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SarahSarah Egner
Director of Education
BS Biology, Wake Forest
MS Marine Science, University of South Florida

Sarah became Director in charge of our Research & Development programs in 2013 and Director of the entire MarineLab Education program in late 2018. She is responsible for the entire MarineLab Education program, from hiring and training staff to designing and monitoring the curriculum. She supervises a department of 8 full time staff and 6 seasonal staff instructors. She studied abroad as an undergraduate on South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands. As a graduate student, Sarah was in the Marine Sensory Ecology Lab. Her thesis project was on the hearing capabilities of coral reef fish and the possibility for pelagic larval fish to use reef sounds as a biological cue for orientation towards the reef for settlement. All of her research for her project was conducted in the Florida Keys. While in graduate school she spent her summers teaching marine biology for the Oceanography Camp for Girls and Action Quest in the British Virgin Islands. When she returned to the US, she took a position as an Environmental Specialist at Biological Research Associates in Tampa, FL, then positions with the Florida Institute of Oceanography and the Florida Wildlife Legacy Initiative. Sarah is published in various scientific journals and has written articles for the Divers Alert Network magazine, Alert Diver. She also holds a US Coast Guard Master's License. Sarah is currently studying with the University of Florida for a degree as a Curriculum Specialist.

Dan ShingledeckerDan Shingledecker
Maintenance Director

Dan has been MRDF's Maintenance Director since 1999. His responsibilities include not only the physical plant, which includes three large buildings and multiple outbuildings, but also our fleet of passenger vessels. In January of 2019, a Lead Captain was hired who has started taking over the care and maintenance of our vessels, but Dan is still very involved with assisting and training. Dan's background was primarily in HVAC, but he is also an electrician and marine mechanic. Dan supervises all maintenance and construction projects on the property. He has a department of two employees plus part time helpers when needed.

------------- MRDF IS HIRING A MAINTENANCE/HOUSEKEEPER COUPLE ----------

AnneAnne Hill
Coordinator
BS in Procurement and Materials Management,
Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Anne grew up working at her family's business, Leisure Time Recreation, a swim and golf club in Stow, Ohio and eventually became co-owner with her brother. Following a re-location to Colorado, she worked for the City of Golden, first at its golf course, Fossil Trace, and then at City Hall for the Municipal Court and Finance Department. 

Working at MarineLab is a perfect fit for Anne!  She is able to draw on her many years of experience in the recreation industry where her duties included children's programs and special events. 

Anne has always enjoyed water sports and has been snorkeling and SCUBA diving since her teens.  In college, Anne chose a Marine Biology class to fulfill her science elective. 

AndrewAndrew Barck
Food Service Director

Andrew was hired as our Food Service Director in April 2018. For the twenty years prior to that, MRDF outsourced the meals for the MarineLab program to a local catering company. When the owner of that company decided to retire, we decided to bring the program back in-house. Andrew came to apply for a position as a part time food service worker, and found himself being interviewed for the Director's position when he submitted his resume and his qualifications became apparent! Andrew plans meals, hires, trains and supervises the staff, and monitors costs very closely in addition to being a hands-on worker in the kitchen. He supervises one year-round worker and seasonal workers as needed.

Mitchell StammMitchell Stamm
Lead Captain
BS Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
AS Construction Management, Santa Fe College, Gainesville FL

Mitch's career has ranged from marine mechanic to solar energy installation project manager to charter boat captain, so he brings a wide array of skills and experience to the new position of MarineLab's Lead Captain. Mitch has been one of our captains for three years while also working for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary program maintaining the mooring buoys from Key West to Key Largo and moonlighting as a SeaTow captain. Mitch joined our team full time in January 2019. In addition to being our main captain, he is responsible for boat repairs and maintenance, compliance with Coast Guard regulations for our captains and vessels, and hiring and training additional captains. His favorite part of working here is listening to the students getting back on the boat talking about all the cool things they've seen on their snorkel trips.

Maintenance Staff

Maintenance
Jorge Zelada works hard making sure that the light bulbs are replaced, the boats are fueled, and the trash and recycling are taken out, all in between their bigger projects repairing and renovating our labs, classrooms, dorms and restrooms. In a facility this large, there's always something that needs fixing. We are hiring another maintenance person in the fall!

Housekeeping Staff

Cleanliness is very important when over 4,000 people each year come through our doors! Gloria "Cuki" Dominguez is responsible for cleaning all the dorms, classrooms, labs, offices and restrooms on the property. We are hiring another housekeeper for the fall!

Housekeeping

Food Service Staff

JanetteJanette Holmes is our primary food service worker. She is an important part of our cafeteria services, so much so that we kept her as an MRDF employee after working for the previous food service organization.


DaveIn addition, we have David helping us during this busy spring season. Our students and teachers love our food, thanks to Andrew, Janette, and David!