About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

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Sea Research seeks to achieve this mission by:

Creating thought-provoking encounters with marine life
Conducting research that advances aquatic animal husbandry and health
Serving as an interpreter of marine science discoveries and conservation issues
Sharing resources and expertise with the scientific and education communities
Pursuing these endeavors with a commitment to excellence and innovation

Sea Research Foundation Activities

Education: To foster an interest in and understanding of the science and conservation of the aquatic world through formal and informal programs, written interpretive materials and exposure to living marine animals.

Research: To collect, evaluate and disseminate scientific data gathered through investigations and collaborations sponsored by the Aquarium and the scientific community. Such data will advance knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry and aquatic animal biology and behavior and promote a better understanding of our place in nature.

Exhibitry: To develop techniques that advance the art of live animal display and its role in stimulating interest in the aquatic world.

Conservation: To promote the health and stability of natural habitats and the populations of marine life, particularly those of Long Island Sound and adjacent waters.

Institutional Leadership: To become a renowned national and international source of zoological, aquatic and marine-life science information within the scientific and academic communities.

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Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D. ~ President and CEO
Denise Armstrong, CPA ~ Executive Vice President and CFO
Andy Wood ~ Senior Vice President, External Relations
Katie Cubina ~ Senior Vice President, Mission Programs
Larry Rivarde ~ Senior Vice President, Zoological Operations and Business Development
Keith Sorensen ~ Senior Vice President, Facilities and Capital Projects
Kelly Matis ~ Vice President, Education and Conservation
Roz Gilhuly ~ Vice President, Development
Allison D. Tuttle, DVM, Diplomate ACZM ~
Vice President, Biological Programs

Board of Trustees

George M. Milne, Jr., Ph.D. (Chair)
Senior Partner
Radius Ventures, LLC

Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

Thomas Mosey (Vice Chair)
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mini Melts, Inc.

Susette Tibus (Vice Chair)
Simply Majestic

Nicholas P. Leone (Treasurer)
Senior Managing Director
The Blackstone Group

Christine Allaire

Peter B. Barr, D.B.A.
Glenville State College

Rodney Butler
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Coach Jim Calhoun
Head Coach Emeritus
University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball

Peter G. Drakos
Attorney, Owner
Peter G. Drakos, LLC

Terry D. Garcia

Sanjay Gupta
Managing Director

Jack Heflin
Heflin Properties

Kevin R. Hennessy
State Policy Director
Dominion Resources, Inc.

Eric Hogarth
Johnson Brunetti

John Holstein
Principal & Chief Executive Officer
First H&M Corporation

Timothy Kane
Chief Executive Officer
Goodway Technologies Corp.

Richard Katz, MD
Griffin Hospital (Ret)

George H. Kirby III
President & CEO
Ocean Power Technologies

Deborah Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine,
Tufts University

Carleen Lyden-Kluss
Morgan Marketing Communications

Alex Marku
A Beautiful Company, General Contractors LLC
Buon Appetito Ristorante and Pizzeria

Tom Marra
President & CEO

Steven Perrelli
Senior Director of Sales Center Operations
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of  Northern New England, Inc

Stephan Salem
Executive Director
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Elisa Schroder
Art Company USA, LLC

Tan Hee Teck
Genting Singapore

Trustees Emeritus

Attorney Carolyn Kelly
Suisman, Shapiro Attorneys-At-Law

Daniel C. Verdier
President and Owner
Cirrus Construction Company, Inc.