To raise awareness, initiate educational programs, motivate and empower our youth to take action in order to help our most threatened oceans and marine life.
Whether tackling the scourge of ocean plastics and their impact on agriculture and our food chain, or addressing pollution and water contamination, our fights are aligned. If we save the oceans, we save ourselves! Ultimately, we can save our children by saving their lifeline, and all of us at Oceans in Focus believe the most effective way to succeed long-term is by educating our children.
Provide sustainable solutions to the problems our oceans face today. Implement school programs +speaker series leveraging photography, film, STEM and virtual reality to inspire global change. We aim to create a global network for our youth connecting them to each other, their communities and their environment. Please join us in our crusade to shape the minds of our future leaders and caretakers of the only home any of us have.
We are a group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, residing in the United States and Australia.
The one common thread which connects all of us is the ocean. We are all deeply passionate and concerned
about the welfare and health of our world oceans, seas, and all life contained within and around them.
We believe that the future of our planet rests in the hands of our children.
“Educate and Empower through respect and you will change the world right before your very eyes.” ~Elise DuFour
Lisa FolinoCEO and Founder
Lisa has been a photographer since the age of 4. following in the footsteps of her Father, a pioneering cameraman in Television. Her work is in many permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas. The Harry Ransom Center, Austin Texas, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York. Her work has been exhibited and published around the world. Her fine art career has yielded many awards and merits some including The Lucie Awards, The Photo Review, and Center Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is skilled in using everything from iPhone to 8X10 View cameras shooting both analog and digital to express her photographic vision.
Lisa grew up in Southern California always in close proximity to the beach. Her love of the ocean began at early childhood. She learned to scuba dive while on a family vacation to Hawaii, she took to the water like a fish. The ocean has always been a place of great wonder and now great concern. as she turns her lens to the world’s oceans in an effort to help make a differrence. It is the responsibility of every global citizen to leave a healthy planet for our children and she has always felt that our children hold the future of our planet in their hands. She is working tirelessly to give them a platform where they can share their unique viewpoints, discover new sustainable solutions and educate future generations.
Chris Bernasconi Director of Education
Christine is an accomplished award winning photographer based in Sydney Australia. She has won numerous awards, has had several of her works published and featured in nine photography exhibitions. She completed her Cert. IV in Photo-imaging in 2011 at Ultimo TAFE with distinction and received the 2011 ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award.
In 2013 she created ‘Click walk learn photography tours’- a photography tuition business-combining her love of photography, teaching, travel, and mixing with like-minded people. Having travelled to the Antarctic and Arctic, Christine is a strong advocate for the ocean, conservation and the environment. Having seen first hand the damage being done to these fragile areas of our planet, she describes these expeditions as “life changing” and “thought provoking.” Photography and Education are instrumental in ensuring people are aware of climate change and the uncertain future of our planet.
Alex Rose Chief Development Officer
Chief Marine Scientist
Alex Rose holds B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Aquatic Biology, and has a wide variety of experience in the biological sciences. She is a professional violinist, photographer, PADI Divemaster, and lover of all things aquatic. She is currently working as the Science Editor and a principle writer for Ocean Geographic Magazine and is the Managing Editor of Ocean Geographic Explorers. She is a free-lance science writer and editor as well. Alex also composes violin pieces for use in ocean themed films and exhibitions. Her driving goal is to find ways to protect our world’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.
Joanna Lentini Chief Operating Officer
Joanna Lentini is a freelance writer, editor and award-winning photographer based in the greater New York City area. Joanna’s passion for the natural world and photography ignited from an early age and has led her to explore diverse environments around the planet—from the Arctic to the Coral Triangle. Wildlife remains Joanna’s deepest passion, and her work both topside and underwater has taken her face to face with some of the planet’s most incredible creatures, ranging from sharks and crocodiles to polar bears and snow monkeys. Through her imagery she hopes to inspire a greater appreciation for the planet and its last wild places.
Joanna holds a degree in Business Administration from Rider University and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.
Community Outreach/Business Development
John Lentini has had a life-long fascination with the ocean. As an avid scuba diver, he has fed this passion and learned first-hand of the challenges our oceans face as well as the related risks to us all. As the uncle of a childhood cancer survivor, when deciding where to expend his volunteer efforts in the non-profit world, his initial instincts were to focus on pediatric cancer research and supporting young patients; however, a light went off for him – while continued advancements in scientific medical research remain equally noble and critical, John realized that a holistic approach to long-term, strategic prevention can best be managed via environmental action for our planet, and for him, that starts with the health of our oceans. In fact, for all of us it does!
Becky Harlow Taylor CFO
Becky grew up in Long Beach California, she has always lived in close proximity to the ocean. With multiple degrees in both design and the arts, she has held varied high profile positions in her work life. Becky has spent many years working for non-profit organizations including Basset Rescue Network, INC (BaRN), Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California, serving both as a Board Member and as Treasurer. Becky cares deeply for the environment and realizes that the best way to affect positive change and a larger audience is through education and outreach programs.
Elise Du FourDirector of Public Relations
“Educate and empower through respect and you will change the world right before your very eyes!”
Growing up in a fishing family in a small town north of Seattle, Elise learned how to gut fish before she could even tie her own shoes. Life was lived outside climbing trees, catching tadpoles, building forts, exploring the San Juan Islands, working on fishing boats and treasure hunting on the shores of Puget Sound. The ocean has always played a vital role in Elise’s life. Her love for the ocean has grown exponentially over the years.
With over 30 years working in ocean conservation and education, Elise uses her extensive network to establish strategic partnerships through introductions to key players in those industries. Elise has chosen to strive, through action to manage the slow change that needs to take place to make a difference in the world. To the best of her abilities she uses all the facilities available to her to create partnerships, awareness, advocacy and education through a variety of applications, introductions, projects, events and programs. “Find your passion and follow it!” Elise has found hers and you will always find her somewhere in, on, over, under or around the ocean working tirelessly to make a difference for us and our future on this planet..
Lisa Folino, Alex Rose, Christine Bernasconi and Joanna Lentini are proud members of Ocean Artists Society
please visit their website on our links page
OIF is a proud member of DEMA