Hillary has been a writer/journalist/news reporter since 1968, with published books about the sea and underwater exploration, and magazine articles including National Geographic, Geo, Islands, The Surfer’s Journal, Reader’s Digest and the Los Angeles Times. From 1969 through 1977 she was West Coast stringer for Ocean Science News, Washington D.C., and from 1981-1986 was ocean/marine reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press. She also was the former music critic for the Santa Barbara News-Press and is a long-time classical pianist.
As Heal the Ocean's Policy Associate, Alex is assisting with new and existing research projects while working on local water policy initiatives. Alex grew up in Carmel, California, and became interested in water resources while watching the often heated debates over the management of the Carmel River and city water supply. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Alex moved to Santa Barbara and earned his Master’s in Environmental Science & Management with a specialization in Water Resources Management. In his free time, you can find Alex at the skate park or the beach.
As Heal the Ocean’s Operations Coordinator, Corey Radis is responsible for keeping our offices running smoothly and assisting on policy research and advocacy. Concerned by the California drought and fascinated by water, Corey earned a master’s degree in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology at Stanford. During graduate school, Corey conducted research on the use of reservoir sediment as agricultural soil and she collaborated in the development of a new water-saving faucet, the Lean Sink.
Corey is a native Santa Barbarian and passionate water resources scientist. When not working, Corey can be found surfing, trail running, or playing with clay in the ceramics studio.
As Heal the Ocean’s strategic analyst, James Hawkins is responsible for coordinating HTO’s research projects and working with Hillary Hauser, HTO’s executive director, on our key policy priorities and positions, in addition to organizing our eLetters and Newsletters and managing our social media accounts. James received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in political science and environmental studies with his senior thesis focusing on climate change. A Santa Barbara native, James enjoys spending his free time playing ultimate Frisbee, swing dancing, and just hanging out with friends.
Heather Hudson, a supporter of HTO since our inception, is a long-time ocean lover and surfer (you’ll find her almost every morning at Rincon!), and she and her husband Keith Crummer are avid outdoors people. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA in 1984, she worked in advertising until she became a full-time mother in 1991. She is currently runs her film production company, Graciegirl LLC. Heather has served on HTO’s Advisory Board as well as every HTO Annual Gala Committee, and now she is overseeing the reinstatement of the great annual HTO party tradition.
Ruston Slager has been with HTO since the beginning days, and in fact can be credited with “starting” the organization, because he organized the public demonstration on the steps of the County Administration Building after Hillary’s “Genesis” article came out, lamenting the problem of Santa Barbara beaches being closed because of pollution. You will always see Ruston alongside Ava Everett at public events where HTO is involved – Earth Day, the Harbor Festival, and of course our own events. Ruston instructs adults and children with learning and developmental disabilities in community and school settings. He is a local musician and landscape artist.
Sailing, swimming, surfing, paddling...if it’s a sport done in or on the water, Laura has probably tried it! Laura grew up in three coastal environments: Delaware, Florida, and Santa Barbara. Her father, a marine biologist and professional diver, started her early with fresh water and marine adventures. He also taught her about the fragility and risks in these environments. Her career focuses on communication and the arts, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Brown University and a Master’s in International Business from Pepperdine. She is passionate about water issues based on her interests at home and her experiences living and traveling in Africa, Europe, Indonesia, North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.