PENNY CUTT

FOFR Board Director (Start November 2016)

Penny Cutt is Director of Environmental Sciences at Edgewater Resources. Ms. Cutt oversees the Florida office and manages all coastal and waterfront projects in the southern half of the US and the Caribbean. With over 24 years of experience as a marine ecologist in the public and private sector, she has easily navigated the complex web of environmental regulations that dictate aquatic and coastal ecosystems. Having lived in south Florida since she was an infant and grown up snorkeling and diving our south Florida reefs, Penny is passionate about protecting the marine resources in her own backyard.

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BARET BARRY

FOFR Board Director (Start April 2016)

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DAVID VANCE

FOFR Board Director (Start June 2018)

David Vance is a retired pharmaceutical industry attorney whose role was understanding the drug development science to help develop educational materials about diseases or conditions and their treatment. He retired in Broward after 11 years of working for south Florida companies. Originally an archaeology major with a continuing interest in history and preservation, Dave was an Eagle Scout passionate about all aspects of nature and the environment. His interest in Florida Reefs includes doing the Islamorada Scout Sea Base Scuba Adventure with his son and daughter. He is a long time supporter of the Sierra Club and of the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, as well as a more recent active participant in Audubon. With scientific and ecological interests, Dave is committed to helping protect our Florida reefs for us, our children, and generations to come.

LEO GRACHOW

FOFR Board Director (Start June 2015)

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KIRK DOTSON

FOFR Board Director (Start January 2019)

Kirk Dotson was born and raised in Houston, TX, and is a retired aerospace engineer. He received his engineering degrees from Texas A&M (BS) and Rice University (MS, PhD). Kirk worked for 27 years at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, where he specialized in the prediction of rocket vibrations induced by aerodynamics and propulsion. He is the author of 33 peer-reviewed publications in the field of structural dynamics. Kirk’s interest in sea life began in elementary school, where he took summer classes in marine biology and learned to seine the Gulf Coast to collect critters for his salt water aquariums. From 2014-2016, Kirk also conducted marine microbiology research, in coordination with a public aquarium in Manhattan Beach, CA, to establish the cause and mitigation of seahorse mortality in its exhibits. The methodology and findings of this research overlap in some respects with ongoing research into the disease outbreak that has killed millions of corals in the Florida reef since 2014.

MARILU CHRISTINA FLORES

FOFR Board Director (Start January 2019)

Born and raised in Miami, Marilu is a veteran of the Film and Television industry, having had the opportunity to work in near all aspects of Entertainment production from marketing and finance to physical production. In 2014, she shifted her energies to focus on marine conservation work fulltime.

Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, conservation and surfing and has held various roles as a professional marine conservationist, working with sharks and rays in Baja, California, as well as a marine biology instructor and naturalist on a wildlife preserve in South Florida. She is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation in Florida.

MELISSA SATHE

FOFR Board Director & Secretary (Start October 2017)

Melissa Sathe is a south Florida native and grew up in Ocean Ridge. She received her B.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Master of Science in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University where she was a graduate researcher for the Coral Reef Restoration, Assessment and Monitoring Lab. After completing her degree, Melissa worked at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management where she managed coral reef monitoring field work and then onto the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program as the Reef Injury Prevention and Response Technician. She currently works for Coastal Eco-Group, Inc., a private environmental consulting business, as a Senior Marine Biologist.

SCOTT SHECKMAN

FOFR Board Director, President, Visioning Co-Founder (Start 2014)

Born & raised in the Philadelphia PA area where he was introduced to the wonders of the reefs and oceans via the aquarium trade, Scott is a nonprofit development professional, nature lover, and multi-media artist based in South Florida since 2010, after over 20 years of living/working in California. Upon joining the on-going SE Florida Coral Reef Initiative in 2013 and further participating in the limited-term Our Florida Reefs community working groups, Scott saw a need for a classic nonprofit “Friends” group to assist the FDEP Coral Program in their state agency responsibilities to conserve/protect the vital natural coral reef ecosystems along the SE Florida Coast, and help educate the millions of people who live adjacent -- hence the launch of Friends of Our Florida Reefs in April 2015. Scott has also served as development & communication staff or consultant for a variety of natural resource conservation organizations including Sea Shepherd, Reef Check, Center for Resource Solutions, Ocean Defenders, and several other notable groups, and has dived/snorkeled in SE Florida, California, and several reef locations around the world. Prior to focusing on nonprofit work and civil service, Scott worked in the international Film/TV  industry for several years, helping to produce world-wide hit shows such as "Baywatch", and working at major networks/studios. Scott and his family live in Ft. Lauderdale after several years based in Hallandale Beach where he worked with the City on parks/rec, greening, and beach cleanups. More at:www.isheck.net

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KEVIN SENECAL

FOFR Board Director, Vice-President, Co-Founder (Start January 2015)

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