Father’s Day on the Bay

Dean out  on a restoration trip pictured here with his daughter Claire and one of her friends.
Board Member Dean Meniktas volunteering at a restoration event with his daughter Claire and one of her friends.

Meet Dean Meniktas, board member and Bay Area dad.

Like all fathers, you hope your children have the opportunity to see, experience and enjoy life.  Nothing compares to the natural beauty of our San Francisco Bay and the numerous opportunities it provides.  Whether you hike, bike, run, windsurf or sail, the SF bay is one of the most beautiful places in the world providing memories for young and old.

I recently became a Save The Bay board member because I wanted to get more involved in their efforts to preserve and restore the Bay for the benefit of my daughters and future generations to come.  Save The Bay has protected our Bay for over 50 years and we all benefit from their efforts.

Last month, my youngest daughter Claire, one of her friends and I volunteered to help restore the East Bay shoreline. Save The Bay restoration specialists, Nissa Kreidler and Bryan Derr, were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the work they do and were willing to share that with us.  We learned about the restoration efforts being done and also enjoyed the comradery of the other volunteers.   These volunteer hours do make a difference helping to preserve the natural beauty of our Bay Area shorelines.

Dean's three daughters enjoying a day out on the Bay.
Dean’s three daughters enjoying a day out on the Bay.

As a father of three daughters and lifelong native of the Bay Area, we have spent countless hours on and around the Bay.   We had our first daughter while living in San Francisco and I can remember the many runs pushing the jogger stroller along Crissy Field taking in the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.  As our family grew, we often spent time at Crissy Field playing on the beach and sometimes the family tolerated my short “detours” to windsurf on the Bay.   Whether spending time at Crissy field, taking bike rides around Angel Island, or kayaking in Richardson Bay, we feel very fortunate to live in the Bay Area and experience our amazing SF Bay daily.

It is imperative that we preserve and restore the Bay for all its current and future inhabitants.  The Bay is truly a unique environment and is crucial to making the Bay Area a special place to live and raise our families.

So Dads — on Father’s Day, or any day, go out and enjoy the endless experiences our San Francisco Bay offers with your families and friends!

A financial advisor since 1994, Dean Meniktas holds a MBA in Finance and BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California Berkeley. Prior to joining UBS, he was a Senior V.P. of Investments with Merrill Lynch in Oakland. He has the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst,(CIMA®) following course work and examination at the Wharton School of Business. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Investment Management Consultant Association. Dean enjoys windsurfing, auto racing and spending time with his wife and three daughters. He resides in Moraga.

Board Profile | Paul A. Stone

Paul Stone and daughter
Paul with his daughter, Mary, as they get ready to swim the Alcatraz Race.

Meet Save The Bay Board Member Paul A. Stone, Patent Attorney and Chief Operating Officer at 5AM Ventures. Paul is originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

How long have you been a member of Save The Bay’s Board of Directors?

Almost two years.

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?

Sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

I learned about Save The Bay through a colleague. I was immediately interested in the organization’s issues and felt aligned with what Save The Bay was trying to accomplish.

What is the best thing about being a board member at Save The Bay?

Getting exposed to interesting and important issues, and being a part of the breadth and depth of experience that the other board members and Save The Bay staff bring to the table to address such issues.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?

A porpoise that gets to swim in and out of the Bay!

Who is your environmental hero?

Chief Seattle, who said “We do not inherit this Earth from our ancestors; rather, we borrow it from our children”

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The diversity and mix of the climate, topography, and people.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?

As a board member I try to think about and/or do something for Save The Bay every day. I also stay aware of waste creation and recycle every day.

Tell us about your role as Co-Chair for Save The Bay’s 2013 fundraising event, Fall for the Bay.

As a Co-Chair I believe this is an event that helps us showcase the Bay. I love that it will be a night of celebrating the organization’s efforts to protect and enhance the environment of the Bay. We need to do all we can to keep this gem healthy, for the environmental aspect as well as the economic value a thriving Bay brings to our communities.