President: Steve Kretchman

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Steve Kretchman lived in and enjoyed the coastal areas of Florida and the Caribbean for 28 years, and is a NAUI-certified SCUBA diver. Through extensive travel he has seen firsthand the devastation that resource mismanagement can have on all aspects of the environment. Steve joined Coastal Quest in 2010 and is passionate about maintaining and preserving coastal and ocean resources and communities.

Steve is the Director of Strategic Value Consulting at Apttus. In his role at Apttus, Steve helps further Apttus’ goals by supporting delivery of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications that help businesses automate their business functions. Prior to joining Apttus, Steve was a marketing executive at Serena Software where his work involved developing project charters for financial and environmental justification of partnerships and the tracking of benefits throughout the relationship. Prior to Serena, Steve worked at SAP, an enterprise software company, in its Power & Utilities practice. At SAP, he was responsible for developing sales strategies and operating plans for its customers and prospects throughout North America. He also helped develop and implement demand management programs using SAP’s Smart Metering solution.

Before SAP, Steve worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in the supply chain practice. He worked with clients in the retail, IT, automotive, and energy industries to streamline operations and reduce energy usage and solid waste. He started his career as an engineer at Siemens-Westinghouse, designing turbines, generators, and reactor internals for coal-, gas-, oil-, and nuclear-fueled power plants. His work included plant efficiency audits and monitoring of cooling water temperatures. A large portion of his time at Siemens-Westinghouse was spent modernizing 1950s-era power plants in China and Eastern Europe for significant improvements in efficiency and emissions.

He has a mechanical engineering degree with a minor in German from the University of Florida, and an MBA from University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He lives in Florida with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Josephine Rose.

Secretary: George Donaldson

George Donaldson is a strong supporter of coastal and ocean sustainable resource management and conservation. He joined Coastal Quest in 2010 and brings to it his strong legal advice in the areas of governance and oversight of organizations.

George received his Juris Doctor (with honors) from George Washington University in 1976, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review. He received a B.A. (with high honors) from Michigan State University in 1973. In 1987, George founded his own practice focusing on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on securities and class-action litigation. George’s credits as an author and/or panelist include: the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, “Counseling the California Business: Liability, Financing and Transactional Considerations,” Tenth Annual Spring Program, May 1988; “Taking and Defending the Deposition of the Class Representative,” Effective Depositions, Henry L. Hecht, American Bar Association, c2010; “The Future of Class Action Litigation – Ethical, Conflict and Settlement Issues in Complex Cases,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, September, 1997; American Bar Association Litigation Section, “Is There Life Without Shelter: Litigation Involving Tax Shelters In Today’s Economic Environment,” 1987 ABA Annual Meeting, August 1987; International Association for Financial Planning, 1989 IAFP Broker-Dealer Conference, “Fighting the Suit,” January 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Tax Shelters in Trouble: Public and Private Litigation,” October 1985; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, “Professional Negligence,” September 1986; California Continuing Education of the Bar, “Depositions: Preparing, Taking and Using,” 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1996; Practising Law Institute, “Deposition Skills Training Program,” February 1987, November 1988, June 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Offering and Excluding Trial Evidence,” May 1989; Practising Law Institute, “Impact of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act,” July 2002; Trial Magazine, “Accountants’ Liability,” February 1986.

George is a member of the State Bar of California, Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar. In addition, George is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Executive Director and Vice President: Tegan Hoffmann

Tegan Hoffmann has over 20 years of experience in coastal and ocean biodiversity conservation and resource management and is one of Coastal Quest’s founding members. Tegan is the Vice President of Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG, and currently consults on both domestic and international projects, focusing on sustainable resource management and conservation, effective program design, feasibility assessments, and due diligence from the programmatic to portfolio-level scale. She works on effective governance and long-term financing to ensure durable results.  Tegan has led and facilitated evaluation tools to measure and assess the effectiveness and success of conservation projects, and to integrate adaptive management into monitoring and evaluation plans.

Tegan has extensive experience designing, developing, and launching projects, programs, and institutions for private foundations, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She has authored several publications and received numerous awards and research grants for her work on conservation, resource management, and building local conservation capacity in the Wider Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, from such organizations as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship, the University of California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, and the U.S. Indonesia Society. She has developed and conducted several trainings in the Wider Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions for hundreds of community stakeholders on conservation and resource management issues, and has taught several courses at the University of California. Tegan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in geography and a B.S. degree in conservation resource studies.

Treasurer: R. Peter “Chip” Mallari

R. Peter “Chip” Mallari is an avid ocean lover with family roots in Hawaii. Chip is a devoted surfer and musician who understands the value of healthy coastal and ocean communities. He joined Coastal Quest in 2010 and brings extensive legal and advising experience.

Chip is a consultant and technology attorney based in Silicon Valley. He has managed and/or participated in the sales, finance, business and corporate development, licensing, intellectual property, marketing, human resources, and facilities and operations of technology companies, either in house or as a consultant. Currently, Chip works as a consultant for start-up companies in a variety of sectors including business technology, social media, music/musical instruments, and athletic apparel. Previously, Chip was the senior director of worldwide legal affairs for Fonality, Inc., a VoIP and unified computing company. Prior to that, he served as managing attorney for IronPort Systems, a company focused on email and web security.

During his time at IronPort, the company’s revenues grew from $30 million a year to over $500 million a year; IronPort was purchased by Cisco Systems, Inc. Prior to IronPort, he was senior corporate counsel at Verisity Design, Inc., a company focused on semiconductor chip design; Verisity was purchased by Cadence Design Systems. Chip performed a wide variety of tasks with IronPort and Verisity (similar to his role at Fonality), with the added role of managing and/or participating in the merger and subsequent integration activities of IronPort into Cisco and Verisity into Cadence, respectively.

Chip started his legal career as a corporate associate at Fenwick & West LLP, a law firm based in Silicon Valley. His practice focused on technology companies, representing both companies and investors in venture capital financings in excess of $250 million, mergers and acquisitions in excess of $7 billion, and public offerings in excess of $550 million. He earned his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis.