our team


Patrick Flanagan, MS
Founder, Director

Scientist, educator, designer, carpenter, diver, filmmaker, jack-of-all-trades. Patrick is passionate about exploring how the world works and sharing it with others. As a versatile and creative problem-solver and natural leader, Patrick brings a host of creative and technical skills and a broad, integrated perspective to leadership at OLLIE.
Patrick holds a BS in Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity from UC Davis and an MS in Oceanography from Rutgers, and served two terms in AmeriCorps. Patrick's experience in more than 10 years of scientific research and informal education—particularly with traveling science education in underserved communities—inspired him to create a real-world, systems-based approach to ocean science that serves learners of diverse strengths and experiences.

Peter Olivier
Director of Strategy and Development

Peter is a strategy and product development consultant. A long-time believer in the power of social businesses, Peter built and managed software engineering teams focused on effective philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion. His experience in entrepreneurship and product management inform his focus on value propositions, sales channels, and a close understanding of customers, and how to support organizations as they scale. The son of educators, (and committed curious person), Peter loves to figure out how to mix surprise and delight into the learning environment to promote the understanding of our most critical of challenges: climate change. He lives in Hudson, NY with his wife and son.

Advisory Board

Alison Decker, MBA

Alison is Senior Director of Digital Experience at Year Up. Alison collaborates with professionals across a multitude of fields to build robust and emotionally desirable products; ranging from fields such as marketing, finance, training, HR, sales, and IT innovation.

Kristin Hunter-Thomson, MS, MAT

Kristin Hunter-Thomson is the owner of Dataspire Education & Evaluation LLC, where she facilitates professional development for educators, develops educational resources, and conducts STEM program evaluations focused around data and science literacy. 

Peter Girguis, PhD

Peter is a deep-sea microbiologist and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. In addition to his faculty appointments, he founded alternative energy company Trophos Energy Inc., and continues to be active in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship mentoring.

Rio Holaday, MA, MPH

Rio is a graphic recorder and facilitator. She has a strong grounding in social justice and public health, and is a Culture of Health Leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Rio was formerly the Director of HOPE Collaborative and a Senior Policy Analyst at ChangeLab Solutions. She co-founded Rebel Ventures, a social enterprise that works with high school students to make and sell healthy snacks, and worked in refugee resettlement in Vermont.

Uri Pierre-Noel

Uri is an entrepreneur, advisor, technologist, and genuinely curious human being. As the Founder of Neuro Native Labs, Uri has advised several science and tech startups on business strategy, product, sales and strategy. His portfolio of companies include Elliot Pierre, Senat & Co, and Kendor. Previously, Uri held operations and business development roles at Uber and Survey Retailer. 

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