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.

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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.

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Andy Mirchel

Chairperson, GSB Oyster Project

Andy grew up swimming, fishing, boating and sailing. He studied Marine Environmental Science at SUNY Stony Brook with a focus on marine fisheries management. In addition to field work on the economic study of sea scallops, he has co-authored studies on sediments in the Great South Bay and wrote his thesis on Enforcement in the Hard Clam Fishery. After working in private industry for some 32 years, Andy retired and began working as a Senior Advisor on the Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms.

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Tom Kain

Chairperson, Creek Defender Program

Tom Kain is a past President of the Rotary Club of Bay Shore where he served two terms as President in 2017-2018 and before that in 2014-2015. He and his wife Gigi and their 5 children have been Bay Shore residents for the last 20 years and residents of Long Island for decades.  Tom has worked for TD Bank for almost 15 years and is a senior residential loan officer.

He is a lifelong lover of our oceans, sounds, beaches, bays, canals, lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks. He grew up in Babylon, swimming, skating and fishing in Sumpwams/Shore Road canal, Southards Pond and Argyle Lake and spent many childhood summers in Peconic living in a cottage on the bluffs of the LI Sound. 

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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.