"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Marine Discovery Center Names New Board of Directors

Jul 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 7, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center has named its new board of directors for 2016.

Erik Halleus began his term as board chairman in early May. New to the board are Fielding Cooley and Katheryn Meagher.

“We want to build a stronger organization and I’m here to help,” said Halleus, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden and a New Smyrna Beach resident who has been a member of the board since 2010.

“To build a strong team of people moving in the same direction, you have to listen, learn, communicate and work together,” added Halleus, a former executive at Siemens Corporation for 25 years and a current member of the executive advisory board for the University of Central Florida’s College of Science.

Working with current executive director Chad Truxall, Halleus hopes to help MDC build stronger relationships with community partners, as well as to provide support in the expansion of MDC’s classroom and educational facilities. Construction on a new educational building is scheduled to start this fall, with completion set for spring 2017.

“The new building is an important addition to our growth,” said Halleus, who holds degrees in engineering and physics. “The Marine Discovery Center has a lot to show the public and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

Cooley will serve as the board’s vice chairman and secretary. He holds a doctorate degree in education policy and management, and served as the Marine Discovery Center’s Executive Director from 2006-2011.

Meagher was appointed as a member by the board of directors at its May meeting. She holds a doctorate degree in organization and management in human resources management. Meagher currently works as a career development consultant and human resources business partner/consultant in Daytona Beach.

While not a new member of the board of directors, treasurer Bill Robinson will serve along with Halleus and Cooley on the center’s executive committee and as officers of the corporation. Robinson works as a certified public accountant in Central Florida.

Other current members of the board are: Dennis David, an environmental consultant with Florida ECO and a former regional director of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Janet Lyons, a former fundraising executive with Stetson University; Ken Nusbaum, D.V.M., Ph.D., and professor emeritus of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Della Ragans, a former member of the Florida Bar and Federated States of Micronesia Bar.

“A successful nonprofit requires a strong staff and a strong base of volunteers,” added Truxall. “These volunteers play vital roles for MDC, including service on our board of directors. I’m excited about the diversity and professionalism of our new board to face and meet the challenges to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon.”

About The Marine Discovery Center
The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) was founded in 2000 with the goal to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MDC has become widely recognized for its quality educational and hands-on, feet-wet learning programs for kids, as well as adults. Using its 40-passenger Discovery boat and fleet of kayaks, the center offers learning opportunities as a floating classroom, in adventure camps, as well as for guided eco-tours by certified naturalists. The center showcases engaging exhibits for experiential learning and invites community participation in stewardship opportunities.

Media Contact: Lisa D. Mickey at lisa@marinediscoverycenter.org or the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.