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Lucy Keith-Diagne - Executive Director

Lucy Keith-Diagne – Executive Director

Lucy Keith-Diagne is from Massachusetts, USA and has spent the past 37 years conducting field research with marine mammals around the world. She received her BS degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University in New York, her MS in Marine Biology from the Boston University...Read More

Tomas Diagne, Director

Tomas Diagne – Co-Founder, AACF & Director, ACI

Tomas Diagne is an African freshwater turtle and tortoise expert who has been working to save threatened and endangered turtle species in Senegal for the past 30 years. He is the co-founder of AACF and Director of the African Chelonian Institute (ACI). Tomas began rescuing...Read More

Salvatore Cerchio - Scientific Advisor

Salvatore Cerchio – Director of African Cetaceans

Salvatore Cerchio is a marine mammal biologist who has worked in multiple disciplines on free ranging populations of cetaceans around the world for over 30 years. He is a PI with AACF and the director of the AACF’s African Cetacean Program, including the Omura’s Whale...Read More

Andy Holman

Andy Holman – Chairman of the Board

Andy Holman is a semi-retired Certified Public Accountant from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He has worked with nonprofits for the past 45 years while also enjoying biodiversity wherever he can find it. He has traveled to all seven continents and has been active in photography of...Read More

Nicole Adimey - Board Member

Nicole Adimey – Board Member

Nicole Adimey has twenty-seven years of marine mammal research, management, and conservation experience, including 15 years working with the Florida manatee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Zoology from the Ohio State University, and Masters degrees in...Read More

Michele Finn – Board Member

Michele Finn is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps with over 25 years of service in 2013. Michele supported diverse science operations, policy initiatives and stakeholder engagement activities, including marine mammal and sea turtle conservation and research efforts. ...Read More

Bertrand Lauret - Board Member

Bertrand Lauret – Board Member

Bertrand, a French citizen, left his home country in his 20s to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the United Kingdom and then Germany. He spent his entire career leading U.S. and European companies’ businesses, primarily in building materials and home products in...Read More

Anders Rhodin - Chairman of the Board

Anders Rhodin – Board Member

Dr. Anders Rhodin is an AACF Board Member. He is an orthopedic surgeon and worldwide turtle expert based in Lunenburg, MA. He has written approximately 200 scientific publications, primarily on turtles and tortoises, with an emphasis on systematics (six new turtle species described) and conservation...Read More


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