Board of Directors

Marshall Brown, Executive Director

Marshall is dedicated to revitalizing the bay he grew up on. He strongly believes it can be done through local stewardship and individual participation of all of us, to rebuild native habitats, clean up along our creeks and restore our shellfish populations. As part of his environmental advocacy, Marshall hosts “Water Matters”  a show which addresses Long Island’s many water quality issues. He is also a frequent public speaker on local environmental issues. In a prior life, Marshall pursued a PhD in English, worked in IT consulting and founded Wifi Salon to provide Wifi to 18 major NYC parks.

Todd J. Shaw, Board President

In addition to serving as our fearless President, 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 and a Managing Partner in The Shaw Group, specializing in wealth planning and asset management. He serves on the board of the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and is a former member of the Founder’s Committee of the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum.


Frank Piccininni

On top of his law degree, Frank is a biologist, a staunch environmentalist and, as the Chairperson of our Native Planting Restoration program, our in-house plant expert. His role includes researching, designing and implementing Swamp Forests and other native plantings along the South Shore of Long Island which serve as filters to creek pollutants. Frank is a Senior Attorney at Sterling Risk and co-founder at SMPIL Consulting as well as the General Counsel at The Root Cause.


John Hall

John Hall is a retired NYPD Captain. He holds a Bachelor’s 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 grandchildren and live in Holbrook.


Karen Marvin

Born and bred on Long Island’s South Shore, Karen is the most recent addition to our Board and the incredibly creative and talented brains behind South Shore Paddleboards, a successful business based in Babylon, NY. Fittingly, Karen graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with degrees in Visual Merchandising and Display and Exhibit Design. She serves as a Director on the Save the Great South Bay Board providing essential marketing and promotional guidance in addition to her avid and undeniable passion for all things water-related.


Mark Murray

Mark has three beautiful and amazing daughters who grew up on the Great South Bay. When he is not working as Managing Attorney of the Murray Law, Group, you will find him working with a community organization or spending time with his friends and family on the Great South Bay – enjoying fishing, golfing, hiking, clamming, and “foodie” activities.

Mark holds a Bachelors of Science from Niagara University with a double major in Management and Labor Relations.  In 1989, he was awarded a Juris Doctorate from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. In his enjoyment of being of service to others, Mark supports multiple startups and nonprofits such as the Rollstone Foundation, National First Responders Organization, Natasha’s Justice Project, and From One Mother to Another. He also is active in the Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee.


Michael Busch 

Michael grew up on the Bellport Bay and graduated from College at Brockport. He is a financial advisor with Woodbury Financial Services with a true passion for photography which he pursues through his company Great South Bay Images and FireIslandandBeyond.com. Most, if not all, of the stunning and eye-catching imagery found on our website and in our promotional materials have been captured by Michael.


Stephen Borghardt

A lifelong South Shore Long Islander, Stephen brings not only a passion for restoring the health of the Great South Bay, but also incredibly strong fiscal planning and risk management skills from his work in the financial sector to our Board. 


Arthur Kopelman

A marine mammal population ecologist, 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.

Dr. Kopelman’s research interests include the populations of fin and humpback whales of New York and New England. In addition to his position on our Board, Dr. Kopelman is the president of the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island and a Full Professor of Science in the Department of Science and Mathematics at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). He was recently appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.