Courtney’s story is a little different than most of the Midwest kids she grew up with. Rather than settle down in her hometown of St. Charles, Illinois, she set out to make an adventurous life all her own starting in St. Augustine, Florida. It was there that she obtained a BA in journalism and film production while focusing on the marine environment.
Courtney’s passion for the ocean began as a child visiting her family in West Palm Beach, Florida. Something about the great big blue unknown captivated her and she knew she had to find a way to be a part of it. She became a sailor on a 76-foot schooner, then worked in Miami in the yachting industry. Courtney is a PADI Divemaster and continues to be an advocate for the sea in her scuba diving. She is exploring new ways to present “hard” truths of our marine environment so that we may continue to enjoy life at sea. Courtney uses her voice and camera lens to capture people, places and wildlife that aren’t heard. She believes in sticking up for the “little guy” and stays true to the words “Live for a cause, not for applause.” AND if she hasn’t already, she will absolutely convince you to replace your everyday single-use plastic because why haven’t you already?