The Secretariat

Based in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, the IAATO Secretariat provides the administrative and operational functions of the association. The address for the IAATO Secretariat is:

Physical and Mailing address:
320 Thames Street
Suite 264
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 USA

Phone: +1-401-841-9700   Fax: +1-401-841-9704

Dr. Damon Stanwell-Smith

Executive Director

Damon will lead the Secretariat and work with IAATO's Executive Committee to ensure the association is functioning according to its mission of safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Previously as UK Head of Marine Environment at the Danish international consultancy, NIRAS, and Head of the Marine Programme at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Damon brings a wealth of strategic leadership experience that will benefit IAATO building on its successful legacy of sustainable tourism. 

Damon began his career as a marine biologist, gaining a PhD in benthic invertebrate ecology with the British Antarctic Survey. Before his work at UNEP-WCMC, Damon has variously been the research manager for an International NGO, assessing biodiversity in East Africa and SE Asia; and a consultant project-managing a broad portfolio of successful projects for commercial and intergovernmental clients.  More recently he has focussed on marine spatial planning and ocean governance.  Damon also has extensive practical experience as a commercial diver and diving contractor, logging over 2,400 scientific work dives including over 500 under-ice during a 2-winter tour at the BAS Signy Island base, South Orkneys.  Damon later returned to both polar regions leading expedition vessels on numerous voyages in 2003-08.

Damon and his family live in a village near Cambridge (UK); and enjoy cycling, camping, allotment-tending, messing about with their traditional Drascombe sailing boat and keeping their children enthused about the natural world, preferably all at the same time.


Janeen Haase

Director of Governance and Administration

Janeen joined the IAATO Secretariat team in April 2013 and comes to the association with over 12 years of experience working for NGOs and trade associations in Washington, DC. She is responsible for the administration of IAATO working from the home office in Newport, Rhode Island.

Previously, she was the Senior Program Manager for international development projects at the International Reading Association where she was responsible for large-scale project development, management and implementation. She developed and managed multi-million dollar budgets for grant-funded projects for international donors, including USAID, UNDP, UNESCO, Ministries of Education, private foundations, and other international NGOs. She also worked for Pathfinder International, as part of the CATALYST Consortium Project, a USAID cooperating agency focused on reproductive health and family planning initiatives) where she backstopped and participated in the development of annual work plans and budgets for the Yemen field office.

Janeen holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and has worked in the technical translation field as well as the yacht charter industry in her varied career. She is an avid sailor and has traveled extensively including many countries in the developing world. She has spent time living and working abroad and speaks German and French as well as her native English.


Lisa Kelley

Head of Operations

Lisa joined IAATO in 2016 and is responsible for the field operations aspect of IAATO, developing industry best practice and guidelines for field operations. 

Lisa grew up beside the great lakes in upstate New York. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Health Education and Human Biology, and completing postgraduate work in Immunology, she began working aboard Expedition ships in 2000. Since then she has worked as an Underwater Videographer/Photographer, Logistics Coordinator, Divemaster and Expedition Leader aboard small expedition ships.

Most at home in the Polar Regions, for the last 16 years Lisa has spent over half the year in the Arctic and Antarctic. During the Austral winter of 2010, Lisa was the Station Manager at Palmer Station for the United States Antarctic Program.   Passionate about the future of Antarctic and Arctic Tourism, Lisa has been a member representative to AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators), IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) conferences for over 10 years.  Before becoming operations manager she sat on the IAATO Field Operations, Education and Outreach, and Staff Training Committees.  Additionally, Lisa is a member of the board for FOSGI (Friends of South Georgia Island), South Georgia Heritage Trust's (SGHT) American affiliate.

Lisa is an accomplished diver, and is probably the first person to become qualified in the Antarctic. Her first  open water dive was made off Cape Horn, and she has since logged over 900hrs exploring the waters of the Antarctic and Arctic using both SCUBA and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This vast experience of diving "the Ice" has lead to the production of Below Freezing: The Antarctic Dive Guide, published in 2006, and now in its third edition. Her underwater experience and exploration of the Polar Regions led to her acceptance into the Explorers Club.


Amanda Lynnes

Head of Communications and Environment

Amanda joined IAATO in 2013 and assists the Secretariat team with communications and environmental objectives that support the association's mission and vision. Her Antarctic career began in1996 with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a penguin biologist and field assistant for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Amanda's passion for communicating Antarctic issues led her to  ake a position as Press Officer in the award winning Press, Public Relations and Education Department at BAS where she enjoyed working with a variety of media and managing events. She has also worked as an ornithologist for an IAATO member perator, at Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula for BAS and as a Project Coordinator for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. Outside of Antarctica, Amanda spent two years with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) developing inspiring wildlife events at busy tourist destinations in the Peak District National Park, UK. 

Her experience with these organizations has led her to appreciate the value of polar tourism on a universal scale and that protecting our wild places depends largely on helping people explore them first hand.


Laura Goldstein

Events and Accounts Manager

Laura started with IAATO in September 2010, coming from the Potter League for Animals where she served as a development specialist. She was co-owner of a travel agency in Newport, Rhode Island for 15 years, and assists with her husband's fundraising consultancy. In her position as IAATO Office Manager, Laura handles bookkeeping and financial transactions, payroll and taxes, the collection of post-visit site reports and End of Season reports, and database and website maintenance.


Cody Ochs

Database and Membership Manager

Cody is excited to join the IAATO team in 2017 after 12+ years in corporate America. Cody is thrilled to start this new journey after a working a career in Corporate Real Estate in both international lottery/gaming and banking industries. Cody brings over 5+ years of non-profit experience when she was on the Board for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) helping to raise money to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and currently volunteers with a local non-profit called Let's Read RI. In her new position as IAATO Office Manager, she will be based out of Newport, RI.

Cody grew up in New Jersey but decided to attend college in Rhode Island to be close to the beaches and ocean she adores.  After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in Elementary Education, BS in Psychology and in 2005 with her MBA, she decided to call Rhode Island her home.

When not working, Cody can be found basking in the sun on her boat with her family including her 18-month-old daughter.


Hayley Court

Digital Media Assistant

Hayley joined IAATO in October 2017 and supports the Secretariat's digital communications. Aformer newspaper journalist, Hayley moved into communications and PR in 2010 where she managed crisis and reputational issues within the UK Police Service, including the response to the 2011 shooting aboard nuclear submarine HMS Astute.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an advocate for ethical practice and transparency, Hayley joined IAATO to support and strengthen the association's mission and vision of facilitating appropriate, safe and environmentally sound private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

Hayley and her family live in the Peak District National Park in West Yorkshire, UK.