Board & Staff

Maggie Howes

Board Member

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...

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Maggie Howes

Bob Cardenas

President, Chairman & CEO

Bob Cardenas is the President of the Reef Relief Board of Directors. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, he quickly became passionate about our Ocean environment. Growing up, he had more aquariums in his bedroom than a pet store, and was driving boats long before he was able to drive a car....

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Bob  Cardenas

Mimi Stafford

Secretary/Treasurer

Mimi Stafford was born in Hamilton, Ohio but moved to Central Florida as a young child. Close proximity to lakes and the oceans all around Florida sparked an appreciation and curiosity about the world beneath. This lead to formal study of marine biology and microbiology first at the College of...

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Mimi Stafford

Ed Russo

Board Member

Ed Russo has lived in the Florida Keys for over 14 years and has been an environmental consultant for 35 years. Ed also serves as Treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Florida Keys Community College and is the Chairman of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition. Ed...

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Ed Russo

Kevin Keeley

Board Member

Kevin Keeley has been a successful Business Executive in the High Tech Industry for the past 20 years working with firms such as Intel and Cisco.  His education is in the field of Computer Science with minor focus in Biology and Psychology. In addition to his business efforts, Kevin has...

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Kevin Keeley

Tricia Coyne

Vice-President

Tricia Coyne’s lifelong love of the ocean has had a major impact on both her professional and personal life. She became a SCUBA instructor straight out of high school and worked as a Dive Master and Instructor while studying Marine Biology at UCLA, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2006. Tricia...

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Tricia Coyne

Patrick H. Rice, Ph.D.

Board Member

Patrick H. Rice is the Dean of Marine Science & Technology at Florida Keys Community College, which is the only institution of higher education in the Florida Keys and has campuses in the upper middle and lower Keys. He currently resides as Chair for the Science and Technology Taskforce of...

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Patrick H. Rice, Ph.D.

Jack Seubert

Board Member

Jack Seubert is the Director of Marine Sciences and Technology, at the Florida Keys Community College. He oversees the three departments that place students in the workforce concerning jobs that work in, on or underwater. Jack holds a B.S. in Marine Biology, from the University of North Carolina, at Wilmington...

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Jack Seubert

Mark Songer

Board Member

Mark Songer experienced the beauty and diversity of near shore coral reefs on a glass bottom boat tour when he and his wife Lois visited Key West for the first time on their wedding trip in 1987. Almost immediately they began scheming to find a way to permanently relocate to...

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Mark Songer

Mill McCleary

Executive Program Director

Mill is the Executive Program Director for Reef Relief based in Key West. Growing up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay he learned early on of the importance of healthy watersheds. This led to an 18 year service working with Clean Water Action in Baltimore that continued onto the...

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Mill McCleary

Carly Shabo

Assistant Program Director

Carly began working for Reef Relief immediately after receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. After a successful initial summer in the Coral Camp for Kids Education Intern position, Carly completed 2 years as the Education Coordinator and was recently promoted to become Reef...

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Carly Shabo

Dr. Jeffrey Sharkey

Director of State Programs

Dr. Sharkey is the Managing Partner of Capitol Alliance Group. Inc. He has been actively involved in statewide issue campaigns for over fifteen years. He has been successful in creating, mobilizing and evaluating public policy issues and trends to prepare and take advantage of new challenges and opportunities occurring in...

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Dr. Jeffrey Sharkey

Julie Molback

Graphic Designer

    Julie Molback was born in Illinois and, as a child, dreamt of becoming a Marine Biologist as many children do when they discover the wonders and beauty of the undersea world. Julie’s path instead took her into Graphic Design and she has worked in the Printing and Design...

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Julie Molback

Laurel Zaima

Education Coordinator

Laurel grew up in Michigan, and moved down to Florida to attend the University of Miami. She graduated from the Rosentstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a degree in Marine Science and Biology. She continued to migrate south after graduation, and joined the Reef Relief team as a...

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Laurel Zaima

Alex Risius

Membership Development Consultant

Alex graduated from the University of Michigan in May with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Wildlife Conservation. She fell in love with the ocean when she was able to study abroad in Turks and Caicos her sophomore year of college. After graduation, Alex came to Key...

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Alex Risius