BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Jonnie Smallman

As a passionate environmental steward, Jonnie is a long-time dedicated member and volunteer for Bay Watch (RMA). She initiated Bay Watch’s Living Shoreline Program and re-establish the successful Grasses in Classes program. In addition to her previous work with Bay Watch, Jonnie’s non-profit experience includes leadership roles in the Sweetbay Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Master Gardener Program through the UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Office. Professionally, she oversaw Navy environmental compliance and facilitated an award winning habitat restoration project at NSA Panama City’s shoreline. Jonnie brings dedication, dependability, and professionalism to her Bay Watch role.
Bay Watch Member and Volunteer: 8 years

Vice President: Mercedes Franklin

A creative and skilled artist, Mercedes Franklin has a great empathy and connection to our estuary. She brings a passion for the protection of our watershed and is an effective eco-activist currently working to protect North Bay from major development that threatens the delicate ecosystem of our Bay. Mercedes is a great addition to the Board with great ideas and dedication to the goals and mission of St. Andrew Bay Watch.
Bay Watch Member: 1 year. Bay Watch Volunteer: 3 years

Secretary: Robin Shader

Although new to St. Andrew Bay Watch, Robin Shader has plenty of non-profit experience with the Florida Library Association, the Panhandle Library Access Network, and the Bay County Audubon Society. Paired with her interest in protecting the environment for future generations, Robin’s professional skill set as Director of Bay County Library and Northwest Regional Library System is a perfect fit for Secretary of Bay Watch.
Bay Watch Member and Volunteer: 1 year

Treasurer: Keith Hagen

Keith brings a great deal of important Bay Watch experience to the Board having served as a past President. With 50 years of extensive financial, banking, and technology experience, he is uniquely qualified to assist with the complex financial needs of Bay Watch. Keith’s love of the water and fishing drives him to share his talents with protecting our Bay.
Bay Watch Member and Volunteer: 3 years

Director at Large: Molly Allen

Molly Allen’s dedication to protecting freshwater and natural resources is very clear. As a co-founder of the Friends of Lullwater Lake Association, she understands the importance of water quality monitoring, data recording, and protecting coastal tributary flow rates against sovereign lands. She is a long time water quality sampling volunteer, understands the importance of engaging with city agencies on environmental issues, and is dedicated to volunteerism. Molly is also a Master Gardener through UF/IFAS Bay County Extension office.
Bay Watch Member: 3 years. Bay Watch Volunteer: 8 years

Director at Large: Shelia Nogueira-Prewitt

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science, Shelia Nogueira-Prewitt also brings 5 years of experience as a Bay Watch Water Quality Volunteer and hired lab technician/volunteer coordinator from 2013-2018. Additionally, her professional conservation experience stems from oyster restoration in West Bay with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Shelia’s passion for keeping our local estuaries healthy and beautiful, focused skill set, and professional experience will be a strong support to the Bay Watch efforts.
Bay Watch Member: 1 year. Bay Watch Volunteer: 5 years

Director at Large: Velvet Gilchrist

A Bay County educator for 12 years, Velvet Gilchrist has volunteered with St. Andrew Bay Watch’s Grasses in Classes and Water Quality Programs for 4 years. Her knowledge working with the K-12 age groups and first hand experience with our current conservation programs offers a terrific perspective on the potential of Bay Watch plans for the future.
Bay Watch Member: 1 year. Bay Watch Volunteer: 4 years


Water Quality Volunteer Chair: VACANT

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Living Shoreline Volunteer Chair: VACANT

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Grasses in Classes Volunteer Chair: VACANT

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Scientific Advisor: Vacant

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STAFF

Water Quality Director (full-time): Christina Cantrell

St. Andrew Bay Watch operates a volunteer-based water quality sampling program that monitors the health of St. Andrew Bay and adjacent waters at 70 fixed monitoring sites each month. The Water Quality Director is responsible for analyzing and maintaining water quality data and providing regular reports along with an annual State of the Bay Report. The Director is responsible for supervising the Water Quality Technician and assisting with training and coordination of volunteers, assisting with water sampling, and management of the laboratory and database files. The Water Quality Director communicates with external organizations and attends public meetings, community outreach events and other various public functions as necessary to provide water quality protection information. This position reports to the St. Andrew Bay Water Quality Chair for the Board of Directors.

Water Quality Lab Manager (part-time): Linda Beauchamp

The Water Quality Lab Manager is responsible for maintaining boats and sampling equipment, assisting with training and coordination of volunteers, assisting with water sampling, and management of the laboratory and database files.  The position trains, and supervises volunteers to accomplish monthly water sampling activities according to established sampling protocols and conducts analysis of samples.

Data Manager (part-time): Kalli Parauka

The Data Manager is responsible for inputting and maintaining water quality data into standardized electronic data formats and the WIN System (Watershed Information Network) as well as QA/QC the data.