Suncoast Chapter


Chair — Thomas Paterek

Other roles: Big Brother Big Sister, SYRV, Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association, Williams Park Committee, Engage St Pete

Favorite spot on the water: Uluwatu, Bali

Favorite quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

Vice Chair – Jessica Salmond

Other roles: Communications coordinator, Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Favorite spot on the water: Kayaking down the Peace River

Favorite quote: “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy

Treasurer – Position Open

Secretary – Connie Bowman

Volunteer Coordinator – Jazzy Duarte

Other roles: Director of Sustainable Initiatives in Student Government at USFSP

Favorite place on the water: Anywhere I can string up my hammock and listen to the waves.

Favorite quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” — Fred Devito

Policy Coordinator — Jennifer Rubiello

Other roles: Environment Florida, Awake Pinellas, Venture House, Green Corps, Sierra Club

Favorite place on the water: waterskiing, swimming, snorkeling

Favorite quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -MLK

Beach Cleanup Coordinator — Ryan Druyor

Other roles: Assistant Research Scientist; GIS Analyst; Kiteboarding Instructor

Favorite spot on the water: North Beach, Fort DeSoto

Favorite quote: “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”

― Isak Dinesen


Ocean Friendly Gardens Coordinator – Cary Catts

Clean Water Committee Coordinator – Shanna Minsch

Ocean Friendly Restaurants Coordinator – Position Open