Founder, Co-Chairman Board of Directors - Spiral Pacific, Inc.
Cynthia Matzke holds a Master of Advanced Studies from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She possesses a cohesive background in journalism, producing packages and assets for NBC Universal, Akaku television, and on independent documentaries. Her goal is to foster conservation efforts by pairing ocean science research with stunning imagery that engages audiences, sends a concise message and raises awareness.
In Hawaii, Ms. Matzke has put her training to use by capturing underwater footage of humpback whales for NOAA research. Her experience with marine animal response networks includes oiled seabirds, turtles, and large whale entanglement response teams.
Cynthia created a highly successful, comprehensive citizen science and funding program called “Blue’aina” which engages corporate partners to support monthly community beach and reef cleanups. A corresponding lecture series with classroom outreach followed and was televised throughout Hawaii.
She has sailed over 6500 miles across both the Eastern and Western Pacific Gyres to document marine debris and rafting species and has lectured throughout South Korea, Hawaii, California, and Washington to groups ranging from students to dignitaries and embassy personnel.
Constantly striving ahead, her most recent effort is the development of a documentary entitled “Spiral Pacific.” The film will be one of the first to use Ultra-High Definition (4K) video imagery to examine the complex connectivity of Pacific Ocean environments from the basin to the coasts. Committed to education, she is an Associate Professor teaching science and research classes at a private university, as well as STEM curricula for UC San Diego.
She attended the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress and Ocean Summit on Oahu, covering the event as press as well as a presenter at a workshop on Excellence and Leadership in Media. Upon conclusion of the conference, she crewed to Kauai aboard a newly built Hawaiian sailing canoe with Master Navigators to document the rebirth of the Polynesian voyaging culture. In her free time, Ms. Matzke can be found at her small organic farm in a remote valley on Maui.
Co-Chairman Board of Directors - Spiral Pacific, Inc.
Robert Kenneth Fitzgerald is a television producer and director holding memberships in the Directors Guild of America - Television Director, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Entertainment Executive branch.
He has worked for Hollywood legend, Roger Corman, as an NBC Page, Asst. Editor - Rolling Stones 25x5 Retrospective, and on the broadcast series That’s Incredible, The Home Show and Rescue 911. His career continued for the next 21 years as Senior Director, NBC Marketing and Digital - where he was responsible for all the live talent promotion in Prime Time. He has produced and directed over 6,000 hours of live satellite multi-camera promotions, with "A list" talent from the Film, Television, and Print world from national and international locations.
Robert has produced promotions with such great ocean explorers as: Bob Ballard, James Cameron, as well as wildlife experts from National Geographic. He attributes his inspiration for ocean discovery and preservation to their work.
Robert is currently Co-Chairman of Spiral Pacific, Inc, a 501 C-3 Corporation, and is the President/Owner of
40-Foot Wave Productions.
Ashley holds a masters degree in International Environmental Policy from the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Whether championing minimalist lifestyles, developing sustainable communities, working with policy makers, programming content, or performing, she is committed to her mission: to create a world that regenerates ecosystems in balance with human activities.
As an environmental policy professional, Founding Director of EcoArts Foundation, and Board member at Local Earth, she has advanced this goal with projects ranging from her educational podcast to municipal Climate Action Plan implementation.
By celebrating media that sets a high bar with socially-responsible content, Ashley aims to captivate, motivate, and inspire audiences to sustain a vibrant, thriving planet. A partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance, she produces events, live shows, and ecologically-themed art programs.
Her 2016 progressive rock album Let's Talk About the Weather spans topics from PTSD to climate refugees. Her most recent project — She’s So Lovely — is an autobiographical musical about solutions to our greatest environmental challenges, including her personal efforts to develop eco communities worldwide. Ashley currently supports Autonomous Living LLC -- a new green tech tiny house company -- as Executive Director.
I am a hydrologist (aka – water scientist), adventurer, and filmmaker who uses visual imagery, stunning video and outstanding storytelling to connect people to our ever changing planet. With a M.S in Water Resources and over 10 years of experience working as a Hydrologist for organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State of New Mexico and County of San Diego, I am now brining you along on my adventures to show you how truly amazing our planet is. I want you to know about all the amazing efforts the volunteers, scientists and conservationists are doing to keep our planet spinning. That is all changing now with Adventure Hydrology… and you should be a part of it.
Contributing Producer, Host
In 2014, after spending a year teaching English at a private school in Seoul, South Korea, Christine traveled to Malaysian Borneo where she took her PADI Open Water Diver course. After becoming certified, she took a day trip to Sipadan island (the only oceanic island in Malaysia), where she completely fell in love with the underwater world and decided to dedicate her career to protecting and advocating for the proper education and sustainable usage of the ocean and all of its rich resources. She then applied to graduate school, pursuing courses and projects on environmental and ocean sustainability issues.
In 2016, Christine attended the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Delegation and, in 2017, she attended the first ever UN Oceans Conference in New York. Christine has a Master of International Affairs, with a focus in International Environmental Policy from the School of Global Policy & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego.
She currently works as a Staff Research Associate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where works on interdisciplinary climate change solution initiatives. She is trilingual (English, French and Spanish), enjoys practicing yoga, and training to become a Level 1 Freediver from Freediving Instructors International.