About Us

by Jason

About FMSEA

Founded in 1968, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association is a nonprofit organization whose members are dedicated to making the public more aware of Florida’s fragile coastline through education.

The major role of FMSEA is to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas, information and resources among Florida’s marine educators.

FMSEA is a chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, as in other organizations, does the majority of the work of the organization during its meetings. The Board meets several times a year at locations across the state and the meetings are open to all members. Taking place over a weekend, the extended time allows the board to fully cover the many items on the agenda, as well as take-in some behind-the- scenes exploring of the host site for our annual conference.

Officers

President (2014-2015)

President Elect (2014-2015)

The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards.

Past President Elect (2014-2015)

Secretary (2014-2016)

The FMSEA Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and is tasked with recording, preparing and distributing the minutes. Secretary is also responsible for maintaining Board policies and maintaining compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures.

Treasurer (2013-2016)

A vital position for the entire FMSEA organization, the Treasurer maintains the financial records and accounts. This position demands a dedicated person who will be required to attend all Board Meetings and support the growth of FMSEA as a whole.

Membership Secretary (2012-2015)

NMEA Representative (interim)

  • Carol Leonard, Lemon Bay High School (ret.)
  • Mobile: (941) 786-8577
  • Blog: NMEA News

Regional Directors

Regional Directors (RD) are clearinghouses for information about marine science education events, activities and opportunities. RDs create and support training and professional development opportunities and work to nurture and actively grow that professional network of marine science educators that is FMSEA’s single greatest benefit. RDs must attend and contribute to all Board Meetings.

1-Panhandle

Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, Holmes, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsen, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor

2-North (2014-2016)

Hamilton, Suwanee, Columbia, Union, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Dixie, Bradford, Alachua, Levy, Putnam, Marion, Citrus

3-Northeast (2013-2015)

Nassau, Duval, Baker, Clay, Saint Johns

4-West Central (2014-2016)

Hernado, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Desoto

5-East Central (2013-2015)

Flagler, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Indian River

6-Southwest (2013-2015)

Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier

7-Southeast (2013-2015)

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, Saint Lucie

Non-Voting Members

Community Manager (appointed)

Historian (appointed)

ASC Workshop Liaison (appointed)

FAST Liaison (appointed)

Web Developer (appointed)

Committees

Conference Committee
Tampa Bay (2015)

The Conference Committee is responsible for the planning and implemention of FMSEA’s annual statewide conference. Each member should maintain communication with the Conference Chair between the time of the initial planning and the conference and work with the Conference Chair to prepare a schedule of when all arrangements will be complete.

Chairs: Heather Segura (Past-President)

Conference Committee
NMEA Annual Conference – Orlando, Florida (2016)

FMSEA will host the annual conference of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in Orlando, Florida. FMSEA is one of 17 local/regional chapter of the national organization. The annual conference is an excellent entry-point to becoming more involved in NMEA and all members are encouraged to contribute to the success of the 2016 conference.

Chairs: Laura Diederick (NMEA Director, FMSEA Chair), Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski (FMSEA President), Howard Rutherford (NMEA President)

Development Committee

The Development Committee is primarily responsible for the development of a long-range fundraising plan to include corporate/foundation/individual donations. The Development Committee informs the Board of existing grant funding for FMSEA activities. The Development Committee also encourages Regional Directors and members to make known regional and statewide funding opportunities for aquatic education programs known to FMSEA and its members.

Committee Chair: Howard Rutherford
Committee Members: Open

Responsibilities of the Development Committee include:

  • Develop long-range fundraising plan
  • Identify target fundraising goal
  • Develop and maintain prospective list of corporate/foundation/individual donors
  • Develop and maintain recognition of corporate/foundation/individual donors
  • Provide list of proposals/collaborative projects in which FMSEA has a presence
  • Communicate “Funds/In-kind Contributions” leveraged by Regional Directors and members to the Board
  • Encourage members to make regional and state funding opportunities for aquatic education programs known to FMSEA and its Regional Directors

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee is primarily responsible for developing a marketing plan for FMSEA to promote ocean literacy. Consideration should be given to the ocean literacy messages developed by the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

Chair: Jenna Cummings (President-Elect)
Committee Members: Jason Robertshaw (Web Developer), Heather Segura (Past-President)

Responsibilities of the Marketing Committee include:

  • Development of FMSEA marketing plan
  • Development of unified ocean messages to be used when there are “events” i.e. injured animals, strandings or harmful algal blooms
  • Develop a model news release about FMSEA for use locally by region
  • Development of FMSEA collateral material to distribute at regional meetings and special events i.e. Oceans Day, FAST, NMEA

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee strives to recruit and involve new and existing members and maintain an accurate and clean FMSEA membership database. The Membership Committee works closely with the Marketing Committee to develop collateral material to use a recruitment tool. The Membership Committee works closely with the Development Committee to review and assess membership benefits.

Committee Chair: Ann Marine Shields
Committee Members: Open

Responsibilities of the Membership Committee include:

  • Maintain an accurate and clean database
  • Provide Regional Directors with updates at each board meeting
  • Review and propose enhancements to membership process i.e. timing, benefits, etc..
  • Recommend enhanced membership benefits to the Board.
  • Create ways to involve members in FMSEA committees and activities.

Professional Development Committee

The Outreach and Awareness Committee strives to increase awareness and appreciation of marine and aquatic education in formal and non-formal educational settings at all levels, and the role of FMSEA in facilitating that process. Efforts generally include developing processes and materials for various publics, especially the education community.

Committee Chair: Open
Committee Members: Open

Responsibilities of the Membership Committee include:

  • Compile materials developed by FMSEA members related to marine and aquatic education and align with
    the ocean literacy principles, Sunshine State Standards and National Science Education Standards
  • Compile materials developed by FMSEA members related to marine and aquatic education and align with the ocean literacy principles, Sunshine State Standards and National Science Education Standards Prepare for the next round of science curriculum review in 2012‐2013 to ensure ocean literacy principles are a strong component of the curriculum
  • Modify the NMEA ocean literacy presentation for a Florida audience and offer as a workshop (using the collection workshop as a model)
  • Oversee the “Enhancing Public Engagement” focus area in the NMEA Strategic Plan 2008‐2013
  • Look for opportunities for collaboration with other organizations and report out to the Board on these efforts
  • Encourage Board members to participate in regional meetings by reporting on dates during Board meetings

Online and Social Media Committee

The website committee works closely with the webmaster and is primarily responsible for developing a website plan for Board review and approval.

Committee Chair: Laura Diederick (Community Manager)
Committee Members: Jason Robertshaw (RD-Southwest), Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski (President)

Responsibilities of the Membership Committee include:

  • Develop website goals
  • Identify type and depth of website
  • Develop a website plan for development, implementation and maintenance
  • Develop website budget for Board review and approval