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Jeff Telego Joins Save Our Seabirds Board of Directors

Dean Jeffery Telego has been in the environmental risk management field since 1978. He is President of Risk Management Technologies (RTM) and RTM Communications, Inc., which perform expert environmental risk management consulting, due diligence and remediation oversight in addition to expert witness work for various industry sectors that include industrial/manufacturing, brownfield redevelopment clients and financial services companies.

Jeff was Co-Founder of the Environmental Bankers Association 21 years ago and in 2015 retired as its Executive Co-Director and Board Member.

Jeff was also instrumental in developing international environmental risk management programs for financial institutions in Australia, Taiwan, and Eastern European countries and co-founded the first EBA chapter in Australia, known as the Environmental Bankers Association of AustraliaAsia.

Jeff is on the Board of Advisors of, and a contributing author to, three publications: Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs publications, The Toxics Law Reporter and Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and Risk Management Magazine.

Jeff participated in the Wharton School Center for Risk and Decision Processes on Pollution Insurance and served on the ASTM Committee and subcommittees of E-50 on Environmental Assessment.

Jeff received his formal education and training at Georgetown University and Olivet College.

Jon Berg Joins Save Our Seabirds Board of Directors

Jon Berg has an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.

He retired in early 2006 as CEO of Vega Asset Management which was then one of the world’s largest hedge funds. 

Prior to this, Jon held a variety of financial positions in both the United States and Europe, including Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company.  His positions there included heading the U.S. Capital Markets Group and deputy head worldwide; head of the Financial Institutions Group; head of the U.S. fixed income sales force. Jon was also a member of the bank’s Transactions Committee. While at BT, Jon was one of the founders of ISDA (known then as the International Swaps and Derivatives Association) and served as an elected board member and was its first treasurer.

Jon served on the board of Hedge Funds Care, a global foundation that provides grants to prevent child abuse and to make the world a safer place for children.

Lisa Giusti Joins Save Our Seabirds Board of Directors

DSC01476LISA GIUSTI earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and then worked for over ten years in the Nuclear Technology and Services divisions of Westinghouse Electric. She then retired to raise her two children and became a community volunteer. She has over twenty-five years of fundraising and governance experience as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including Sewickley Academy, Summerbridge Pittsburgh, and the Western PA Humane Society. In 2014, Lisa was named a Trustee Emeritus at Sewickley Academy for her distinguished fifteen years of service.

Save Our Seabirds Forms Advisory Council

Save Our Seabirds is proud to announce the formation of its new Advisory Council.  As a separate entity from the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council’s goals will be to expand the organization’s reach in the community and to leverage the expertise and connections of highly respected community leaders.

Charter members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Scott Anderson, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Ali Chokr, Founder, The Diamond Vault, Advisory Council Chair
  • Patricia Gardner, President, Sarasota Classified Teachers Association
  • Gayle Guynup, Style and Social Editor, Herald-Tribune Media Group
  • Jim Shirley, Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
  • Nick Gladding, Board Chairman, Save Our Seabird
  • David Pilston, Chief Executive Officer, Save Our Seabirds

Jim Curtis Joins Save Our Seabirds Board of Directors

Jim Curtis

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim Curtis graduated from Yale University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and obtained a Masters in Industrial Management from MIT. He spent 33 years in various management positions within Exxon Corporation, retiring as President of Exxon’s International Shipping Company. Jim is also a Board member of People for Animals, a non-profit animal clinic in New Jersey.