Fabien Cousteau – Founder & Executive President
Aquanaut, Oceanographic Explorer, Environmental Advocate and Founder of Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center. As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learning how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday.
He is well known for his study of sharks and from 2000-2002, Fabien was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic. Fabien led the series for PBS called, “Ocean Adventures” with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Céline.
In June 2014, Fabien and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory. Fabien’s Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two). He is active in many projects and is dedicated to the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”).
OLC BOARD MEMBERS
Brian Boardman – OLC Board Member
Brian joined IBM in 2015, as an Associate Partner for Microsoft CRM practice. Brian has served in numerous capacities such as Solution Development, Cross Partner Alliance Strategies, and Organizational Development.
Mr. Boardman’s work experiences have been across multiple CRM platforms such as Microsoft, Oracle/Siebel, and Salesforce.com. Throughout his career Brian has specialized in CRM Implementations, Product Strategy, and Product Development.
Brian graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Accounting, then proceeded to London School Economics where he earned a Masters in Global Communications. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Boardman attended Quinnipiac University to earn his MBA & JD.
In addition to his leadership role here at IBM, Mr. Boardman is also a Professor at Rutgers Business School where he teaches New Product Development.
Mary Fayet – OLC Board Member
Mary Fayet is an executive at HaysVentures where she coordinates operations for various projects. HaysVentures LLC serves as an umbrella company under which various opportunistic investment and marketing strategies have been conceived and implemented in various industries. Hays’ ambition is to partner with creative entrepreneurs and organizations to meet the challenges of building successful projects in the industries of Real Estate, Telecommunications and Entertainment.
When Mary is not working on HaysVentures projects, she is dedicated and passionate to improving the lives of homeless and disabled animals. She has been working many years with various animal rescue groups including Posh Pets from around the globe. She has appeared on various media outlets and is very well respected in the animal rescue community. Mary is a proud wife and mother of three amazing sons.
Mary’s experience with non-profits, television production, marketing and operations is a tremendous value to the OLC.
Matt C. Gilbert – OLC Board Member
Matt Gilbert started his career in advertising in the 90’s, eventually heading up and leading the expansion of two top five global ad agencies’ interactive media divisions – DMB&B (now Publicis) in North America and Young & Rubicam in Asia/Pacific.
At the height of the dot-com boom, Matt was asked to lead the acquisition strategy for US$120MM Qixel Capital Group in Asia/Pacific. That led to similar positions in structured finance, M&A, wealth management and private banking at Castle Hill Holdings, UBS and Bank of America.
Currently, Matt is Director of Investor Relations for Select Fund Management, a private credit fund manager based in Alpine, Utah. He resides in Wellington, FL with his wife and two boys.
Courtney C. Hall – OLC Board Member
Courtney Hall is a co-founder and Managing Director of Hillcrest Venture Partners. Before co-founding Hillcrest, Courtney co-founded EXACT Sports, a company that performs quantitative assessments of the athletic, psychological and neuro-cognitive abilities of high school and collegiate student/athletes. Prior to EXACT, Courtney was an investment banker at UBS and Morgan Stanley. Before working in investment banking, Courtney worked for the law firms Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigan, and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper).
Courtney was the starting center for the NFL San Diego Chargers from 1989 to 1997 where he was a Captain, a four-time Pro Bowl 1st Alternate, and an NFL Players Association team representative. He also captained the Chargers to the 1994-95 Super Bowl; the franchise’s lone Super Bowl appearance.
Courtney served as a Bloomberg Mayoral Appointee of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, serves on the Civic Builders Board and is a Trustee of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Previously, Courtney served on the Investment Committee for Rice University, which is responsible for managing the university’s $4.8 Billion endowment.
Courtney holds a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University.
Richard E. Hyman – OLC Board Member
Richard is an executive with experience in a variety of technology businesses. He held leadership roles in GE Capital, GTE, R.R. Donnelley, Xerox and his own company Venture Development, LLC, where he co-founded businesses, including Epitstat, Inc. (biotech), Remote Management Systems, Inc. (water quality) and Q6 Technologies (business incubator).
He served aboard Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s R/V Calypso, as deck hand, underwater photographer and navigator, which he documented in his book FROGMEN. As a certified Aquanaut, he webcast from Classroom Under The Sea on Ocean Exploration and Climate Change. Richard speaks publicly about his adventures and has done so at venues including The Explorers Club, The Mariners Museum, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Richard holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Furman University and completed studies in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Non-Fiction Writing, and Marketing at Yale, Georgetown and Fairfield Universities.
Ador Lazar – OLC Board Member
Mr. Lazar is Managing Director and Founder of Lifespring Financial, Inc., a national life insurance brokerage and risk management firm serving high-growth companies, institutional fiduciaries, and family offices. Based in Miami, Florida, the firm focuses on executive compensation, succession planning, and family wealth preservation for clients whose net worth exceeds $100M. Mr. Lazar is a sought-after speaker and consultant to the estate planning community, providing expertise in the area of leveraged life insurance purchases, and the application of advanced insurance strategies to deferred compensation, charitable planning, inheritance planning, and business continuity.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Ador became a national Israeli skateboard champion at age 16, and moved to Southern California. He graduated Crossroads school in Santa Monica, and continued his education in Düsseldorf, Germany, and at Boston University. He resides in Hollywood, Florida, with two rude, rescued cats.
Colin McClive – OLC Board Member
Colin McClive is a 30-year veteran of the financial services and technology industries with knowledge and experience across banking, capital markets and insurance. A consistent theme of Colin’s career has been the identification, adoption and application of effective technologies and business practices to support business strategies. Currently, as Director for Microsoft’s US Insurance Industry, Colin is advising insurance carriers on digital transformation strategies for customer experiences, advanced analytics and new product offerings.
Colin holds a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Marketing, Finance and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business. He and wife Arilda, who is a columnist and photographer for Brazilian Times, live in Stamford, CT. Their daughter, Celinne Da Costa, is writing for Forbes Magazine, The Huffington Post, Matador Network and Urban Adventures. Celinne writes about human connections as she travels the world.
Marissa Shorenstein – OLC Board Member
Marissa Shorenstein is the Senior Vice President for the East Region of AT&T Corp. since March 2017 – one of the youngest senior executives in the company’s history.
For more than five years, Ms. Shorenstein has served as the president of AT&T New York, overseeing external affairs across the state. In that role, Ms. Shorenstein has led AT&T’s commitment to a number of local efforts, including bringing free public WiFi to New York City’s parks, introducing wireless service to its underground subway stations, and launching an innovative effort to combat cyberbullying statewide.
Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Shorenstein ran Marissa Shorenstein LLC, where she offered strategic communications consulting services to a wide range of financial, tech and nonprofit clients. Before that, Ms. Shorenstein served as Director of Communications for Andrew Cuomo’s successful 2010 campaign for Governor of New York State, and as Press Secretary and Deputy Director of Communications for Governor David A. Paterson. Shorenstein serves on the Executive Committees of the New York State Business Council, the Citizens Budget Commission, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) and the Women’s Forum of New York. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Who Code, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, The Battery Conservancy and the YMCA of New York City’s Development Committee, in addition to representing AT&T at the Partnership for New York City.
Justin Muir – OLC Board Member
Justin Muir is the owner and designer of City Aquarium. Fabien has known Justin for many years and has been a past supporter of Fabien’s. Justin’s vision for City Aquarium began in the 1980s, when he was just a teenager. Even before college, Justin was building his own tanks, fishing for lobsters and eels, as well as working with marine merchants.
The City Aquarium team has created residential, commercial, and artistic installations all over the world. Its diversity of clients includes New York’s Majestic “Dream” Hotel, Bloomberg, hedge fund developers, well-appointed residences, world-class museums, artists Tony Oursler and Ryan McGinness, and the Honda Corporation.
His studies in marine biology took him to exotic places such as Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands. Today, Justin designs, builds, and maintains unique water installations for clients all over the world. For him, each project presents a new opportunity to collaborate with interior designers, sculptors, architects, reef makers, and even world-class installation artists. His Personal attention and the willingness to go beyond the expected are characteristics that make Justin’s approach unique.
Irene Vantaraki – OLC Board Member
Born in Melbourne Australia and raised in Greece, Irene Vantaraki founder and director of Vandiri llc, was determined to pursue her life-long passion and love for Greece and Greek modern art. She moved to New York City where she decided to make her own mark in the art world by launching her first Art exhibition “Colors of Greece” in the Muses of the Hamptons NY.
Justin H. Green –Senior Development Advisor
Mr. Green serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HaysVentures LLC which serves as an umbrella company under which various opportunistic investment and marketing strategies have been conceived and implemented in various industries. Hays’ ambition is to partner with creative entrepreneurs and organizations to meet the challenges of building successful projects in the industries of Real Estate, Telecommunications and Entertainment. When feasible, Hays vertically integrates its multiple business lines to lend efficiency and quality control to its projects. Mr. Green sits on the boards of Randall’s Island Park Alliance, enCourage Kids Foundation and “American’s We Are a Family” Foundation. In September 2009, Mr. Green was named “Man of the Year” by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, 2010 by the Starlight Foundation NY*NJ*CT and 2012 by UJA Federation of New York for his charitable service in building hope for the children and families of New York City. Mr. Green holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Boston University.
Jeffrey Sobel – Senior Development Advisor
Mr. Sobel has over 20 years of proven success in development activities, strategic planning, and community building efforts. Jeff has the expertise to ensure results for a variety of projects including assisting organizations in designing leadership and major donor campaigns as well as implementing effective planned giving programs.
An active member of the non-profit and fundraising community, Jeff has raised over $90 million from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. Jeff is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Eleanor Angone – Development Advisor
Ms. Angone has over 25 years of experience in advertising, sales and digital marketing. She has held several management positions in the for-profit world, working for various media companies and start-up digital marketing technology companies. Her assignments have included global account management at IBM, HP, Cisco, and GE, among others. Given her background in sales, digital and event marketing, custom event sponsorships, branding, and lead generation, Eleanor brings a set of skills that are greatly needed in the non-profit world. Prior to her work in the business sector, Eleanor was a special education teacher for the NYC Board of Education and worked with special needs children at the middle school level.
Andrew M. Grumet – Legal Advisor
Mr. Grumet is a partner at the law firm Drinker Biddle who focuses his work in the areas of charitable giving, philanthropy and the general representation of domestic and international tax-exempt organizations. Andrew works with a wide range of organizations, from domestic and international family foundations to public charities, schools, supporting organizations, museums, hospitals, religious organizations, community trusts and donor advised funds, trade associations, social clubs and social welfare organizations. He counsels organizations on formation and organizational structuring, compensation and excess benefit/self-dealing advice, corporate governance, fundraising and state solicitation regulatory matters. Andrew also advises them on corporate policies, UBTI issues and investments, including impact investments, PRIs and MRIs, establishment and modification of endowments and restricted funds, fiduciary duties, domestic and international grant making, tax and financial reporting, planned giving and special events.