Leave Only Your Footprints is a 501(c)3 environmental advocacy organization that promotes and supports a shared vision of litter-free beaches, parks and public spaces worldwide. We believe progress can best be made through efforts to:
raise awareness of litter’s impact not only on increasingly fragile ecosystems, but on the livability of our beach communities, now and in the future;
behavior modification begins via visible messaging and education that is frequent, targeted and compelling;
shift the focus toward prevention as opposed to “clean-up”;
actively engage communities, leaders and clean beach advocates for the long term.
We offer a range of educational modules and a multi-faceted messaging/signage program free of charge to communities and environmental groups worldwide.
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LOYF Board of Directors
Our board is comprised of experienced activists who bring a wealth of knowledge in thier respective fields and expertise to our programs, guidance to our mission, and proven success in their careers.
LOYF President - Bob Duerr
President: O2 Marketing Communications
Graduated Paul Smiths College BA,
Self starter having founded companies over the years
including Hatteras Press, BlueWater Communications,
and O2 Marketing Communications.
A Lifetime member Surfrider Foundation,
Jersey Shore Chapter of Surfrider Treasurer / Co-Chair
Assisted in founding Manasquan HS Surf Team.
Member SEA, American Littoral Society, OCSC, and
founder of MBRC - Manasquan Boardriders Club.
NJSHOF steering committee member
LOYF Vice President - Dr. William Rosenblatt
Adjunct professor, Rutgers and Monmouth Universities
NJ Licensed Psychologist
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors Surfrider Foundation
Co-Founder of Jersey Shore Chapter of Surfrider
Ocean Leadership Award,
Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute
Kahuna of the Year, Surfer's Environmental Alliance
Environmental Hero, ESMMY, Eastern Surf Magazine
Special Congressional Recognition
Mayor and Trustee of Village of Loch Arbour
LOYF Consigliere - John McLaughlin
John F. McLaughlin, Esq. has loved being in the ocean since the 1960’s when his family spent many summers in Belmar and Seaside Park. He and his wife Liz moved to Manasquan in 1994 and raised their daughters there. John has great respect for the many outstanding surfers, lifeguards and watermen and women in the area. Over the years he has been a passionate advocate for clean beaches and water safety. He also serves as a director and legal advisor to the Manasquan Boardriders Club.
LOYF Director - Prof. John Tiedemann
Assistant Dean, School of Science, Monmouth University
Director, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program (MEBP)
M.S., Florida Institute of Technology
Specializes in marine ecology, coastal zone management, environmental science, marine recreational fisheries, and marine and environmental education. Current applied research includes studies of striped bass and other recreationally valuable species, with an emphasis on best practices for catch-and-release of angled striped bass.
LOYF Director - James Gregorio
James Gregorio, Meteorologist for New Channel 12.
James’ career was forged growing up in Montauk, NY channeling the energy of the ocean, he quickly developed a passion for the ocean and a love of surfing, stand-up paddling, anything in the water.
Graduated from Ithaca College, Deans list - Roy H. Park School of Communications, BS in Television and Radio.
Graduated Mississippi State University Certifications in meteorology and American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association's and American Meteorological Society Television Seals of Approval.
Yearly participant of the annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics, the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon kickoff and SEA Paddle around NYC.
James frequently visits many classrooms across the state and shares his weather knowledge with wide-eyed students.
LOYF Director - Jessica Lisa, Phd.
Jessica Lisa is a Microbiology Teaching Instructor at
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow US Environmental Protection Agency
PhD in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Urban Coast Institute Research Assoc.
BS in Biology from Monmouth University Monmouth
Grew up in Long Branch, NJ with a desire to pursue a career where science is used to ensure a healthy future for our oceans, coasts, and communities. Research focuses on understanding the effects of nutrient pollution in coastal waterways. Member of the Long Branch Environmental Commission and Surfrider Foundation.
LOYF Director - Marilyn Schlossbach
Restaurateur, Chef, Humanitarian
With a passion for her roots and her eyes turned to the future, Marilyn Schlossbach is above all a lover of nature, gastronomy and community. Marilyn’s focus is to explore all the gastronomic possibilities of local ingredients, combining the classic cultures from around the world with current techniques.
Marilyn's community work includes a collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors on Asbury Park’s Kula Café and Urban Farm, community gardening and surf lessons with the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park.
Support of environmental organizations like Clean Ocean Action, Surfrider Foundation, American Littoral Society and Waves For Water that work to protect coastlines and marine environments. In addition, Marilyn is an executive board member of the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association and she sits on the board of the newly launched College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter School.
Marilyn is the founder of the not-for-profit Food For Thought By The Sea. Through Food for Thought, Marilyn and her team have launched a partnership with Merrick Farms, one of New Jersey’s oldest organic farms in Farmingdale, NJ.
New and Ongoing Projects
Food For Thought by The Sea's not-for-profit food truck
Marilyn's first cookbook - Feed This Community (11 Chapters for 11 Charities)
Wave of Balance Moringa wellness supplement company
Ongoing charitable holiday community dinners
Marilyn Schlossbach is the Executive Chef and Owner of The Marilyn Schlossbach Group (Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Asbury Park Yacht Club, and Marilyn Schlossbach Catering and Events).