CIMI at Cherry Cove

James Adams, Program Director Cherry CoveJames Adams
Program Director, CIMI at Cherry Cove

"From the beginning, being a part of the Guided Discoveries family has been about more than a job for me. It has been a crucial component to a lifelong pursuit: to inspire other as to the amazing nature of the natural world.  ... I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow alongside my peers while we help countless students on their path to self-discovery while exploring the ocean that laps at their feet."

James began working as a Marine Science Instructor at CIMI Fox Landing in 2008 before moving into his current position as Program Director at CIMI Cherry Cove.

As Program Director, James works closely with schools to tailor each program specifically to their students' needs, but what he says is his most paramount responsibility is making sure his staff has the best training, tools and resources they need so they are able to inspire the thousands of children who visit Cherry cove.

His passion for the ocean goes back to his childhood in the Bay Area and was intensified when he learned to surf.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies -- Ecology and Conservation from California State University East Bay, as well as certifications in lifeguarding and first aid/CPR for the professional rescuer. James is also a Level 3 Kayak Instructor and Naui Rescue Diver.

Contact James at or 310.510.0071

Julia Lua PabonJulia "Lua" Emma Pabon
CIMI at Cherry Cove Food Service Director

"Guided Discoveries has been a great place for me to work.  I do feel that I am making a difference in the lives of kids.  For me as a Director/Chef, there is nothing more gratifying than a kid who comes up to you and says, "Your food is almost as good as my mom's".

Born and raised in Colombia, Julia Pabon earned her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Administration from Universidad Nacional de Bogota, Colombia.

She earned a degree in Food Service Management from American River College in Sacramento, and owned a successful catering business in the midtown area that served institutions including Sacramento State University, and Sutter, Mercy San Juan and UC Davis medical centers.

Lua began working at Guided Discoveries as the Food Service Director in 2005 and enjoys cooking creative, healthy meals using fresh produce.

As Food Service Director at Cherry Cove, Lua plans balanced menus for the children according to age and dietary restrictions.  She handles all the food purchases, costs and inventory, as well as reports payroll from kitchen employees.

Contact Lua at or 310.651.0071