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Board of Directors

Board President

Rebecca Kanter, Attorney

Rebecca, a native of Orange County, California, is an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California. As the daughter of a Marine Biologist, Rebecca is passionate about the ocean and the environment.


Board Members  

Carol Lee (Treasurer), Vice President, Finance, Nextivity Inc.

Carol is the Vice President of Finance at Nextivity Inc. Before joining Nextivity, Lee spent close to a decade with San Diego-based REMEC Broadband Wireless as Director of Finance. In this role, she provided leadership, guidance and technical expertise to create, develop and enhance all aspects of the accounting department functions and financial reporting processes. She previously spent seven years as Vice President of Finance for Terranova Energy, a leader in wind farm development, where she gained considerable exposure in multi-national finance. Lee has also held senior roles with a variety of California-based mortgage corporations. She began her career as a senior accountant with Deloitte & Touche.


Josh Chatten-Brown (Secretary), Attorney

Josh Chatten-Brown is an attorney with Chatten-Brown & Carstens, an environmental and land use law firm with special expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Endangered Species Act, water and air quality laws, and other California environmental laws.  As an avid surfer, Josh has a long-standing interest in water quality and coastal issues.


Scott Borden, Entrepreneur

Scott followed his entrepreneurial instincts and formed Top Flight Travel, which grew into one of the largest travel companies in San Diego. While remaining involved in his various business interests, Scott also volunteers with many different organizations, with a strong focus on environmental issues and conservation.


Bernardo Diaz, President of Redstone Capital


Alberto Garza Santos,  Entrepreneur

Alberto Garza Santos is founding partner of Promotora Ambiental and is currently chairman of the board of directors. He is also president of Sustainable World Foundation and founding chief executive of Papalote Children’s Museum in Monterrey. He founded and owns the ecological reserve known as Museo Maderas del Carmen, located in Coahuila. He is currently a member of the board of Diesel Machinery (MADISA), Development Delta, Axtel, and Exceeds. He served as chairman of the board of Chipinque Ecological Park, the only forest in the Monterrey area. He was also vice president of CANACINTRA’s sustainable development committee and chairman of its committee on environment. Mr. Alberto Garza Santos earned a BA in business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and a second BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

He is a native of Mexico.



Eddie Kisfaludy, President and Co-Owner at SciFly

With more than 2,000 days at sea, Eddie has lead 800 oceanographic excursions around the world. Eddie is a true ‘jack of all seas’ and was the senior curator of field operations and marine biological collector at Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD for ten years.


Christine Mason, HR Executive

Christine Mason is an accomplished global HR Executive with a passion for conserving the environment, having spent five years working with an environmental protection agency in Europe. Originally from the UK, Christine has lived and worked in Southern California for the last 15 years. With a global perspective, Christine adds value to the Board through her Human Resource experience and her background in working with other Boards. Christine is married to an engineer and has a horse and other animals.


Dr. Ignacio Vilchis, Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography 

Nacho Vilchis has spent most of his life in or around the Pacific Ocean. Nacho completed his undergraduate studies at the University of San Diego, his first graduate program at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and earned his Ph.D. from at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla California. He’s spent thousands of hours surveying underwater in kelp forests in California and Chile, and months at sea studying tropical and temperate seabirds in open oceans off the Hawaiian archipelago, Clipperton atoll, Malpelo Island and the Galapagos Islands. He now works as a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 


Nikos Zoggas, Organizational Development Consultant, Ocean Advocate

For over 25 years, Nikos has worked as a strategist, coach, and mentor to nonprofit, civic and social enterprises. He works to orchestrate marine eco-system protection, arts enterprise, social innovation, and community health initiatives.


Kristina Forward, Database and application support manager

Kristina is a database, application support manager with thousands of logged data conversion and implementation project hours. An avid hiker and long distance runner, the daughter of an Engineering Geologist, her youth was spent outdoors rock hunting, swimming, and climbing trees. From a very young age she became an environmental advocate and understood how critically important it is to take care of our planet. Using her IT background, she volunteers and works to help non-profits maximize data efficiency and system automation to allow their data to work smarter for them.