Patricia Sullivan

Patti is an educator, published author and a child, animal and environmental rights advocate. She holds a MS in Education – Thesis: Hawaiian Marine Animal Emergency Response and Prerequisite Dialogue based largely on the themes of nonviolent communication and transformative dialogue.

Professional Educator

Since 1991, Patti has been a teacher of children with special needs in a wide variety of venues in Connecticut and Hawaii, USA, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 


From 2003-2018, Patti volunteered for two international nonprofits as well as state of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DNLR), West Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network (WHMMR) and Kauai’s Monk Seal Hui (2008-2012).  She served as the Education Director for Connecticut based all-volunteer Cetacean Society International (2003-2018) and as the Global Council Chair (2018) of the World Cetacean Alliance (2013-2018). Thousands of hours of volunteer work and training in marine animal (turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, cetaceans) emergency response honed, refined and galvanized her understanding of the necessity of caring for and communicating effectively with the humans who care for wildlife. 

Patti discovered that passion for animals is great, but passion for people must come first in order to facilitate enduring and meaningful change.

Our planet is undergoing a massive shift; demands on our environmental resources are increasing threats to human and wildlife health at an unparalleled rate in all of human history. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary and innovative approaches and methodologies.  In 2017, Patti Co-Founded SEAS with partners Wendy van Gool and David Schofield to monitor, facilitate, learn from and document this paradigm shift in how we care for each other, and our planet.

Recognizing the paradox of increasing demand to “empty the tanks” of animals in the entertainment industry with no place or plan to re-home them, Patti envisioned a global team of specialists dedicated to collaborative and inclusive communication which respects and bridges gaps across culture, language, age, socioeconomics, race, tradition, ability and perspective to define and solve the complex phenomenon of developing true sanctuaries on the landscape of a swiftly changing planet.

SEAS is the manifestation of this vision.