Meet the Crew

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Alex Brodie-Fleet Manager/Captain/ Naturalist, is a native of Hawaii where his family still resides. He lived on the Monterey Peninsula for many years before moving to Santa Barbara. While attending the University of California at Santa Barbara, Alex had an internship with Island Packers. After earning his Environmental Studies Degree, he worked aboard a research ship for the University of Hawaii. Alex has traveled extensively, worked in a wide variety of ocean-related businesses, and operated many different types of vessels. He started working full-time at Island Packers in 1990. When not working, Alex loves to spend time with family, surf, travel, ski, and backpack. He is passionate about the ocean and loves sharing its wonders with others.

Andrea Mills- Education Coordinator/Mate/Naturalist, is from Malibu Lake, California and has been on the Island Packers team since 1998. Prior to her current position, Andrea ran the educational programs for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She loves everything ocean related as well as being in the mountains. Andrea has a passion for sharing her love of the Channel Islands. She is passionate about getting future generations hooked on this special place. She wants young visitors to see what the world around them has to offer. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Marine Biology as well as multiple teaching credentials. Andrea studied at both the University of California at Santa Barbara, and California State University at Channel Islands.   

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Dave Corey – Captain/Naturalist, began working for Island Packers in March 2001. He has an extensive background working on ocean vessels. At the young age of 12, Dave worked on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Alaska. Later he skippered both whale watching and dive boats in Maui, Hawaii. He has also run dive and fishing boats in Santa Barbara, California. When Dave is not working as captain for Island Packers he is an avid and low-handicap golfer, he likes to surf and play softball, but most of all he enjoys being a dad.

Joel Barrett – Captain/Naturalist, joined Island Packers in 2004. Besides being a USCG licensed captain he is also an active birder, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. Joel helps to arrange Island Packers bird watching trips throughout the year. He leads hikes on all the Channel Islands and enjoys surfing, hiking, traveling, and other outdoor pursuits.

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Luke Dutton – Captain/Naturalist, joined the Island Packers team in 2010. He is a USCG licensed captain and a world traveler. Luke has a wealth of maritime experience from working on a cruise ship to running a paddle wheeler on Lake Tahoe. He loves the outdoors and enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain hiking, and of course traveling. Luke is always smiling and gives excellent advice to visitors on how to get the most out of their visit to the Channel Islands National Park.

Pancho Mayoral – Captain/Naturalist, joined Island Packers in 2011. He has an extensive background in ocean related activities as well as extensive marine knowledge. He has years of experience as a kayak instructor in both Baja, California as well as Alaska. Pancho is part of a team that  annually tags turtles in Baja, as part of a long-term study. He has been a whale-watching guide in Baja and outdoor education instructor. He is always improving his knowledge of whales and uses this vast knowledge as a captain and crew for Island Packers. When not working, Pancho enjoys kayaking, fishing and spending time with his family.

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Paige Knowles – Captain/Naturalist  Paige joined the Island Packers team in 2009 and since has earned her 100-ton USCG license. As a naturalist she leads hikes on all five islands in the Channel Islands National Park and works with many school children who come to the islands to learn and explore. Paige has previously worked as a kayak guide, glacier guide in Alaska, rock climbing guide and a blacksmith. She is also an accomplished musician presently learning the ukulele.

Matt Howard-Captain/Naturalist, Matt is a native of Ventura and joined the Island Packers team in 2015. Previously he served in the United States Coast Guard and is still an active reservist for the USCG in Long Beach. Outside of work he enjoys surfing, hiking, and fishing and is very passionate about the outdoors.

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Jean Scholes – Mate/Naturalist/Educator  Jean is from Bernie, California and joined the Island Packers team in 1997. She earned her degree in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara. She has worked as a research diver and marine science teacher. She continues to teach marine science and enjoys educating people about the Channel Islands. Jean is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore nature. She also loves to spend time with her daughter and family.

DeeDee Beaman – Deckhand/Naturalist/Educator, DeeDee has worked for Island Packers since 2005. She recently married her high school sweetheart on the Island Packers boat, the Vanguard. She enjoys educating students and the public who visit the Channel Islands. DeeDee is all about sharing her knowledge and passion for the local ocean and environment. She also works as a science technician in Marine Studies and Geology at Oxnard College.

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Lisa Anderson –Deckhand/Naturalist/EducatorLias joined Island Packers in 2002 after running a SCUBA diving business with her husband. It included contract work for Island Packers running whale watching and local island trips. She is an educator naturalist that leads hikes on all the islands. Lisa is a member of the “All 8 Island Club”. An exceptional athlete; Lisa has run 50 marathons, participates in triathlons and half Ironman competitions. Lisa is married to her husband, Al with 3 children; Nicholas, Jackson and Lena.

Laurie VanStee – Mate/Naturalist/Educator  Laurie joined Island Packers in 2007. She holds a degree from Cal Poly, in Ecology and Systematic Biology. Laurie has a Masters of Science in Environmental Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  With her extensive environmental fieldwork experience, Laurie recently completed a position as a naturalist and tour guide in Baja California, Mexico educating visitors about the annual Gray Whale migration to the lagoons. As an avid birder with many years of environmental field study, Laurie finds her work on the Channel Islands rewarding, educational and fun. In her free time Laurie enjoys both mountain and road biking.


Dave Newman – Mate/Naturalist/Educator  Dave is a Ventura native. He joined the Island Packers team in 2015. Dave’s love of travel has taken him around the globe. A long time visitor to the Channel Islands, Dave likes sharing his knowledge with visitors. In addition to traveling, he enjoys photography and taking pictures of the local environment during his travels.  He also enjoys surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

Jackie Lockhart – Mate/Naturalist/Educator  Jackie is from Irvine, California and has been working at Island Packers since 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology from California State University Channel Islands. While in college, Jackie’s  studies focused on ecology evolution and organic biology as well as chemistry. She is currently pursuing an education as an emergency medical technician. When not working and studying, Jackie enjoys her love of the outdoors including snorkeling, hiking and photography. This busy lady also finds time to volunteer at a local hospital. She is passionate about discovering the world around her and helping people.


Joe Honsey Mate/Naturalist  Joe grew up on the mean streets of Des Moines, Iowa.  As an escape from the distractions and hardships of urban life, Joe spent his childhood exploring the Iowa back country where he developed a love of the outdoors.  After graduating from the University of Iowa with BA in studio art, Joe left the Hawkeye state to start a T-shirt company in Costa Rica; an endeavor that quickly failed.  After nearly a year in Central America, Joe returned to the Midwest to guide kayak trips on the north shore of Lake Superior before moving to Alaska and then Los Angeles, where he worked briefly in the film and television industry.  Urban life again became a drain and Joe moved to more relaxed Ventura county where he started working for Island Packers.  In his free time, Joe enjoys mountain biking and kayaking.  He is passionate about the ocean, and preserving marine ecosystems

Lindsay Hart - Mate/Naturalist/Educator    Lindsay is from Santa Barbara, California and joined the Island Packers team in 2017. She holds a BS in Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences from the University of Washington. Lindsay has grown up commercially fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska with her family. She has scuba dove all of the northern Channel Islands and is enjoying the opportunity to explore the topside terrain of the national park. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge about the local ocean and environment.


Joe Newman - Mate/Naturalist/Educator    Joe comes to Island Packers by way of the travel typical of military families, arriving in Ventura in 1997. Before bringing his talents to the Island Packer crew, Joe had a “high wire act,” as a rope technician who performed repairs hundreds of feet in the air on wind turbine blades around the nation. Since joining Island Packers, Joe has come to appreciate the contribution he makes in in creating lifelong memories for his fellow nature enthusiasts visiting Channel Islands National Park. With a passion to “do whatever I have to do to stay inspired,” Joe spends his free time in many ways, including indulging in water sports, playing in the mountains, riding bikes, rock hounding and landscaping.

Brittney Hamm - Deckhand/Naturalist/Educator  Brittney joined the Island Packer team in 2018.  Originally from Simi Valley, CA., Brittney attended Hawaii Pacific University where she received a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Brittney has spent time traveling between Hawaii, California, and Canada, where she has worked in a variety of short-term jobs including teaching at a paint studio. Of Island Packers, Brittney says “It's a great company! Everyone is super nice and welcoming and really cares about you and the Channel Islands! Plus, who wouldn't love spending a day on the ocean watching whales and hiking the islands?”  In her free time Brittney enjoys rock climbing, camping, painting, and playing guitar and piano.



Jaime McClain - Deckhand/Naturalist  Jaime joined Island Packers in 2016. Originally from Cardiff, California, Jaime holds a degree from Humboldt State University in Biology. She has worked as a Marine Science Educator and SCUBA instructor on Catalina Island, acted as a Commercial Fisheries Observer in Oregon, was Surf Instructor in Nicaragua, and Research Diver for the Channel Islands National Park. Jaime is passionate and loves sharing her knowledge about marine ecology, maritime history, and our local California Channel Islands.  Outside of work you can usually find Jaime surfing or exploring our underwater environment.

Dani Thole – Deckhand/Naturalist/Educator  Dani joined Island Packers in the spring of 2019. She is originally from the Bay Area but moved to Ventura after living on the East Coast (Philadelphia) for a few years. She has a degree in Photography and experience in rowing. She was on the rowing team in college and coached rowing on both coasts of the United States. Dani loves to travel, read, camp, hike and hang out with her two beloved German Shepherds. Island Packers is delighted to have her in our Education Department as her passion for teaching children about why healthy oceans matter really shines through. She loves her job and the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. Dani is passionate about leading hikes and educating the public about our islands. She loves that she exchanges knowledge with our guests from kids to our senior passengers. IPCO is a challenging and rewarding job and she loves her coworkers and spending her workdays on the ocean!

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Stuart Young - Deckhand/Naturalist/Educator  Stu, an Englishman, has recently returned to IPCO after a 20-year hiatus as an educator for students with learning and behavioral disabilities. He brings a passion for the outdoors and enjoys helping others connect to the natural world, especially the Santa Barbara coast and Channel Islands National Park. Stu’s experience as a kayak guide and diving instructor has brought him into close contact with local wildlife and has kindled a desire to advocate for and protect them.  When not teaching and writing, Stu can be found on his paddleboard, kayak, or hiking local trails with his wife and two teenage kids.  He has an interest in wilderness medicine and is currently learning native survival crafts. And no, he’s not Australian!