A 501c3 Company

Dr. Wallace J Nichols, PhD:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member/Advisor:  Marine Biologist and Ocean Conservationist, Best Selling Author, Blue Mind

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves.   J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network and LiVBLUE.org, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.  He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.  Nichols earned his MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona.  He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive and connected environmental community.  Lately he is working on BLUEMiND: The Mind + Ocean Initiative, merging the fields of cognitive science and ocean exploration.

Sean Hays:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member:  Command of USCG Station Philadelphia
Sean is currently in command of USCG Station Philadelphia. In this capacity he is responsible for the maritime safety and security of all navigable waters on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. Throughout Sean’s career he has focused on Maritime Safety, Operational Risk Management, Maritime Event Planning, Team Coordination and Natural Resource Management. Sean has extensive experience in large scale operations including the Philadelphia Papal visit, Tall Ships festivals, Red Bull Flugtag, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. Sean is an active outdoorsman and conservationist and can be found on or in the waters throughout South Jersey.

Bartłomiej Bober:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Special Advisor and Project Manager:  Blue Journey Poland & Eastern Europe
Bart has been an ocean and pool lifeguard since 1998 with extensive experience as an athlete, coach and sport ambassador on the national and international level.  He has represented Poland on several national teams and most recently won a Bronze medal at the Lifesaving World Championships 2016 in The Netherlands.  He is the former head of the Department of Tourism and Sport for the City of Zabze in Poland, and he is currently focused on developing various Blue Journey initiatives in Poland for 2017.  He holds a BA in Emergency Medicine and an MA in Public Healthcare.

Elizabeth F. Casey, Esq.:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member:  Attorney, Briggs Law Office

Paul Elizabeth F. Casey is an attorney with the Briggs Law Office in Marmora, NJ, concentrating in commercial litigation.  Liz currently sits on the Boards of the Ocean City C-Cerpants swim team, Upper Township Soccer Association, and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in addition to sitting on the Board of Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc.  Ms Casey is also an open water swimmer who can be found competing in events throughout South Jersey.  

Ken Stickivers:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Board Member:  President, US Consumer Products Division, McCormick & Company, Inc.

Ken Stickevers is responsible for overall commercial and operational functions for McCormick's US consumer business which includes McCormick, Old Bay, Lawry's and Simply Asia branded items.  Prior to joining McCormick in April 2008, Mr Stickevers was the VP-Marketing for Campbell's Soup Company.  He has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Wright State University.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Food Bank.  Ken is also an active open water and US Masters swimmer swimming both in the pool in North Baltimore and the ocean off Ocean City, NJ with the Ocean City Swim Club.

Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, M.A., PhD:  Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. – Board Member, Educational Programming & Grant Director

Michelle Evans-Chase is by profession a social researcher who specializes in field research and program evaluation. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and her focus is the design and evaluation of programs for adolescents incarcerated in the juvenile justice system.  Dr. Evans-Chase has received research awards from the National Institutes of Justice, the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently was nominated for an international scholar award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO).  Dr. Evans-Chase is also an avid ocean athlete who spends much of her free time swimming, surfing and paddle boarding off of the coast of New Jersey, activities she encourages others to try by taking them out and providing them a safe place to learn.  She has accompanied her husband on every long-distance swim, serving as his coach during the swim along with managing the boat and related swim logistics.  She has also been known to jump in and swim the final leg alongside Bruckner.


Neuroscience for Social Work: Neuroscience of Risk-Taking in Adolescence (With excerpt on Toa o le Tai Program), Springer Publishing Company, 2013


Board of Directors and Advisors

Bruckner Chase:  Ocean Advocate & Endurance Waterman, Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Founder/CEO 

Bruckner has swum in open water venues around the world from Alaska to Greece and from Monterey Bay to South Jersey, but no body of water has affected him and his wife Michelle to the degree that American Samoa has.  In May of this year Bruckner joined with the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary to help connect the people of American Samoa to the ocean as he experiences it as a marathon swimmer, and the swim from Aunu'u to Utulei became a vehicle to encourage others to discover their own connection to the ocean.  Bruckner's drive to positively impact how we all feel, think and act towards the waters around us has now led him to a permanent partnership with the American Samoa Department of Commerce, the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the community of American Samoa.   Our global health and well being are intertwined with the health of the oceans, and Bruckner believes that American Samoa is a special place that has the opportunity to show the world how to honor that connection and inspire other communities and cultures to become stewards of the waters around them.  Bruckner is the President and Founder of Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc.  In addition to being an accomplished marathon swimmer he is a public speaker and writer.  Prior to taking on the full time role as an athlete and ocean ambassador Bruckner was project manager and director of store development for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch and West Marine.