Brandon Smith


Brandon served on the board of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society from 2003 to 2012. He worked within the Archie Carr Refuge from 1999-2000. Brandon has been an environmental educator for the past twelve years.

Cathy Allen

Vice President

Cathy owns and operates The Board Doctor, an organizational consulting firm for non-profit boards with extensive experience with the National Wildlife Refuge Association and many Refuge Friends groups.

Vince Lamb

Volunteer Champion

Vince is a retired computer software developer with an active involvement in natural Florida. A Florida Master Naturalist Program graduate and a Certified Interpretive Guide, he serves as a sea turtle walk volunteer at the Barrier Island Center. He is also a member of the Procedures Committee for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Rachel Lau


Rachel is an attorney who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Before moving to Florida in 2012 she practiced law in North Carolina.

Erin Seney


Dr. Erin Seney is an Assistant Research Scientist and non-teaching faculty member with the Marine Turtle Research Group in the University of Central Florida’s Department of Biology. She first worked with sea turtles as an aquarium volunteer in high school and later focused her graduate research on sea turtles in Virginia and Texas. At UCF, Dr. Seney oversees and participates in long-term monitoring and research at central Florida nesting beaches and in-water habitats, and she is currently leading a study to characterize the diet of stranded sea turtles. Dr. Seney currently lives in Melbourne, Florida and enjoys sharing her love of wildlife, music, sports, and rescue pets with her young son.

Dina Rulli


Dina Rulli is the co-founder and owner of SUP Eco Asventures, LLC - an environmentally responsible Stand Up Paddle Boarding company based in Melbourne Beach, FL. She is passionate about sharing her love of the outdoors and appreciation of nature through experiential training.  After a career in the financial industry,  she now enjoys hanging out with our local dolphins and manatees!

Kate Zehnder

Communications Champion

Kate is a passionate environmental advocate working in the non profit industry since 2016.  She graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2011 with a degree in Marine Biology, after which she moved to San Diego, CA to work for the National Marine Mammal Foundation.  After moving back to the Melbourne area in 2016, she has become actively involved in preserving and protecting the Indian River Lagoon.  She is an avid rock climber, backpacker, national park lover, and reader.

Michael Mcgarry

Mike is the Beaches, Boating and Waterways Program Manager for Brevard County. He holds a BS in Marine Biology from UNCW and a MS in Coastal Zone Management from Florida Tech. He loves the ocean, and has a passion for offshore sailing adventures.

Quintin Begrman

Projects & Programs Coordinator

Quintin Bergman is the Sea Turtle Environmental Specialist for Indian River County. He is responsible for the Countywide monitoring, education, lighting and predator programs focused on local sea turtles. Quintin has worked in the sea turtle conservation field for the past 4 years and recently earned a Master's degree from Purdue University Fort Wayne. He brings sea turtle conservation experience from projects in Greece and Costa Rica to the team, in hopes of bringing a positive impact to the Refuge. When not working with turtles, you can find Quintin fishing in the lagoon or bird watching. 

Peter Presland-Byrne

Peter Presland-Byrne is a CIO for a national financial services organization and shares his families passion for the environment, wildlife, and scuba diving. This passion has led to Peter also serving on the board of the Florida Wildlife Hospital and becoming involved in a global project around waste management and plastics reclamation. Peter and his family relocated to Melbourne Beach in 2018 and are originally from England but have been in the US for 20 years.

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Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446

(Business office, not visitor's center) 

Phone: 321-872-8856


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