Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

RTC Advisory Board


Scott Anderson
is the Director of Community Development for the Town of Tiburon, in Marin County, CA. He joined the RTC advisory board in 2006. Scott has 32 years of experience as a city planner and previously worked for the cities of San Rafael, Petaluma, and Commerce. Scott is interested in local history and does volunteer work removing invasive plant species from areas in Marin County. He also serves on the Transportation Agency of Marin Technical Advisory Board. Scott has a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic University, Pomona and a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis.

Eleanor Bloch was a Board member for 10 years for the Marin City Community Development Corporation. She is a member of the Tiburon Sunset Rotary that has funded the eel grass nursery at RTC. She joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2010 and is currently a member of the Board's Executive Committee as the Co-Chair of the Community, Government Relations & Fundraising Committee. She also serves on the Nominations & Governance Committee. Ellie has been a member of the Commission on Aging and represented Marin County as an assembly member on the California Senior Legislature for the last 10 years. She wrote a successful proposal resulting in Assemblyman Cooley sponsoring AB 918, Senior Evacuation Plans for Natural Disasters, which was passed into law in 2013. Ellie founded Mediation Services for the County of Marin and worked for 23 years as one of its coordinators, retiring in 2008. Ellie studied at the Boston School of Fine Applied Arts and has a BA from Susquehanna University.

George B. Brewster is the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Long-Term Solutions, LLC.  He joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2004 and is Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee. Over the past 35+ years he has held numerous CEO/COO positions in public and private companies in real estate development, investment and asset management, and public and private equity advisory and investment. He is a member of the Finance Committee of the San Francisco Yacht Club, Board of Advisors of Marin Open Space Trust, Member Emeritus of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration Environmental Financial Advisory Board, founding member of the Urban Land Institute Environmental Council, author of The Ecology of Development and technical advisor to Habitat for Humanity. George received his JD from Columbia University, and a BA from Bard College.

Margaret Gould Burke is the Director of Science Integration and Operations in the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Meg joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2002 and is currently a member of the Board’s Executive Committee as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Her training is as a research field biologist specializing in animal behavior and ecology, and she was a university biology professor in North Dakota for 17 years before joining the California Academy of Sciences in 1998 to focus on informal science education and integrating research and education. She was deeply involved in the Academy’s complete renovation and $500 million capital campaign that resulted in the world’s most sustainable natural history museum, aquarium and planetarium under one living roof. Since 2006 she has been leading the educational outreach component of the Academy’s ongoing research, education and conservation work on Philippine coral reefs. She volunteers at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. Meg has a PhD in Zoology from Duke University, NC and a BA in Biology from Hollins University, VA.

Isabelle Vaughn Drever is the Environmental Arts Director of Art by the Bay and Vice Chair of Arts Events for the Drever Family Foundation. She joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2015. She brings an entrepreneurial sensibility and familiarity with tech culture combined with a charitable and well-travelled background. She has worked with Roma children on art projects in Romania and traveled with Turtle Will in Ethiopia to oversee the building of schools and clean water wells, as well as to conduct mobile medical clinics. Isabelle has a certificate in design from the Permaculture Design Institute, and is currently founding a venture based on herbal and Chinese medicines.

Terry Gosliner is Senior Curator in Invertebrate Zoology. Previously he served as Provost at the California Academy of Sciences, with responsibility for management and integration of the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium and research and education divisions. He also served as Dean of Science and Research Collections. Terry is one of the world’s foremost authorities on sea-slugs and their relatives. He has been on the RTC Advisory Board since 1992 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board. He also serves on the Board's Research & Education and Strategic Planning Committees. He holds a PhD from the University of New Hampshire and AB from the University of California, Berkeley.

John E. Hafernik is a Professor in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University. He joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2014. John has 38 years of experience as a professor at SF State. He served as Interim Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies from 2013 to 2014, and Chair of the SF State Biology Department from 1992 to 2005. John is best known for his research on honey bee parasites. He co-founded the citizen science project ZomBee Watch to track the zombie fly, a parasite of honey bees. He also serves on the Board of the Bay School, an independent high school. John was elected a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences in1982, served on its Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2015 and as its President from 2008-2015. John has a PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Entomology from Texas A&M University.

Russell D. Keil, Jr. is a fourth generation San Franciscan, and is President of The Keil Companies, a real estate development company. He joined the RTC Advisory Board in 1998 and is currently a member of the Board's Community, Government Relations & Fundraising Committee. He is also President of the Union Square Association and Past President of the Society of California Pioneers. He is an advisory board member of City National Bank and has served in the past as a board member for the UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. He resides, with his wife Julie, in Tiburon. Russ received his BA from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Michael Keran is a retired economist. He has previously worked as an Economic Advisor to the Russian government, the Chief Economist for Prudential Financial, Director of Research for the Federal Reserve System and Assistant Financial Attaché for the US Embassy in Tokyo. Michael is currently active as a member and former officer of the Tiburon Rotary Club, a volunteer at the St. Vincent Free Dining Room and the Homeless Help Desk. He is also a Paradise Dr. neighbor of RTC. Michael has been a member of the RTC Advisory Board since 2006 and currently serves as a member of the Board's Facilities Committee. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
 

John H. Kern is a US Army Colonel (Retired) from the Corps of Engineers. He has been on the RTC Advisory Board since 2001 and currently serves on the Board's Executive Committee as chair of the Facilitates Committee. He is also a member of the Community, Government Relations & Fundraising Committee. John was a Founding Director of the Marin Mammal Center, Point Bonita YMCA and the Fisher House at Travis Air Force Base. He previously served as the US Army Liaison to the National Park Service and was the Military Coordinator for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. He was a Founder of Autodesk, Inc. He previously served as an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He served as the General Manager of the Bank of America Technology Center, and on the Tiburon Construction Advisory Board, Belvedere/Tiburon Recycling Committee and as a Volunteer in the Tiburon Police Department. John has a B.A. in Business from The Johns Hopkins University, a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a MA from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is a Professional Registered Engineer. 

Byron Benjamin Kilgore is an attorney who has been practicing law in Marin for the last nineteen years. His office is in Tiburon, where he was born and raised. Ben joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2016. He is currently on the board at the Tiburon Peninsula Club and is also a member of the Tiburon Rotary. He holds a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, with an emphasis on environmental sciences, where he worked as a research scuba diver with the USGS. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco, where he was the president of the Environmental Law Society. He is an avid open-water swimmer and sailor in the San Francisco Bay.
 
Lynette R. Koftinow is President of the San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society Chapter and a Board Member of the National American Cetacean Society since 2011. She joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2014. Lynette has 20 years of experience as a commercial and fine artist creating Trompe l’oeil murals, faux finishes, and sculpture commissions for casinos, restaurants, stores, homes, and galleries. Lynette returned to college to study the marine sciences nine years ago. She then volunteered on Thursday Day Crew and as an Educational Docent for The Marine Mammal Center. At this time she was an instructor for The Bayshore Studies Program in Tiburon before becoming president of SF Bay ACS Chapter. Lynette also serves as a board member of Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Lynette has a BFA from California College of Arts and a Design Certificate from The Fashion Institute, L.A.

Michael McComish is Senior Vice President of Presidio Bank. He joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2012. Previous positions include Vice President, Presidio Bank (In Organization), Vice President Golden Gate Bank, and Credit Officer, Mellon Private Bank.  Vice President and Finance Committee Member of the Society of California Pioneers.  Michael was an analyst in the Washington DC Office of US House Representative Robert T. Matsui. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mark Reynolds is Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, California Migratory Bird Program. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at SF State. Mark was previously the Executive Director of San Diego State University Field Station Programs, Co-Director of UC Santa Barbara’s Sedgwick Reserve, and Co-Manager of UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station. Mark has been a member of the RTC advisory board since 2005 and currently serves on the Board's Executive Committee as Chair of the Research & Education Committee. He has a PhD in zoology from UC Berkeley, a MS in biology from Idaho State University, and a BA in biology from the University of Iowa.

Peter K. Scott is the Founder and Managing Partner of Glacier Point Capital LLC, a diversified financial services company specializing in Institutional and Investment Advisory Services. He previously worked as a Specialist at Pershing LLC; an Equities Trader with Integrated Capital Management; and Vice President, Director of Marketing for Groh Asset Management. He has been a member of the RTC Advisory Board since 2010, and is currently a member of the Board's Executive Committee as Co-Chair of the Community, Government Relations & Fundraising Committee. He also serves on the Board's Strategic Planning Committee. Peter is a mentor to students interested in Bay sailing sports and environmental awareness issues. Peter holds a BA in Legal Studies and BA in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

E. Payson ("Skip") Smith is Co-founder and Partner of FLG Partners LLC which provides CFO oriented advice and services to high growth, public and private companies, their boards of directors and non-profit entities. Through his 30+ year career, Skip has held senior finance positions in companies in financial technology, financial services, internet and healthcare services. Skip joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2010 and currently serves as a member of the Community, Government Relations & Fundraising and Research & Education Committees. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Exploratorium in San Francisco since 1983 and was the Chairman of its Finance Committee for 21 years. Skip has a Masters of Management from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Business Administration from Monmouth College, IL.

Matt Turley is President of Optura Group (management consulting); he has taught at UC Berkeley Extension, and is also a singer, drummer, and manager for The Stickshifts, a classic rock band. Matt joined the RTC Advisory Board in 2015. He has been a Marin County resident for 20 years and has always been interested in marine biology. Matt received his BS in Management from Golden Gate University.

Ed Ueber was the Ocean Superintendent for the National Park Service, Regional Implementation Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor for the National Marine Sanctuary Program, former manager Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones and the northern portion of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, and Department of Commerce trustee for the Apex Houston and Cape Mohican oil spill settlements. He was also a submarine pilot and navigator, an officer in the US Merchant Marine, a wooden shipwright, fisherman and fish monger. Ed has been a member of the RTC Advisory Board since 1990, currently serves as the Board's Chair, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Ed has an MS in Resource Economics and Fisheries from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in History from the University of Connecticut.

 

 

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