Meet the Team

Katy Croff Bell

Katy Croff Bell

Founder and President

Dr. Katy Croff Bell is the Founder and President of the Ocean Discovery League and a National Geographic Explorer. She is on a mission to make the deep sea more accessible to all.

Maud Quinzin

Maud Quinzin

Capacity Assessment Project Manager

Dr. Maud Quinzin is an evolutionary and conservation biologist. She manages the data collection, analysis, and reporting of the Global Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment.

Dan Novy

Dan Novy

Imagineer

Dr. Dan Novy is an artist and engineer, focusing on creating enriched, active, and inspired media experiences. He contributes to sensors and systems development and outreach projects.

Susan Poulton

Susan Poulton

Strategy and Communications Director

Susan Poulton is a strategy and digital media specialist. Her work focuses on digital products, strategic planning, fundraising, and communications.

Jenni Szlosek Chow

Jenni Szlosek Chow

Community Program
Manager

Dr. Jenni Szlosek Chow is a chemical oceanographer and educator. She manages the Maka Niu community testing program and other core community outreach efforts.

Lui Kawasumi

Lui Kawasumi

Engineer

Lui Kawasumi is an engineer behind the Maka Niu prototypes. He continues to develop new modules, while providing support for field testing and brainstorming new systems.

Jessica Sandoval

Jessica Sandoval

Systems R&D Lead Engineer

Dr. Jessica Sandoval is a robotics engineer and ROV technologist. She oversees strategic planning and development of our next-generation modular sensors & systems.

Alexis Hope

Alexis Hope

Capacity Development Coordinator

Dr. Alexis Hope is a designer with a focus on human-centered and participatory research. She oversees our collaborative community efforts and Ocean Discovery Fellowship design.

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson

Software Engineer

Jon Ferguson is a creative technologist supporting the engineering of the Maka Niu interface and data analysis for the Global Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment.