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

1948-2006

Fin Gaddy

Chairman

Location: Manteo, NC

Joan Vernon

Secretary

Location: Key Biscayne, FL

Jack Duvall

Vice Chairman

Location: Kemah, TX

Bill Gooch

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Chase Offield

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Chris Fischer

Committee Chair- Fisheries & Science Management

Location: Park City, UT

Elaine “Lainey” Jones

Location: New Orleans, LA

Gary J. Chouest

Location: Galliano, LA

James F. Kitchell, Ph.D.

Location: Madison, WI

John Brownlee

Committee Chair- Outreach

Location: Islamorada, FL

Keith English

Location: Gulf Breeze, FL

Luis L. Bacardi

Location: Miami, FL

Mark O’Brien

Location: Boca Grande, FL

Mobile Big Game Fishing Club

Location: Mobile, AL
Rep. by Scott Delaney

Norm Isaccs

Location: Jupiter, FL

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Committee Chair- Development

Location: Orange Beach, AL
Rep. by Scott Cooper

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.

President

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

Email: Ellen_Peel@billfish.org

Peter Chaibongsai

Director of Science & Policy

Peter oversees TBF's Tag & Release Program; manages TBF's International Tagging Grant 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

Email: Peter_Chaibongsai@billfish.org

Andrew Cox

Science & Policy Specialist

Andrew works closely with TBF President, Ellen Peel, on international and domestic fisheries management issues. He currently focuses the majority of his efforts towards U.S. Highly Migratory Species (HMS) and ICCAT related matters. Andrew also works extensively in TBF's Tag and Release Program, analyzing tag recaptures and provides TBF with GIS analysis of tag,release, and recapture data. Andrew also assists in the ongoing development of TBF's Tag & Release Online Database (TROD), works with TBF's youth education programs, and provides angler outreach at tournaments and events. Previous work focused on researching the socio-economic benefits of billfish in the Gulf of Mexico.

Phone: (954) 938-0150 ext. 115

Email: Andrew_Cox@billfish.org

Michael Kelly

Science & Policy Associate

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

Email: Michael_Kelly@billfish.org

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

Email: Robert_Jones@billfish.org

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

Email: Deborah_Cummings@billfish.org

Scientists

Dr. C. Phillip Goodyear

Scientist

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.

Dr. Russell Nelson

Scientist

Russell Nelson has a doctorate in Marine Fisheries Ecology and over twenty-five years experience in marine fisheries research and management. He has served as a research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Chief Scientist and Director of Marine Fisheries for the State of Florida, including fourteen years as a member of both the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils and has served on U.S. delegations to both ICCAT and the IATTC. During his career has participated in the development of management plans for over three hundred species of marine resources at the state, national and international levels.

Consultants

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.