Angela Rosenberg, President & R/V ANGARI Captain
Angela serves as President of ANGARI Foundation and captain of 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. Angela managed and oversaw a 4-month refit of ANGARI Foundation’s research vessel and has been the captain of R/V ANGARI since the Foundation acquired the vessel in 2016.
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. Through August 2021, she held 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 covered a wide range of duties from providing creative story notes to hiring writers to maintaining series continuity. Her work also included 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 was in charge of overseeing Marvel’s family entertainment YouTube Channel called Marvel HQ. She managed the Marvel HQ team, conceptualized and managed production of the channel’s content slate, set quarterly performance goals, worked closely across divisions to garner social and marketing support, and communicated with YouTube Corporate to secure their partnership throughout the process. The Marvel projects Kari 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 Marvel, she worked on the Development team at DisneyToon Studios of Walt Disney Studios. During this time, she worked on many feature films.
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 leads ANGARI Foundation’s education and outreach programs. 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 studied 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.
Amanda has also maintained a commitment to science education throughout these endeavors, previously 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.
Kevin Davidson, R/V ANGARI Relief Captain & Engineer
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 moved back to Florida and started a new chapter in his life working onboard R/V ANGARI. He is excited to be able to put his experience in yachting and SCUBA diving to use while sharing his love for the ocean, underwater photography and food with everyone who comes aboard.
Anna Sagatov, Video Specialist
Anna Sagatov is a science communicator and filmmaker. At ANGARI Foundation, she creates engaging video content that bridges the gap between scientists and the public. She manages the Foundation’s YouTube Channel while also leading ANGARI’s video content creation.
Anna’s fascination with the ocean and science communication has been a through line throughout her life. She received her MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University, and her BA from College of the Atlantic in Human Ecology with a focus on the intersections of art and science. She is also a PADI certified divemaster and spent a season working and training in Thailand.
Anna is an award-winning filmmaker, and her films have appeared in festivals across the United States. Her work aims to encourage critical thinking and awaken curiosity and care for the natural world by revealing beauty in unexpected places. She has worked on film and television projects with the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. She has also worked on independent films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest.