The Team

Angels around the world are working together to bring about change. A non-profit in the US, the following individuals help to run the organization.

Jamie Pollack
Executive Director

Jamie oversees and manages all administration, financial and day-to-day activities of the organization.  She supervises campaigns and manages staff providing direction, strategic oversight and guidance. She oversees the website, e-commerce store, donor relationships and social media channels. She has empowered children worldwide (Russia, US, Canada, UK, Australia) using sharks as a dialogue to find their voice and passion by creating educational activities and delivering presentations in person and via Skype in the Classroom. Her background is in advertising, client management and graphic design. For the last 8 years she has also worked campaigning and lobbying for sustainability in US fisheries. She has partnered with and influenced business and government leaders to create positive social change. She has created support and awareness of fishery and ocean policy initiatives by building strategic relationships with key stakeholders, grasstops and local grassroots community groups, NGO's and business leaders to help end overfishing in the MId-Atlantic. Before that, she was a creative director for NYC based ad agencies, gaining valuable experience building brands and creating marketing strategies designing and developing  websites, online media, print and marketing collateral materials, direct mail, corporate identity and advertising materials. Presently she is a marketing manager for a global scuba diving manufacturer. Jamie loves to travel so she can go scuba diving and take underwater photos. She was featured on "Shark Junkies" as a shark expert on ABC News Nightline, which aired on January 18, 2014.

Jaclyn Gerakios

Jaclyn Gerakios
Educational Coordinator

Jaclyn is an avid ocean and shark lover.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in marine biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education.  Jaclyn currently works in Florida as a science teacher and as a divemaster at the Florida Aquarium. Jaclyn is very passionate about sharks and protecting our oceans. Jaclyn started and developed a  Shark Angels club at her school, where her students work to raise awareness about shark conservation.  Her club traveled to the Florida state capital this past year to advocate for the shark fin bill in Florida. She also volunteers her time on the board of directors for the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and on a local sea turtle patrol.

Cheryl McCarron
Campaigns and Outreach Director

In 1997 in the frigid waters off the Massachusetts coast Cheryl McCarron became a certified scuba diver.  As a professional costume designer in New York city, she has designed costumes for over 100 theatre, dance and film productions. She has used her unique skills to promote Shark Angels’ message by creating items such as shark costumes for videos and promotions and wings for underwater photo shoots.  You can see her shark costumes in the two videos on the Shark Angels website. Shark Sneak attack and a new one which will be premiering during Shark Week 2015. Her love of diving and sharks brought her to Shark Angels. She assists Shark Angels with campaigns, outreach and fundraising.

Jodi Leafer

Jodi Leafer
Fundraising and Events

Jodi is a professional in the Global Logistics, Trade Compliance Industry.  For over 25 years she has implemented and initiated Global Trade Programs for the Healthcare, Footwear, Apparel and Laser industries.  Her unique sense of curiosity and dedication to looking to the future have helped her excel in her role as an advocate and liaison between government agencies and the Ports of International Trade.  Jodi is a member of numerous Trade and Supply Chain Organizations, and since moving to Florida in 2003, sat on the board of the “Sex and the City, Jax” , a women’s networking, and fundraising group.  Jodi’s uses her energy and passion to help with fundraising activities and awareness for charities such as Shark Angels, Progeria research Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Boston and the JDRF.


 Alisa Schwartz
Social Media Coordinator

Alisa is our social media guru. If you ever need to find out anything about what is going on in the world about sharks and the oceans, Alisa will know. She manages our Twitter account and stays on top of all current events.