Board of Directors & Committees


Danika Strecko   –   President and Membership Coordinator for Lower Mainland

Danika has been an enthusiastic part of MLSS since 2012 when she joined as a volunteer Beach Interpreter and is looking forward to developing outreach and education opportunities in 2018. As a secondary science teacher and manager of Curriculum Programs at Ocean Wise, Danika is passionate about inspiring people to protect our oceans.

Glen Dennison  –  Vice President

Sheila Byers  –  Director and Resident Scientist

A member of MLSS since 2007, Sheila served on the Board of Directors as Secretary, BIP Coordinator and President. Sheila is a marine biologist and works as a Museum Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

Nigel Cornwall  –  ARSBC Liaison and Treasurer

Nigel  joined MLSS as it is clear to him that we need to protect our Marine Environment. Fascinated by the oceans since the age of 5, he has studied Marine Pollution Chemistry and dove all over the world.

Adam Taylor  –  Director of Citizen Science, Howe Sound Liaison

Adam joined the board in 2011 and helped evolve the annual Nature Dive on Bowen Island to become a part of the successful MLSS Beach Interpretation Program. An avid scuba diver and underwater photographer his focus is on marine conservation, glass sponge reefs and engaging stakeholders. 

Elena Buscher  –  Director and Membership Coordinator for Vancouver Island

Elena has been a member of MLSS since 2013, she served as both membership coordinator in Vancouver and currently for Vancouver Island. Elena completed her liberal arts and sciences degree with a focus on aquatic biology in the Netherlands and is currently working an her MSc in Marine Ethnoecology at the University of Victoria.

Chris Straub  –  Director

Natalie Maslowski  –  Secretary

Bernie Hanby  –  Director-at-Large

A founding member of MLSS, Bernie has been a dedicated advocate for the protection and conservation of marine life and our oceans. An avid diver, photographer and author, Bernie has been active for many years with the Sports Fishing Advisory Board, Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Committee, a Patron of the Ocean Wise initiative, as well as supporting many other ocean-related Societies. 

Andy Lamb  –  Director-at-Large 

Andy was one of the founding members of MLSS, an avid diver and an author of many books on marine biology. Andy has worked with the Vancouver Aquarium and the West Vancouver Laboratory and continues to be an integral part of the conservation community.

Gerardo Alfaro Argumedo  –  BIP Coordinator

Gerardo first joined the MLSS in 2014 as a member and volunteer Beach Program educator. His background in Marine Biology as a science educator and in animal husbandry fuels his passion to show the world the lesser known wonders in our oceans.



We would also like to recognize all of our previous board members who have contributed to the establishment, development and accomplishments of Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, including our most recent Presidents and Vice Presidents. This society would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of these individuals.

Past Presidents

  • Sheila Byers
  • Roy Mulder
  • Andy Lamb
  • Bernie Hanby

Past Vice Presidents

  • Lena Clayton
  • Glen Dennison
  • Phil Molloy
  • Chris Harvey-Clark
  • Andy Lamb
  • Bernie Hanby