Todd J. Shaw
Todd not only serves as President, but is also Chairman of the Creek Defender program. He grew up on the Amityville River and his childhood completely revolved around being on and in the bay. 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 Senior 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 and Treatment Fund at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Director of Habitat Restoration
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.
Rhianna Q. Roddy
Director of Ways & Means
Rhianna Quinn Roddy is Scholarship America’s Executive Director, managing the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund which supports post-secondary education for the children and spouses of those lost on 9/11 and, to date, has awarded $148 million in scholarships to over 3,300 students.
Her background also includes more than 20 years with Delta Air Lines in a variety of executive roles in the U.S., Europe, India and Asia, where she led international marketing efforts. She currently lives in Bay Shore with her husband and their young son.
Director of Education
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.
Wayne R. Horsley
Director of Advocacy
Wayne grew up on the Great South Bay and remembers learning to swim on the Bay, sailing, and clamming. He believes that along with remediation efforts on the mainland and increased water flow, the bay will rejuvenate. Wayne’s background includes positions with NYS Office of Parks and Recreation and as the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. In addition, he served as a longtime Councilman for the Town of Babylon. He has a Doctorate and Masters degree from St. John’s University in Modern World History as well as a Masters from Bernard Baruch College in Public Administration.
Director of Events
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.
Director of Governance
John Hall is a retired NYPD Captain with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and a Masters 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. John 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 also actively leads and participates in local litter cleanup efforts.
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 was captured by Michael.
Mark A. 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 Bachelor of Science from Niagara University with a double major in Management and Labor Relations. In his enjoyment of being of service to others, Mark supports multiple nonprofits such as the Rollstone Foundation, National First Responders Organization, Natasha’s Justice Project, and From One Mother to Another.