Maggie Howes is a veterinary consultant that grew up on the sea islands of South Carolina near Charleston. As a young child she could always be found roaming the beaches picking up trash and helping the local turtle patrols protect nests and hatchlings. Her interest in marine life and stewardship only grew as she pursued her career in veterinary medicine after beginning to volunteer in a clinic at age 11. She achieved her SCUBA certification by 18 and used this to dive the artificial reefs off the coast of Charleston, as well as visit Florida and the yearly manatee migration in Homasassa Springs. After running three emergency and specialty veterinary practices around the US for 13 years, Maggie decided to slow down and move to Key West in 2011, where she could still work in the veterinary industry as a consultant but also return to her first love – the ocean. Maggie is currently not only an active volunteer and board member with Reef Relief, but also a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a Kiwanian, an eco-tour guide and kayak/paddleboard instructor, and GM of a local running group that also raises money for Reef Relief as well as other charities. Her favorite thing to do at Reef Relief is teaching the kids in schools and Coral Camp in an effort to promote stewardship of marine ecosystems for generations to come.