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Aquarium Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

Aquarium Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors
Clockwise from top left: Stephen Chazen, Glenville March, Sean Pence, and Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry.

Board of Directors

January 9, 2012

The Aquarium of the Pacific is welcoming four new members to its Board of Directors. Representing several business sectors and hailing from Los Angeles and Orange County regions, these new board members will bring their years of experience and expertise to the Aquarium, helping direct the non-profit organization in furthering its mission.

Stephen I. Chazen, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy), an international oil and gas exploration and production company and the fourth-largest oil and gas company in the United States, based on equity market capitalization. He has held several positions with the company since 1994 and was elected to Oxy’s Board of Directors in 2010. Before joining Oxy, Chazen worked as managing director and head of corporate finance in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch, and worked as director of project evaluation and reservoir engineering at Columbia Gas Development Corporation. He began his career at Northrop Corporation in 1973 as laboratory manager at the Johnson Space Center. Chazen holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rutgers College, a master’s degree in finance from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in geology from Michigan State University.

“I am excited by the Aquarium of the Pacific’s role in educating the public, especially underprivileged children, and I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors. Children need every opportunity to discover the world around them, and the Aquarium gives us all a chance to learn about the various regions of the Pacific Ocean and the plants and animals living there. The Aquarium’s ability to provide these opportunities for enrichment will be a key focus for me,” Chazen said.

“We are very excited to have Steve Chazen join our board. He brings a wealth of experience in finance, energy, and the environment to the Aquarium’s Board. We look forward to Steve’s leadership as we embark on the Aquarium’s next growth phase,” said John Fielder, chair, Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Directors.

Glenville A. March, Jr., M.D., co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based MARCH Vision Care, Inc., is a recognized expert in the medical and surgical management of neurologic vision loss. March Vision Care, Inc. manages vision benefits for over 3 million members in fifteen states and the District of Columbia, with a special focus on the unique needs of Medicaid and Medicare enrollees. March was a dean’s fellow while obtaining his M.D. at the University of Rochester in New York, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles. Following his ophthalmology residency, March completed fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and in orbital and ophthalmic reconstructive surgery at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.

“As a life long aquarist, serving on the Aquarium’s Board of Directors is in many ways a childhood dream come true. I have the privilege and honor of stewarding the nation’s fourth-largest aquarium. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to create new stewards of our watershed, environment, and precious water resources. More than 1.5 million people visit the aquarium annually and learn from one of the nation’s most energy-efficient organizations,” March said. March started his first aquarium, a fifty-five-gallon salt water aquarium, at the age of fifteen and his continuing passion about preserving marine life is key in his role on the Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Directors.

“After serving for five years as an active member of the Aquarium’s Trustees of the Pacific, as well as his and his wife’s continued commitment to mission-driven programs through their Pacific Circle involvement, I am pleased that Dr. Glen March has agreed to join the Board of Directors. His passion for the Aquarium and his community will provide invaluable contributions to our success,” Board Director Dr. J. Mario Molina said.

Newport Beach resident Sean Pence is the senior vice president and general counsel (Americas) for Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver, Inc. and is also responsible for Quiksilver’s Latin America business. Prior to joining Quiksilver, Pence practiced corporate and securities law for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLC and served as in-house counsel to Buy.com, Inc. and later to First Consulting Group, Inc. Pence attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained a bachelor’s degree in law and society. He obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Pence also serves on the Board of Directors of the Quiksilver Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Newport Shores Community Association. An active surfer, fisherman, SCUBA diver, and stand-up paddler, Pence has a wide-ranging passion for the ocean.

“Over the years, the Aquarium has established many initiatives, programs, and exhibits that have raised awareness for the preservation of the ocean’s marine life and ecosystems. These efforts have influenced the Aquarium’s growth and impact on the community in a short period of time, setting it apart from a traditional aquarium. I am privileged to be part of this esteemed Board of Directors, which I firmly believe is committed to education and activating our community’s sensitivity to environmental issues. I’ve grown up around the ocean and have a great respect for the resources and opportunities for pleasure it provides,” Pence said.

“Sean Pence is a great addition to the Aquarium of the Pacific Board. Not only does he have a great appreciation for the ocean and all it has to offer, but also he carries the voice of the Aquarium farther, helping us expand. One of our goals is to broaden the geographic reach and influence of this great institution,” Board Director Tom Turney said.

A resident of Los Angeles, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jr., known as Rod, is the co-founder and board chair for the Roddenberry Foundation. He is the son of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek television series. Roddenberry has been the CEO of Studio City-based Roddenberry Entertainment since 2001. In 2010 he established the Roddenberry Dive Team and launched the Roddenberry Foundation. In addition to inspiring environmental conservation, the Roddenberry Dive Team provides members the opportunity to explore the “strange new worlds” that live below our ocean’s surface. The Roddenberry Foundation works towards a better tomorrow through its philanthropic efforts, funding innovative solutions to critical global issues in science and technology, the environment, education, and humanitarian advances.

“Personally and professionally, my vision is to help steward scientific advances supportive of positive environmental and social change. I’ve been a SCUBA diver since 1993, and my passion for the ocean compels me to support education about the importance of our world’s ecological balance and the development of innovative solutions that protect our aquatic habitats for generations. I’m proud to be a part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s endeavor to shift paradigms and inspire policy initiatives that could potentially achieve long-term protection of our ocean communities,” Roddenberry said.

“We are delighted that Rod Roddenberry has continued the family legacy to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before through his work on Star Trek, the X Prize, the Roddenberry Dive Team, and the Roddenberry Foundation. We are particularly excited that he will be bringing this commitment to the Aquarium as we explore the strange new world of our ocean, seek new life forms, and boldly take our visitors where their imagination and sense of wonder has not gone before,” said Steven Mayer, Board Director, Aquarium of the Pacific.

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