We are proud of the accomplishments made and awards received by our Advisory Team. Paramount to our super-team selection process, was their proven dedication to wildlife education. Each member brings to the table not only a valuable talent, but an enthusiastic willingness to mentor others and convey a passion for the natural world through entertaining projects. These projects will be used in educational programs for local communities, youth groups, and nonprofit organizations. The Advisory Team profiles reveal a cadre of sharp, creative, and scientific minds. We invite you to join us in our challenge to better understand and protect the natural world.



Stan Waterman

Pioneer underwater film producer and photographer Stan Waterman, winner of five Emmy's, has been at the forefront of scuba diving since its inception. In 1968 he collaborated with Peter Gimbel on the classic shark film, Blue Water, White Death. He was associate producer and underwater cameraman. Stan directed underwater photography in the production of The Deep, based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel. He and his oldest son, Gordy, won the first father and son Emmy for their work together in the National Geographic Explorer production, Dancing With Stingrays. Stingray City, the topic of the film was coincidentally discovered by two of our other advisors Jay Ireland and Pat Kenney. Stan's commercial success is surpassed only by his passion for diving and his commitment to education and mentoring new filmmakers.


Jody Martin

Jody Martin has held the title of Curator of Invertebrates at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County since April 1993. He simultaneously holds positions as Adjunct Professor at both USC and UCLA. Jody's talent for processing highly specialized and technically scientific information and presenting it in an accurate but highly engaging and educational format is refreshing. His easy-going manner, coupled with his accomplished academic background, make him a critical addition to the IF creative process.



Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer was the former President and CEO of National Wildlife Productions, the production division of the National Wildlife Federation. While there, he oversaw the organization’s television, film and multimedia programming. Palmer stepped down from that position on July 30, 2004 in order to found and direct the new Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. Chris also holds the position of VP of Special Programs for MacGillivray Freeman Films. As a teacher, mentor and filmmaker, Palmer brings a passion for natural history filmmaking and a commitment to promote a new age of responsible factual productions.

Miriam Stein

Photo editor for National Geographic Explorer!, Miriam Stein is responsible for imagery used in the Society's classroom magazine and website. She has an extensive background photo researching natural history for high profile NGOs, including Conservation International, Defenders of Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy. Miriam was the initial photo researcher for the Smithsonian's new Ocean Planet exhibit, to which she tendered her educational background in marine conservation. Miriam has contributed her time to the Whale Conservation Institute, Global Environment Facility, National Marine Sanctuary Program and North American Nature Photography Association, for which she chairs the International Committee. She is a diver, a recognized photographer and concurrently serves as an advisor to the International League of Conservation Photographers. Miriam brings to the Imaging Foundation a keen eye for the specific parameters requisite for photography to be used in conservation and education endeavors.


Manny Steigman

Manny has been a staunch supporter of The Imaging Foundation since its launch three years ago. Providing critical business advice, creative ideas and emotional support Manny has been a key team member. As a key advisor at B & H photo, Manny has his finger on the pulse of new photography and video technology. Manny brings his insights to the team, helping us choose new directives in an informed manner.


Phil Coles

Phil has spent nearly ten years as a wildlife film producer. His many productions for National Geographic include Porpoises, Life and Death in the Fast Lane, Global Wolf, Hollywood Fox, Gorillas, from the Heart of Darkness and Camel's Empire. He is committed to raising awareness of all aspects of the natural world through media. Phil's passion extends to the study and protection of marine mammals and is a founding member of Organization Cetacean, (ORCA). Phil is also an accomplished artist. His illustrations are showcased in the Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Atlantic and Pacific published by Wildguides, Sussex. Phil's vast experience and talent for teaching make him a welcome addition to our team.


Dan Halstead

Dan Halsted brings a strong feature film background to the Imaging Foundation. Danny is well know for his flare for weaving factual stories with strong entertainment components. He recently produced Beyond Borders, starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen, and Serving Sara, starring Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley. He also served as executive producer on the telepic The Day Reagan Was Shot, starring Richard Dreyfuss, for Showtime.

Under his company's banner of Halsted Pictures, Danny produced Art of War, starring Wesley Snipes; Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides; and Any Given Sunday, starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. Prior to those films, he served as president of Illusion Entertainment Group, a partnership with Oliver Stone, and produced the Academy Award nominated Nixon, The Corruptor, U-Turn, Freeway and Cold Around the Heart. He also executive-produced the award-winning documentary Assassinated: The Last Days of Kennedy and King.

When he became executive vice president at Hollywood Pictures, he oversaw such films as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Mr. Holland's Opus, Encino Man, Son in Law, Tombstone, Evita and While You Were Sleeping. The Imaging Foundation will be enriched by Danny's background in the feature film industry.


Pat Kenney

As co-founder of Stingray City in Grand Cayman, BWI, Pat Kenney is responsible for the development of the most successful underwater attraction in the world. Prior to the launch of Stingray City, these animals were feared and unprotected. The millions of people who have interacted with Pat's rays have helped change public opinion and mold public policy. With over twenty years spent in the diving industry, Pat brings his knowledge and experience in SCUBA diving technology to the Imaging Foundation.



Yehuda Goldman

Some of Yehuda’s professional highlights are his years served with The Cousteau Society as diver, logistics coordinator and field producer for The Cousteau Moments. As the Founder and Executive Director of Hydrosphere, he created internationally acclaimed educational programs such as the world’s only Shark Cage Snorkel Expedition for non-divers, the Night Shark Tagging Cruise and the Kelp Forest Study program.

Yehuda Goldman has been an ocean naturalist, diver, educator and filmmaker for over 20 years. Goldman has over 200 production credits as a documentary filmmaker, producer, director, underwater-cinematographer, researcher, writer, photographer as well as numerous on-screen appearances.

Yehuda Goldman has safely led hundreds of film, research and educational expeditions for organizations including: The Cousteau Society, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Natural History Museum, Southern California Marine Institute, UCLA, USC, Johns Hopkins University, American Oceans Campaign, California Coastal Commission, Discovery Channel, Associated Press and others.


Jay Ireland

Jay Ireland's innate understanding of animal behavior is a key ingredient for our success recipe. As a filmmaker and photographer, Jay possesses both the experience and the tenacity to capture underwater and terrestrial activity in new innovative ways. Jay is also a born teacher. He thrives upon sharing his childlike enthusiasm with any interested participant. Jay's generous approach to teaching photography has inspired many and affords the Imaging Foundation a unique opportunity to teach expedition volunteers as they contribute to our mission. Jay's images have already stood witness for many other nonprofit agencies showing the good, the bad and the ugly of our natural world.


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