Catalina Marine Society
Organization/Board of Directors
Board of Directors and Officers                            
-   Paul Dimeo
-   Dirk Burcham
-   Shawn Broes
-   Jonathan Davies         
-   Michael Doran
-   Craig Gelpi                 Chief Financial Officer
-   Karen Norris               Secretary
-   David Tsao                 
-   James Updike              President
Jim Updike has been the President and
CEO of Honda Federal Credit Union
since 1986. Honda Federal Credit
Union serves the banking needs for
Associates of the Honda Companies
and members of their families
worldwide with nine branch offices in
five states. HFCU holds assets of over
$500 million with 55,000 members.
Jim has been an active diver since
1994. He was a scientific diver at
Wrigley Institute for Environmental
Studies and served on the Board of
Directors of Catalina Conservancy
Divers. Jim was also the Director of
Research Diver Training for CCD.

Jim serves on the Board of Directors
of the California Credit Union League
and the RMJ Foundation.
David Tsao is a California State
Licensed Architect and Contractor
with over twenty-five years experience
in the management of design,
construction, projects, programs and
facilities. David studied at Pasadena
City College, UCLA, and Cal Poly San
Luis Obispo, where he earned a
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
degree. He is currently the President
and CEO of the Greenridge Group,
LLC., a professional services company
specializing in Program Management,
Project Management, and Facility
Capital Improvement planning and
management. He is active in the
American Institute of Architects; the
Construction Management
Associations of America, where he
formerly served on the Membership
Committee; and, is a former member of
the Construction Specifications
Institute (CSI).
Michael D. Doran obtained his
Bachelor of Science degree, in
Biology with special emphasis in
marine science, from San Diego State
University in 1975.  In 1979 he
obtained a Juris Doctorate in law from
California Western School of Law in
San Diego.  He has been practicing
law for more than 30 years in various
civil litigation and workers
compensations fields, and currently
specializes in matters under
jurisdiction of the federal Longshore &
Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  
For many years he acted as a Judge Pro
Tem, mediator, and arbitrator with the
Los Angeles County Superior Courts in
Torrance and San Pedro.  Mr. Doran
has been a certified scuba diver since
1974, and is an active scientific
research diver with Catalina
Conservancy Divers through the USC
Wrigley Institute of Environmental
Studies at Catalina.  He has been
involved with Catalina Conservancy
Divers, a support group of the Catalina
Island Conservancy, in various
capacities including the Board of
Directors, Director of Research Diver
Training, and President.
Craig Gelpi is a research and
development manager for a local
aerospace company. He has a B.S.
degree from Tulane University in New
Orleans, where he majored in physics
and mathematics. He obtained a
doctorate in physics from the
University of Houston, researching
plasma instabilities in aurora and
performed post doctoral studies at
Boston University. His professional
research interests include remote
sensing of the ocean. His recreational
interests include physical and
biological oceanography. He was a
scientific diver at the Wrigley Institute
of Environmental Studies. Craig is a
founding member of the Catalina
Marine Society, where he contributes
to many of the Society’s research
Karen Norris is a research and
development engineer at a local
aerospace company. She has over 20
years experience in remote sensing and
signal processing. Karen first earned a
B. S. in Mathematics at UCLA. After
years of SCUBA diving and
collaborating on a Catalina
Conservancy Divers’ research project,
she returned to UCLA to earn a M. S.
in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.
Karen gives strong support to the local
diving community, having belonged to
many dive clubs and sometimes
serving in an administrative capacity.
Jonathan Davies manages a diving
department for a local sports store. He
moved from England to California to
attend California State University,
Dominguez Hills, where he earned a
degree in journalism. He went on to
work as a reporter and editor at
various newspapers in Southern
California, including the entertainment
trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter.
He has been an avid scuba diver since
1994, diving for both for fun and as a
professional dive master. Jon has
explored underwater in many parts of
the world but prefers diving in
California to anywhere else.
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Shawn Broes is a native Californian,
with a degree in Communications
from Cal State Fullerton and further
education in editing at AFI &
Moviola Digital. He has been in the
entertainment business for 28 years,
with much of that time as a Feature
Film Visual Effects Editor, helping
his comrades win several Oscars.
He has been involved with such
projects as "The Abyss", "Titanic",
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "I,
Robot", "Hunger Games", and
He has unlimited enthusiasm for
anything Catalinian and works with
various organization promoting this
island, and indeed, all the Channel
Paul Dimeo is currently the Dive
Safety Officer for the Aquarium of
the Pacific in Long Beach, CA where
he is responsible for over 230 divers
conducting over 19,000 dives
annually. Paul’s diving background
includes 10 years of commercial
diving in the offshore oilfields, as an
air, mixed-gas, and saturation diver
and supervisor, and a NAUI &
SDI/TDI Scuba Instructor. Paul
currently also serves as a board
member of the Association of Dive
Program Administrators and a
member of the USC Diving Control
Dirk Burcham has over 30 years of
experience in the fields of Biology and
Business.  He earned a B.S. degree in
Zoology from San Diego State
University and an M.S. degree in
Wildlife Management from Humboldt
State University and has worked as a
Wildlife Biologist. He also has held
management positions in the wholesale
distribution industry.   
   Dirk is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Aquarium of the
Pacific’s Marine Conservation
Research Institute. He is a recipient of
the United States President’s Call to
Service Award, a lifetime achievement
award in recognition for his volunteer
service to the Aquarium of the Pacific,
where he is a Volunteer Diver and part
of the Scientific Diver Program.
  He is a Reef Check California
Volunteer Diver. He is a four time
recipient of Reef Check’s annual
Golden Slate Award given to the
individual who completes the most
number of transects during the survey
season.  Dirk was Reef Check’s 2013
Citizen Scientist of the Year. He also
served as a member of the advisory
team that assisted in the development of
the Reef Check California Survey
Protocol and he also wrote the revised
Key Species Monitoring Protocol for
the Catalina Conservancy Divers