Board of Directors
Michael Page is the Senior Project Manager for RECON Environmental, where he manages the planning, environmental review, and permitting of water, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure projects in Southern California. He also works with RECON's habitat restoration team to remove non-native plant species and restore native plant species in Maple Canyon, where RECON are official adopters through ILACSD's Clean Canyons program. Michael has been a volunteer with ILACSD since 2010 and is also a regular volunteer at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center. He is also an active member of the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter. Michael is an avid mountain biker and road cyclist, choosing a bike as his primary mode of transportation when possible.
San Diego native Shari Sehlhorst serves as Board Vice President and the Chair of ILACSD's Fundraising Committee. Shari is a familiar face around here, having served as a site captain for Coastal Cleanup Day and Creek to Bay for more than a decade. As the Environmental Manager for SeaWorld San Diego, Shari manages its solid waste & recycling programs, wastewater and NPDES permit compliance. She also leads the Environmental Committee on a variety of projects both in and out of the park, including ILACSD’s countywide cleanup events. Together with her team, she has helped SeaWorld garner over 25 city and state recycling awards for recycling and solid waste reduction. She is also a member of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). Shari and her family are camping enthusiasts and enjoy traveling whenever they can.
Brad Johnson serves as Senior Program Controls Manager for K-12 and Community College bond programs for the construction consulting service firm Gafcon, Inc. In this role, he has assisted in building controls systems from the ground up, taken over programs to improve controls systems, and has effectively led and managed controls staff through process improvements while maintaining quality and assurance goals. Additionally, Brad holds a position as an adjunct faculty for Ashford University and teaches coursework in Accounting and Business. Brad received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Accounting and Financial Management through the Keller Graduate School of Management. A New Jersey native, Brad and his wife moved to San Diego over 10 years ago and we are excited that he has chosen to join the ILACSD Board. Brad’s experience and knowledge in the areas of accounting and finance bring a valued level of expertise to the ILACSD Board and the Finance Committee where he serves.
Vince Reardon is an author, professional speaker and university professor. He is the author of “Legacy: Passing on Cherished Values in a Values-Starved World,” which profiles 25 distinguished Americans and highlights how they wish to be remembered. Vince teaches communications at several local universities. Previously, he was an award-winning corporate communications executive for more than 25 years, working primarily in the biopharmaceuticals industry. Vince is an accomplished writer with numerous newspaper and magazine credits. In addition, he has been a producer, editor and on-air personality at KJQY-FM in San Diego and had a business feature syndicated on a dozen radio stations nationally. Vince has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication. Vince’s passion for the environment recently spurred him to form a volunteer contingent in his community, People for a Clean U.C., which conducts monthly cleanups throughout University City. He and his wife Ellen have a daughter and are long-time residents of San Diego.
Bill Haines has been an ILACSD board member since January 2005. Before retiring recently, Bill was a commercial real estate broker with Cassidy Turley. Bill has been an active I Love A Clean San Diego volunteer and supporter of the environment for a number of years, including serving as a roving site captain of ILACSD's countywide cleanup events. He is an avid volleyball player, surfer, triathlete, bicyclist and self proclaimed "beach rat." He has also served as a member of the I Love A Clean San Diego marketing committee focusing on attracting corporate members.
Jeff Caufield is an environmental law attorney with Caufield and James, LLP. Jeff has board experience in environmental counseling and toxic tort litigation. He has advised various businesses on environmental regulation and regularly counsels about the environmental implications of the purchase or sale of real estate. Mr. Caufield has a large network of environmental consultants and other individuals to assist ILACSD with ongoing programs and in pursuit of additional opportunities. He is an avid volleyball player and loves spending time with his wife and two kids.
Jonathan Freeman was appointed to the ILACSD Board of Directors in September 2010. Freeman sits on the organization’s Finance Committee where he provides monthly financial statement review, financial analysis, assisting in conducting audits. He consistenly acts as an ambassador of the organization while out in the community and in his role as Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Freeman graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. He worked as an environmental consultant for four years before changing careers to focus on business and finance. He received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1997.
Clint Carney joined ILACSD's Board of Directors in July 2012. Clint is a public relations professional with more than a decade of experience in managing communications programs for public infrastructure projects involving water, energy and transportation, among other issues. He has experience in media relations, government relations, community outreach, public policy and also political campaigns, and he currently manages corporate communications, public affairs and business development duties for a San Diego telemedicine company. Clint's public relations and government experience add to the diversity of the board of I Love A Clean San Diego, as he helps raise awareness of the organization in the business community and with residents throughout San Diego County. Clint is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and other sports, and he is a regular site captain of ILACSD’s Creek to Bay Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup Day.
Dr. Mark Laska is the President and Founder of Great Ecology, an ecological consulting firm committed to giving back to the local environment. His firm specializes in habitat restoration projects that increase public access and empower community members to be more aware of their growing ecological footprint. A long-time New York resident, Dr. Laska and his family relocated to San Diego in 2010 and have since become immersed in the Southern California way of life. He joins the Board of Directors at I Love A Clean San Diego eager to volunteer and be more involved in the local community. He recently served as a site captain at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day in Del Mar. ILACSD looks forward to working with Dr. Laska to bring San Diegans closer to nature and solidifying partnerships to expand the organizations reach in the community.
William Burfitt brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education, health care, and medical research fundraising to the ILACSD Board of Directors. A San Diego native, William spent 12 years at The Scripps Research Institute in a variety of roles, most recently as the director of the office of philanthropy. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Development for UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. William is an active member of the community, and is currently on the board of directors of the UC Community Foundation, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, a board member of the San Diego County Community Action Partnership, and a member of the Community Advisory Council of the ARCS Foundation. He also serves on the annual giving and events committees at the San Diego Mesa College Foundation, and is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the San Diego Planned Giving Partnership, and the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. William and his family reside in University City and enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time at our local beaches.
Mayela Manasjan is a Senior Environmental Specialist for the City of Encinitas Clean Water Program. With 14 years of experience in the public sector, she has extensive experience in environmental management programs. She currently manages the city’s water quality monitoring programs, which serve to protect and enhance the water quality in creeks, lagoons, and the Pacific coastline. She has been an environmental advocate her entire life and has worked diligently to protect the environment for the benefit of current and future generations. Mayela is also a professional photographer with over twenty years of experience behind the lens.
All board members listed above are voting members. List updated 6/7/16.
Do you deeply care about the health and well-being of San Diego's environment? I Love A Clean San Diego is always looking for new board and subcommittee members to help further our mission. Contact Natalie Roberts-DeCarli, Interim Executive Director, if interested.