“The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan
John F Holloway, MS
John's professional journey is defined by an unwavering belief in Servant Leadership.
John graduated from High Point University in 1993 with a degree in International Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Latin American Culture. After beginning his career as a translator for the Circuit Courts, he moved into law enforcement.
Since 2004, John has been a dedicated leader of multiple nonprofit organizations, including Lambda Chi International, the Pisgah Research Institute, and beginning in 2020, we’re proud to have him join us as the leader of Coastal Stewards.
Manjunath Pendakur, PhD
Dr. Pendakur has served as professor and dean at major research universities in the US and Canada for nearly 40 years. He has published a number of books and articles based on his research in Asia, Africa and North America.
He is passionately committed to coastal and marine stewardship and our collective responsibilities to care for our planet. He has volunteered at Gumbo Limbo since 2011 and was chosen as the Vice President of Friends of Gumbo Limbo four years ago.
His long time commitment to public service includes Vice President, Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library and Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union (Palm Beach Chapter).
Keith Rizzardi, JD, MPA
Keith Rizzardi, JD is currently a St. Thomas Law faculty after years of government service as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as a managing attorney for the South Florida Water Management District. An accomplished litigator, he has argued cases before the Florida Supreme Court and in Federal district and circuit courts from coast to coast. He also has served as Chairman of the U.S. Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 1991), University of Florida (J.D. 1994), and Florida Atlantic University (M.P.A. 1998), Professor Rizzardi has authored nearly two dozen articles and book chapters. He has shared his education and experience internationally with students at the UNESCO Water Institute in the Netherlands and at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. His areas of teaching and scholarship include administrative law, environmental law, negotiation, professional responsibility and regulatory compliance.
Sheila Reinken, MBA
Sheila Reinken has served in financial leadership roles for prolific companies such as Burger King Corporation, Winn-Dixie Stores, Ion Media, and Levitz Furniture Corporation.
She is a teacher, a life-long learner, and a great developer of people. Many of her protégés have gone on to become CFOs or Treasurers at large, branded companies with household names including Aetna, Office Depot, and more.
Ms. Reinken has always held a deep appreciation for public service. In addition to her position as Trustee for Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards, she is also on the board of Voices for Children, Inc., and is a member of the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Boca Raton.
She holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. She is an avid runner of four marathons, including the Miami marathon and many half marathons.
Robyn has been a pivotal advocate for all things Gumbo Limbo for the last 14 years. From her beginnings as a volunteer, Robyn has held an active role across nature festivals, health fairs, volunteer recruitment efforts, in addition to her help with turtle rehabilitation, feedings, and surgeries.
Robyn’s penchant for good in her community extends beyond Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards- she is also an active member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church in Boca Raton, where she has spent 10 years instructing children in faith, and 4 years as an officer for the Ladies of St. John board of trustees.
We’ve been blessed to have Robyn’s assistance as a Trustee for the past 10 years, including her current role as the Chair of the Personnel committee.
James Miller, MS ChE
Jim has been an environmental champion for the last several decades. His Chemical Engineering work led him to lead conservation initiatives all over the world, including Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand, and more.
Before his retirement, he served as the Executive Vice-President of Cepemar Environmental Services Corp., a conservation organization dedicated to coastal restoration, protection, and air pollution control.
Alexandra Lolavar, PhD
Dr. Alexandra Lolavar is a Research Coordinator at FAU’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where she leads several initiatives including the FAUHS Research Program, the FAUHS Owls Imaging Lab, and the OPK12 Research Committee.
Her passion for research and turtles began as an undergraduate at FAU, and has since evolved to embed Dr. Lolavar as a key player in the research community. With her doctoral research in Integrative Biology, Dr. Lolovar studied the effects of moisture on turtle sex ratios, as well as the effects of climate change on the Florida sea turtle population.
Her current cutting-edge research aims to expand on her doctoral research to further understand how environmental conditions impact sea turtle hatchling biology.
Jose Barrera, Assoc. AIA
Jose and his family are incredibly proud to call Boca Raton home, and their dedication to our coastal environment led to a perfect match with Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards.
Jose received his architecture degree right here in our back yard at FAU, and his work led him to develop several projects in Southeast Asia early in his career. He currently
He strives to pay-it-forward within his community, and is eager to give back to his community in places like Gumbo Limbo and Wildflower Park.
As a partner at Nelson Mullins law firm, Matthew represents clients across a vast array of business transactional matters.
As a family man and longtime Boca resident, Matthew, his wife, and two daughters have embraced a deep passion for Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards over the past decade.
Matthew is an avid golfer and Wisconsin sports enthusiast (Go Badgers & Packers!), and feels at home in the great outdoors, from casual bike rides to relaxing strolls through the boardwalks of the Nature Center.
Rebecca Mott, BS
Rebecca currently serves as the Director of Education for Inwater Research Group, an organization dedicated to promoting conservation of coastal habitats and marine life through research and education. There, she leads efforts including statewide educational programs that reach 30,000+ students annually, as well as professional development programs for Florida teachers.
Before joining our organization as a Trustee, Rebecca served as a Program Interpreter for the Nature Center, where she handled teaching curricula across all age groups, from 2008 to 2011.
As the recipient of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Blue Friend of the Year Award, Rebecca brings an impressive breadth of accolades and experience to the Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards organization.
Marina Banchetti, PhD
As a Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Banchetti specializes in phenomenology, and the philosophy of mind, language, history, and science. She is widely published across several recognized academic journals, and has published and contributed to several books within the field.