Frank Cummings began his efforts with The C.O.R.E. Foundation in 2012 as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the island of St. John U.S.V.I. After the passage of a couple of years under John Rubattino's patient tutelage, Frank was asked to shoulder the responsibility of becoming the Education and Outreach Director for the Foundation as a whole. To this day Frank finds the educational aspect of teaching C.O.R.E. Responders to become effective Marine stewards one of the highlights of his efforts with the lionfish management program. In 2017 for his work with the lionfish invasion Frank was awarded the prestigious "Environmental Champion Award" from the Environmental Protection Agency. During his role as Education and Outreach Director Frank has trained over 120 people to be C.O.R.E. Spear Responders who remove lionfish daily from the surrounding waters of the Virgin Islands. Frank has been instrumental in raising funds, identifying lionfish aggregating "hot spots" and organizing removal efforts. In 2018 Frank was voted in by the C.O.R.E. Board of Directors to become the current President. You can contact Frank about the next C.O.R.E Responder training at: cell # 340-643- 5089 or email: President@corevi.org
John Rubattino - Vice President
As part of the Board of Directors since 2010, John worked closely with the founder, Joseph Gulli. Their vision was the same on many levels with regards of the environment and encouraging stewardship. John took on the role of Chief of Field Operations, St. Thomas Dive Director as well as St. Thomas Education Outreach Director in 2010 and continued until 2012. With Joe's untimely departure, July 2012, John was voted by the Board of Directors to take on the role of President. After a long and successful tenure as the President of The C.O.R.E. Foundation, John realized the need for an on island Board of Director's President. John's enormous background with all things C.O.R.E. made him hugely needed and he graciously agreed to accept the role of Vice President.
"I am so blessed to be working with such a great team of officers and volunteers!! Thank you One and All"
As a native St. Thomian, Jason grew up in a great community that had respect for the environment that fed their families. It was because of his family, that Jason's love and respect for the environment was emboldened. Well before Jason came to the C.O.R.E. Foundation, he had been very busy with many research projects as well as environmental improvements in St. Thomas.
Greg has been with C.O.R.E. since before it's inception. C.O.R.E. founder Joseph Gulli and Greg were childhood friends that never strayed apart. When Joe expressed the need for Invasive Species Management in the U.S.V.I. and abroad, Greg was there to help. Greg's assistance within the foundation has been welcome and essential to its stability.
No stranger to natural resource management, Greg is a vital addition to the executive board offering over 35 years of experience with a strong guiding hand.
Mark Gulli - Legacy Board Member
In honor of the C.O.R.E. Foundation's Founder Joseph Gulli, the Executive Board felt the Gulli family should always have a voice. Since Joe's untimely departure, Mark has been very active with the Board of Directors and the direction of the C.O.R.E. Foundation.
"We are very honored to have Mark take such an interest in his brother's work and care about the direction and longevity of the C.O.R.E. Foundation.
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