Board of Trustees

In response to the deterioration of coastal resources in the Philippines, the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation was formed by a group of concerned and talented individuals to address some critical marine conservation needs of the country.

Over the years, the Board of Trustees of CCE Foundation has served as a guiding light for the Foundation staff and has been key in the growth and success of the organization. Consisting of marine and social scientists, education and community organizing experts, and institutional development and financial consultants; the Foundation enjoys a sustainable and rich learning environment with the greater vision of responsible leadership, sustainable resource management, rich coastal habitats, and healthy, responsible communities.

Alan White
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A world renown scientist and a pioneer of coastal resource management in the Philippines. He is currently the Chief of Party of the Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project in Jakarta, Indonesia, supported by USAID. He received his Masters in Management from the School for International Training in Vermont and his doctorate in Geography from the University of Hawaii, U.S.A. He specializes in research and coastal resource management.
Willian Jatulan
Vice President
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He is currently the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM). He specializes on training and organizational development.
Evelyn Deguit
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She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, and completed her Masters of Science in Social Work in the Asian Social Institute in Malate Manila, Philippines. She specializes in community development management.
May Elizabeth Ybañez
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She is the Executive Director of the prestigious and multi-awarded Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc (CCCI). She is a trustee of the Coastal Conservation Education Foundation and former President of the Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and the St. Theresa’s Alumnae Board. She has hands-on experience in organizing and mobilizing the various TVET Clusters of various industries i.e. tourism, construction and food manufacturing in partnership with the AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development.
Patrick Christie
Coastal Resource Management Advisor
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Dr. Patrick Christie is a professor at the School of Marine Affairs in the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Dr. Christie received his Masters in Conservation Biology and his Doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment in the University of Michigan, U.S.A. Dr. Christie’s current research projects consider the human dimensions of marine protected area networks, tribal perspectives on the state of Puget Sound, and the feasibility of marine ecosystem-based management in tropical contexts. He was recently selected as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. He has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the Philippines and Indonesia on the practice of marine resource management.
Alan Roland Thomas
Institutional Development Advisor
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Alan Thomas is the Director off UNICO Conservation Foundation and currently the C.E.O. of BlueQ- digitizing qualification for organizations and individuals. He mentors and consults with software businesses to help them navigate the strategic, operational and financial challenges they face as they grow. He has over 30 years of experience in the software industry leading businesses in the US and Australia including public, private and not for profit board positions.
Marlito Nolledo Guidote
Marketing Adviser
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Marlito’s involvements have included being a Coastal Law Enforcement Specialist of the Coastal Resource Management Project (USAID) in 2005, Policy and Enforcement Advisor under the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest Project (USAID) in 2010 and presently, being the Deputy Chief of Party for the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest Project (USAID). He is a consultant focusing on governance, law enforcement and communication.
Rina Maria Rosales
Research, Economic & Business Adviser
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Senior Resource Economics Specialist, (USAID), Bachelor of Science in Business Economics Dean’s List, Candidate for Masters Degree in Economics. She was a mentor at the Conservation International-Phil. and adviser of the Worldwide Fund. Her expertise lies in environmental economics, protected area management and rural/ agricultural development.
Evangeline Eban-White
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She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with a major in Banking and Finance at Saint Paul College of Manila, Philippines. She also has units in Business Administration and Accounting at the Rhode Island State Business School, U.S.A. She has been managing the Saving Philippine Reefs Research Expeditions annually since 1992 through the support of Earthwatch Expeditions and expedition volunteers.