Ocean Blue Board of Members
Ocean Blue was founded in 2012 by Father and Son that became inspired after one beach cleanup.
Richard Arterbury, President, Founder, Executive Director
Richard founded Ocean Blue with his son, Fleet, on World Ocean Day 2012. Richard is responsible for cultivating relationships, overseeing client portfolios, project management, program design, business partnerships, sponsors, program development, and staff development. He has worked as a social change agent, account manager, sales, and partnerships within diverse communities for over a decade. Richard’s primary focus is engaging communities of people – whether social profit or government; urban or rural; national or global – in development, consensus-building and behavior-changing initiatives to maintain healthy waterways by protecting clean water rights and healthy streams for stronger generations to come.
Fleet Arterbury, Founder
Fleet founded Ocean Blue Project with his father, Richard, when he was 9 years old. Today, he maintains a 3.9 GPA as a sophomore in high school and his favorite class is Business Development. Fleet has been involved with athletics for several years and participates in his school’s track and football teams. With a passion for photography, he provides Ocean Blue with photos for social media and website content, while keeping up with his friends and a future goal to attend a university to further his education in the field of computer science & technology.
Nathan Miller, Vice President since 2014, Environmental Manager
Nate earned a PhD in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 2007. He became Vice President of Ocean Blue Project in 2014 while teaching as a Biology instructor at Linn-Benton Community College. Nate is now a Certification Specialist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and serves as Environmental Manager for our Blue Streams & Rivers Program while heading Ocean Blue’s Stream Education Team.
Karisa Boyce, Secretary since 2014, Development Director
Karisa strives to diversify and strengthen Ocean Blue’s Board and partnerships while addressing issues that directly impact the lives and health of all animals, including people. A strong background in holistic health and a B.S. in Biocultural Anthropology allows her to view issues objectively and find collaborative solutions that address the needs of communities and stakeholders Her voice for all creatures can be heard on the Ocean Blue News blog where Karisa writes about anything from Ocean-friendly businesses to the connection between environmental & social justice.
Marina Losi Monteiro, Board Member since 2015, Regional Director of Brazil
Marina was introduced to Ocean Blue Project through an international exchange program at Oregon State University, where she did an internship with the Ocean Blue Project. Since then, Marina has graduated in Forest Engineering at the Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is passionate about taking care of the environment and taking care of people. Marina seeks new ecological knowledge about ecology restoration, and she is especially interested in social inclusion integrated with environmental programs. In 2019, Marina launched the Brazil Regional Chapter through stream restoration in collaboration with local governments and a cleanup on International Cleanup Day.
Kelsey Kolisnyk, Board Member since May 2019
Kelsey has 10 years of experience working in the corporate event industry. She has serviced events for Google, SAP, HP, Toyota, The Recording Academy, and Oracle. Strengths include attention to detail, adaptability, and cultivating relationships. With a background in the nonprofit sector, print journalism and live event production, Kelsey understands the importance of a team-oriented attitude, effective written and oral communication, as well as diligent work ethic. She’s always thinking about how to reduce the amount of waste corporate events produce. Kelsey joined the OBP board to help keep her eco-centered values close during the planning and execution stages of the large events her company produces.
Candace Huang, Board Member since May 2020
Candace is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management, and has extensive experience in BI strategy and digital brand management. Her passion for the environment started at an early age, and she has consistently championed environmental and social causes in both her daily life and work. Through her role at Ocean Blue Project, Candace works to help the program streamline administrative processes, and forge new connections in support of Ocean Blue’s mission to preserve and protect our waterways.
Gina Biondo, Board Member since May 2020
Florian Brinda, Board Member since May 2020
Agnes Puzio, Board Member since May 2020
Steven King, Board Member since May 2020
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