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About loyf

Photo & text credit:

Patti Martz

Our Mission:


  • 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. 


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.

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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

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LOYF  - 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 in 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

Research Interests:

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.

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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).

LOYF Director - Brian Mc Sherry

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

Professor of Graphic Design and Multimedia

  • Collaborate in developing curriculum and establishing new course offerings.

  • Advise and mentor students pursuing the B.F.A. in Graphic Design & Multimedia or B.A. in Digital Design.

Lawyer and Artist with experience in constructing legal and visual arguments for the furtherance of artist's rights within the judiciary.

After teaching courses in digital practices and typography Brian found a desire to instruct and educate young artists and designers in their practice, and how to legally protect their works. Brian received a J.D. with a focus on Intellectual Property from SUNY Buffalo Law School (2016), a M.F.A. focusing on design, installation, and intellectual property from the University at Buffalo (2016), a B.F.A. in Communication Design (2011) from the University at Buffalo. In 2011 Brian received a Fulbright Fellowship to Concordia University in Montreal to research Canadian language laws and typography for businesses and the arts.

Brian & his wife live in the City of Asbury Park, NJ

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