Meet the AWARE Team
With 15 years experience in conservation, Danna has a strong background in advancing market and policy solutions at the local, national and global level. On ocean issues, she has advocated across sectors to fight marine debris, climate change, habitat destruction and overfishing. Danna holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.
As Global Director, Danna leads the PADI AWARE Foundation’s global team across three charities - developing the overarching conservation strategy, overseeing global operations and advancing key conservation programs.
An Advanced Open Water and certified commercial diver, Ian's career in marine conservation has spanned 20 years and included working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Ian holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology as well as a Master's degree in Environmental Science. Ian spent five years living in the South Pacific leading global shark and ray conservation efforts in the Pacific Ocean as well as working as a technical specialist to the Fijian government as part of their delegations to CITES and CMS.
As Associate Director of Policy and Campaigns, Ian leads AWARE's development and implementation of conservation projects and initiatives with a view to influencing policy at the local, national and global levels.
Kian has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. She began her career working directly with at-risk youth and eventually became the director of several different community programs. It is here, at PADI AWARE Foundation, that Kian is able to merge her love of nature and the ocean with her non-profit management experience. Using her organizational skills, fundraising experience and creativity she is now working as part of PADI AWARE’s Operations Team. Kian works closely with several different staff to support a variety of fundraising operations, grant writing, and operational functions.
Lauren Wiskerson, CFRE
Certified Fundraising Executive and Master Scuba Diver, Lauren Wiskerson, puts her Business Administration Diploma, Legal, Finance, Dive Industry background and 17 years of experience managing ocean conservation programs to work for philanthropy as AWARE’s Development Manager. Impassioned by connecting with like-minded supporters and dedicated ocean activists around the globe, she develops, executes and drives organizational donor strategy and leads initiatives to drive awareness and financial support to protect the ocean.
Stefania Di Dio
After getting her Master's Degree in Translation, Stefania wanted to try a working experience abroad. After working for a year and a half at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and 6 years at Project AWARE as an Administrative Assistant and Communications and Translations Coordinator, Stefania is now the Communications Specialist, managing all social media platforms, all global conservation translations, assist with campaigns and community stories and maintain the EMEA charity operations. She also utilizes her fluency in English, Spanish and Italian to work with our global community of adventurers. With her global perspective, language skills and passion for the underwater world, Stefania engages with our global community of adventurers to support our vision to return achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.
The ocean and its amazing inhabitants have always been a part of Jack Fishman’s life. From learning to snorkel and identifying fish at the age of six, to a continuing diving career of more than 17 years. Jack grew his love for the underwater realm after watching the reefs change over many years. Jack’s work experience as a dive instructor fueled his passion for marine conservation. Working as the Marine Conservation Coordinator at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Florida, he was able to inspire local communities to work together for a clean ocean, and teach dive programs that helped divers become active citizen scientists. As PADI AWARE Foundation’s Community Conservation Officer, Jack now works with dive leaders on the ground to help them implement conservation programs, and help spread the mission for conservation in local communities.
Juanita has always loved the water and the ocean but she truly discovered her passion for ocean conservation and scuba diving when she joined the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) where she used to work as a Senior PADI Customer Service Representative (Americas). Since joining Project AWARE in early 2020, Juanita has brought extensive customer service experience from the recreational diver, professional instructor and dive retail and resorts' world. She's determined to use her experience and passion to help Project AWARE and our global community of ocean adventurers connect their passion for ocean adventures with the purpose of marine conservation. Juanita works closely with the global PADI AWARE Foundation Operations team to manage the day to day needs of the organization.
Ian is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, adventurer and a huge ocean lover, he likes to be near it, on it or under it via diving, snorkeling, surfing, and outrigger canoeing - he finds it soothing to his soul. Keenly aware of the need to help educate people on ocean conservation and how we can all do better, Ian joined Project AWARE in early 2020 to bring his extensive experience and knowledge gained through working in different corporate roles. Ian is committed to putting his background in Relationship and Account Management, Customer Service, Events and Business Development to good use in his role as Operations Coordinator for PADI AWARE Foundation in the Asia Pacific Region.
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