Robert has volunteered as a Baykeeper Skipper, piloting our boat on pollution patrols, for over 10 years. Robert brings a lot of experience to his Head Skipper role. He’s been handling boats since his high school days in Florida aboard his parents’ motorboat. These days, he’s often on San Francisco Bay, racing with a crew of seven in a sailboat he co-owns.
When Robert retired from a career as an airplane engineer, he sought out Baykeeper because he was “looking for opportunities to volunteer with people who do good work for the Bay. I care about what I enjoy, and I want to see it preserved and improved.”
Heather Richards is a US Coast Guard licensed captain for hire on San Francisco Bay. She grew up on the East Coast and has been sailing since the age of four. She raced competitively on the Boston University team in college, and has worked for the US Navy in Japan, and for the Saint Francis Yacht Club coaching young sailors. She currently lives aboard a maritime coop with her three children, and is active volunteering with Baykeeper and with youth programs that bring waterfront access to underserved populations.
Geoff Potter—a Baykeeper volunteer since 1997, recipient of our Blue Rivet Award, and head skipper emeritus—grew up in Alaska with a love for the water, and joined the US Coast Guard. While there, he set up an international navigation station on the tiny Italian fishing island of Lampedusa, and spent his later career supervising construction and maintenance at Coast Guard facilities, retiring as a captain.
Geoff subsequently served as a part-time as a captain for the Bay's Red and White Ferries, and is an avid biker.
Peter Molnar is past chair of Baykeeper's Board of Directors, and has been a volunteer skipper with Baykeeper since 1995. He is an avid sailor, open-water swimmer, and enjoys crabbing and abalone diving.
Peter manages Poseidon Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, and is a partner in Obsidian Wine Company and Kadar Hungary wine cooperage. He also served as a sea kayaking and sailing instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School in British Columbia, Canada and Baja California, Mexico.
Osprey is the newest member of our patrol team, thanks to a generous donation by our partners at Autonomous Imagery.
Osprey gives us the flexibility to investigate hotline tips, scope out new developments, and keep an eye on known polluters from the air. Baykeeper's Field Investigator Cole Burchiel, who is a licensed drone operator, oversees Osprey’s work.
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