Aaron Quintanar: Co-Executive Director
Aaron Quintanar first traveled the entire Baja California peninsula overland with his parents during the winter of 1969-1970. His exploration of the peninsula continued in search of remote fishing and surfing areas. Aaron, a 25-year lifeguard veteran in San Diego, helped establish lifeguard agencies in Tijuana, Ensenada, Punta Abreojos and Todos Santos. From, 2000 to 2005 he led the conservation efforts at the conservation organization Wildcoast. During this period, he led a conservation team in working to protect Bahia Concepcion, Laguna San Ignacio, and Bahia de los Angeles from large-scale development and industrialization efforts. In 2002, Aaron and attorney Rodrigo Jara filed a successful legal challenge against the Escalera Nautica – a project of the Mexican Federal Government calling for the construction of 27 resort marinas on both sides of the Baja California peninsula. From 2006 to 2008, he structured an innovative new conservation model designed to protect Midriff Island region of the Sea of Cortez. Aaron structured the strategy to address border energy issues involving the Sierra Juarez and Sierra San Pedro Martir. He also led the American Bird Conservancy’s effort to protect a newly established colony of Laysan Albatross on Isla Guadalupe from commercial longline fishing impacts. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.
John Layman: Board of Directors
John has been a partner in the Layman law firm located in Spokane Washington since 1983. His practice involves serious personal injury complex litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injuries and spinal/aquatic injuries.
Because of his extensive and diverse experience with brain injuries and his extremely successful representation of its victims, John garners the highest level of respect within the medical community, and has been honored by his peers as one of the State of Washington’s “Super Lawyers”. John also was named as one of Washington’s top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Feel free to review the testimonials of several of John’s peers in the medical community.
John is an active sportsman who loves mountain biking, skiing, fishing and free diving. John has a second home in San Carlos Sonora and has been coming to the Sea of Cortes to fish for over 20 years. He is greatly concerned with the conservation of marine resources.
Chip White: Board of Directors
Chip White began began his Sea of Cortes odyssey in the mid 80’s windsurfing. The wind and waves of the beach at La Managa in San Carlos Sonora helped to fuel a lifelong love of the Sea. Chip graduated from the University of Colorado with a Business degree. After school he became a banker then a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Durango. Chip also was one of the co-founders and President of the international ski head wear company Bula. Chip has been guiding back country snowmobile & mountain biking tours for over 15 years out of Durango. An accomplished free diver and sailor Chip currently spends his time between Durango Colorado and San Carlos, Sonora Mexico. His love of the Sea of Cortes and his commitment to conservation continue to be a driving force in his life.
Vince Radice: Co-Executive Director
Vince moved to San Carlos, one of the true jewels of the Sea of Cortes, in 1990. As a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago his curiosity for all things aquatic were fueled by the late great under water explorer Jacques Cousteau. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.S. In microbiology and a minor in chemistry and the realization that working in the lab could never compare to exploring the Sea of Cortes; Vince made the move from Tucson to San Carlos to run his own water sports company. After years of fishing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding and scuba diving and thus personally bearing witness to the rape and pillage of marine resources in the Gulf of California, Worlds Aquarium was born. In 2008, with support from many in Cabo San Lucas and San Carlos, he filmed the well known (in the Sea of Cortes) documentary El Oro de Cortes, which documented Mexico’s illegal dorado fishery and how those thousands of tons of fish are illegally exported to the United States.
Tim Kuzelka; board of directors
Tim is an Attorney who leverages his legal and management expertise to assist organizations dedicated to environmental concerns. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for World’s Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) focused on ocean life conservation in the Sea of Cortez. As a legal consultant, brings 30+years experience to deliver solutions and develop organizations that make the world a better place to inhabit.