Board of Directors

Todd J. Shaw

Todd is Chairman of the Creek Defender program for Save the Great South Bay. He grew up on the Amityville River in the western Great South Bay. His childhood completely revolved around being on and in the bay and today there are certain days he won’t even let his family in the water. His passion is to help reverse that damage for future generations.

Todd is a First Vice President at Morgan Stanley. He started his career with the firm over 25 years ago and has 30 years of experience in the area of finance and financial services. He is a Managing Partner in The Shaw Group, specializing in wealth planning and asset management. Todd is responsible for managing the group’s discretionary portfolios and client communications.

Todd serves on the board of the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, the environmental group Save the Great South Bay and the Planning Board for Babylon Village. He is also a former member of the Founder’s Committee of the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum.

Frank Piccininni

Stephen Borghardt

Artie Kopelman

Dr. Arthur “Artie” Kopelman is a marine mammal population ecologist whose research interests include the populations of fin and humpback whales of New York and New England. Since 2006, using photo- identification, Dr. Kopelman has been examining the site fidelity of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach Park in Westhampton Beach, NY. Dr. Kopelman is board member of Save the Great South Bay and the president of CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island). Dr. Kopelman is a Full Professor of Science in the Department of Science and Mathematics, Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), and was appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Dr. Kopelman’s passions are environmental protection and environmental education through citizen science involvement in offshore and coastal ecosystems. He sees the bays as ecosystems in which we and other species exist and upon which we and other species are dependent. We must all act in ways that preserve and protect those interconnections and reverse the ravages of the past. The Great South Bay and others like it connect us all and are in critical need of our help.


Mark Murray

John Hall


John Hall is a retired NYPD Captain. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His interests include gardening, kayak fishing, clean bays, clean drinking water, coastal and fisheries policy. He has presented at public and legislative hearings on the various subjects, has prepared written comments on proposed rules and legislation and worked on grant funding opportunities. He both leads and participates in litter cleanup efforts in Suffolk County with neighbors, local community groups and non-profit organizations. He is married to Kathleen, they have two children and two grand-children and live in Holbrook.

Michael Busch 

Karen Vaccaro Marvin