Laguna Beach Magazine May 2023 | Page 37

tremendous amount of water , but when completed , our improved water reclamation processes will be a component of our educational program .
LBM : Do the animals have to be moved off-site during the construction ? GG : We will need to temporarily relocate our patients , and we are timing the move to coincide with … our slow period , around November of 2023 . We will still be off-site during next year ’ s busy season — February to June — however , by then , we will have perfected our animal care operations at the temporary location .
LBM : What drew you to the PMMC and made you want to get involved , first on the board and now as CEO ? GG : My passion for the ocean began with watching the television series “ Sea Hunt ” as a kid , which led to becoming an avid scuba diver . Diving has provided my wife , Kathryn , and I the opportunity to visit some incredible areas and cultures ,
but also [ to ] witness firsthand how the ocean is changing — sadly , not always for the best . We looked for ways to … participate in ocean stewardship and , since we live in Laguna Beach , it was natural to get involved with PMMC . Kathryn served on the board for six years followed by my tenure on the board for five years . When the CEO position opened , I approached the board about filling the position and they agreed . I could not be happier .
LBM : Now that you ’ ve been in the leadership position for almost a year , what are some of your goals for the organization ? GG : Our most immediate goal is [ completing ] … our physical expansion and raising the $ 14 million to pay for it . A more permanent goal is to spread the message about all the things PMMC does . Most people know we rescue , rehab and release seals and seal lions , but in addition , I want everyone to know about our advanced medical treatments , scientific research , veterinary teaching
facility and our educational programs .
LBM : You ’ ve also been involved with nonprofits such as the Laguna Playhouse and Susan G . Komen Orange County . Why did you decide to get involved ? GG : At first , the Playhouse appealed to my fondness for live acting , but as I got more involved , I came to appreciate its value in helping people feel , think , laugh and maybe even cry . My support for Susan Komen as a Pink Tie Guy [ ambassador and advocate ] is very personal , having lost my sister to breast cancer .
LBM : Since you and your wife , Kathryn , have resided in Laguna for more than 20 years , what do you like about living and working in this town ? GG : Aside from its natural beauty , Laguna Beach is big enough to provide all that we enjoy , yet small enough to know people and get together with them when we are at events or just walking about town or along the beach . g
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