Board of Directors

Mike McGarry

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.

R. T. “Bo” Platt

R. T. “Bo” Platt

Treasurer

Bo grew up in Eau Gallie and s a kid, the Indian River was his playground. After finishing grad school, he spent the bulk of his career working in social services for the state of Texas. Upon retiring, Bo returned to this area and 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.

Peter Presland-Byrne

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 21 years.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Vice President

Brandon served on the board of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society from 2003 to 2010 before becoming President of Friends of the Carr Refuge. He worked within the Archie Carr Refuge from 1999-2000. Brandon has been an environmental educator for the past 18 years and recently started a position with Brevard County Natural Resources Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program.

Vince Lamb

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.

Steven Lazurus

Steven Lazurus

Steven began his research career as an undergraduate assistant for Dr. James O'Brien at Florida State University (1984-1985). During that span, he spent the summer of 1984 as an under-graduate fellow working with the founder of the tornado F-scale, Dr. Theodore Fujita, at the University of Chicago. 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 is currently working with colleagues on a project involving the wind-loading of residential structures and a second project installing two (NOAA) coastal radars that are designed to measure nearshore ocean currents. He serves as an academic member representative for the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and an active member of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. 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. He is the proud owner of two rescue dogs and is a quasi-vegetarian (he eats some sustainable fish). For the past 18 summers, he has been a volunteer for the Sea Turtle Preservation Society - giving numerous presentations and guided walks on our local beaches during the summer months.

Rachel Lau

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.

Quintin Bergman

Quintin Bergman

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.

Becky Clarkson

Becky Clarkson

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.