Executive Director

Patrick Rose is Save the Manatee Club’s (SMC) Executive Director. Pat has over 45 years’ experience working with manatees and is an Aquatic Biologist and Certified Public Manager. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the Florida manatee. From 1996 to 2006, Pat was SMC’s Director of Government Relations in Tallahassee, Florida. In the state’s capitol, Pat advocated on the manatee’s behalf before the Florida Legislature and Governor and Cabinet. Before joining SMC’s staff, he was the first federal Manatee Recovery Activities Coordinator and Florida’s first Manatee and Marine Mammal Coordinator for the Florida Department of Natural Resources. He was also the Environmental Program Administrator for the Bureau of Protected Species Management, Division of Marine Resources, for the Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee. In addition, he provided overall policy guidance and direction for statewide recovery efforts for endangered and protected marine species.

Pat has served as a member of every federal Manatee Recovery Team, presently serving on the Team’s Steering Committee, and is a former member of the I.U.C.N. World Conservation Union/Sirenia Specialist Group. His many professional awards include the prestigious “National Conservation Achievement Award” from the National Wildlife Federation and the “Award of Recognition” presented to him at the First International Manatee and Dugong Research Conference. Pat was also nominated for the esteemed Indianapolis Prize, which honors the world’s leading animal conservationists. Pat has a Master’s degree in aquatic biology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is also an avid boater, pilot, and is a certified scuba instructor.


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Kerry Azzarello

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Cora Berchem

Director of Multimedia and Manatee Research Associate
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Judy Bower

Administrative Assistant
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Beth Brady, PhD

Senior Science and Conservation Associate
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Cheyenne Canon

Program Project Coordinator
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Stephanie Cohen

Public Relations Specialist
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Tiare 'TJ' Fridrich

Manatee Biologist
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Wayne Hartley

Manatee Specialist
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Lisa Hauk

Membership Specialist
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Tonya Higgins

Director of Development and Operations
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Gina McClain

Volunteer Specialist
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Eric Merrell

Program Logistics Representative
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Alexandria Russell

Director of Web Development and Office Logistics
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Shelby Theisen

Development Coordinator
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Natalie Thompson

Multimedia Assistant