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Meet Our Board

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Lagoon front resident since 1985.  Serve on IRL Council National Estuary Program Management Board, Past chair of the Indian River Neighborhood Association Lagoon Committee, Alternate-City of Vero Beach Utilities Advisory Board

President

Judy Orcutt

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Since his retirement in 2006 Keith and his wife Helen have been increasingly active in Environmental issues.  In Annapolis they were founding members of Annapolis Green, Keith was Vic-Chairman of the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Helen was Chair of the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation.  Since moving to Vero Beach year-round Keith has been active with and Chair of CWC’s Marine Committee and is an alternate on the City of Vero Beach Marine Commission.  Keith is a  40-year recreational boater and reside in Central Beach.

Vice President

Keith Drewett

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Originally from New England, been coming here since mid 60’s with wife Jody, became full time resident in 2008, have a background in banking and finance, served on Vero City Council, feel strongly about Florida’s water quality

Treasurer

Randy Old

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Resident of Vero Beach since 1989. 20 year volunteer at HBOI; past Board member of PIAS and current chair of  IRNA Water & Lagoon Committee.   Avid kayaker.

Secretary

Jean Catchpole

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Richard H. Baker, Ph.D. is a University of Florida Professor Emeritus, President of the Pelican Island Audubon Society, serves on the Indian River County Environmental Control Hearing Board, and author of over 100 published scientific articles, guest editorials, and co-authored the book “Reflections of Blue Cypress, Photographs, History, and Poems of the Headwater Lake of the St. Johns River.”  

Board Member

Richard Baker

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Dr. Barbier is a soil-plant scientist with over 20 years of experience in both conventional and organic product markets. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, a Master's in Crop Protection in International Commerce, and a Doctorate in Soil and Plant Science with a minor in Plant Health Management. His professional background includes working with vegetables, row crops, orchards, and tropical crops for multinational companies like Chiquita, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Stockton, Rio Tinto, Yara, and Monty’s. In 2010, he founded ABC Organics, LLC, a consultancy focused on product development and launch. He also serves as the Director of Research on Arugula at B&W Quality Growers.

Board Member

Marcel Barbier

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A 30-year Florida resident and mother of four, actively educates on local wildlife. She leads sea turtle walks with Sebastian Inlet State Park, Coastal Connections, and Friends of Archie Carr during summers. Her next focus is advocating for gopher tortoises as a keystone species.

Board Member

Denise Forgione 

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Donna Halleran serves as the first Vice President for Pelican Island Audubon Society Audubon Advocates Program. Donna has a passion for helping people by encouraging them to get outdoors in nature and encourages young people to find their voice and advocate for a healthy community beginning with the Indian River Lagoon and the very water they drink. She is a retired Family Therapist and  Licensed Social Worker; and specialized in Child Welfare and Gerontology.

Board Member

Donna Halleran

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Past Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and 25 year board member. Currently Chair of Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) and senior advisor of the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition and the Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County.

Board Member

Wayne Mills

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A lifelong Vero Beach resident and dedicated environmental advocate. For 15 years, she's volunteered with local environmental groups, working on beach cleanups, invasive species removal, and beach nourishment, often with my sons. Kristy is excited to further contribute to our community by serving on the board, focusing on education and resources to restore our lagoon. Thank you for this opportunity.

Board Member

Kristy Polackwich

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Mike Sole recently retired as Vice President of Environmental Services from NextEra Energy, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from wind and sun. Before joining NextEra in 2010, he served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, overseeing environmental programs and public land management. Mike, a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, holds a Marine Biology degree and is a Board member of the Everglades Foundation.

Board Member

Michael Sole

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Michael is a licensed professional engineer specializing in coastal engineering with over 45 years of national experience mostly in Florida. Michael is a lifelong waterman and enjoys surfing, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing.

Board Member

Michael Walther

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George Glenn Jr. is a fourth generation Vero Beach, FL, resident, graduating from Vero Beach High School in 1997. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2001 where he majored in Finance and minored in Economics. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a financial analyst. George then went to law school and graduated cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law in 2006, where he obtained advanced certificates in Environmental Law and in Land Use Law. He spent his early career working in the Indian River County Attorney’s Office before entering private practice.

Legal Advisor

George Glenn

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8 year live aboard sailor, Founder of Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County, Executive Board member of Indian River Neighborhood Association.

Board Member Emeritus

Charlie Pope

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