Board & Advisors

Board of Directors

David Pilston - CEO

David is a graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota, holds a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Business Administration and French from San Diego State University, and earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He began his career with Arthur Andersen’s Information Consulting organization, now known as Accenture, in Los Angeles and later successfully helped lead numerous Silicon Valley technology companies through early growth or turnaround stages. His former positions include Director of Education and Consulting Services for Oracle Corporation, Practice Director at The Application Group (now ADP), and Vice President of Customer Services with Quintus Corporation (now Avaya). Since returning to Sarasota in 2003, he has been active in numerous community organizations, including Rotary International, Riverview High School Foundation, Sarasota YMCA, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Program, and the Sarasota Opera. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida and the Board of Directors of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. A lifelong nature lover and environmentalist, David enjoys skiing, hiking in the mountains, and nature photography. To see some of the photos he has taken during his adventures at Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, crank up your speakers and Click Here.

Fun Fact: David has appeared in seven operas – over 50 performances – with Sarasota Opera… but he doesn’t sing!

Nicholas Gladding - Chair

Mr. Gladding received his B.A. from Yale University in 1967 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1970. While in law school, he was Brief Editor of the Moot Court Executive Board, Note Editor of The Transnational Law Journal and recipient of the United States Law Week Award. After law school, he served four years in the United States Navy Judge Advocates General Corps (“JAG”), and for two of those years he was an instructor of military law at the United States Naval Justice School.

After nearly a forty year private practice career in civil law, Mr. Gladding took a well-earned sabbatical in late 2013. He is a business lawyer with special expertise in energy and environmental law. In December 2008, Mr. Gladding was appointed by the Governor to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission, where he helped to create new jobs, worked to improve the climate, and to enhance national security . In July 2009, Governor Crist named him a volunteer “Point of Light” for his work on energy issues. In September 2009, the Governor reappointed him to a second term of three years on the Florida Energy and Climate Commission. He was confirmed as an FECC Commissioner by a unanimous vote of the Florida Senate in April 2010.

Mr. Gladding is member of The Florida Bar, as well as the Missouri and Connecticut Bars. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources; The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section; and the Sarasota County Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, where he is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board. He is a past Chair and founding member of the Board of SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence), as well as Past Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. He is actively involved with Mote Marine Laboratory where he serves on the Research Committee of the Board, the Mote Marine Advisory Board and on the Mote Marine Policy Institute Board of Advisors. He serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the Florida Solar Energy Center and on the Advisory Board of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium. He also currently served his alma mater as President of the Yale Club of the Suncoast and as a member of the Alumni Board of Advisers of Vanderbilt University Law School.

Ann B. Anderson - Co-founder and Vice Chair

Ann B. Anderson has been an animal lover all her life and was largely responsible for the establishment of Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota.

Adopted at seven weeks of age, Ann was fortunate to grow up in a happy, stable family in Rochester, Minnesota, After two years at Northwestern University, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a major in English Literature and minors in Philosophy and Humanities. She worked as a social worker for several years and later went back to school in Texas and earned an R.N.

She and her husband, Steve, have lived in various parts of the country including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Petersburg, Florida; Lake Jackson, Texas; and Atlanta, where Steve founded and ran a successful medical technology company called Cryolife, Inc. They are now retired and living on Longboat Key.

Ann and Steve have spent 50 years owning, raising, and showing Boxer dogs under the kennel name, “Rummer Run.” They have owned and/or bred 62 AKC champions and have more to come.

Ann is also on the Board of the American Boxer Charitable Trust. Her interests include politics, environmental causes, Planned Parenthood, reading, and friends.

Jim Curtis - Treasurer

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.

Sandra Rios - Secretary 

As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Ms. Rios oversees the strategic marketing and public relations efforts for a number of beachfront resorts in the region including The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Lido Beach Resort, Zota Beach Resort and Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. 

Prior to joining the Ocean Properties, Ltd. team, Ms. Rios served as the Director of Sales for World Yacht, Inc. in New York and as Public Relations Manager for the MGM Grand at Foxwoods and Foxwoods Resort Casino. While there she implemented strategic marketing and publicity plans for numerous multi-million dollar expansions, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods resort grand opening and the grand opening of Lake of Isles, a 36 hole Rees Jones designed course. She was integral in establishing Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival in conjunction with Food and Wine Magazine as well as crafting the opening events and publicity for restaurant partners including Craftsteak by Tom Colicchio, PRIME by David Burke, Alta Strada by Michael Schlow and Hard Rock Café.

She currently partners with numerous local organizations and charities including the Asolo Repertory Theater, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Resource Center to enhance the community and business climate in Sarasota County.  She is a member of the VISIT SARASOTA Marketing Council, the VISIT FLORIDA Global Communications Committee and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Marketing Advisory Committee. She serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Save Our Seabirds, chairs the Executive Marketing Committee for Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle.  

Jon Berg

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.

Nancy Curtis

Nancy Curtis has been a member of the Save Our Seabirds Board since 2009. Her specialty is working as a docent, leading tours of the SOS facility. She has participated in taking many campers on tours along the Bird Walk during the summer months as well as leading many other groups throughout the year. She has also enjoyed feeding young birds during baby bird season.

Nancy is a retired speech pathologist and audiologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Emerson College and her Masters’ degree from Stanford University. Most of her career she worked in special education – at Children’s Hospital in Boston and at various schools in New Jersey. Early in her career when she and her husband lived in Malaysia, she was the only speech pathologist in the country and established the first program for pre-school deaf children at the National Society of the Deaf. 

Nancy has always had a passion for animals. During her New Jersey years she was on the Board of People for Animals, an animal rescue organization and clinic, where she spent time rescuing cats and dogs that needed to be re-homed.

Lisa Giusti

LISA 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.

Lisa Hartmann

Lisa has been a valued member of the Save Our Seabirds family for several years. She started out volunteering in the Baby Bird Room, then got involved in the planning and execution of our annual Sunset Soirée fundraiser, which she chaired with great success this past year.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Miami with an emphasis on Marine Biology and a Masters of Professional Accounting from Rutgers University.

She has been a dolphin and sea lion trainer at the Miami Seaquarium and a Zookeeper in the Marine Mammal Division, as well as a member of the Behavioral Enrichment Department, at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. She has worked as an accountant for KPMG in both the United States and England.

Since moving to Sarasota, Lisa has volunteered at Save Our Seabirds, Mote Marine Aquarium, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and SPARCC.

Jim Roque

Jim Roque is a Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management. A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Jim is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts and has over 20 years of comprehensive wealth management experience. Jim is also active with The Ringling Museum, the Asolo Theatre, the Sarasota Ballet, the Tiger Bay Club and the South Florida Museum.

Jeff Telego

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.

Advisory Council

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Anju Lynn, Advisory Council Chair,President and CEO, Xplor, Inc.

Robert Gaglio, Chef and Founder, Italian Culinary Tours

Patricia Gardner, President, Sarasota Classified Teachers Association

Gayle Guynup, Style and Social Editor, Herald-Tribune Media Group

Steve Sabato, Editorial Director, ABC7 – WWSB TV Sarasota

Jim Shirley, Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
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