FSUCML Board of Trustees & Advisors

The FSUCML administration is advised by a Board of Trustees, a Scientific Advisory Board, and an internal Advisory Committee. The Diving Control Board oversees the scientific diving program.

Board Members

Rick Carroll III, CPA, CGMA
(Tallahassee, FL)

Rick Carroll is a fourth-generation Floridian whose family has been part of the Gulf Coast community of St. Teresa for over 85 years. His involvement with the FSUCML dates back to the summer of 1969 when he worked at the Marine Lab under the tutelage of Mr. Phillips, and alongside Joe, Ernest, and Rufus. An avid boater, Rick once had a spotted eagle ray jump in his boat and injure his son while they were moving at full speed.

Rick holds degrees from Furman University (B.A., Economics) and Florida State University (Masters of Accounting), and served his country in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. A practicing Florida certified public accountant since 1977, Rick founded the prominent Tallahassee accounting firm that bears his name in 1990. His many community leadership roles include serving on the Florida State Board of Accountancy, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Governors, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, Southeastern Community Blood Center Board of Directors, and Florida State University College of Business Accounting Department.

Rick and his wife, Mary Stapleton Carroll, enjoy exploring the Gulf Coast waters with their three grown children and their golden retrievers. His goal is to help preserve marine life, especially in our local waters, so it can be appreciated and enjoyed by future generations.

Richard J. Chichetti, DMD
(St. Marks, FL)

Dr. Chichetti was raised in Clearwater Florida, received a degree in biology from Florida State University, and a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Louisville. He returned to Tallahassee after completing dental school and is in practice with partners Dr. Neal Torgerson and Dr. Michael Hartley.

Dr. Chichetti has been very active in his profession for over 30 years, serving as president of the local and district dental associations, President of the Florida Dental Association, and as a member of the Florida Board of Dentistry for eight years, two terms as Chair. He co-authored the Florida state rule requiring the mandatory use of gloves for all dental professionals, the first such rule in the nation. He served as a member and Vice- Chair of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (responsible for producing the written licensing examination, a prerequisite for licensure across the nation). He also served as Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Ethics.

He has been a board member of The American Cancer Society, Big Bend Cares, The Tallahassee Community College Foundation, and The Florida Wildlife Federation. He is a past board member of SunTrust Bank NW Florida. He currently serves as Trustee and Chairman-Elect of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.

Dr. Chichetti has received numerous honors in recognition of his service to dentistry, including the Florida Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year” Award. He received a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Association of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Chichetti has an abounding love for wildlife, especially the marine environment. He is an avid scuba diver and fisherman. He lives with his wife Jo Ann in St. Marks, overlooking the Wakulla River. They have four adult children.

Michael M. English
(Tampa, FL)

Michael English is a long term Florida resident. Trained as an urban anthropologist, he is currently Principal and Director of the Tampa- based Urban Planning and Design team at Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc. He has extensive expertise in historic preservation, transit planning, sustainable growth policy planning, real estate development, eminent domain litigation, and public policy. His professional commitment to improving urban environments led him to investigate the connections between land use, transportation, and nature. Spanning both the public- and private-sectors, his career includes several years as an award-winning urban-infill land developer, and appointments as Associate Director of the Florida Center for Urban Design & Research and Associate Professor at the University of South Florida School of Architecture. He plays an active role in shaping the Tampa Bay community's future, serving on the Hillsborough County Planning Commission, the Tampa and Ybor City Street Railway Society Board, and the Board of the Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and holds a B.A. degree from Florida State University and M.A. from the University of South Florida.

Manley Fuller
(Carwfordville, FL)

Manley Fuller is President and CEO of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) and a registered lobbyist with both the Florida Legislature and the Executive Branch of state government working on behalf of FWF. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University with dual majors in Zoology and History, and received a Master's Degree from North Carolina State University in Wildlife Biology. His primary interests are in wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the southeastern United States, for which he has received numerous awards, including the National Wildlife Federation's Charlie Shaw Award, the Wildlife Society Florida Chapter's Dr. Herbert Kale Award, and the joint Nature Conservancy-U. S. Forest Service Conservation Certificate for his successful efforts to significantly increase conservation lands in Florida's national forests. His interests in climate change led Governor Crist in 2007 to appoint him to the Energy and Climate Action Team. Mr. Fuller has a particular fondness for crocodilians, resulting in his involvement with the Crocodile Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and his participation in censusing the American crocodile.

Michael J. Greenberg, Ph. D.
(St. Augustine, FL)

Dr. Greenberg is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Florida, which he served for 15 years as the Michaell J. Greenbergthird director of its Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience in the town of Marineland, where he developed a strong program in cell and molecular biology and -- with the help of Patrick S. Hamilton -- developed a highly effective board of trustees. Before that, he was, for 16 years, a faculty member at Florida State University in the Department of Biological Science and served as director the FSU Marine Laboratory from 1978 through 1980. Greenberg has extensive experience of marine laboratories in the United States and abroad, including the MBL at Woods Hole, where he has been a summer researcher, a course instructor and director, and editor-in-chief of the Biological Bulletin, a journal published by that institution.

Patrick Hamilton
(St. Augustine, FL)

Mr. Hamilton is an environmentalist and the owner of Southern Realty of St. Augustine and Crescent Beach, which specializes in conservation lands and waterfront property. He currently serves as President of Genung's Fish Camp, Inc., a 1940-s era marina preserved in Crescent Beach. He also co-chaired the Scenic and Historic Highway Committee which resulted in a Federal Scenic Byway designation in coastal St. Johns County. For over a decade, Mr. Hamilton worked with various committees and agencies in the State of Florida to establish the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Johns and Flagler counties. Currently, he is spearheading an effort to obtain Special Basin Designation for the Matanzas River. The Board of Trustees of the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences was formed under his leadership, and he served as the Board's Chair for five of his fifteen-year tenure. He served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the FSUCML.

Pamela Hatley
(Tampa, FL)

Pamela Jo Hatley was born and raised in rural north Alabama, where she grew up on the family farm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (2000) and a Ph.D. in geography and environmental science and policy (2013) from the University of South Florida. She earned a law degree and certificate in environmental and land use law (2003) from the University of Florida. Pamela has lived in Hillsborough County, FL, since 1982, and practices law in Tampa focusing on real estate, land use, and environmental law. She has a particular interest in sustainable water and land use policies, collaborative policy making, and citizen participation in local and state governmental processes. Pamela has served in local leadership roles including citizens’ committees focused on environmental and land use policy, the Tampa Bay Conservancy board of directors, Sierra Club Tampa Bay Group, and the Rotary Club of New Tampa. Pamela is also an accomplished musician (banjo, guitar, and ukulele) and has performed at coffee houses and festivals in the Tampa Bay area, as well as the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs. She lives in Tampa with her husband, son, and their four dogs.

William F. Herrnkind, Ph. D.
(Tallahassee, FL)

Dr. Herrnkind is the R. K. Godfrey Professor (Emeritus) in the Florida State University Department of Biological Science. He is a marine biologist whose career research involved field and laboratory study of the behavior and ecology of the Caribbean spiny lobster, a very valuable commercial and recreational species in Florida. He helped pioneer scientific diving training and techniques as an Aquanaut researcher operating from manned undersea "habitats". He has advised productions for J. Y. Cousteau, the BBC, and National Geographic. In 1984, while Director of the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, he co-developed an award-winning, hands-on program in marine science for middle school students, "Saturday at the Sea," in which he continues to remain active. He also co-developed the Marine Certificate Program in Marine Biology, with the aim of providing research experiences for undergraduate students. He has received numerous awards for outreach and environmental education, as well as undergraduate teaching.

Kurt G. Hofer, Ph. D.
(Tallahassee, FL)

Dr. Hofer grew up in the Austrian Alps in the same area where The Sound of Music was filmed. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna, immigrated to the US in 1966, and joined the faculty of the Biology Department at Florida State University in 1971. He received numerous teaching and research awards and retired in 2003 as Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. Dr. Hofer’s research focused on the study of radiation effects on normal and cancerous tissues, the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of radiation action, and on developing techniques that maximize radiation damage to cancer cells while protecting normal body tissues. He is also an enthusiastic lecturer who taught courses ranging from introductory biology to graduate level molecular biology, including many courses in environmental science. In 1982 he built a vacation home on Cape San Blas where he raised his two daughters to share his love for nature, especially for the marine ecosystem of the Cape. Dr. Hofer and his family have been active in periodic beach clean-ups, the replanting of dunes, the marine turtle protection program, and in general in the preservation of the unique environment of the Gulf and St. Joseph Bay.

Sharon Holmes
(Tallahassee, FL)

Sharon Holmes is a professional engineer specializing in asset management, transportation system operations, infrastructure preservation, water resources, environmental protection and sustainable development. She has provided program leadership and technical expertise at all three levels of government and the private sector. As Director of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Office of Maintenance, Sharon managed Florida’s $440 Million annual maintenance program responsible for routine maintenance and emergency operations involving 41,400 lane miles and 6,300 bridges. She led the development and implementation of Florida’s Asset Management Contracting Program in 2000 which grew to a $697 Million program by 2006, generating high performance and exceptional cost savings of $110 Million over traditional contracting methods. Sharon also served as the Director of Engineering for St. Johns County, FL, where she developed and implemented its first engineering development review program, launched a major capital improvement program, coordinated the development of St. Johns County’s first county-wide Geographic Information System, and obtained $500,000 in federal and state grants to improve county engineering services. As Water Resources Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sharon managed complex flood control and water resources studies in central and southern Florida. Sharon currently works for HDR | ICA developing management and operational strategies for operations and maintenance programs associated with Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Design Build (DB), and long-term comprehensive operations and maintenance programs nationally.

Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Howard Kessler, M.D.
(Panacea, FL)

Howard Kessler has lived in Florida for over 25 years. He spent his childhood and teen years in and around the marshlands of the south shore of Long Island in the state of New York. He holds a B. S. degree in chemistry, an M. A. degree in Education, and an M. D. degree. He practiced orthopedic surgery for 30 years and was Chief of Orthopedics at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Although retired, he still conducts volunteer clinics in Tallahassee for the needy. Dr. Kessler is very involved politically at the national, state, and local levels. At the national level, he served on the National Association of Counties Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee. At the State level, he served on The Florida Association of Counties Growth and Environmental Steering Committee and the Health and Human Resources Committee. Locally, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Capital Region Planning Transportation Agency, Chairman of the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners (serving as a Wakulla County Commissioner for 8 years), and Chairman of the Board of the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries. Presently, he is serving his third term as County Commissioner. He and his wife, Anne Van Meter, became involved in Wakulla County politics after witnessing the destruction of local wetlands. They are also very involved in many of the area's clubs and organizations and have interests in running, biking, boating, fishing, woodworking, and gardening. He is a member of the Patrons Board of the School of Theater at FSU.

Edward Mansouri
(Tallahassee, FL)

Edward Mansouri is the CEO and Founder of Ucompass, a Tallahassee-based company that designs e-learning software. Founded in 1998, the company’s flagship product, Educator, has been the teaching and learning platform at the Florida Virtual School since 2003. Edward holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters degree in Meteorology from the Florida State University. Edward is also the creator of WeatherSTEM, a K-12 education platform that blends weather, agriculture, astronomy, and marine science curriculum with live data from scientific instruments, and Octane, a publisher toolkit for enhancing web content that won the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Platinum Award in 2011.

James W. Muller
(Tallahassee, FL)

Jim Muller grew up among the marshes of the Georgia coast, a setting that fostered his love of nature, and in particular, of the marine environment. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology, a masters in oceanography, and has been active in Florida's conservation land acquisition programs for more than twenty-five years. He served as director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory for 10 years, building it into one of the larger Natural Heritage Programs in the nation. In 1996 Jim founded Muller and Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that specializes in natural resource land planning, land transactions, and government relations. His work includes conservation projects in the Florida Keys and along the St. Johns, Matanzas, Crystal, and Perdido Rivers. Jim was a member of the National Estuarine Research Reserve East Coast Site Selection Committee that nominated the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas area, and has worked on management plans for Florida's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. Jim has been appointed to eight task forces to review and formulate programs, policies and rules related to natural resources. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the FSUCML.

Arthur Stern III, Esq.
(Tallahassee, FL)

Arthur Stern is a graduate of Harvard College (1962) and Harvard Law School (1965). After practicing for many years in the Northeast (including a position in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the General Counsel's office at Eastman Kodak Company, and thereafter many years in private practice in Rochester, New York), he was finally fortunate enough to marry a Florida native and move to Tallahassee in 1993. He is the father of five (ages 10 through 34), continues to practice law full time (how else does one afford college tuition?), and concentrates in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, as well as tax and corporate planning, including the counseling of tax-exempt organizations. He is also a Trustee of a modest family foundation (not his own) that provides support to organizations involved in environmental endeavors, and which, over the years, has supported Florida State University, including the College of Music, a professorship in Holocaust education, and now the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

Catherine Wannamaker, Esq.
(Atlanta, GA)

Catherine Wannamaker is currently a Staff Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) in Atlanta, GA . She is a graduate of Hollins University and received her Master's in Zoology from North Carolina State University, where she worked on hypoxia issues affecting the North Carolina coast. Prior to attending law school, Catherine served as a member of the professional staff of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries. She attended Stanford Law School and served as President of the Stanford Environmental Law Society. At the conclusion of law school, Catherine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Prior to joining SELC, Catherine was an honors attorney with the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC.

Tommy Warren
(Tallahassee, FL)

Tommy Warren is a lifelong resident of Florida who grew up in Dade County. He came to Tallahassee in 1966 to attend FSU undergraduate school (1970) and law school (1973). He practices law in Tallahassee, specializing in employment discrimination class actions involving race or gender.

Warren spent much of his youth fishing in Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the Ten Thousand Islands. He has been a long time boat owner and has fished the local Gulf waters for many years. As with many Gulf anglers who have seen fish stocks diminish over the years, Warren is interested in assisting efforts to improve those fisheries. This includes supporting the science that relates to the fisheries as well as to the overall health of the Gulf.

Kim Williams
(Tallahassee, FL)

Kim’s career at Marpan Supply began in 1968 part time while he was in High School and while he attended Tallahassee Community College. He has served as president since 1985. As an owner/developer of commercial real estate, he is managing partner of the Heritage at Commonwealth, Hamilton Industrial Park and Commerce Industrial Center.

Marpan opened the first Class III materials recovery facility in Florida in May 2008 and our region’s first Single Stream Recycling Facility in January 2013. In the early 1990’S when Kim became aware of mercury contamination in the Everglades, he found a solution for the safe recovery of mercury from fluorescent lamps and then actively lobbied the Florida Legislature to require that fluorescent lamps be recycled. This led to the building of the first fluorescent lamp recycling plant in Florida in 1994 that today recycles the lamps from 17 southeastern states.

He has a long history of community involvement. Past Chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and recipient of the Godfrey Smith Award, Past Chair of the Economic Development Council, and Past Chair of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. He served on the Board of the Tallahassee Housing Authority and Goodwill Industries.

He is currently a board member of Capital City Bank and Florida State University Research Foundation.

As a native Tallahassean, Kim is committed to encouraging economic growth so that our children and graduates will be able to find opportunity here, while maintaining our quality of life. He is married to Mayda Williams and they have four children and five granddaughters.

Kim’s favorite place on earth is their boathouse in St. Marks and sunset cruises to the Lighthouse. The coastal marshlands are beautiful year round and every trip is a new experience.

Advisors to the Board

Steve Evans
(Tallahassee, FL)

Steve Evans, a former executive with IBM, retired in 2003 with a wealth of knowledge about successful business practices in the government, health and education industries. In addition to serving as an advisor to our board and many others at local, state, and national levels, Evans served as chair for Florida TaxWatch, and as interim president of the FSU Foundation from August 2009 through September 2010.

Rick Grant
(Tallahassee, FL)

Rear Admiral (USN Ret.) Rick Grant's long and distinguished career includes both military and business service coupled with a long list of civic activities and motorcycle racing. He is currently Executive Vice President and COO of Municode, a Tallahassee-based company that publishes codes and charters for local governments, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, among others.

Cheri Rainey, Ph.D.
(St. Teresa, FL)

Dr. Rainey (Ph. D., FSU in Marriage and Family Therapy; MBA, Emory University), drawing on her training as a licensed psychotherapist, is an international consultant and facilitator in the field of transformational leadership. From years of experience as owner of an Atlanta-based international consulting firm, Vice President of a California-based international financial investment firm, and Administrator of an Idaho-based international personal transformation company, she created a program to help business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Ricardo Schneider
(Tallahassee, FL)

Ricardo Schneider is President & CEO of Danfoss Turbocor, a Tallahassee-based company that designs and produces revolutionary centrifugal oil-free high efficiency compressors for Commercial Air Conditioning systems. He received the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award on behalf of Danfoss Turbocor in 2015 from the influential Alliance to Save Energy. He currently serves on the FSU Research Foundation Board

Peter Stone
(Marion, MA)

Author, educator, artist, and sailor Peter Stone has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from Patagonia to the Antarctic. His interest in marine biology pervades his work, which he has shown in such places as the Art Expo New York, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Peabody Essex Museum. He serves on the Art and Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum, and as Arts and Sciences Advisor for the New Bedford Ocean Explorium and the University of Massachusetts.

Ben Watkins
(Tallahassee, FL)

Ben Watkins is Director of the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance, which is responsible for issuing bonds and advising the state on debt management policies. He serves on the boards of Municode and the Tall Timbers Foundation, and is involved in community activities that range from the Florida Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee to the Friends of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library.

Rhonda Work
(Tallahassee, FL)

Dr. Work received degrees from Northwestern University (BA), University of Florida (MSc), and Florida State University (PhD) before starting a long career first in public education as a speech-language pathologist in the Broward County, FL, schools . She moved to Tallahassee to work with the Florida Department of Education and served as an adjunct professor at FSU. She received many honors recognizing her contributions to her field, the most recent being the 2011 FSU Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since retirement, Dr. Work has volunteered for the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, St. Francis Wildlife Association, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tai Chi Society, Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators, and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Past Board of Trustees and Advisors

Don Ashley (Sopchoppy, FL)

Pamela Ashley (Sopchoppy, FL)

Martha Dobes (St. Augustine, FL)

Marcella Matthaei (St. Augustine, FL)

Ron Piasecki (Shell Point, FL)