Board of Directors
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.
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.
Bernardo Diaz, President of Redstone Capital
Mr. Diaz is the founder and President of Redstone Capital and its affiliate companies. He hasover 20 years of real estate investing experience, predominantly as a principal investor. Priorto founding Redstone Capital, he bought and sold hundreds of SFR’s
and commercial properties. Successfully developed and sold several townhome developmentsthroughout Southern California. He attended UC Berkeley and later transferred to UC SantaCruz graduating with a degree in Business/Economics.
His altruistic endeavors include actively working with orphanages in Baja Mexico and inner city youth in San Diego CA. In addition he has worked with Jane Goodall during her North American tours.
He is father to four amazing kids and has been married for the past twenty years to amazing wife, Ishanti.
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.
Craig is a certified public accountant with Gaunce & Associates, CPAs APC. Gaunce & Associates is a small accounting firm located in Solana Beach which specializes in individual and small business tax compliance, tax planning, financial reporting, and attestation services. Since joining Gaunce & Associates in 2014, Craig's particular focus is in attestation services which includes the examination business's financial statements and internal controls in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. These attestation services include and are not limited to the preparation of financial statements and related disclosures, transaction cycle testing, assessing internal controls and financial reporting processes, and proposing recommendation to management. Craig grew up in Carlsbad and studied Accounting at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Craig began his professional career in Orange County as an Audit Manager with a large accounting firm, RSM US LLP. In 2014 Craig joined Gaunce and Associates, moving back to San Diego with his wife, Megan. Craig and his wife appreciate all that San Diego has to offer and can be found hiking the local trails and surfing.
Mr. Jaime Hernándes, EMS Lead at CH2M
Jaime is the Environmental Management Services Lead for the area offices in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for CH2M, a global engineering firm. The EMS team sets goals for reducing our environmental footprint in a collaborative process, measures our progress, and reports to our clients and other stakeholders on our performance through the annual sustainability report. Jaime is married to a real estate broker, they have two sons and live in East County. They also have extended family in Guadalajara and in his hometown of Los Angeles.
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.
Doug Sheres is a founder and managing member at Paramo Capital Partners. He was formerly a Senior Partner at Rice Hall James and Associates. He is a current Director at Vor Data Systems and The Richmond Corporation and a former Director at Nature and Culture International and Firewire Surfboards. Mr Sheres also served as the Mayor of Solana Beach and on their City Council from 2000-2004 as well as on several other civic and government board agencies. He received a BA from UCSD and lives in Del Mar with his wife and 3 boys. Doug is also a long time surfer/fisherman and explorer of the Mexico and Baja coastlines.
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.
Emily Welborn Guevara
Emily is a native of San Diego and has dedicated much of her education and professional work to conservation and climate policy throughout Southern California. Most recently, she managed the Environment Initiatives at The San Diego Foundation. She has a BA in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and a Master's of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara. You can usually find her sharing her favorite outdoor spots around San Diego with her husband and two young children. As the first intern for Wildcoast in 2001, she is very excited to be a member of the Board.
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.
Ben is the CEO and Co-Founder of Atticus, Inc. Atticus is a San Diego-based mobile/web software platform providing individuals & professional advisors with affordable, easy to use, Do-It-Yourself software products for fiduciary-based services like estate planning and estate administration. Prior to starting Atticus, Ben led high-net-worth client advisor teams for institutions like U.S. Trust and Legacy Trust Family Wealth Offices.
Growing up in a farming family, and as the son to an environmental attorney father, Ben established an early respect for environment advocacy, with a particular interest in conservation-based efforts.
Originally from the east coast, Ben now lives in San Diego with his wife Courtney. As an avid outdoorsman and waterman, Ben spends much of his free time camping southern California and the Baja Peninsula in search of great surf, kiteboarding and fishing sanctuaries.