Board of


Robert J Atwater

Robert J Atwater is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Life Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the The Explorers Club. Bob served 30 + years in the US government including service as a Border Patrol Agent, Senior Special Agent, Dept Assistant Regional Commissioner and Chief of Fraud Investigations with INS. Assignments included Organized Crime Task Force, INTERPOL and Chief of Field Investigations for the US Department of Transportation.

Douglas Inglis, PH.D

Mr Inglis studies the archaeology of seaborne exploration, contact, and conflict. He received his M.A. from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M, is a member of the Explorers Club, and is currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Rockley Bay Research Project in Tobago.

Dr. Albert Lin, Ph.D

Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin is a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology enabled exploration. He is a expert in merging remote exploration with crowdsourced citizen science an emergent collective reasoning

Jason Paterniti

Jason founded GEOS in 2009 and currently acts as its President and Chairman of the Board. Jason is a partner in a private investment firm, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Explorers Club and a member of the Nautical Archaeology Society.



Vance Martin

Vance is an expert in international nature conservation and wilderness protection who has worked in 65 countries. Since 1983, he has served as President of Wild Foundation an international conservation organization explicitly dedicated to protecting wilderness, connecting wild nature to people, and to communicating the values of wilderness and its benefits for human communities.

Matt Sheedy

President and founder of MJS Properties Inc., a national, real estate development and investment firm. Prior to founding MJS Properties, Mr. Sheedy was a partner in the commercial division of the Trammell Crow Company.

Mr Sheedy has been active in wildlife conservation and environmental issues for over three decades as President and Founder of Virginians for Sensible Energy Policies, a Board Member of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and volunteer on wildlife projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nepal and India.

Mr. Sheedy’s is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Swarthmore College

Colonel Dick Baumer, US Army (Ret.)

Colonel Baumer’s interest in conservation and counter-poaching stems from his 32 years of active and reserve service, which included training Scout Dogs and commanding Combat Tracker Teams in Vietnam. He retired in 2014 from his civilian career in financial marketing, content publishing and web analytics. He is a board member of the Military Working Dog Team Support Assn., a non-profit that supports “both ends of the leash” of deployed K-9 teams.