innovative marketing plans to help launch new films and new theatres and developing creative strategies for implementing marketing programs for film partners.

 

Sarah Wilson, Director of Education and Outreach
 

Sarah plans and develops all One World One Ocean education programs and materials, teacher guides, exhibits, and outreach programs — work she's become proficient at in the past 16 years while working for top institutions like National Geographic Society, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dolphin Research Center, and the Ocean Institute. Sarah studied marine science and has a Master's degree in science education. She has worked in animal care, training and education and also as a marine field researcher with dolphins, sea otters, elephant seals, whales and sea turtles, and as a scientific master diver around the globe. Also, Sarah is a Board Memmber for the National Marine Educators Association. Throughout her career, Sarah has shared her love for the ocean with adults and children, whether it's on the web, with books or exhibits, in schools, at animal parks or working as an educator, naturalist or dive professional on boats that sail the world ocean.

 

Sarah Bedolfe, Marine Research Coordinator
 

A southern California native, Sarah Bedolfe is the principal researcher for the One World One Ocean digital media and communications teams. With her degree in biology, she feels conservation and public education will make the biggest impact on ocean ecosystem protection. An opportunity to study and dive in Australia along the Great Barrier Reef helped her see first-hand the great potential for long-term ocean care. A distance swimmer, Sarah knows how to pace herself, and with the many projects and teams she'll assist during the One World One Ocean Campaign, that's noteworthy.

 

Meghan MacGillivray, Outreach Manager

Meghan grew up in California surrounded by the ocean and a film legacy. Daughter to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Meghan started working for MacGillivray Freeman Films as an intern in middle school. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in English from Chapman University and dabbling in culinary arts, she came back to work full-time for MFF and One World One Ocean in 2011. Meghan now works in outreach, social media, and special projects and lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Louis.

 

Tim Amick, Content Producer / Editor

Bouncing between creative and technical, Tim’s workday is never the same twice. At any given moment, you may find him editing, managing media, fixing computers, QCing final edits, researching, or compressing videos, but you will almost always find him happy.

 

Myles S. O’Grady,  Content Producer / Editor / Motion Graphic Designer
Born in Laguna Beach, Myles has always felt the need to protect the ocean. He got his start in the action sports industry filming skateboarding, surfing, and skimboarding. Realizing he had an eye for color and design, he earned degrees in Film/Video and Graphic Design from Orange Coast College. In 2008, Myles created mS0 Productions and is a post-production freelancer, specializing in editing, motion graphic design, DVD/disc menus, and other multimedia. Myles joined MacGillivray Freeman Films in summer of 2011 as a member of the Digital Media Team.  He has created many of the graphical themes in the series on the One World One Ocean YouTube channel and is working to spread his love of the ocean through inspiring informational videos.

 

Samuel de Castro-Abeger, Content Producer / Editor
Sam helps create the videos content for our website and the One World One Ocean YouTube channel. Sam loves filmmaking, and grew up surfing and taking photos around Southern California. A lifelong water person, he played varsity water polo at UCSD until an injury forced him to focus on degrees in Political Science and Film and Media Studies at UCSB. Sam’s senior year film, “Dirty Little Secret”, focusing on the environmental impacts of making a surfboard, and positive solutions, won the inaugural “Green Living Project” student film competition. Sam has held various internships at Motion Picture Corporation of America, Sony Pictures Television Digital Marketing, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films before joining OWOO.
Specialties: producing, production management, Spanish, social network marketing, film and television production, documentary, storyboarding, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Stereoscopic 3D.

 

Kristina Gonzales, Designer & Developer

Kristina recieved a formal education in Illustration & Graphic Design at Laguna College of Art + Design and is a self-taught web developer specializing in digital & online experience and social media & communications development. She is member of MacGillivray Freeman Film’s Digital Media Team and also provides web management, web development, design, motion graphics, and social media content development for One World One Ocean. Kristina extends her creative skills at SeeKrisCreate, a Content Curation outlet, Design & Illustrative service, and Online Experience consulting service for small business and non-profit organizations in the Southern Cailfornia region.

 

Jason “JP” Paul, Editor / Sound Supervisor / Composer

JP bio coming soon. He is currently out editing, sound designing/mixing or composing music. But what can you expect from a SoCal native, CSUN graduate who has worked with companies such as Dick Wolf Productions and Marvel Studios?

 

Kimmy Helling

Kimmy gained experience in all areas of ocean education, from educational summer camps to grant writing, at the Ocean Institute, and heading the Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference planning committee. She attended UC Santa Barbara, and traveled and studied film in London, where she discovered her passion for new media. Kimmy graduated with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing, with an emphasis in screenwriting, and uses her skills and passion to inspire conversations with One World One Ocean’s online communities.

 

SCIENCE ADVISORS

 

Sylvia Earle

The most celebrated and honored of all oceanographers, Dr. Sylvia Earle is an author, lecturer, explorer, leader, and research scientist who has led more than 70 expeditions, logging more than 6500 hours underwater. She holds numerous diving records, including setting the women’s depth record for solo diving at a thousand meters (3,300 feet). Earle was formerly chief scientist of NOAA, and counts Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet” award in 1998, her status as National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and the 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas among the more than 100 national and international honors she has received. Dr. Earle is an inspiration to One World One Ocean and also serves as a principal advisor to the campaign.



In her TED presentation on Mission Blue, she said “I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”

 

David Ellis

From 1990 to 2002, Dr. David Ellis served as President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science and technology centers and the most attended cultural attraction in Boston (1.7 million visitors per year). Dr. Ellis has worked with and advised on the production and release of several IMAX films, including those produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

 

David Gallo

Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Gallo has been exploring the oceans of the world for 25 years. He was one of the first scientists to use robots and deep submersibles to map deep-sea mountain ranges and continues to help develop new undersea technologies. Most recently he was co-expedition leader on a mapping mission to RMS Titanic. He served the same role on a successful search for the missing aircraft, Air France 447. He is passionate about communicating ocean science to the public and has done so on television, in classrooms, and in boardrooms around the world.

 

Gregor Hodgson

A coral reef ecologist, Dr. Hodgson is founder and Executive Director of Reef Check, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs. With headquarters in Pacific Palisades and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities, and other non-profits.

 

Nancy Knowlton

Dr. Knowlton holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, leading the Institution’s efforts to foster a greater public understanding of the world’s oceans. As a coral reef biologist her research has focused on the ecology, evolution, and conservation of coral reef organisms. Her analyses have led to the now widespread recognition that estimates of marine diversity have been far too low (by a factor of ten).

 

Lawrence P. Madin

Larry Madin is the Executive Vice President, Director of Research, and a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA. His personal research interests are the biology of oceanic and deep-sea zooplankton, with an emphasis on ‘jelly-animals.’ He was among the first biologists to use SCUBA and submersibles to study oceanic plankton.

 

Stephen Palumbi

Stephen Palumbi is the Director of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station, and a member of the managing committee for the Center for Ocean Solutions. His research focuses on genetics, evolution, and the use of DNA data for conservation purposes, such as the design and implementation of marine protected areas and the identification of whales and dolphins for sale in retail fisheries markets. Dr. Palumbi has contributed to several films and television documentaries to enhance science communication. He helped establish the Short Attention Span Science Theatre and has published several books including “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival”. With his son Anthony, he is working on a new book, “Shark and Awe: The Extreme Life of the Sea”.

 

Daniel Pauly

Dr. Daniel Pauly is a Professor of Fisheries and formerly the director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia. A teacher in four languages on five continents, he is the Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dr. Pauly’s work is devoted to studying, documenting and promoting policies to mitigate the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems. He initiated approaches and software, such as Fishbase, an online encyclopedia of fishes, which are used throughout the world.

 

Richard Pyle

Richard Pyle, a research scientist at Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, dives the coral-reef “twilight zone,” those depths between 200 and 500 feet, where he identifies and documents new species. Author of scientific, technical and popular articles, his expeditions have also been featured in the IMAX Theatre film Coral Reef Adventure and the BBC series Pacific Abyss. Dr. Pyle is a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and contributes to advancements in diving technologies.

 

Carl Safina

Carl Safina is a prominent ecologist and marine conservationist, and the founding President of Blue Ocean Institute. He also works as an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. A winner of the prestigious Pew Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship, his six books include Song for the Blue Ocean, The View From Lazy Point, and A Sea in Flames. He is host of Saving the Ocean on PBS television.

 

Greg Stone

Greg Stone began his career pioneering ocean research in Antarctica. Today he is well known for his leadership creating the world’s second-largest marine protected area, around the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati in the South Pacific. Stone is the Chief Scientist for Oceans at Conservation International and a prolific author and speaker on the state of the marine environment and how policy can make change.

 

Jerry R. Schubel

Dr. Schubel is President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, where he created the Aquatic Forum, which brings together scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders to explore solutions for California’s complex environmental issues.  He is also President and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, and was Dean of Stony Brook University’s Marine Sciences Research Center. Prior to 1974, Dr. Schubel was Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins University's Chesapeake Bay Institute. He has served as science advisor to numerous government, private and research institutions.