Sepehr Sassani

Donor Relations Associate

Sep joined the staff of Sea Shepherd as the Donor Relations Associate in April 2019. He is responsible for maintaining relationships with mid-level donors and supporting the activities of the development and major gifts department. He also assists with coordinating fundraising events and writing grants.

Growing up on the coast of San Diego, Sep has always had a great love for our oceans and all animals. At a young age, He discovered his passion for animal rights, conservation, and humanitarian work. After learning about the unique and critical direct-action service that Sea Shepherd does, Sep was inspired to join the movement.

Prior to joining Sea Shepherd, Sep worked with a variety of nonprofits locally and globally, and previously held positions at Court Appointed Special Advocates-OC, and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. He is thrilled to be a part of this global organization and to be a member of the animal rights and conservation communities.

helen for site.jpgHelen Normand

Outreach Manager

Helen Normand joined the staff of Sea Shepherd as the Outreach Manager in October 2016. She is responsible for running the North American chapters, helping them with their fundraising, education, and outreach. She is also in charge of the Onshore Volunteer program.

Helen has been passionate about conservation and humanitarian efforts for as long as she can remember. Through her travels and volunteering she quickly discovered her need to make a positive change on this planet. After working for a dog rescue in Los Angeles for a few years, she came across Sea Shepherd through some local friends and Sea Shepherd volunteers, and was given the opportunity to take on the role of Outreach Manager.

Working with Sea Shepherd volunteers on a daily basis constantly proves the incredible passion and dedication people have towards the Oceans, marine wildlife, and this planet as a whole. She considers herself lucky to be working for this incredible organization and looks forward to being a part of this movement for many years to come.

PhotooooCharlotte Potter

Merchandise Associate

Charlotte joined the Sea Shepherd staff in 2017 as Merchandise Associate to oversee the development of the online shop to support e-store.  She is responsible for all aspects of the store ranging from customer service and store maintenance, to the sourcing of new eco-friendly products that will carry Sea Shepherd’s branding and spread awareness of its mission.

A passionate believer in the impact consumers can have on the health of our planet by small daily decisions, Charlotte loves having the opportunity to provide those sustainable options to Sea Shepherd’s supporters. Prior to this position, Charlotte interned for the non-profit The Samburu Project and volunteered for the Surfrider Foundation West LA/Malibu Chapter.

Michaela Tompkins:

Development and Database Manager

Michaela has worked with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society since early 2011. She is responsible for working with all departments within the organization and guiding the long-term development of SSCS, as well as maintaining and managing the organization’s database. Michaela has had a deep passion for marine conservation and humanitarian efforts since a young age and has volunteered on various local projects and with several local non-profits throughout her life. She is currently one of the Sea Shepherd Baltimore/DC Chapter Co-Coordinators.

Although she has a love for the administrative and database aspects of her job, Michaela’s favorite part of her position is speaking and working with the supporters, donors, and volunteers of the organization. She has seen first-hand at Sea Shepherd what monumental work can be done by compassionate supporters and is a firm believer that, “Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now.” (Sylvia Earle)