DR. DONALD BLANCHER
Chairman of the Board
Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration LLC
Dr. Donald Blancher is a nationally recognized expert on estuarine ecology, habitat assessment, water quality, and biological impacts of discharges to ecosystems.
He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida and is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Recently he has been working with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and is focused on both assessment and restoration issues associated with the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment. Dr. Blancher has authored over 50 technical reports and papers and numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He was formerly chairperson of Ecology and Aquatic Resources Committee of the Water Environment Federation, is adjunct associate professor in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of South Alabama, and chair of Goundwork NOLA’s Technical Advisory Committee.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Before co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation with her husband, PJ spent more than 40 years as a top strategic marketing consultant for leading professional services firms such as Bechtel Corporation, Halliburton, and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
Her broad experience working with senior-level executives in major international corporations makes her particularly suited to developing and leading the cross-sector partnerships that are at the heart of the REF strategy and business model. PJ has also been responsible for major fundraising campaigns for organizations such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Symphony, raising more than $50 million.
She co-founded Heart to Hand Toronto, a grassroots community organization that provides food to more than 200 disadvantaged families each year in the Toronto, Ontario region of Canada by connecting them directly and personally with volunteer and supporting families in the community. This initiative is still going strong after 20 years.
MARVIN G. MARSHALL
Co-Founder and CEO
Marvin (Marv) co-founded Restore the Earth Foundation following a successful career as a real estate development executive in the United States and Canada. He served as President and CEO of Bramalea Limited, a North American real estate development and management firm with more than $6 billion in assets.
During his real estate career he raised funds for and successfully executed more than $1 billion in land development projects. Previously he served as President and CEO of Cullen Center, Inc. in Houston, Texas, and as a senior executive at Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. He has been chair of the board of Ainsworth Corporation, Remington Capital Investments, International Comfort Products Corporation, and Thompson Pipe & Steel Company. Prior to co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation, he launched Ecosystems Partners, LLC, an environmental conservation firm sourcing the best resources, contractors and practices for restoration projects.
Former Director, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
Amy LeGaux began her work in conservation at the world famous San Diego Zoo while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at San Diego State University.
As acting director and education curator at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, she began ecosystem restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and continues to restore and rebuild the Nature Center and its surrounding ecosystem. She mentors teachers on the importance of water quality through the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and facilitates Whooping Crane Reintroduction Program teacher workshops through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Ms. LeGaux is a Certified Project WILD instructor and facilitator, a Certified Leave No Trace instructor, and a fellow of Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Environmental Education. She is a founding member of the board of the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans.
DR. ROBERT A. THOMAS
Director, Center of Environmental Communication
Loyola University New Orleans
Dr. Robert A. Thomas is Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication at Loyola University, New Orleans. He was the founding director of the Louisiana Nature Center, where he served as the liaison for the community in information pertaining to science education, environmental issues and natural history.
Dr. Thomas is the past president of the Association of Nature Center Administrators, and has served on the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums and as chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He received his doctorate in vertebrate zoology from Texas A&M University, completed postdoctoral work at Louisiana State University Medical Center, and has held adjunct professorships at the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, and Louisiana State University. He is the recipient of the 2011 Dux Academicus award at Loyola.