TROPICAL RESEARCH ECOLOGICAL EXCHANGE INSTITUTE
Richard W. Keefe, President
Richard Keefe is a highly accomplished executive with over thirty years of experience in the creation, implementation, management, or improvement of multi-million dollar fund raising and philanthropic programs both here and abroad. He also earned a master’s degree in political science at Boston College. Mr. Keefe is senior administrator with particular focus on fund-raising and international agreements.
Russell Moore, Vice President
Russell Moore has national and international experience as a land planner, urban planner and landscape architect. He has done numerous ecological projects in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean and has years of experience working with governmental agencies. Mr. Moore oversees, plans and manages the institute’s public projects.
Carolann Sharkey, Treasurer
Carolann Sharkey has both teaching and business degrees from Rutgers University. She co-owned a New York City-based marketing and sales company for over 20 years until moving to the the Florida Keys. During the past 11 years, she founded the Key West Tropical Forest and Garden, doubling the size of the old historic garden and creating many new programs. Ms Sharkey wears many “hats” for the TREE Institute overseeing marketing, administration, education, and finance.
Dr. Mary Chambers, Secretary
Owner of an education consulting firm active in establishing charter schools, Dr. Chambers has a PhD in Education Leadership from the University of Florida, Gainesville, is a member of the Governor’s Education Advisory Council and a former Superintendent of Schools in Florida. With her other degrees in accounting and public administration, as well as being a Florida licensed CPA, she is very active in the Institute’s education programs and financial oversight.
Marti Betz: With over 30 years in the business of design, Ms Betz consults on design and marketing needs of the Institute to include website, logo and brochures.
Dean Carlson: Owner of the #1 Bed & Breakfast in Key West; past president of the Key West Botanical Garden Society. Passionate about plants!
Cheryl and Mayor Craig Cates- Cheryl and Craig have championed many non profits in our city and are supportive of environmental causes.
Mercedes Costa: Miami-based business woman who provides the Institute with structural organization of trips.
Mario Coyula: Former City of Havana Architect and Planner who has introduced the Institute to many of his associates to facilitate the completion of several projects. He is a very popular and informative speaker to our fellow travelers.
John DeMott: The owner of Redland Nurseries, Homestead, FL and founder of Florida Keys Botanical Center, Big Pine Key, FL.
Douglas Fernandez: Cuban environmentalist and butterfly expert who has been most helpful in sharing his knowledge with the Institute on several projects.
Mark Howell, Public Relations- Mark is a long time award winning writer and reporter and champion of the environment.
Robert Landis: A private investor, a graduate of Princeton University, and Harvard Law School, and a member of the New York Bar. He assists the institute with legal and “big picture” business planning.
Dr. Marc Minno: PhD scientist, educator and one of Florida’s leading experts on butterflies and native plants.
Lazaro Ojeda: Former Executive Director of the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden. Mr. Ojeda has a PhD in Agricultural Sciences and shares his wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna of Cuba with the Institute.
Dr. Stuart L. Pimm: Conservation Ecology Professor at the Nichols School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University who is noted for global research and analysis of tropical forests and the species they contain.
Renier Rodriguez: Former University of Havana English professor, has guided TREE trips for over six years in Cuba. He is passionate about nature and has expertise in ecotourism. He has been coordinating TREE’s Cuba projects and acting as key translator when necessary.
Jean & Clark Shannon
RICHARD W. KEEFE
DR. MARY CHAMBERS