Board of Directors

Mike McGarry

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.

Quintin Bergman

Vice President

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.

Rachel Lau

Secretary

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.

R. T. “Bo” Platt

Treasurer

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.

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.

Peter Presland-Byrne

Board Member

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 21 years.

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.

Bob Blake

Board Member

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.

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 has since followed her passion to the nonprofit world and is a Resource Development Manager for the United Way of Brevard. 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.

Becky Clarkson

Board Member

Becky Clarkson is a creative designer and digital marketing strategist who spent the early portions of her career in California. Eventually family ties brought her back to Brevard where her business often focuses on helping market environmentally related projects and companies. She and her family reside in Melbourne Beach where they enjoy frequent walks on the Carr Refuge beaches, that spawned her love of the wildlife that reside here.