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Director Bios


Spread out between three different west coast states, our Board of Directors is an eclectic mix of warm hearted individuals who truly care and devote much of their time to preserving not just killer whales, but their environment and the coastal habitat that we share.  


Jane Jarlsberg (BS Michigan State University; MS University of Southern California)


Freelance Videographer and City Treasurer of Point Arena, CA

Jane has lived and worked along the South Coast of Mendocino County for over 23 years and is currently living in Point Arena.  She joins NaWhaRe concerned for the future generations who may never experience the natural diversity of this world as we have been privileged to know and is excited to work with board members and CEO Jodi Smith, to understand how to protect the delicate natural balance in our oceans.  In addition, Jane assists Jodi Smith with the City website. 


Ty Moore (BA, Literature, Univ. Nevada, MA, Composition, Univ. Nevada)

Executive Director, Point Arena Lighthouse  Point Arena, CA 

My involvement with Naked Whale Research extends from my background in administration and from my interest in conservation and wildlife. I enjoy assisting in the advancement of worthy causes. In the time since I first joined NaWhaRe I have learned so much more about killer whales, their incredible social structure, and the importance of studying them for the sake of our own species and for the overall health of the planet.


David Bain (BA, Biology and Physics with Psychobiology, MS, San Francisco State University, Ph.D, Biology, UC Santa Cruz, Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC-Davis)
Contractor, National Marine Fisheries Service


Contract Biologist

With numerous published whale research papers and unpublished presentations, David’s interest in orcas and whale populations reaches back into the Eighties, with hands-on experience in both wild and captive studies, consultations, and a consummate depth of knowledge that has been invaluable to the NaWhaRe efforts.  A founding board member, David brings to our board his affiliations and wise council.


Jason Patnode (BA, Film Production, San Francisco State Univ, Certifcated in 3D animation, and through Autodesk with Maya and 3D Studio Max)


Instructor at the Academy of Art University                                                             

Jason has added the technical and visual consultation to the NaWhare effort.   His passions have lent their voices to many popular animated movies and computer games.  Jason has worked with Lucasfilms, Dreamworks, and ILM, creating features and 3D animation.


Angelica Patyten (AS, Marine Science Technology, College of the Redwoods, Current student: BS, Marine Biology/Zoology with a minor in Oceanography/Scientific Diving)


HSU Student

Member and Secretary to the Board, Angelica maintains a passion for killer whales and other marine mammals.  In addition, Angelica has spread the word about J,K, and L pods all along the communities on the California coast with person-to-person contact.


Bill Powers (AA, English, Sierra College, BA, English, Cal-State Univ. Chico, Teaching Credentials, Cal-State Univ. Chico)


Rake and Layabout

Bill joined the effort to form NaWhaRe after working with Jodi Smith in an unrelated area—offices of the Plumas County fairgrounds.  He locked in on her passion for killer whales and embraced her heartfelt dedication to our three resident pods, J,K, and L.  It was her dream to form NaWhaRe and her board members are devoted to her success.  It is rare indeed to find a person as focused and passionate as Jodi, and the effect is infectious. 

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