Sara Rankin brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and development in Florida and nationally with organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, the United Way and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Sara will lead efforts in the Keys and across Florida to expand private support for the protection and restoration of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and conduct education and outreach programs that promote stewardship of our ocean and strengthen conservation.
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Board of Trustees
Bruce Popham (Chairman) grew up in Central and West coast of Florida, but moved to Texas where he finished high school and college. He moved back to Florida in the late 80’s as Regional Manager for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (Johnson Wax). After 20 years, 6 moves and 8 different management positions with Johnson, he decided to take an early retirement, to move back to Florida. As an avid boater and fisherman, he changed careers and purchased a marine industry business. He has an extensive management background with hands on experience in human resources, supply chain, marketing and sales management.
Bruce moved to the Keys in May of 1998 when he purchased Marathon Boat Yard. One year later he acquired a diesel parts and repair business and in 2004 he added a boat sales and brokerage office to the family of companies. The businesses have grown from 3 employees at the time of purchase to over 25 employees providing service from Ocean Reef to Key West. Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center is now one of the largest sales and service marine business in the Florida Keys. MBYC is the only designated Clean Boat Yard by Florida’s Department of Environment Protection in the Keys.
He has been very active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for both the Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Keys Marine Association where he is past president. He was the secretary for the Marathon Economic Development Council, serves as past president of the State of Florida’s Clean Boating Partnership. He has served as Chair of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council for over 7 years and was recently re-elected as co-chair. He was one of NOAA’s Environmental Hero Award winners in 2007.
Bruce and his wife Sherry lead busy lives in the Keys with the business, community activities, enjoying the Keys life style, fishing, diving, cruising with their dogs. They recently sold Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center and have retired to Northern New Mexico. Bruce is committed to continue to serve on the Sanctuary Advisor Council as co-chair and the Keys Chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation until The execution of the overriding Restoration Blue Print for FNMS is key to the sustainable future of the Florida Keys.
Tom Davidson Jr. is currently CEO and majority shareholder of Nisim International a manufacturer of hair and skin care products distributed on a worldwide basis. Tom is also managing partner of Quarry Hill Partners a holding company for a diversified group of manufacturing companies, with products ranging from steel storage tanks, to nuclear reactor and aerospace parts.
Tom has been the principal owner and operator of several other companies including Speedy Printing Centers, Quarry Hill Foundry Supplies, Optiplas films and Eco II plastics.
Tom has served on several boards including Synergex (member of the audit committee) previously a TSE listed company, TearLab (member audit committee) previously listed on NASDAQ, Brandimensions, Balmshell inc, Steelcraft, Nutech Precision Metals (chairman), YPO Ontario Chapter (chapter chair), Canadian Franchise Association (chairman), Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ocean Reef Rod and Gun (chairman), The Goodwood Club, Caledon Mountain Trout Club (chairman), Fishing Forever Foundation, and Angel Hair for Kids (chairman).
Tom has a BS from Michigan State University in Geological Engineering.
Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo in 1978 to open a small studio dedicated to underwater photo services, primarily renting cameras and processing E-6 slide film, but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years, covering much of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys for the publication. Subsequently he worked as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. Most recently, and for the past 10 years, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver Magazine, a beautiful coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network.
Stephen teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. Clients over the past 40 years have include: Scubapro, Victoria’s Secret, Aqualung, Oceanic,
Canon, Nikon, Subgear, Mercury Marine, Jantzen, Alcan Aluminum, R.J. Reynolds, Seaquest, Henderson Aquatics, American Express, Hanes, Club Med; as well as scores of resorts and live-aboard dive boats throughout the world. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both endorsement campaign and product photography. He sits on the board of the Coral Restoration Foundation along with the Florida Keys chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and is active with various ocean
Other Frink enterprises include a dive travel company, WaterHouse Tours and
Reservations and a Seacam USA, the North American distribution of the Austrian underwater housing and strobe manufacturer.
Stephen lives in Key Largo, where he operates a studio and gallery at Mile Marker 101, Bayside. (www.stephenfrink.com)
Russell Post leads an experienced sales team that delivers the highest level of client service. Russ came to Ocean Reef in 1973, and served as director and president of the Ocean Reef Community Association from 1977-1985 and president and director of the Ocean Reef Club from 1980-1992. A year later, Russ established his own brokerage firm to assist the Ocean Reef community with all its real estate needs. Since then, Russ’s firm has accounted for more than 50 percent of all real estate sales at Ocean Reef. Today, Russ and his family reside at Ocean Reef.
As an active civic leader and member of the Angel group of donors at Ocean Reef, Russ is proud to support a number of community causes, including the Medical Center at Ocean Reef, Ocean Reef Community Foundation, Ocean Reef Cultural Center, the Academy at Ocean Reef, Art League, ORCAT, Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean Reef Historical Society. He is also president of the board of trustees at the Academy at Ocean Reef, where all three of his children attended school. Russ went to college at the University of Evansville in Indiana, served in the U.S. Army, and is a Vietnam Veteran. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, boating, and trying to improve his golf game.
Karen Thurmond is the Area Director of Operations for Spottswood Companies: Hyatt Place Marathon and Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club. A long term resident of the Florida Keys, Karen also served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Kris Sarri (Ex Officio, President and CEO)
Kris joined the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as President and CEO in October 2016. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kris formed an early, life-long connection to environmental stewardship growing up surrounded by the Great Lakes. Her interest in marine conservation began when, at nine years old, Kris’ family moved to Australia and she spent endless hours exploring the life in tide pools. Kris’ lifelong passion is finding innovative ways to promote environmental stewardship through community engagement in conservation.
Kris’ career spans over 19 years working on ocean, land and climate policy. Kris most recently worked at the Department of the Interior, where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Kris was the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs for the Office of Management and Budget. She also served as Deputy Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the US Department of Commerce, acting as the Secretary’s principal advisor on the ocean, fisheries, climate, and energy issues. Kris also spent eight years in the US Senate where she was on the Professional Staff of the Senate Commerce Committee with responsibility for the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee; she was Senior Policy Advisor of the Office of Senator Jack Reed; and the Legislative Director of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition.
Kris received a B.A. in Biology from Washington University, St. Louis and an M.S. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. She is an avid SCUBA diver.