Matt rutherfordDirector & Expedition Leader – Matt Rutherford

Matt Rutherford is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. Rutherford left Annapolis, MD on June 2011 and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek, Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage. Once through this northern passage, Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 miles at sea.

Once Matt returned from his circumnavigation he immediately started working on starting a non-profit organization that would help scientists better understand the problems facing the oceans. Matt believes that no one person can do everything but everyone can do something. By creating Ocean Research Project,Matt plans to educate people about marine issues and give back to the earths oceans.
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Science & Education – Nicole Trenholm

Since 2013, Nicole has had the opportunity to develop ORP’s science and education programs. She is ORP’s marine scientist, doubling as an expedition leader and mariner on each expedition. Her professional background in supporting oceanographic data collection for charts and maintaining Chesapeake Bay’s Buoy System (CBIBS) under NOAA contracts gives Nicole diverse experience in managing ocean research activities onboard vessels. She holds a USCG Master Near Coastal  Captains License and sails her boat Selkie in the Chesapeake.

After directing science at sea over 20,000 miles Nicole strives to continue to provide data that is integral to monitoring climate change. As a member of the Society of Women Geographers Nicole intends to honor the women who coined the club expression, ” Women who know no boundaries”.

Dr. Michael Gresalfi – Vice President

A member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s senior staff within the Washington DC area for nearly 21 years. Providing national security related strategic planning, policy and operations advice and assistance to Federal Agencies and associated national security programs, with a focus on protecting, preventing, and/or responding to WMD attacks.

Michael is active in social service programs having acted on multiple boards such as: United Cerebral Palsy, National MS Society, and John Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.

Brian Roberts – Treasurer

Brian Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Member of Tax & Financial Services, L.L.C.  Roberts’ experience serving as Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs of several regional and local Not for Profits along with being an adviser in his professional practice is an asset to the Ocean Research Project.  In addition Roberts is passionate about preserving our natural resources as he is a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Licensed Fishing Guide, the founder of White Marlin Outfitters, and the Tournament Director of the Big Fish Classic Fishing Tournament.

Tom Spitzer

Tom was born in Germany, grew up in Pa. and has lived up and down the East Coast. After spending four years in the Coast Guard he graduated from the University of New Hampshire with an EE degree.

Since then he has been with NASA, first at Kennedy, then at the Goddard Space Fight Center. He enjoys sailing and has been involved with Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for many years in several different capacities. Some of his other interests are nature and metaphysics.

Dr. Jamin Greenbaum

Jamin Greenbaum’s zest for researching the changing Arctic and Antarctic environment stems from his drive to take data then re-interpret it for society to recognize the need to plan on being steps ahead.  Jamin leads a post-doctorate assignment at University of Texas’s Institute of Geophysics using remote sensing drones. He received his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at UT in 2006. He recognizes that by observing grounding line behavior of the major Antarctic ice streams we will be able to estimate the mass loss into the world’s oceans and the eventuality of global sea level change. Since 2007 Greenland and Antarctica have often been home for Jamin as he explores a multitude of aerial, satellite and oceanographic technology to unlock the un-noticed truth of our thawing dynamic planet.

James McGovern

James grew up in N.H. on a farm in the mountains. His love of the outdoors and nature began as a child wandering freely in the fields and woods surrounding his home. During family trips to the seaside, James discovered the ocean and was struck by its beauty and vastness. After college James spent a few years building ski lifts, before going back to school to get an M.B.A. and law degree. As an attorney, James advises institutional investors on issues relating to corporate malfeasance and governance. His passion for nature has grown over the years, and he spends most of his free time outdoors, hiking in the mountains, sea kayaking in Alaska and sailing along the west coast. The occasional glimpse of nature in its undisturbed form has given James an immense appreciation for our connection to the Earth and the need to protect all its vital resources, especially the ocean.

Inna Sudakova

Inna grew up in a large city located in Central European Russia. After completing 3 years of University in Russia, where she studied Management, she moved to the United States to continue her higher education. Inna was admitted to Columbia University from where she graduated with bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2015. After graduation she decided to stay in New York City and pursue the career in Wealth Management.

Inna is a member of National Association of Professional Women. She is actively involved with Columbia Alumni Association and serves as a Co-Chair on the Programing and Marketing Committee. In recent years, sailing has become a big part of Inna’s life. In her spare time she enjoys sailing and racing on the Hudson River. Inna is very passionate about environmental sustainability and preserving our natural resources.

Honorary Board

Senator Tom Harkin


Katie O'Malley


Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Sir Robin

Lin and Larry Pardey

Lin and Larry

Lee Tawney

Lee Tawney

Dick Franyo


Andy Schell


Gary Jobson

Gary Jobson

Doug Lashley

Andy Schell