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Board of Advisors

Thomas Callinan, President of Pacific Union Development Company, served in Vietnam as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He championed WCC’s mission from the beginning, and has played a significant role in our success.

Kimberley Chambers is an avid open water swimmer from New Zealand living in the San Francisco Bay area. A former ballerina and rower at UC Berkeley, Kim discovered swimming in October 2009 to rehabilitate a life-threatening leg injury.

Charles Coleman, Ph.D is a Senior Executive for IBM’s Global Health and Life Sciences Division specializing in “Smarter Planet” initiatives in clinical quality outcomes, clinical research, and bio-medical informatics and analytics.

Matthew Dougherty is a senior strategy consultant for the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Marine Corps Captain and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D is an oceanographer, author, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance.

Debra Hyde is a long-time supporter of WCC who served as the first chair of the board of trustees. She is the Director of Principal Gifts at The Jackson Laboratory and the Executive Producer of the documentary “When War Comes Home,” which raises awareness of the “silent wounds” of war.

Robin Koval, President and CEO of Legacy®, is a best-selling author and one of Advertising Age magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Advertising.”

James Muldoon is the CEO of Metcor, Ltd., Director of WashingtonFirstBank, and is a leader of boating-related organizations, including past president of US SAILING.

Jack Nicklaus is the “Golfer of the Millennium,” a golf course designer, businessman and philanthropist.

Rear Admiral Elizabeth Niemyer, USN (Ret.) is a Former Deputy Chief, Wounded, Ill & Injured, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and the 23rd Director, Navy Nurse Corps.

Major General Kevin E. Pottinger USAF (Ret.) led teams throughout Asia that built lasting partnerships and established Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations.

Elenor Smith is a “Founding Funder” of WCC, an accomplished horsewoman, and an early supporter of the renewable energy industry and conservation efforts in Connecticut.

Edmund Viesturs, Ph.D, is a high-altitude mountaineer, author, and outdoor equipment design consultant.