The OCA Board of Directors

Captain Joseph Ierna Jr, Founder

Captain Joseph Ierna Jr is passionate about surfing, fishing, diving, sailing the Oceans, and farming the Earth, throughout his life. USCG 500 ton Masters license (Ret), Graduate Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology Yacht Design Naval Architect, team builder IACC Americas Cup Abracadabra 2000, husband, father and deep love for family and friends. Joseph resides on Long Island Bahamas with his wife Nicola.

“It is my hope, to make a lasting difference to our Planet Earth, by inspiring all to repair and protect our precious resources; through OCA, through sustainable programs in Conservation, Research, Education, Science and Technology. A Healthy Ocean and Earth is Vital to All Life!”

Nicola Ierna, Founder

A Bahamian “Family Islander”, Nicola possesses a Heavenly spirit of Heritage and Culture few know of. Living off the Land and Sea her entire life, working in Harmony with the surrounding environment. Banking is her professional career; family, friends and island jewelry design her passion. It is this Idyllic lifestyle so many dream of, and through these life experiences she can cast a lasting impression.

“Through my deep love for God the Almighty, I wish to share all that I have learned from my Heritage, with the World; and the Nature that we live by.”

Dr. Kim Ierna Kitchen

Dr. Kim Ierna Kitchen grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and has had a love for the ocean her entire life. She has a thriving cosmetic dental practice in Alexandria, Virginia and commutes to her home in Palm Island, Florida any chance she gets. Her passion is to communicate and bring awareness of how fragile and delicate our ocean environment is to our existence. Kim became involved with Ocean CREST Alliance to fulfill this passion and to assist in building a prototype off-the-grid marine research facility that will help pave the way for other Marine Protected Area operations globally.

“I wish to dedicate my time and energy to help correct what humanity has abused, our precious Oceans.”