“…if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Thoreau
Managing Director and CEOEugene began his career in oceanography in 1985 as a naturalist aboard the research vessel Conqueror at what was known as Newport Institute of Oceanography. Conqueror soon became the premier oceanography and marine biology education platform for Long Beach Marine Institute, where Eugene became the program director in 1991.
As executive director of LBMI, he has led a successful science program aboard LBMI education vessels and started the Catalina Island Marine Science Camp at Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island.
Eugene’s interest in the island began as a Boy Scout with a visit to Cherry Valley Scout Camp in 1978, and he has been fascinated with marine life and Catalina Island ever since. His love and enthusiasm for the island and it’s natural history shines through as he presents special sessions for our White’s Landing guests. His main goal with The Catalina Experience is for visitors to develop the same kind of relationship with the island that he developed so many years ago, and for people to go home feeling a sense of wonder and appreciation for the complexity of nature and the beauty of one of Southern California’s last remaining wild places.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Operations ManagerJenny has been with The Catalina Experience since 2009, training as a waterfront lifeguard every season. Having proven her professionalism and organizational skills in other departments, she is ready to take on supervision and maintenance of our fabulous waterfront and the health supervisor role. She is waterfront lifeguard certified, first-aid/cpr certified and has received special training in childhood preventive health and safety. For years, Jenny has safeguarded our campers health by functioning as our in-house health inspector, making sure that our food service, infirmary and sanitation facilities are up to code. Jenny came to us having served in the United States Navy aboard one of our proud aircraft carriers, and she brings her excellent training to bear every day as she serves our campers needs. She now fills the role of Operations Manager, helping and aiding in all camp operations while also insuring that TCX guests always leave with a smile and a life changing experience.
Customer Service Rep
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved” -Kurt Vonnegut”
Customer Service RepJason has been with The Catalina Experience since 2010. With his years of restaurant management and in the service industry, he came to the camp to aid our excellent food service department. As the years went by, it became clear that Jason’s skills would better serve the camp as our Food and Beverage Manager. In this capacity he maintained the ordering and budget processes for the food department while also working as the Front of the House Manager where he made sure the experience of all of our guests was exceptional. With his years of experience and general knowledge of camp operations.
Group Event Coordinator
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. ―Benjamin Franklin
Group Event Coordinator and Executive DirectorJoel has spent his life as a marine educator, dedicated to passing along his knowledge and passion for our oceans and its inhabitants. Beginning in 1993, he worked at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island as a camp educator while working his way toward a college degree. In 1999, he graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from San Diego State University where he was active with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Shortly after graduation, he relocated to Boston Massachusetts and became an educator for an organization called Ocean Quest. Ocean Quest was responsible for the implementation of marine science curriculum at outdoor science camps. In addition, they ran a research vessel out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and introduced groups to physical and chemical oceanography on educational cruises through the harbor.
Returning home to California, Joel was offered a position at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. There he held a position as an education specialist for four years before taking a director position with the Long Beach Marine Institute, where he returned to his roots as an outdoor marine science educator. Now Joel, along with an amazing team of education specialists, has the opportunity to create the ultimate outdoor island experience on Catalina Island with The Catalina Experience!