Meet the Team
Put a name to a face and see how so many different backgrounds and skills are being put to work to Clean Up, Educate, Restore and Empower!
Founder & President
Joes passion for conservation began after being inspired by his 3rd grade teacher. She introduced him to a world beyond his small town. She taught him about the ocean and planet and our individual impact on the world around us. This sparked a lifelong passion for nature and set in motion his desire to protect our only home.
At the age of 12 he saw the ocean for the first time and instantly felt an unbreakable connection to this beautiful blue world.
He was walking down the beach one evening when he saw volunteers releasing sea turtle hatchlings. After learning about these amazing endangered animals and the many challenges their species faced his life’s path changed forever.
He left his job, started volunteering for this and other conservation organizations, and went back to school where he studied coastal ecology and conservation science. From then until now he has had the privilege to work with many amazing NGOs, local, state, and foreign governments, and the United Nations focusing on many aspects of ocean and coastal conservation including environmental education and awareness, sea turtle and marine mammal conservation to coastal preservation and restoration and social change.
As a senior member of the team at 4ocean Joe built programs, initiatives, events, and worked with communities and governments to create innovative solutions to the problem of marine debris.
Through this journey and seeing the impact of marine debris in every aspect of his work, he decided to focus on helping end the ocean plastic crisis. It was while working in Haiti and Central America that I saw the human connection to this crisis and the need to bridge the gap between coastal conservation efforts and the need of these communities.
His vision for CoastLove is to be a leader in ending the ocean plastic and coastal degradation crisis through building healthy, equitable, and just coastal communities.
Treasurer & Non Profit Specialist
Lorraina Aldridge is the American Cancer Society Director for Hope Lodge Operations.
She has worked for the American Cancer Society for more than seventeen years.
She values integrity and strives to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. She also values honesty, transparency and a commitment to doing what’s best for her team, her community, and the organization.
She has excellent problem-solving, administration and management skills. She has the ability to train, motivate and manage staff.
She is excited to share her passion and experience in the non-profit sector to help build a healthier, cleaner and more just world through her work with CoastLove.
Board of Directors
Holly Jones received a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University and an M.S. in Animal Behavior/Experimental Psychology from Central Washington University. As a graduate student, she was chosen to work at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI), a sanctuary for chimpanzees previously used in ape language research and home to world renowned Washoe, the first nonhuman to acquire a human language. Through her conversations with this unique family of signing chimpanzees, she developed a profound appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living things. Her holistic worldview has made her a passionate advocate for the earth and its endangered wildlife. She currently works as an Adjunct Professor at Broward College and as a Wildlife Biologist for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
Sustainable Community Program Coordinator
Originally from Fairfax, VA, Julie Kavjian has always been an avid ocean enthusiast. This passion led Julie to attend Coastal Carolina University, where she received a B.S. in Marine Science. As she spent her days along the coast and on the water, she began to realize the vast impact that plastic pollution and other marine debris can have on our beautiful blue planet and the life within it. Wanting to help minimize this growing issue, she immediately developed a strong passion for marine conservation and sustainability. Julie completed her thesis research upon graduation in 2020, where she analyzed microfiber concentrations in the water at Myrtle Beach, SC. Wanting to become more closely involved in protecting some of our world’s most vulnerable ecosystems, she then moved to Key West, FL in 2021 to lead cleanup events and sustainability initiatives throughout the community.
Creative & Content Director
Having grown up next to a lake, Carolina has always had a fascination with nature. What started out as admiring tadpoles in her backyard grew into a passion for studying wildlife, and ultimately fueled her career. As a South Florida native, she has also spent a lot of time learning about the coast and the animals that call it home.
With a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Human Computer Interaction, Carolina is bringing together her skills in tech and love for nature to educate the community on not only the beauty of the place we all call home, but provide insight on the negative impact that marine debris is having on the planet.
Secretary – Board of Directors
Kari has always loved the ocean and ever since watching the movie ‘Free Willy’ as a little girl she’s felt a strong responsibility to help preserve and protect all its inhabitants.
Growing up in Idaho and then moving to an array of different areas and climates, (from Idaho to New Zealand, Seattle to Phoenix, and Florida), taught her regardless of where you live, all rivers do in fact lead to the ocean.
After moving to Florida, she realized how immediate the affect is when people do not reduce, reuse and recycle. With nearly 10 years of administrative experience, she welcomed the opportunity to join an ocean clean-up company and truly started fulfilling her passion for saving the planet.
As an essential part of the executive staff, she helped coordinate multiple international trips, helped executives maintain a work-life balance and was continuously managing multiple projects. All this while playing an integral role in the flow of communication between key leaders and team members.
Accounting – Board of Directors
Jack has over 35 years of financial/accounting management experience in private, public and non-profit environments and is excited to bring his expertise to the CoastLove team and fully supports the organization’s mission.
Community Impact Coordinator
Alicia’s love of the ocean has been a lifelong passion, fostered by family trips along her native state, California’s coast. Her first snorkel happened at Looe Key and inspired Alicia’s passion for the endemic ecosystems of the Florida Keys. Alicia pursued an Environmental Science degree with minors in Biology and Sustainability from Santa Clara University. While in college, Alicia followed her passion for the environment while TA-ing for a Natural History of Baja course, studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and pursuing a fellowship in Kolkata, India.
After graduation, Alicia worked as an intern at Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key. From there, she worked with coastal birds in the San Francisco Bay Area, before taking a policy organizing position that had her moving around the United States. Alicia returned to the Keys to put down permanent roots and work every day to protect and restore the ecosystems she has loved since she was a child. Alicia is excited to use her skills to grow Coastlove’s impact.
Community Impact Coordinator, South Florida
Growing up I have always had a passion for the ocean and marine life. At ten years old, I knew I wanted to become a marine biologist. To begin my journey, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Georgia Southern University, where I obtained multiple SCUBA certifications. I then furthered my education and received a Master’s of Science degree in Marine Conservation, with a focus on coral reefs, from the University of Miami.
I strive to continue learning about the marine environment as well as restoration efforts on coral reefs. Most importantly, my passion is to educate and provide awareness to others to continue preserving marine ecosystems.