The Humans behind this project consist of editors, writers, film-makers, artists, travelers, graphic designers, and go-getters who believe in bringing hope, insight, and stoke to the pages of our journal, and out into the world to be enjoyed by all.
Kirstin Thompson, originally from sunny Florida, graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies at Florida State University with an interest in sustainability, journalism, and human rights. As a writer, surf instructor, and space nerd, Kirstin believes exploration and creativity to be the foundation of what it means to be human.
Abby Chiaramonte is a graphic designer, editor, and yoga teacher based in Wilmington, NC. You can find her reading, cooking, jogging, playing piano, swimming in the ocean, and experimenting with different flavors of kombucha. She aims to live mindfully and make sustainable choices to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beautiful world we are so privileged to experience each day.
Jennifer Vanderfleet is an aromatherapist, editor, scuba diver, sailor, and ocean enthusiast who left her rural abode and returned to the shores of North Carolina to live aboard a sailboat. She works with the traditional healing quality of essential oils to help others maintain balance of the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of life.
Alexa Bryant is a writer living in Atlanta with a BA in English Literature. Her passion for equality, spiritual well-being, and the limitless power of the written word compels her natural talent as a communicator and educator. Well versed in the network of social/political systems and inequalities that affect the world we live in, Alexa is a fresh, strong, voice of reason.
Suzy Blake is a writer and emergency manager residing in Boston. Her work addresses environmental issues and climate resiliency, one of her many topics of interest.
Sam Rose Phillips lives in British Columbia and has a BA in English Lit and Creative Writing and a certificate in Environmental Visual Communication. She is a conservation storyteller, wandering the natural spaces of the world to capture both humans and wildlife in photography and film.
A Salty at Heart Ambassador is a person who believes in our mission and represents ouR organization within their community. An ambassador is someone who works to care for our environment, promote equality, inspire creativity, embrace adventure, and share the Salty love by reaching out to others about the journal and our mission.
Rebecca is a kiwi who was born in New York and grew up in New Zealand. Currently residing in Los Angeles, she is an actress and filmmaker who uses her skills to create positive change throughout the world.
Lily lives in British Columbia and has a BA in Film Studies. She is the media coordinator for Pacific Rim Surfrider and has worked with Greenpeace in New Zealand as well as organized the first annual Pacific Rim Surfrider Film Festival.
Luna was born and raised surfing the turquoise waves of Puerto Rico. She has spent time studying Sociology at The University of Puerto Rico and is a kids yoga instructor. Luna is an equality advocate and has volunteered with programs like Proyecto de Apoya SIEMPRE VIVES, a support group for victims of gender abuse.
Anita has a BS degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography from UNCW and is an advocate for women and the environment. She has interned with NOAA and was the vice president of the UNCW Surfrider Foundation.
Arisa is a Marine Biology student at UNCW where she is President of the Plastic Ocean Project, which researches the effects and prevalence of plastic pollution in our oceans. She is also a surf instructor, sailor, and scuba diver.