Project Baseline Divers - Our Most Valuable Players

Project Baseline is a volunteer-based effort. Our work and success stem from the enthusiastic participation and support from our global network of volunteer divers of all skills and backgrounds - 200 strong as of 2019!

Dr. Todd Kincaid - Executive Director

Todd is a groundwater scientist, underwater explorer, and advocate for science-based conservation of water resources and aquatic environments. He holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in geology and hydrogeology, and is the founder of GeoHydros, a consulting firm specializing in the development of computer models that simulate groundwater flow through complex hydrogeologic environments. He has been an avid scuba diver since 1980 having explored, mapped, and documented caves, reefs, and wrecks across much of the world. He helped start the diving organization Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) in 1999 and served on its Board of Directors and as its Associate Director from its inception to 2018. Within the scientific and diving communities, Todd advanced the use of volunteer technical divers and the data they can collect in endeavors aimed at understanding, restoring, and protecting underwater environments and water resources. He started Project Baseline with GUE in 2009 and has been the organization’s Executive Director from its beginning. More on Todd at: LinkedIn and ResearchGate

Kristie Connolly - Associate Director & Data Manager

Kristie is a geographer and GIS specialist having worked in geography and mapping since 1990. Most of her work has been for conservation organizations where she's combined her love for back-country exploration with her mapping and data management skills to help compile data into publication quality maps and animations using ArcGIS, Google Map and Goggle Earth. She also has a background in financial management and database management, which she has brought to bear for multiple organizations through the years. She’s been managing Project Baseline’s database as a volunteer since 2014 and worked as a volunteer to help compile and process data and images on nearly every one of Project Baseline’s missions. As for diving herself, Kristie has only had tanks on her back a few times, but they were in some very cool places. She looks forward to getting certified when her daughter Ginnie becomes old enough to dive.

Amanda White - Communications Director

Amanda is a journalist specializing in strategic communications. Her main passion in life is protecting the environment whether that means minimizing her own footprint or working on a broader scale to protect wildlife, the oceans, and other bodies of water. She started as a volunteer with Project Baseline in 2015 and became our director of communications not long thereafter where she promotes the work of our global network of teams and collaboration missions by developing print and online media. Amanda also works for Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) where she leads content creation efforts, markets their diver training programs, and helps to foster the close and ongoing relationship between GUE and Project Baseline. Amanda became one of GUE’s earliest Recreational Level-1 certified divers in 2016 and looks forward to a long career as a diving conservationist.

Diana Giorgetti - Development Director

Diana holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in education law. She’s been an avid scuba diver since 2002 and joined the Project Baseline staff in 2019 to help develop funding opportunities and build and manage the website. Diana is also part of the GlobalSubDive (GSD) crew, one of Project Baseline’s corporate sponsors, where part of her work involves helping to develop collaborative mission opportunities for Project Baseline that leverage GSD’s vessels and submersible resources. In her spare time, she is a self-help book author who is passionate about helping people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) achieve balance, control, and acquire valuable life-building skills through scuba diving. She is the proud mother of two wonderful human boys and three dogs.