The Global Environmental Legacy Team
Brett DansonBoard Chairman
Brett brings 33 years of experience, as a business owner, in the finance and development industries, to the environmental improvement industry. Realizing the need for new zero impact environmental products, Brett sought out brilliant minds to assemble an array of advanced technologies to tackle contamination. The idea is to create environmental systems that address complex pollution issues. Through research and hard work, Brett has been able to assemble an impressive array of brilliant minds that develop innovative environmental products that solve pollution problems previously thought impossible to solve. Some of the approaches have pieced together material science, bio-electrochemical systems, nanoscience, physics, quantum physics, electrochemistry, and electrostatic adhesion technologies.
Kevin brings 26 years of project development experience and a passion for water advocacy to the environmental improvement industry. Kevin actively pursues means and methods of water conservation and purification in arid regions of the world to avert public health threats. Making his home in Yuma, Arizona--one of the most agriculturally rich areas in the world—he has an appreciation and understanding of the true value of water. Kevin has an extensive background in professional public and private project management, infrastructure finance, and government contracting. Additionally, his water policy advocacy expands through his volunteer appointments with agriculture and water councils. As President of Global Environmental Legacy Foundation, his focused collaboration with multiple public agencies and private stakeholders seeks to develop cost effective solutions for the greater good while maintaining a balance between the needs of agricultural and urban areas.
Tom SephtonDirector - Salton Sea Initiative
Tom Sephton is President of Sephton Water Technology. He is currently conducting the VTE Geothermal Desalination Pilot/Demonstration Project. Tom Sephton assisted his father and company founder, Hugo Sephton, with earlier demonstrations, including the most recent at Modesto Energy. Tom took charge of Sephton Water Technology and the current geothermal VTE initiative in 2002. Tom Sephton received a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1981) and an M.A. degree in Multimedia from California State University, Hayward (1999). Mr. Sephton′s work experience includes two years in biomedical research with HyTech Scientific, four years in biochemical research at U.C. Berkeley, four years as a software engineer for Extempo Systems, and 15 years operating his former business specializing in audio/video/animation production before making a full-time commitment to Sephton Water Technology.
Viktor RaykinChief Technology Innovation Officer
Extensive hands-on experience in the technical, administrative, and financial management of large-scale multi-discipline environmental and social programs in the USA and in over 30 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Clients included many Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies. Very strong track record in business development and project execution. Exceptional leadership and communication skills. Excellent judgment, problem solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders including corporate executives, industrial owners, facility managers, contractors, vendors, government regulators, bankers, attorneys, insurance brokers, and NGOs. Extensive technical expertise in earth sciences, environmental investigations, water resources, hydrogeology, and computer modeling.
Thierry R. MontoyaExecutive Director Legal
Thierry as achieved successful results for both public and private sector clients in a variety of complex environmental, land use, construction, and eminent domain matters. Thierry’s practice includes environmental litigation under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, Proposition 65, and state and federal and common law. Thierry also represents clients in natural resources issues involving water, oil and gas interests, air and water permitting and violations including NPDES and Title V. On the land use side, Thierry provides permitting, zoning, CEQA/NEPA, and eminent domain expertise. Thierry also represents public and private sector clients in construction biddings, contracting, and litigation.
Leslie WilliamsDirector Legal IP
Ms. Williams is a partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. She counsels clients on their domestic and international business transactions, with special emphasis on the needs of technology companies. She advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, including the purchase and sale of stock and corporate assets, the acquisition, strategic use of and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad, and the commercialization of technology, products and services. Her industry knowledge includes semiconductors, software and web-based applications, medical devices, advanced ceramics, stem cell storage, and energy efficiency and renewables. She co-founded the Senate of the Economy, a nonprofit corporation which promotes internationalization of mid-size firms.
Senami CraftDirector Legal Mediation
I am an attorney with a passion for environmental law and startups. I represent toxic tort plaintiffs, environmental activists, environmental defense organizations, green tech entrepreneurs, as well as creative professionals with a concern for the environment. I promote rights of nature laws with the Earth Law Center and I am a member of Silicon Beach LA and the Environmental and IP sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I am admitted to practice in all California state courts and in federal courts (United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.)
Dr. Timothy Bradley is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Irvine. He has over 30 years’ experience studying the physiological ecology of animals in saline waters. His work has involved studies carried out in Canada, the U.S., Germany and Costa Rica. He has published over 100 scientific, peer-reviewed papers on the on the physiology and ecology of aquatic organisms. His book “Animal Osmoregulation” was published by the Cambridge University Press. He is the founder and past Director of the UC Irvine Salton Sea Initiative. Dr. Bradley was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992.
Steve GruberDirector Engineering
With more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, Steve is a project manager at Burns & McDonnell, working with clients to create high quality, safe and reliable water solutions. He managed numerous stormwater projects throughout California related to the state’s Construction General Permit (CGP), Industrial General Permit (IGP), and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits (Phase I and Phase II). He has a thorough understanding of watershed science and has conducted numerous studies related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits throughout the country. His extensive experience includes managing complex projects involving engagement with diverse regulatory entities and resource agencies throughout California.
Marketing & Fundraising
Ron ImusDirector, Marketing
Ron is a seasoned Marketing leader with 25-years of experience building some of the most iconic brands in the world. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Kellogg’s and Johnson & Johnson. Ron’s expertise is in developing insightful brand strategies and marketing executions that drive results. He is also committed to giving back to his community and helping to care for our environment. He was on the Board of Directors of Jr. Achievement of Southern California and he is a University Adjunct Professor and Brand Consultant.
Nobel Chang, MBADirector
Nobel is the VP of New Markets at Pine Gate Renewables, a utility-scale solar development firm. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Easy Streak. Nobel is an 10-year veteran in the solar space with his tenure as Managing Director at Radiant Sky Energy. His strengths lie in his ability to identify new opportunities and forming long-term relationships where all parties win. He has fully developed and transacted on over $100 million and utility scale solar farms. Nobel received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Nobel has been a core member of Global Environmental Legacy Foundation since 2016. He is insightful, strategic and cares deeply about the environment.
Devang ShethDirector Growth Marketer
Digital marketing leader with 10+ years experience growing marketing departments in startup environments and advising multiple small and nonprofit organizations on audience development, branding, and earned income strategies. A self-starter with significant experience hiring and managing teams, building multi-channel user acquisition and retention strategies, and driving product adoption. Devang has been instrumental in organizing and planning Global Environmental Legacy Foundation’s fundraising campaigns. His plan is multifaceted and reflects core values of Public awareness, research and development and project implementation.