Sea Shepherd’s Board of Directors
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Board of Directors make all strategic short and long term decisions for the organization. Directors serve without compensation or other tangible incentives.
Paul Watson: Founder, President, and Executive Director
Paul is a marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977, Watson left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has served as Master and Commander on seven different Sea Shepherd ships since 1978 and continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns. Alongside his crew he has starred in seven seasons of Animal Planet’s television series Whale Wars.
Watson has received many awards and commendations over the years. In 1996, Watson was awarded an honorary citizenship to the French town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Previous to that he was made an honorary citizen of the Florida Keys in 1989. Other awards include Toronto City TV’s Environmentalist of the Year Award for 1990, the Genesis Award in 1998, and he was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also awarded the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award in 1999 for his volunteer efforts with conservation activism. He was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.
Peter Rysman: Secretary-Treasurer
Peter Rysman has a long history of community involvement and environmental concerns. In his hometown, he was President of the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens for many years. For eight years he was Chair of a non-profit Hospice organization. And prior to that he was President of the Key West YMCA.
Peter started volunteering for Sea Shepherd four years ago and currently consults with Sea Shepherd on business and legal matters. He joined the Board of Directors in December of 2015.
In his younger years, he was an inner-city elementary school teacher and later an organic farmer.
Peter Rysman has over forty years experience as both an attorney and as a businessman. He has owned and/or operated residential and hotel development projects, a general construction company, a subcontracting company, apartment and hotel operations, shopping center operations and a real estate management and sales company.
Tambrey Laine: Director
Sea Shepherd Conversation Society has been part of Tambrey Laine’s life as far back as she can remember and joining the Board of Directors in December, 2015 was an honor and a privilege.
A graduate of The University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast News, Tambrey has over a decade of experience in television news anchoring, writing, producing and management – leading one Florida news team to a Sun Coast Emmy Nomination.
In addition to her passion for journalism, Tambrey has always had a love for the ocean and all its creatures. Her uncle, Captain Paul Watson, founded Sea Shepherd and the cause has always been close to her heart. A campaign veteran, Tambrey handled media duties in the Faroe Islands for Operation GrindStop in the summer of 2014. She has also written and produced several Sea Shepherd Conservation Society videos highlighting our volunteers and the tireless work they do protecting and conserving our oceans.
Tambrey continues to consult for Sea Shepherd in media matters and is also a Public Communications Specialist for the county where she lives on Florida’s West Coast.
Mike Galesi: Director
Mike Galesi is a successful businessman and entrepreneur from the New York metropolitan area. He runs a commercial real estate business that began three generations ago. He and his partners now own and operate properties up and down the eastern seaboard where they redevelop strip shopping centers and office buildings. In addition, he is also a stone carver as well as a musician/songwriter and producer of original music, which has always been one of the great passions in his life.
Mike is very passionate when it comes to conservation, on land and by sea actively preserving wilderness areas and defending wildlife. – spending much of his time kayaking, wilderness camping, and scuba diving. For many years he has been actively researching and contacting various conservation groups that he could become involved with, and ended-up finding that many of these conservation organizations have very high overheads with little or no actual results. It was only after learning about Sea Shepherd and meeting Paul Watson that he knew that this was the organization he could fully get behind. For over 20 years he has been committed to do whatever he could to keep the Sea Shepherd fleet in the water and providing assistance with many campaigns.
James Costa: Director
James Costa is a philanthropist and humanitarian who primarily resides in Los Angles, CA. He is executive board member for the Hunt’s Point Alliance for Children and the vice chair of The Humane Society of the United States. He is also an advisory member of The Sabre Foundation,
an organization that donates books worldwide.
He produced and directed the documentary Lunch Hour about the National School Lunch Program and childhood obesity. This film raises awareness of the urgency of this insidious disease and inspires Americans to work together to create change for the sake of our children.
He is proud supporter of Sea Shepherd. He has hosted several events that have raised over a million dollars for Sea Shepherd. He has hosted several fundraisers for Sea Shepherd at his home. He believes that without Sea Shepherd our oceans would face a devastating fate.