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About Us

Our Mission

Mystic Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

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


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.


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.


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


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

Mystic Aquarium Diversity Statement

A fascinating range of cultures, personalities, and backgrounds call our ocean planet home. We celebrate and welcome human life to fuel our mission to care for and protect our marine life. Just as ecosystems thrive in immense diversity, Mystic Aquarium strengthens the inclusive spirit of its community with a collaborative approach to unique perspectives, ideas, and beliefs. With an unwavering commitment to create and foster the best strategies to improve our ocean planet, Mystic Aquarium empowers its staff, volunteers, guests, and board members to grow authentically and embrace their individuality as it aligns with our mission.

Institutional Leadership

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


Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Larry Rivarde
Executive Vice President and COO

Koray Gurz
Senior Vice President and CFO

Katie Cubina
Senior Vice President, Mission Programs

Keith Sorensen
Senior Vice President, Facilities and Capital Projects

Allison D. Tuttle, DVM, Diplomate ACZM
Senior Vice President of Zoological Operations

Kelly Matis
Vice President, Education and Conservation

Tina Couch
Vice President, Development

Board of Trustees

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

Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

Tom Marra (Vice Chair)
Chairman of the Board
Symetra Financial Corporation

Thomas Mosey (Vice Chair)
President & CEO
Mini Melts, Inc.

Susette Tibus (Vice Chair)
Simply Majestic

Leigh Anne Bonney (Treasurer)

Susan Pochal (Secretary)
Pochal and Pochal, LLC

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

Rodney Butler
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council

Attorney Peter G. Drakos
The Law Office of Peter Drakos, LLC

Randall L. Fiveash
Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

Terry D. Garcia
Exploration Ventures

Marjorie A. Geiger

Patrick L. Green, FACHE
President & CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital & Westerly Hospital
Executive Vice President, Yale New Haven Health

Jack Heflin
Heflin Properties

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

John Holstein
Principal & CEO
First H&M Corporation

Cecilie Jedlicka

Timothy J. Kane
Goodway Technologies Corp.

Richard Katz, MD
Griffin Hospital

Dr. Sarah Kelly
TGIR Consulting, LLC

George H. Kirby III
President & CEO
Ocean Power Technologies

Michael Lech
Readco, LLC

Alex Marku
A Beautiful Company and Buon Appetito Ristorante

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

Jason Reese
Alinea Strategic Solutions

Antonio Roberto
Managing Director of Strategic Investments, CT Innovations

Stephan Salem
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Tan Hee Teck
Genting Singapore

Trustees Emeritus

Attorney Carolyn Kelly
Shapiro Attorneys-At-Law

Daniel C. Verdier
Cirrus Construction Company, Inc.