Advisory Board

Stephen Borghardt

Advisory Board Member

Along with a passion for restoring the health of the Great South Bay, Stephen brings a strong background in shellfish restoration efforts, as well as fiscal planning and risk management skills from his work in the financial sector to our the Advisory Board.


Mark Burford

Co-founder, Blue Point Brewing

In 1998, Mark Burford, a Long Island native and active environmentalist, co-founded Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue and began what is a true local success story for the region. The first beer the brewery produced won two World Beer Cup gold medals. In 2014, Mr. Burford sold Blue Point to Anheuser-Busch. He continues to lead its operations, brewing and management team from Patchogue, N.Y.

Carl Lobue

Carl LoBue

The Nature Conservancy

Chuck has a clear, indisputable record of being a strong environmental advocate and has used his knowledge and commitment to lead critical efforts to restore clams in the Great South Bay. One of his recent efforts helped to generate broad-based support for the passage of a bill putting an end to purse seining boats capturing menhaden in NY waters.

Chuck Westfall

Chuck Westfall

President, LI Oyster Growers

Chuck has a long standing commitment to oyster farming in the Great South Bay having founded Thatch Island Oyster Farm back in 2009. He also spearheads a community-based association representing the social, economic, environmental and political interests of Long Island Oyster Growers.


Arthur Kopelman

Education Advisor

A marine mammal population ecologist, Dr. Kopelman’s passions are environmental protection and education through citizen science involvement in offshore and coastal ecosystems.

He is the president of the Coastal Research and Education Society of LI (CRESLI) and a newly retired Professor Emeritus of Science/Ecology in the Department of Science and Mathematics at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

He also holds the rank of SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus.