The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is a legally constituted 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Directors representing a broad cross section of the community.
Anne Frassetto Olsen, President, Salinas
Anne was born and raised in Castroville, California and has a life-long fascination with Elkhorn Slough and its environs. For the last thirty years, she has practiced law in Salinas specializing in business litigation and labor law. She was fortunate in having the opportunity to work on the creation of the Foundation and has served on the Board for many years. She can often be seen hiking the Slough’s trails or kayaking the slough enjoying the many gifts and wonders that the Slough offers.
Judith Connor, Vice President, Watsonville
Judith Connor is a biologist and long-term resident of the Elkhorn Slough watershed. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, she serves on the senior management team and is the primary contact for MBARI’s intellectual property and technology transfer issues. Connor earned her Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and has participated in expeditions to the eastern and western Caribbean, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas, New Zealand, Fiji, Africa and the Canary Islands. A frequent lecturer and an author of natural history books, she enjoys teaching marine botany at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
C. Michael Pinto, Treasurer, Carmel Valley
Michael Pinto is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Prior to joining MBARI in 1999, he served as CFO for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 16 years. He has been a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1983, and is currently, living in Carmel Valley. He shares his home with his wife, Diane, two horses, two llamas, pig, three cats and a dog. Mike also has two daughters. His other activities include horseback riding and sailing as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Moss Landing Marine Labs, Monterey Bay Equestrians, and the Monterey Chapter of the Constructions Specifications Institute. Mike holds a B.A. in Biology from San Jose State University.
Bob Hartmann, Secretary, Aptos
Bob Hartmann has a strong background in engineering working in this field since receiving his B.E.E. from the University of Minnesota in 1965. In 1983, he founded Altera Corporation and led the company in the architecture and design of its cornerstone product, reprogrammable logic devices. Throughout the early 1990s, Bob undertook Altera’s business development unit where he evaluated opportunities for strategic relationships including investments, product co-development and acquisition. Bob is now retired and lives in Aptos with his wife.
Ed Boutonnet, Salinas
Ed Boutonnet has been President and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms since 1990. He had led the company from an artichoke, broccoli, and brussels’ sprout shipper to one of the country’s major vegetable growers and the largest artichoke grower/shipper in the world. In additional to expanding the Ocean Mist Farms’ facilitates and operations, Ed has guided the corporation and its related companies through an intense strategic planning process, defining its mission, vision, and values, and creating an organizational structure to identify and develop future leaders. Ed received his Master of Science degree from Cornell University and in2009 was honored by Cal Poly College of Agriculture and Environmental Science where he received his Bachelor’s degree. Ed is proud that three generations of his family have been involved in the day-to-day operations of Ocean Mist Farms.
Terry Eckhardt, Soquel
Terry’s passion for the slough goes back to his graduate school days, and sprang from an innate passion for nature. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, a product of the California Public School System and the
University of California at Berkeley. His love of the ocean brought him to the Monterey Bay area and the Moss Landing Marine Labs. During this time, Terry studied marine ecology and earned a teaching credential from San Jose State University. As a high school science teacher, Terry worked to instill a solid environmental ethic in his students. Now that he is retired he looks forward to making a tangible contribution to the protection and conservation of Elkhorn Slough.
Sandy Hale, Carmel
Sandy was a member of the original management team of the newly formed U.S.Environmental Protection Agency and subsequently co-founded and was President of a large international environmental and natural resource consulting company. For “semi-retirement”, he came to CSUMB to teach business and strategic planning. He subsequently became head of the business school and Dean. He has served as Chair of the Board of California Coastal Rural Development Corporation and President of the Point Lobos Foundation. He and his wife Hope are docents at Point Lobos. Sandy kayaks in the Slough as a volunteer for TeamOCEAN, and he was a former member of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Kent Marshall, Monterey
Kent and his wife Nan Farrell have lived on-and-off in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. They currently reside in Monterey. Kent has more than 35 years experience in large project delivery working for several multi-national firms. He currently directs Development and Strategy for Granite Construction, working out of its Watsonville headquarters. He has spent significant time off-shore traveling to more than 45 countries. He holds business and law degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Denver, and the University of Chicago and remains an active member of the Oregon State Bar. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. Nan works part-time as a pediatric physical therapist for a small not-for-profit in Salinas treating physically disabled infants and toddlers in their homes. They both enjoy outdoor pursuits and foreign travel.
Murry Schekman, Watsonville
Murry Schekman serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Earlier in his career, Murry served as Principal of six different schools including Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas and Watsonville High School. Murry is a graduate of UCSC with a degree in Sociology and bilingual certification. He obtained his Masters in Educational Leadership at SJSU as well as his administrative credential.
Murry and his wife, Delia, have three children. The youngest is about to graduate from SJSU as a Chemistry major, while the middle child is in the Hygienist Program at Cabrillo, and his oldest is a social worker in Gilroy. He and his wife love to travel together and they enjoy staying put together in the Central Coast. Murry has a passion for the outdoors, whether walking or on a bicycle. He has hiked and birded at Elkhorn Slough for more than 30 years.
Anne Secker, Salinas
Anne Secker has enjoyed the Elkhorn Slough since she moved to California in 1980. She is an attorney with Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss in Salinas and has served most recently as a Board member for other non-profits serving California’s Central Coast, including Ag Against Hunger and the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for California State University, Monterey Bay. Anne is enthusiastic about the projects and efforts the Foundation is taking to conserve and restore the slough and supports the scientific and educational projects the Foundation makes possible. She and her husband, Mark Alderson, can be spotted hiking and kayaking the slough.
Steven K. Webster, Carmel Valley
Steve retired in 2004 as Senior Marine Biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has been involved with the aquarium since its conception in 1976. Dr. Webster studied biology at Stanford and taught for five years at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. In 1965 he returned to Stanford and its Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. He received his doctorate from Stanford in 1971 and began teaching invertebrate zoology at San Jose State University. In 1978 he began work on the Monterey Bay Aquarium as Project Coordinator. Dr. Webster serves on the board of trustees for the York School, the Sea Studios Foundation, and is an advisor to EcoFish and the Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Sciences. He served on and is past Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, and currently serves on the Conservation Working Group for the sanctuary. Dr. Webster has been a diving instructor and underwater photographer for 40 years. He is a popular speaker on natural history topics ranging from Monterey Bay to the Caribbean, the Sea of Cortez, the tropical Pacific and the Galapagos Islands. He has a dog named Cody; a cat named Snoopy, and a scorpion named Bruce.
Tom Williams, Castroville
Tom Williams runs a busy veterinary practice in Monterey just outside the gates of the Naval Post Graduate School. In the late ‘78s, Tom was asked to join the Monterey Bay Aquarium as the aquarium veterinarian and started a program of rehabilitation/release for sea otters. Since then, Dr. “Tom” has moved on to tracking and tagging blue fin tuna, as part of an ongoing project by Hopkins Marine Lab (Stanford’s marine research arm) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Block. Tom is a scientific advisor to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California and has served on several other boards. He received his DVM at UC Davis, where he recently returned to complete a short fellowship in anesthesiology. Tom lived off Elkhorn Road just above Parsons finger of the Slough for many years. He’s currently a resident of Monterey.
Mary Wright, Big Sur
Mary has lived in Monterey County since 1972, having moved to Big Sur 20 years ago. She is retired from a 25 year career with California State Parks where she served as the Director of the state parks training center at Asilomar and District Superintendent. She retired from state parks as Chief Deputy Director for state parks. She has served on the California Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Lands, is the past Chair of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Save the Redwoods League. Mary and her husband Ken love living in Big Sur and Mary loves to travel, hike and photograph.