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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

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Mystic Aquarium embraces the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our business and conservation practices. We strive to foster a sense of belonging within our organization, our guests, and the communities we serve, and are committed to dismantling systemic inequities. 

Leadership

Susette Tibus

Koray Gurz

Allison D. Tuttle, DVM

Katie Cubina

Keith Sorensen

Tina Couch

C. Rodney Daniels

Kelly Matis

Meagan Seacor

Board of Trustees

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

Susette Tibus (Vice Chair, Acting President and CEO)
Owner
Simply Majestic

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

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

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

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

John Holstein (Secretary)
Principal & CEO
First H&M Corporation

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

Rodney Butler
Chairman
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council

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

Cecilie H. Jedlicka
President 
Heidenreich Enterprises

Timothy J. Kane
CEO
Goodway Technologies Corp.

Richard Katz, M.D.
Retired
Griffin Hospital

Sarah E. Kelly, Ph.D.
Owner
TGIR Consulting, LLC

Michael P. Lech
Founder & CEO
Readco

Alex Marku
Owner
A Beautiful Company and Buon Appetito Ristorante

Jason Reese
Principal
Alinea Strategic Solutions

Tan Hee Teck
President
Genting Singapore PLC

Veronica Dowling
COO
Dowling & Hale

Michael Rauh (retired)
President & CEO
Chelsea Groton Bank

Antonio Roberto (retired)
Managing Director of Strategic Investments
CT Innovations

Paul O. Robertson
Deputy Commissioner/COO
Department of Economic & Community Development, State of CT

Robert Williams, Jr.
Senior Managing Director
J.H. Whitney Capital Partners

Trustees Emeritus

Terry D. Garcia
CEO
Exploration Ventures

Carolyn P. Kelly
Attorney
Suisman Shapiro

Daniel C. Verdier
Cirrus Construction Company, Inc.

2021 Audited Financial Statements