Our Board of Advisors guide the strategic direction of STAY COOL. This dynamic team of leaders volunteer their time at quarterly meetings where they advise direction of STAY COOL’s events and programs.
Robert A. Leiter, FAICP
Robert A. Leiter, Board Chair
Bob Leiter has been a consultant in urban and environmental planning since 2009, when he retired as Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He has provides consulting assistance to regional and state planning agencies and organizations focused on the implementation of SB 375, California’s pioneering legislation on climate change mitigation. Bob is a lecturer in urban studies and planning for UC San Diego, and holds a BA in political science and MA in economics from UC Santa Barbara.
Marty Eberhardt, Vice Chair
Marty Eberhardt is a long time environmental educator and nonprofit manager. She was the Executive Director of both the Tucson Botanical Gardens and the Water Conservation Garden. Currently, she does nonprofit consulting in California and New Mexico and serves on boards in both states. She holds a M.Ed. in Biology from the University of Arizona.
Peg Engel, Founder
Peg is Natural Resources Chair for the League of Women Voters of San Diego and likes to work with the “Lagoon Platoon” on restoration projects for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. With a BA in Geography from the University of Washington, she worked a few seasons as a national park ranger before settling in a career of administrative support to biomedical researchers, while continuing to support Seattle-area parks and conservation organizations. Married to STAY COOL co-founder David Engel, she shared in the thrill of becoming a grandparent, and now especially enjoys time outdoors with their granddaughter, whose curiosity and delight in the natural world continuously rekindle her passion for conservation.
Dennis Griffin is a grandfather who is concerned about climate change and protecting future generations. He is active with several local climate change action organizations. Dennis spent years as a proactive manager in the facilities management field, where he oversaw complex facilities relocation, upgrades, and build-outs. Dennis holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BSE) and National University (MBA).
Nicola is the Director of Environmental Initiatives at The San Diego Foundation. She works with donors, nonprofits, businesses and government partners to deepen community awareness about the local impacts of climate change and help spur regional action to address it. Nicola earned a BSBA degree from Hawaii Pacific University and an MPIA in International Development and Nonprofit Management from the University of California, San Diego.
Sue leads nature walks for children at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and recently served as Children’s Program Director. She served on the Environment Working Group at the San Diego Foundation (TSDF) and now participates on TSDF’s Opening the Outdoors Vision Action Team. She teaches classes in Ocean Science to elementary school students and has also taught Global Climate Change. Sue received a BA from Stanford University and a Fulbright fellowship to the University of Tuebingen in Germany, then taught Spanish, German and English in the San Diego Unified School District.
Laura is a long-time PTA board member involved in child advocacy. She currently serves on the executive board of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs. She has served as president of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs and the Ninth District PTA executive committee. In 2014, Laura chaired a local PTA committee which wrote a resolution “Climate Change is a Children’s Issue”. The resolution was adopted by the California State PTA Convention in 2015 and authorizes PTAs throughout California to advocate for climate change legislation, and encourages teaching climate science and sustainability in California public schools. Laura holds a BS from the University of Texas.
Emily Young, PhD
Emily Young, PhD
In August 2016, Dr. Emily Young joined the University of San Diego as the new Executive Director for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute (NPI), part of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). Emily was previously the Vice President of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation (TSDF). She was a lead author of TSDF’s Regional Focus 2050 Study, San Diego, 2050 Is Calling. How Will We Answer? She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS, MS) and the University of Texas (PhD).
Bradley Zlotnick, MD
Bradley Zlotnick, MD
Brad is an emergency physician, committed to the environment since the first Earth Day. He studied history and philosophy of science in college. In medical school, Brad began apprenticeship in conservation biology to tropical ecologist and Kyoto Prize Laureate, Professor Daniel Janzen. Brad is a Board member of the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund, Magic, Inc., and founder of the San Diego Barcode of Life initiative.
As the administrative director for STAY COOL, Sarah oversees the operations of the organization to advance its mission, grow membership and coordinate outreach and advocacy efforts. Sarah was previously the communications director at the Equinox Center, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in San Diego promoting sustainable policies. Before joining the Equinox Center, Sarah was the media relations and marketing manager for the North County Transit District. She obtained her BA degree from the University of California, San Diego with a major in communications and a minor in studio art. Sarah and her husband, Bob, live in Carlsbad raising two children.
Wenda Alvarez, Lisa Bicker, Carolyn and Cliff Colwell, Joan Dahlin, Marty Eberhardt, Paul Eichen, David and Peg Engel, Philip Hastings, Nicola Hedge, Ann Hunter-Welborn, Robert Leiter, Patricia and Mike McCoy, Phyllis McGrath, Art Miller, Sue Randerson, Richard Somerville, David Welborn, Emily Young, Bradley Zlotnick
Michael Beck, Endangered Habitats League Conservationist
Rafael Castellanos, Partner, Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP
Aaron Contorer, Board Member, Equinox Center
Tony Haymet, Distinguished Professor, University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Director & Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), UCSD
Len Hering, RADM, USN (Ret.), Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Energy
Charles F. Kennel, Distinguished Professor, UCSD & Director Emeritus, SIO
Andy Mauro, Audubon Society Conservationist
Michael McDade, President, McDade Strategic Consulting
Veerabhadran “Ram” Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor and Climate Scientist, UCSD and SIO
James T. Waring, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, CleanTECH San Diego