Dominick Cirigliano has been an animal-related hobbyist for over 20 years with his first dedicated marine tank in the early 1990's. His interest in animals began at a young age as a direct result of his father's passion for box turtles. A good friend and neighbor introduced Dominick to the marine world and shortly after he became fascinated with local species which dominated his initial marine aquariums. Dominick's career focuses on marketing new and established brands for Healthcare products and Consumer Packaged Goods. His interests outside of the hobby include softball and other outdoor activities.
Jonathan Hale works as a photographer and furniture maker in the New York City area. He has been keeping fish since the age of 12, and set up his first salt water tank in his freshman college dorm room. His first reef tank was set up in 1993 and it's been a love hate relationship ever since.
Josh Saul is a consultant for Fortune 500 finance and banking companies. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 15 years and has been SCUBA diving for over 20. He spends his spare time planning dive trips, designing websites, DJing, and finding new and exciting ways to flood his apartment.
Randy Donowitz has been keeping aquariums most of his life. During the mid 1980s and 90s he was consumed with the breeding of African Cichlids. In 1994 he purchased his first marine system- a simple 55 gallon reef setup and he has been an incurable coralholic ever since. Randy's articles have appeared in numerous hobbyist publications including Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual and Aquarium Fish magazine. Currently, he curates and maintains the 3 system, 700 gallon coral reef display at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys the privilege of sharing his knowledge and love of the hobby with students, staff, and community members from around the Tri-State area.
Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reef aquariums at home including a 500G SPS coral dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. He has published several articles in magazines such as Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, Aquarium Fish, and Advanced Aquarist. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at several marine aquarium society meetings in the US and Europe. He received the MASNA award in 2006, for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.
Turan Saul is an emergency medicine physician at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. She sees reefkeeping as more of a spectator sport and tries to stay as minimally involved as possible. She is married to Josh Saul and lives in Manhattan.
Jim Curry is currently employed as an educational administrator at Pace University for 11 yrs. He started the hobby 6 yrs ago with a 30g tank and worked his way to a 92g corner bow front and then a 180 SPS dominant mixed reef tank which was featured tank of the month in the November 2006 issue of Advanced Aquarist. This past year he started JD’s Aquatics along with fellow hobbyist and friend Russ L. Jim is also one of the founding members of Manhattan Reefs.
Paul Baldassano has been a life long fish keeper. As a small child his father would take him to the Fulton Fish Market in NYC where he acquired his knowledge and love for marine creatures. Most kids had toys, Paul played with dead sardines. "I have had a fish tank from the day I was born almost 59 years ago and I have always also had a local tank with creatures I collect locally". Paul has served his country in the armed forces and is a combat vet of the Vietnam War.