An Indiana native, Cynde fell in love with whales at the age of eight. For 21 years and counting, she has been a naturalist with Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA. Her whale watches strive to foster a sense of environmental awareness, respect and responsibility toward the wild world. Through the internship program she coordinates, over 100 interns and numerous volunteers have been trained in data collection techniques as well as teaching methods aboard the whale watch boats.
When she hasn't been on the whale watch boat, Cynde has worked with Ocean Alliance, the American Cetacean Society and Whale Center of New England developing educational programs and curriculum. Cynde coordinated and participated in teacher training programs through the University of Georgia and MITS (The Museum Institute for Teaching Science). She is an adjunct professor at Salem State University.
Finally, she is the owner of The Whalemobile. Her life-sized inflatable whale, Nile, is 43 ft. long and looks like the humpback whale, Nile, a 28 year old female who spends her summers off the coast of Massachusetts. Cynde brings Nile to classrooms around the country to teach students about whales and the oceans, inspiring our next generation of ocean advocates.