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Quail Valley River Club
6:00 pm

The 2019 Love Your Lagoon Honoree

Florida Senate President Joe Negron

Thanks to our Love Your Lagoon Sponsors to date:

Mangrove Sponsors
Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke
Mr. Michael O'Reilly and Mrs. Marie O’Reilly

Seagrass Sponsors
Ms. Marjorie Raines and Mr. Harold Baker

Oyster Sponsors

Dolphin Sponsors
Evans Properties, Inc.
Mr. John N. McConnell and Mrs. Marilyn P. McConnell
Mr. William J. Stewart, Esq. and Mrs. Laurie Kaneb-Stewart and
The Law Firm of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L.
Mr. Michael Toner and Mrs. Carol Toner

Manatee Sponsors
Mr. Michael Brown, Sr. and Mrs. Mimi Brown
Florida Power and Light
Mr. Wyatt Koch
Mr. Michael Minton and Mrs. Misty Minton and
the Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer
Mr. Ed Michelson and The Atlanta Consulting Group
Wells Fargo 

Seahorse Sponsors
Adams Ranch
Mr. C. Amos Bussmann and Sea Technology Magazine
DZ Advertising
Dr. Joseph Ferro and Mrs. Olivia Ferro
Ms. Katha Kissman
Kmetz, Elwell, Graham & Associates, PLLC
Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
Martin County Community Foundation
Martin Health Systems
Metz, Husband & Daughton, P.A.
The Mikita Foundation
Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums - ORA
Mr. John Papa and Mrs. Barbara Papa
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Ms. Isabelle Tapley
Vero Insurance
Wyland Foundation

For Sponsorship Information, Click Here


HBOIF Funded 2017 Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows

Sitting left to right: Katha Kissman, HBOIF President/CEO, Bret Kaiser, Aaron Duecaster, Grace Rosker, Carlie Perricone, Breanna DeGroot, Sarah Denka,Jordan Madio
Standing left to right: David Bradshaw, Brandon McHenry, Peter McCarthy, Ph.D.

The 2018 Honorees are the Principal Investigators proudly funded by HBOIF

Sitting/kneeling left to right: Katha Kissman, HBOIF President/CEO, Guojun Wang, Ph.D., Esther Guzman, Marilyn Mazzoil, B.S. & Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Standing left to right: Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Adam Schaefer, M.P.H, Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., 
Michael O'Reilly, Chair, HBOIF Board of Directors , Laurent Cherubin, PhD., Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D., Michael Twardowski, Ph.D., Amy Wright, Ph.D., Nick Dickens, Ph.D., 
Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D. & Paul Wills, Ph.D. 

  Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
Steve Burton, M.S., Marine Mammal Stranding Manager
Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor
Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor
 Nick Dickens, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor
 Esther Guzmán, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor
Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Research Professor & Director of Marine Ecosystem Health Research
Mingshun JiangPh.D., Associate Research Professor
​Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., Research Professor
Susan LaramorePh.D., Associate Research Professor
 Marilyn Mazzoil, B.S., Research Associate
Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor & Associate Director for Education
Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Ph.D., Research Professor
Bing Ouyang, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
Annie Page-Karjian, DVM, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor/Clinical Veterinarian
 Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., Research Professor & Executive Director, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology
John Reed, M.Sc., Research Professor
 Marty Riche, Ph.D., Research Professor
 Adam Schaefer, M.P.H., Research Coordinator & Epidemiologist
  Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., Research Professor
 Michael Twardowski, Ph.D., Research Professor
  Joshua Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
 Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
Guojun Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
 Paul Wills, Ph.D., Research Professor & Associate Director for Research
Amy Wright, Ph.D., Research Professor

  Their collective and collaborative research and activities have contributed to a healthier Indian River Lagoon for us all.


PHOTO CAPTIONS (photos are labeled) --

      •Brad Emmons, Rebecca Emmons, Becky Rossway, and Brad Rossway
      •Christina Kreiger and HBOI's Steve Burton
      •Cindy Gedeon, Harold Baker, Molly Steinwald
      •Dr. Peter McCarthy, Denise Fraile, Wyatt Koch, Hunter Hollar, John Allison
      •HBOIF 2018 Love Your Lagoon Honorees -- the HBOI Principal Investigators funded by HBOIF
      •HBOIF Funded 2017 Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows
      •HBOIF President Katha Kissman, HBOIF Chair Mike O'Reilly, Brian and Karen Cunningham
      •HBOIF Secretary Bill Stewart and Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgliesh
      •HBOIF Treasurer Marjorie Raines, Harold Baker, Eileen Hanley
      •HBOIF's 2015 Love Your Lagoon Honoree Mark Perry and 2017 Honoree Diane Barile
      •Stephanie Pickering, Indian River Community Foundation President Jeff Pickering
      •IRL Graduate Research Fellow Grace Roskar, Dr. Matt Ajemian, and IRL Graduate Research Fellow Breanna DeGroot
      •Karl Zimmermann, and Marcia Littlejohn

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation:
The mission of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation is to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) supports marine science and engineering research and education by funding HBOI-FAU efforts to advance understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific inquiry. For more information, visit

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute: 
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit