Meet the Washed Ashore Project Team
Angela Haseltine Pozzi’s evolution as an artist shifted when she noticed immense amounts of plastic pollution on pristine southern Oregon beaches. As she learned more about ocean pollution from plastics and marine debris she became motivated to do something about it. Thus, the Washed Ashore Project was born.
“Until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work.”
Angela was born in Portland, Oregon to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child she was always given a creative space in her mother’s studio with various collections of odds and ends and often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table she participated in long discussions with her parents about art. Every summer was spent on Oregon’s ocean shore.
Realizing she was a rare breed, she wished to educate others about the importance of the arts and the beauty of nature. She therefore pursued her Bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Utah and then a Masters Degree at Portland State University with an emphasis on Arts Education. In her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught elementary through college students and lead museum programs. She has also spent much of her career lecturing, consulting, creating and exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums.
Angela has always believed in “art for all” and hence helped spearhead many public art projects, community art and artist-in-residency programs wherever she went. Recycling and repurposing materials were part of her life from the beginning and was the basis for her first body of exhibited work entitled, “Undetermined Species”, a collection of coral reefs, and invented invertebrates made from recycled clothes and thrift store items. Her older work can still be viewed on www.seathingsart.com
Her artwork was thriving and her work fulfilling when tragedy hit in 2002. Her husband of 25 years, Craig Pozzi, an artist and teacher himself, collapsed with a brain tumor, then a stroke, then died. Everything stopped. Looking for meaning in life she went to the ocean to heal, but what she found was an ocean that needed healing. The educator in her kicked into gear. Her research revealed what was happening. Marine debris was choking the oceans worldwide and affecting the environments and sea creatures she had always loved.
In 2010, Angela found her life’s calling; to make Art to Save the Sea. Rallying her small community of Bandon, Oregon she inspired them with her creative problem-solving, and the non-profit Washed Ashore was born. Today over 10,000 volunteers have helped clean beaches and worked with Washed Ashore to process over 20 tons of debris into over 70 sculptures of the animals affected by plastic pollution.
These sculptures now tour as the “Washed Ashore Project” traveling exhibits educating and inspiring countless people from diverse backgrounds to take action in their own lives and prevent contributing to this global problem. Her work continues as Artistic Director, designing and creating multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing tons of marine debris with the goal to have a global impact. As the leader of a team of dedicated employees and hundreds of volunteers, Angela has vowed that this effort is her life’s work, and “until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work.”
John recently relocated to Bandon to join the Washed Ashore team in August 2018. After more than three decades of living in the desert of the American Southwest, he always dreamed of making a home in the Pacific Northwest and on the coast.
John (he is often referred to as “JT”) moved to Bandon from Flagstaff, Arizona, where he served as the Executive Director of the Flagstaff Arts Council for 11 years. The Arts Council manages the Coconino Center for the Arts and serves as the lead agency for arts and sciences in Flagstaff in partnership with the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County. He led the organization through sustained and continued growth every year even through the Great Recession. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture, and Executive Director of the Tsunami on the Square performing arts festival in Prescott, Arizona.
Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, JT spent his school years in Arizona. He worked for Greenpeace as a young adult before pursuing a career in the non-profit arts sector. His passion for positive environmental efforts now meets his experience in and love for the arts at Washed Ashore.
Jessie was born and raised in Bandon, Oregon. She attended St John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Throughout high school and college she worked for her father, a Certified Public Accountant and participated in art gallery management and administrative work-study positions.
In 1999 she moved to Boston, Massachusetts and worked for Circles: a world wide, online concierge and employee benefit service that specialized in internet administrative support, research and customer service for companies like American Express and Microsoft.
In 2002 she moved home to Bandon and was licensed as a RMI (responsible managing individual) for a small construction company. For the last 15 years she has served as a consultant assisting small business entrepreneurs and artists to navigate the necessary business practices needed to operate their companies successfully. Her work with Washed Ashore allows her to use her accounting and management talents in the arts with the purpose of saving the ocean and benefiting the community, ocean and beaches she grew up loving.
Jennifer spent her formative years migrating between Connecticut and Illinois. Family trips to the Caribbean helped spark her interest in sea life and ocean conservation. While traveling to these places over the years, she has witnessed the destructive effects of plastic pollution on marine life firsthand.
Jennifer has a background in art and scuba diving. Upon moving to Bandon, she began volunteering for Washed Ashore combining her dual passions for environmental conservation and the arts. As artist apprentice she draws inspiration from her time diving as she assists Angela Haseltine Pozzi with the production of sculptures. She is also part of Washed Ashore’s traveling exhibit team.
Josh grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he spent most of his time participating in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. After high school Josh enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 2004-2014. His years of service included numerous educational opportunities, four deployment tours overseas, and the chance to learn and practice business management under a wide variety of situations and leadership. Those experiences created an interest to pursue furthering education in business management. He is currently enrolled with Keiser University in a Bachelors degree program for Business Administration-Human Resources.
Josh joined the Washed Ashore Team in December, 2018. Being a part of the team at Washed Ashore is an amazing opportunity to continue with service to the community while developing and practicing beneficial management styles.
Steve is a lifelong musician born and raised in Colorado. While working as a welder, fabricator and pipefitter, he also created sculptures from repurposed metal. He recently moved to the area to fulfill his dream of living on the coast and dedicating more time to his art. His love of the ocean, creating artwork and protecting the environment made working at Washed Ashore a perfect fit.
Steve began working full-time at Washed Ashore as Facility & Production Manager in November, 2018.
Daniel was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He moved to Bandon, Oregon in 2006 and started volunteering with Lead Artist, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2008. He eventually became an employee with Washed Ashore in 2010 and is now a core member of the Washed Ashore creative team responsible for washing and prepping all the art supplies. Daniel has found great inspiration and enjoyment working with the Washed Ashore Project. He appreciates the gracious and encouraging mentors and the strong sense of job satisfaction. Daniel feels that being a part of Washed Ashore has been life changing. His call to volunteer has always been strong and he currently volunteers at the South Coast Animal Shelter, walking and grooming dogs. Outside of Washed Ashore, Daniel has a passion for hiking and mountain biking.
Ann Sandstrom has always been an “ocean” person. As a teenager she spent time with her grandparents at Carona del Mar, California, visited beaches in San Francisco bay area with her family, and later always chose “to go west.” Moving to Bandon was a dream come true.
Ann raised three daughters and has a long career as an elementary school teacher. She began as a volunteer in our Bandon Washed Ashore exhibit in 2013 and later joined the staff.
Ann looks forward to greeting people and sharing the Washed Ashore project and her enthusiasm for it. She is old enough to remember when oceans and beaches were clean, and want to be part of making that happen again.
Patrick Chandler, Education Consultant
Patrick Chandler has ten years experience working in and developing environmental education, stewardship and science programs. Prior to joining the Washed Ashore team he spent five years in Alaska where he taught biology for Kenai Peninsula College, served as the International Coastal Cleanup Coordinator for Alaska and worked as the Special programs coordinator for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.
Patrick met Angela in 2011 during the International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, HI. He was inspired by Angela’s art and over the next two years worked with Angela to design the first satellite project of Washed Ashore, which he toured with around the state of Alaska to raise marine debris and plastics awareness.
When he’s not working, Patrick loves spending time outdoors, cooking and eating wonderful food, and traveling.
Vinnie Fowler, 2D Designer
Born and raised in Auburn, California, Vinnie attended California College of Art and Design in Oakland. He worked for over 30 years in technical and architectural design and drafting for the casino industry in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. In 2010 Vinnie moved to Bandon, Oregon where he was introduced to Washed Ashore and he was hired to help conceptualize the early sculptures with Angela Haseltine Pozzi. For the past 4 years, V.C.Fowler Designs has assisted Angela in designing the larger sculptures, creating technical and engineering drawings for welders and beautiful illustrations to inspire Washed Ashore’s volunteers.