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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Carol Lee, 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.
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 Station in 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.
Stewart Winkler, Real Estate Investor.
Stewart is a real estate investor in affordable housing, business and commercial assets. He is the owner of Urban West Ventures in Laguna Beach, California. His job includes repositioning of non-performing residential whole loans, commercial property, and mobile home parks. Prior to owning Urban West Ventures, he was Senior Project Manager for Jamboree Housing Corporation, Senior Account Manager for MMA Financial and President of Winkler Properties.
Stewart was a Peace Corp volunteer from 1993-1995, he coordinated, designed, and implemented national projects through the United Nations, the United States Embassy, the Extension Service, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and several non-government organizations. Projects topics included environmental impact assessment, cleaner production technologies, municipal solid waste management, recycling, environmental education, and bee keeping.
In addition, Stewart’s hobbies include stand up paddle, traveling, playing pickle ball, hiking, snowboarding, mountain climbing, sailing, and of course chasing his 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy around.
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.