Meet Our Board
Margaret Collins, Board Chair
Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, by the ocean, Margaret Collins was the owner and operator of Kayak Connection for 23 years in the Santa Cruz Harbor. Her focus at Kayak Connection was to create a business that would bring youngsters and adults closer to the marine environment through kayaking and later through stand up paddling.
She graduated from UC Santa Cruz and has been an ocean lover and protector all her life. She has been on the water in Monterey Bay for the last 25 years. Margaret has been a supporter and admirer of Save Our Shores since their inception and as a board member is committed to helping the staff achieve their goals and the organization achieve their mission. In her spare time she loves stand up paddle, play beach volleyball, and kayak around the world.
Rich Vicenti, Board Treasurer
Rich’s soul is connected to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. As a student, Rich first came to the Monterey Bay in 1968 while he attended UC Santa Cruz. He sailed the Monterey Bay in Flying Junior sailing dinghies and sailed to Tahiti on a classic-rigged schooner with other Santa Cruz adventurers.
Rich served in public transportation and helped set up the bus system to UC Santa Cruz and the City of Menlo Park. After returning to school, he then worked in Silicon Valley for many years in senior financial management positions in emerging growth companies.
The Monterey Bay called Rich and his wife Alesa (also from UCSC) to return to Santa Cruz a few years ago. Rich walks the beach at Twin Lakes most mornings and picks up trash when he sees it. He and Alesa bike the coast on their electric and hybrid bikes. Alesa ocean swims, rides a paddleboard, and boogie boards.
Rich is excited to drive the Save Our Shores effort as Treasurer, Board Member, and a Sanctuary Steward. He holds a sociology degree from Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from Stanford University.
Vicki Pearse, Board Secretary
Vicki is a marine biologist and holds a Ph. D. from Stanford University. She is an author and editor of books and other publications in biology; wife, mother, grandmother; lover of the oceans and their inhabitants. A long-time supporter of Save Our Shores, she regards stewardship of our coastal marine environment as a major piece of treading gently on our planet — and emphasizes science as essential to effective stewardship. She lives in Pacific Grove and, as a founding member of Sustainable PG, she aims for a full, fun, durable life-style. Favorite activities: observing birds, walking in forests, cooking and eating, watching waves and (sometimes) making waves.
Nancy Connelly, Board Member
Nancy has lived her whole life a stone’s throw from the ocean—the first half from the Atlantic and the second half from the Pacific. Learning to swim in “the big blue” as a child and competing in it as an adult, she has a deep appreciation for the power and life that comes (and goes) from the ocean. So whether in Connecticut or California, Nancy is most comfortable living near water. She earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management from San Francisco State University. After a 12-month sabbatical, she decided to incorporate more time “doing something good for the world.” In 2011, she trained as a SOS Sanctuary Steward and has since enjoyed the bittersweet experience of gathering trash more than she ever would have imagined! As often as possible, she spends time mountain bike riding, walking, collecting beach stones and traveling. She lives in Santa Cruz with her partner and their Australian Shepherd and two house rabbits.
Bio and image coming soon.
Bio and image coming soon.
Dennis Norton, Board Member
Dennis brings ten years as a Capitola City Council Member, and six years as Capitola’s Planning Commissioner to the Save Our Shores Board of Directors. Capitola has long been regarded as an environmentally minded and ocean conscious city and Dennis has played a large role in shaping the positive reputation held by this city by the sea. As a member of the Capitola Commission on the Environment, previous Director of the Coastal Watershed Council, and eight years as a Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation commissioner, Dennis’ environmental ethics and knowledge of local politics are welcomed to the Save Our Shores Board with open arms.
Mark Stone, Board Member
Mark Stone represents California’s 29th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Monterey, Marina, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and a portion of San Jose. Previously, Stone served the people of the Central Coast as Board President of the Scotts Valley Unified School District and as a Santa Cruz County Supervisor. As an environmental champion at the local level he led the effort banning plastic bags and creating a
Commission on the Environment, and such, has helped Santa Cruz County earn its reputation as an environmentally conscious county. From 2009 to 2012, Stone served on the California Coastal Commission, where he earned the reputation as a principled leader who protects the cherished California coastline for generations to come. Stone lives in Scotts Valley with his wife Kathy and their two children, Melissa and Byron. Stone is an avid open water swimmer.
Ken Sutherland, Board Member
Ken is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has had a long personal and professional involvement in environmental protection. He has worked for Hewlett-Packard for 25 years and is responsible for assuring that HP’s operations meet legal, internal and international standards in the areas of environmental health and safety management. Earlier in his career Ken worked for the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency in the San Francisco regional office specializing in water quality, wastewater treatment and permits management. Ken is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Environmental Engineering. His interest in the environment came at an early age with hiking, camping and working on conservation projects in Scouts. From that point he decided to pursue a career in what was then a relatively little-known field.
Ken’s main hobby is playing the Scottish Highland bagpipes, and he has competed successfully in solo competitions in North America and Scotland as well as with the Pipe Band he helps direct. Ken lives in Menlo Park with his wife Sue; they have two grown children (and one grandchild, at last count).