Angela Rosenberg, President & R/V ANGARI Captain
Angela serves as President of ANGARI Foundation and captains R/V ANGARI. Angela combined her love for the ocean, marine science and boating to create ANGARI Foundation and has a range of expertise in marine and environmental sciences.
Prior to ANGARI Foundation, she held the position of Director of Programs and Policies for the nonprofit organization The International SeaKeepers Society where she developed and implemented international programs relating to scientific expeditions, oceanographic instrument deployments, education and outreach. Before entering the nonprofit world, Angela worked as a marine geochemist and managed the Marine Trace Element Laboratory at the University of South Carolina. She has conducted extensive field and laboratory work in the marine science field in the U.S. and abroad. In total, Angela has more than fifteen years of marine research experience. She has been involved in research projects on shallow and deep-water corals, aquaculture, marine fossils, paleoceanography, climate change, ocean acidification, trace metals in the ocean and seafloor mapping, among others. Additionally, Angela has several scientific publications and has made numerous presentations to industry groups and educational forums throughout her career.
Angela earned a M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. in Marine Geology and Geophysics and a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.
Angela has extensive knowledge and experience in boating and holds a U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner 100 ton license and STCW and Marine Security credentials as well as several SCUBA certifications, including rescue and NITROX.
Kari Rosenberg, Vice President of Production
Kari Rosenberg is Vice President of Production at ANGARI Foundation where she leads the development and production of ANGARI’s virtual reality films. She creates films that are accessible to all audiences in order to inspire individuals to protect the oceans and be aware of their environment. Her lifelong passion for and commitment to the ocean drives her day-to-day creativity and fuels her dedication to ANGARI’s mission.
Kari has extensive experience in television and film. She currently holds the position of Director of Development at Marvel where she creatively and structurally guides shows currently on air while working with a team of strong storytellers and artists. She oversees animated shows at the development, animatic, recording and animation production stages. Her responsibilities cover a wide range of duties from providing creative story notes to hiring writers to maintaining series continuity. Her work also includes creating and organizing pitches, launching new series, developing seasonal concepts, gathering production bids, establishing budgets, building production schedules, casting and interfacing with Marvel’s TV partners and brand management groups and holding the role of Supervising Producer on all of her projects.
Additionally, Kari is in charge of overseeing Marvel’s family entertainment YouTube Channel called Marvel HQ. She manages the Marvel HQ team, conceptualizes and manages production of the channel’s content slate, sets quarterly performance goals, works closely across divisions to garner social and marketing support, and communicates with YouTube Corporate to secure their partnership throughout the process.
The Marvel projects Kari has worked on include: MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: FROST FIGHT and MARVEL’S HULK: WHERE MONSTERS DWELL.
Previous to her current position, she worked on the Development team at DisneyToon Studios of Walt Disney Studios. She was very fortunate to have worked on many feature films including PIXIE HOLLOW GAMES, SECRET OF THE WINGS, PLANES, THE PIRATE FAIRY, PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE and THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST.
Through her experience at Marvel and DisneyToon Studios, she discovered that she thrives when focused on storytelling that draws from distinct and high concept worlds while relying on the emotional depth of the characters. She feels that her experience working at both companies has provided her with the best education one can find in the entertainment industry and hopes to put her knowledge of and passion for storytelling into creating inspiring content for the ANGARI library.
Kari earned her B.S. in Communications with majors in Motion Pictures and Studio Art from the University of Miami. She is experienced on the water, holding a U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner 100-ton license and SCUBA diving and rescue certifications.
Amanda Waite, Director of Science Education & Advancement
Dr. Amanda Waite is an upstate New York native who, as many times as she’s tried to escape, keeps finding herself back in Florida. Amanda has a B.A. in Geology from Hamilton College, M.Sc. in Oceanography from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment, and Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. A paleoceanographer and geochemist by training, Amanda studies the relationship between our oceans and climate and how they have changed through time, having conducted earth and marine science research in academic, museum, and petroleum industry settings. She has also maintained a commitment to science education throughout these endeavors, teaching at the college level, as well as in K-12, teacher professional development and informal education settings. Amanda has an innate appreciation and passion for the power of hands-on field and lab based learning in the sciences, and she is thrilled to be able to share this with audiences of all ages at ANGARI Foundation.
Rachel Plunkett, Media and Marketing
Rachel is in charge of Media and Marketing at ANGARI Foundation where she leads communications and promotional strategies and develops marketing, public relations and social media platforms. Rachel earned a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from Florida Atlantic University and Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy with a minor in Marine Science from Rutgers University. Before joining the ANGARI team, Rachel worked as a Science Technician for the South Florida Water Management District, monitoring water quality throughout conservation areas and canals that flow into Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
As a scientific diver, Rachel has spent over 200 hours underwater doing benthic research and marine life photography in Florida’s waters. She is enthusiastic about spreading awareness of ocean-related issues and has over eight years of experience assisting with outreach programs as well as teaching informal marine conservation and science lessons to K-12 and public audiences in New Jersey and Florida. She also is a former Manatee Master at FPL’s Manatee Lagoon, was a Conservation Biologist for the Sea to Shore Alliance, and previously held a position as Science Educator and Program Specialist at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute. Rachel decided to combine her love for studying the ocean with her graphic design and science communication skills to fulfill the role of media and marketing at ANGARI Foundation.
Kevin Davidson, R/V ANGARI Relief Captain, Engineer & Mate
Kevin’s love for the ocean started in 1988 when he started as a cook in the live-a-board industry. After becoming a SCUBA instructor and captain, he continued to hone his skills as an underwater photographer, his true love. In 1993 he operated a photo and video shop in Palau for the next 15 years, guiding dives, teaching photography, piloting yachts and acting as tour guide and photographer for the visiting super yachts.
After approximately eleven years in the yachting industry and becoming an expert in the Pacific and Micronesia, he has moved back to Florida and started a new chapter in his life working onboard R/V ANGARI.
Sheriann Namer, Development
Sheriann Namer works part-time in charge of business development and fundraising for ANGARI Foundation. In addition to running her own company, Namer Consulting LLC, Sheriann has worked for nonprofit national organizations and higher education institutions and has more than 15 years of experience helping organizations systematize fundraising best practices.
Sheriann is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach and Business to Business for Woman. She was also a board member of The University Club at Florida Atlantic University and is very active in several Chambers of Commerce located in Broward and Palm Beach County.