Emily Machernis is Whale’s Trust Program Coordinator. With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colgate University, Emily has long loved marine science and contributed to the research world through conservation work on hawksbill turtles and an internship at the Perry Institute of Marine Science in the Bahamas. With a career in event planning, Emily has planned and executed galas, weddings, fundraisers and corporate and private events in Washington DC, New York City, and now her new home in Maui. Combining her love for the ocean, science and whales with her ability to utilize the creative and meticulous aspects of planning events, Emily is thrilled to be a part of the Whale Trust team. In her free time, Emily loves surfing, hiking, playing volleyball and exploring every inch of beautiful Maui.