In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment to thank and honor our governing volunteers – our Board of Trustees. The Board works tirelessly to advance the mission of the National Marine Life Center. They govern the organization and strategically plan for our future. While they often work “behind the scenes”, we wanted to bring them into the spot light in this post. Thank you, Trustees, past, present, and future!
Jeff Luce is our Board Chair. A community relations specialist with NSTAR, he seems to know just about everyone on the Cape! On special occasions, Jeff’s alter ego – Captain Morgan – appears in full pirate regalia including sword and pistol to collect tithes for the turtle!
Rob Brennan is our Vice Chair. An environmental attorney with Brennan, Dain, LeRay, Wiest, Torpy, and Garner P.C., Rob is a great source of information on LEED certification for green buildings and other issues.
Judy Honan is our Treasurer. She is an enrolled agent and certified Quickbooks advisor with Harry Honan CPA, PC. Judy’s Quickbooks and accounting skills are invaluable to us non-accounting types in the office!
Barb Schneider is our Clerk. A public relations, media, and education specialist, Barb is a godsend helping with press releases, letters, and brochures. Barb also volunteers with the IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue and Research group and with the Friends of Falmouth Dogs.
Kevin Farr is in his second year as a Trustee. He is the superintendent of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School and always has his eyes out for projects and opportunities to help both NMLC and the students.
Lee McGraw is a new Trustee. She is the Vice President for Business Development at the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. Her business and marketing skills have already been invaluable to NMLC!
Bill Reich is a new Trustee. The President of W.W. Reich, Inc., Bill has been involved with NMLC for several years first as owners representative for building our Life Support System Pump House and most recently as general contractor for our Marine Animal Hospital. His construction expertise will be put to good use as NMLC continues to build our future!
Mike Ryer, DVM, MS is in his second year as a Trustee. A senior staff veterinarian with the New England Animal Medical Center, Dr. Mike is always willing to help with our rehabilitating animals. He also works closely with the diamondback terrapin program and has helped advise Patty’s care and treatment.
Joy Surprenant is in her second year as a Trustee. The founder and president of Catching Joy, her passion in life is to promote volunteerism in school-aged children. Joy has run several children’s events to teach kids about sea turtles and other marine animals and to benefit NMLC.
We are grateful for the leadership and dedication our Board of Trustees brings. Thank you!