Board Members

STEPHEN WHITE BERRY

PRESIDENT

Stephen White Berry is Operations Director for Global Blue Technologies – Cameron LLC. Mr. White Berry brings added expertise in seafood sales and purchasing derived from his background within the food industry. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, he was a head chef and sous chef at numerous restaurants in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. This background combined with his mastery of profit-and-loss dealings with resource marketing and use adds a practical consumer-oriented point of view to IFCNR’s analysis of environmental issues. Mr. White Berry also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu honor society.

KOJI FUSA

DIRECTOR

Koji Fusa is recognized worldwide for his involvement in the creation of sustainable, ethical solutions to environmental and humanitarian problems affecting how to increase the safe food supply, protect the oceans and encourage sound economic development in emerging nations such as Myanmar. Mr. Fusa is respected for his pioneering and innovative approach to international finance and received numerous honors for his work in the United Kingdom and Japan. He co-founded numerous successful investment ventures. Currently, Mr. Fusa focuses on agriculture and aquaculture projects throughout Asia that provide real solutions to environmental and social problems currently plaguing fisheries, farmed seafood, and land-based crops around the globe. Mr. Fusa is an author, columnist and highly sought speaker on economic and social conditions in Asia. He is also a special strategic advisor to the Pediatrics Department of Oxford University and Member of the Board of Benefactors for Christ Church, Oxford.

JOHN P. KEYES

DIRECTOR

John P. Keyes has a deep-seated and active interest in the environment, the oceans and how technology can lead to more efficient and sustainable protein and healthcare sources. He spent 16 years in the energy field holding technical, operational and management positions with one of the world’s leading energy companies. Mr. Keyes’s expertise and credibility in international energy, investment negotiations, business strategy and sustainable resources led to his becoming an advisor to a multinational company specializing in energy, construction, infrastructure development, healthcare, industrial services, information technologies, logistics, real estate and global investing. Mr. Keyes is currently unlocking the Chitin Economy as CEO of Mari Signum, Ltd.

STEPHEN C. LAPOINTE, CPA

CFO

Stephen LaPointe is an internationally respected certified public accountant and founder of LaPointe and Company PC, a certified public accounting and management-consulting firm. Mr. LaPointe is responsible for financial, tax and consulting engagements for his firm’s clients involved in a diversity of industries throughout the United States of America, Central and South America and Europe. His experience includes forming and directing international organizations in both profit and not-for-profit arenas. Mr. LaPointe is an alumnus of George Washington University and graduated from Benjamin Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting.

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KELSY ARMSTRONG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kelsy Armstrong possesses many qualities and experiences that will equip IFCNR for success.  Her devotion to the earth, its natural resources, and all of its inhabitants is unprecedented. This passion has led her to teach others how to care for the environment, as well. Ms. Armstrong joined IFCNR after spending nearly four years with the National Park Service, where she put her impressive talents and skills to work. During this time, Kelsy utilized her versatility to complete several commendable tasks including working with the Habitat Restoration Program aiding in coral reef restoration, native vegetation restoration design and output, and boater grounding response through investigation and implementation at damaged ecological sites; handling sea turtle nesting management and wildlife stranding responses; coordinating and leading annual beach cleanup programs; and conducting numerous Resource Management scientific SCUBA diving projects for assessing reef fish populations, managing invasive lionfish populations, removing marine debris accumulation, and responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes. Ms. Armstrong graduated from Briar Cliff University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and attended graduate school at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for their Master’s Program in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management.

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LORENZO M. JUÁREZ

As the Chief Operating Officer of Global Blue Technologies’ aquaculture companies, Lorenzo brings 38 years of experience managing aquaculture projects across production, Research and Development, sales, regulation, policy, and across countries and farmed species of fish and shrimp. Lorenzo has worked for industry, governments, and NGO’s and is a past president and a fellow of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS).

Lorenzo has a master’s degree in Aquaculture from Auburn University (Alabama, USA) and a B.Sc. from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. His previous positions include independent consulting; COO of Yorktown Technologies (makers of transgenic fish for the ornamental trade); CEO of Baja Aquaculture Inc. (a US holding with companies that farm marine fish and oysters in Mexico, and manufacture offshore farming equipment in Maine); Deputy Director of NOAA’s Office of Aquaculture in Washington, DC; President of Shrimp Improvement Systems (SIS); Director of SyAqua, Mexico; and General Manager of GMSB, in its time the largest shrimp hatchery in the world. Lorenzo was also Deputy Regional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research for the Mexican Ministry of Fisheries.

Throughout his career, he has written extensively about his experiences with shrimp hatchery operations, selective breeding programs, offshore mariculture, and about aquaculture and environmental sustainability. He has published numerous works in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines, including two chapters in a 2010 book summarizing advances in shrimp farming. Lorenzo is a past president of the Mexican Association of Shrimp Hatcheries (2003). He founded and was first president of the Mexican Association of Marine Fish Farmers (2014) and is a past president of the Latin American Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society. Lorenzo lives with his wife Rosa in the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida.

John Aquilino

JOHN D. AQUILINO, JR.

John D. Aquilino, Jr. is a writer/researcher and has written extensively on environmental issues for the past twenty years. He is a former journalist and photographer. He was Director of Public Education for the National Rifle Association, concentrating on public and family safety, law enforcement training, and Constitutional Rights. Under his leadership, NRA enjoyed its highest level of media and public approval and credibility. He is particularly interested in biomedical research and marine biology as well as social, environmental and criminal justice issues. Mr. Aquilino graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

DR. TIMOTHY T. ABERSON

Dr. Aberson is an accomplished health practitioner and financial resource expert. His interest in health and nutrition led to his involvement in the future of aquaculture technology and its place within the environment. His belief that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology can and will play a significant role sourcing quality marine protein, improving the world’s oceans by diminishing overfishing and bycatch waste and becoming a sound financial profit center, led to his full time involvement in sustainable aquaculture development. Dr. Aberson recently took on a new role as President and CEO of Prometheus Progeniture Technologies, Ltd., which is focused on building and operating the most globally important and scientifically comprehensive, wholly-owned genetics research and development center for marine protein. Dr. Aberson graduated from Northwestern College of Iowa and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He served as president of the O’Brien County Conservation Board with operational oversight of the Prairie Heritage Center. Dr. Aberson provided X-ray equipment to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for use in wildlife forensic investigations.

VICTORIA WHITE BERRY

Victoria White Berry is the Co-Director of SSPI Mid-Atlantic, a value-add manufacturer focused on clean label ingredients and sustainability.  Mrs. White Berry graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa with a Grande Diplome in Cuisine and Patisserie. Having grown up in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, she has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and habitat conservation. With a solid background in corporate operations and governance across North America, Mrs. White Berry brings a unique perspective to the IFCNR Board.

MICHELLE ABERSON

Michelle Aberson has extensive experience as an educator at the secondary level, where she served on Teacher Leadership Teams and directed Math/Science Professional Learning Communities. She is a respected member of the community, as her leadership and involvement in various civic organizations has helped to enhance the lifestyle of those living in her rural northwest Iowa hometown. Her outstanding organizational, communication, and administrative skills, as well as her teaching abilities, are an asset to IFCNR. Mrs. Aberson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa along with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Buena Vista University.