Valerie de la Valdene , 2007
(deceased) Helen established Medical Seminars, Inc. over 22 years ago to meet the need for physicians to be educated in diving medicine. Because of her efforts there are now more than 5,000 physicians trained to provide medical advice and treatment of diving accidents. Helen has received a NOGI Award for Education and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Award in Education. She continues to enjoy scuba diving in addition to providing seminars for physicians of all specialties. Valerie was an accomplished cinematographer and educator. Noted for filming Hammerheads: Nomads of the Sea she was featured on television with Montel William, Jane Pauley, Geraldo, Jim McLaughlin and CNN talking about illegal shark finning. She has joined up with Wild Classroom to podcast an educational program on the internet, which reached over 100 million children. Valerie volunteered at a local school in the Galapagos islands, giving local children an alternative to fishing and finning.