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Board of Directors

Board Members  

Craig Gaunce (Treasurer)

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.



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. Josh has extensive experience traveling in Baja California and is a fluent Spanish speaker. 

 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.


Ben Hopf

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.


Morgan Justice-Black

Morgan is a Community Relations Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the leading clean energy utilities in the nation. In her role, she supports more than 100 environmental partners, connects employees with opportunities to give back through volunteerism and helps nonprofits to integrate climate science education into their programs. She is a San Diego native and life-long environmental enthusiast, receiving her degrees in Environmental Studies and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Morgan has an environmental nonprofit background, having spent a decade working for I Love A Clean San Diego in various fundraising, marketing and volunteer management roles. Morgan has been a dedicated volunteer for many years, most recently serving as the Co-President of Women Give San Diego. She and her husband live in Clairemont and spend their free time hiking, camping, gardening and searching for tide pools.



Doug Sheres

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, Associate Director, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global

Ignacio (Nacho) Vilchis serves San Diego Zoo Global as Associate Director of Applied Animal Ecology. In this role, Nacho oversees day-to-day operations and research science at our Sierra San Pedro Martir Condor Field Station in northern Baja California, Mexico, while also providing key support for management of Cocha Cashu Biological Stationin Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon.

Nacho is currently involved with research aimed to help manage California condor range expansions in the Sierra San Pedro Martir range. As these once nearly extinct birds continue to thrive, understanding how condor diet preferences vary over time and space will help ensure their continued success, and mitigate risks related to lead exposure. Nacho is also currently involved in developing species-specific research and conservation at Cocha Cashu Biological Station.

Nacho earned his doctoral degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation biology with the Wildlife Health Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. His dissertation and postdoctoral research focused on determining the factors that make certain kinds of seabird species more susceptible to rapid changes in their environment.


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.



Ann Wycoff  

Ann Wycoff has worked in media for the past twenty years as a writer, editor, producer and brand consultant. While work as a travel writer has taken her around the global, lately her focus has been on Baja adventures. She writes for several San Diego publications, along with national magazines.  She is also a book author, screenwriter, film producer and former action sports film festival producer. She lives in Encinitas and loves exploring Baja with her family. 



Bernardo Diaz, President of Redstone Capital

Mr. Diaz is the founder and President of Redstone Capital and its affiliate companies.  He has over 20 years of real estate investing experience, predominantly as a principal investor. Prior to founding Redstone Capital, he bought and sold hundreds of SFR’s and commercial properties. Successfully developed and sold several town home developments throughout Southern California. He attended UC Berkeley and later transferred to UC Santa Cruz 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.


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.