Working worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans & economies.

Meet the Team

The Billfish Foundation is governed and managed by people who truly care. Meet them here.

Board Members

Winthrop P. Rockefeller

Founding Chairman


Bill Gooch


Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Keith English

Vice Chairman

Location: Gulf Breeze, FL

Scott Cooper


Location: Mobile, AL

Chase Offield

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Curtis Colgate


Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Elaine “Lainey” Jones

Location: Kiln, MS

Fin Gaddy

Location: Manteo, NC

Gary J. Chouest

Location: Galliano, LA

Jack Duvall

Location: Kemah, TX

Joan Vernon

Location: Key Biscayne, FL

John Brownlee

Committee Chair- Outreach

Location: Islamorada, FL

Luis L. Bacardi

Location: Miami, FL

Mobile Big Game Fishing Club

Location: Mobile, AL
Rep. by Burley Shedd

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Committee Chair- Development

Location: Orange Beach, AL
Rep. by Johnny Dorland

Sandra MacMillan

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tim Simpson

Location: Queensland, Australia
Editor and General Manager of BlueWater Boats and Sportsfishing Magazine

Staff Members

Ellen M Peel, J.D. LL.M.


Ellen manages and leads TBF's operations; coordinates development of conservation and management strategies with the Board of Directors, staff and consultants; provides media interaction; serves as the primary interface with the Board and conservation partners and represents TBF before all levels of fisheries management organizations.

Phone: (954) 938-0150 ext. 108


Peter Chaibongsai

Director of Conservation Programs

Peter oversees all of TBF's Conservation Programs - Science, Policy and Education. Oversees TBF's cornerstone program - TBF's Tag & Release Program; researches marine policy issues; and assists in cultivating strategy with key conservation partners; oversees TBF's volunteer/intern program and provides educational and outreach assistance at special events.

Phone: (954) 938-0150 ext. 107


Michael Kelly

Science & Policy Specialist

Michael reviews the science and policy pertaining to the creation of marine protected areas and their impacts to the sportfishing industry; assists with TBF’s Tag & Release Online Database; and provides angler outreach at tournaments and events.

Phone: 954 938 0150 ext. 102


Robert Jones

Finance, Administration & Grants Manager

Robert is responsible for all day-to-day accounting activities, cash management, monthly & annual financial reporting, budgets and annual audits; designing and implementing sound financial systems, enhanced internal controls and written standard operating procedures. He works closely with TBF President Ellen Peel to manage office operations, including the office lease, contracts, employee benefits, equipment rental and purchase and inventories. For grant monitoring, Robert works with the President to assure that all grants and contracts meet required financial processes, systems and procedures; he is the main point of contact for grantee financial matters.

Phone: (954) 938-0150 ext. 113


Deborah Cummings

Membership Director

Deborah manages member services, recruitment, membership renewals, member outreach, the Chairman's Club and TBF merchandise. Deborah also cultivates membership at tournaments and special events.

Phone: (954) 938-0150 ext. 106


Beth Black

Management Assistant & Editor of Billfish

Elizabeth (Beth) Black serves as the primary contact between the President and the public through Board member contact, Foundation and fund raising liaisons as well as staff operations. Duties include assisting President Ellen Peel with whom she cultivates strong development, marketing and constituent networks, but will also assist with the organization’s program and operational needs. Beth is also the editor for TBF’s publication, Billfish.

Phone: (954) 938-0150, ext 104


Adrienne Katz

Science & Policy Associate

Adrienne contributes to the science and policy department by collaborating on sportfishing conservation research projects that include angler motivation and participation in regions both domestically and internationally. She also aids in the preparation of special events that TBF organizes or maintains a presence.

Phone: (954) 938-0150, ext 115



Dr. C. Phillip Goodyear


Location: Niceville, Fl
From Niceville, Florida, Dr. Goodyear provides all of TBF's scientific analysis on population dynamics, catch data analysis and other statistical analyses needed for establishing a sound foundation for conservation and management strategies.


Herbert Nanne

Central American Conservation Director

After receiving a Masters degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida, Herbert Nanne became a fisheries biologist and later Director of Costa Rica's fisheries agency INCOPESCA. He now serves as TBF's main contact in the Central American region, helping coordinate conservation and science activities; he also serves as a scientific counselor for Costa Rica before the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). A lifelong angler, Herbert brings rich regional and international fisheries management experience to the TBF Team.