Cathy J. Sakas

Cathy J. Sakas
Class of 1976, 1989
Founder, NOAA Gray's Reef   Sanctuary Foundation

Ms. Cathy Sakas is a 1976 and 1989 graduate of Armstrong, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Masters of Education in Science. Ms. Sakas has been a lifelong lover of the ocean, ever since the age of three. This passion for the ocean helped foster an incredible career.

She is a Professional Interpretive Naturalist specializing in ocean and coastal environments, and leads educational wilderness expeditions throughout the southeast United States, Carribbean, and Central America. Ms. Sakas has also produced a two-time Emmy Award-winning nature documentary series named Coastal Naturalist for Georgia Public Television, as well hosting a multiple Telly-award winning nature series for Turner South entitled The Natural South.

Ms. Sakas served as Education Coordinator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary where she taught teacher workshops, developed education programs and supported the scientific team by SCUBA diving. In 2010, Ms. Sakas co-founded Ocean Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing innovative solutions that address global ocean and coastal issues.