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Board of Directors

Quintin Bergman


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.

Mike McGarry

Vice President

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.

Rachel Lau


Rachel is an attorney who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Before moving to Florida in 2012 she practiced law in North Carolina. Rachel's family ingrained the importance of wildlife conservation from a young age which drives her involvement with Friends of the Carr Refuge.

Bob Blake


Bob is a recently retired business executive who has served in senior financial leadership positions in several industries including Investment Management, Healthcare, and Independent School Education. Raised in the Northeast, Bob and his wife first discovered Brevard County in the late 1980s when he worked at Harris Corporation for several years before moving to New England. More recently, Bob and his family have become part-time residents of Melbourne Beach and are delighted with their return to the area. Bob has been actively involved in several organizations that are dedicated to conservation and has numerous outdoor interests and hobbies.

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.

R. T. “Bo” Platt

Board Member

As a kid, the Indian River Lagoon was Bo's playground. After finishing grad school, he spent the bulk of his career working in social services for the state of Texas. Bo always wanted to return to this area and was able to do so when he retired eight years ago. Upon returning, it was immediately obvious that the lagoon was having some problems, so he became active in the local native plant society chapter, Friends of the Carr Refuge, Surfrider, Marine Resources Council, and helped start the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition. He is also Vice Chair of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Procedures Committee.

Steven Lazarus

Board Member

Steven began his research career as an undergraduate assistant for Dr. James O'Brien at Florida State University. As an undergraduate fellow, he worked with the founder of the tornado F-scale, Dr. Theodore Fujita. He received his Master's and PhD degrees (in Meteorology) at the University of Oklahoma where he chased tornados in his free time. As a post-doc at the University of Utah, he was involved in developing real-time weather products to support the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. He arrived at Florida Tech in 2001 where he is currently a tenured faculty member in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. He teaches a variety of courses at Florida Tech, including Global Climate Change and Atmospheric Environments (air pollution and climate). He enjoys the outdoors including biking, hiking, and kayaking and is the proud owner of two rescue dogs. For the past 18 summers, he has been a volunteer for the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Nikki McGrath

Board Member

Nikki is a Florida native who grew up spending every moment she could running the trails of Tallahassee. After graduate school, she began her career in higher education, primarily working with university students in crisis. She spent years working in non-profits before joining the leadership team at the local lululemon. Nikki moved to Brevard County in 2019 and fell in love with the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge through her volunteer work with Leadership Brevard. Nikki shares her interest in turtles with her husband Pat, whom she lives with on the Indian River, along with their rescued Belgian Malinois, Sadie.

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