We protect and restore
endangered coral reefs

our vision

Reef Renewal, USA, Inc. (RRUSA) is a global model that inspires volunteers to restore and protect coral reefs systems for future generations by using education, innovation, and science through grassroots community involvement.

RRUSA engages volunteers at all levels and implements effective strategies to protect and restore endangered coral reefs while inspiring, educating and empowering our communities.

We are driven by action and results.

our mission

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Meg Kiley

Digital Media Manager

Meg has a diverse background, but has always had a focus on environment and sustainability. When she isn’t communicating the important work of Reef Renewal USA, she practices underwater photography as an expression of her love for the coral reef and its inhabitants.

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ADAM PRIDA

Accounting and Bookkeeping

The corals don’t spend much time on their finances, but thankfully Adam has them covered. He channels his appreciation for our Florida Reef tract into his impeccable bookkeeping.

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SHERRI SUTTON

Leadership Development and Planning

Sherri leads us to positivity by example. She encourages the team to exploit our strengths and stay focused on our mission. Her ability to inspire and motivate is unparalleled in the coral world.

BILL CASALE

Business Development

Bill is a quick witted business strategist, working with Reef Renewal to improve its operational structure. He’s ensuring that we bring our vision for the reef to fruition, without sacrificing fun in the process.

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JIM BRITTSAN

Field Work and Diadema Program Development

After his marine science studies, Jim sought out ambitious collaborations with like-minded coral renewal practitioners, and naturally found a place with Reef Renewal. His dedication to reef renewal work, and the innovation required to improve such a complex habitat, is inspiring. His work is especially focused on diadema and their potential to renew the coral’s habitat.

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GABRIELLE ROSENBACHER

Field Work and Volunteer Training

From a young age, Gabrielle has had a passion for conserving wildlife. She’s dived in different corners of the world learning about and conserving tropical marine ecosystems. Her dedication to educate others on how they can make a difference and be involved is why she will be excellent at developing training and engaging volunteers.

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MEAGAN MURRAY

Field Work and Volunteer Coordination

Meagan is from Florida and has always known the importance of its reef system. She starting maintaining our nurseries, and guiding our volunteers in the infancy of Reef Renewal. Without her no-nonsense approach, our field work wouldn’t be half as effective.

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BEN DAUGHTRY

Board Member – Field Work and Operations

Ben makes sure our hands-on work both above and under the water is in order, while running his business, our partner, Aquarium Encounters. He has an extensive knowledge of the ecosystem we are working to renew.

To reach Ben, please visit our contact us page.

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MIKE BLOUNT

Board Member – Treasurer

Mike comes to coral from the office – moving on from his role as a respected Partner at Ernst and Young. His extensive business and accounting expertise makes Reef Renewal USA a more effective organization – ensuring financial contributions become many, many new corals. Click here for full bio.

To reach Mike, please visit our contact us page.

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Craig Watson

Board Member – Technical Advisor

Craig is the brains behind our work, making sure our methods remain scientifically sound. He started in aquaculture in 1974, and his long journey in the laboratory makes him the leading expert we need on our team. Read his full bio here.

To reach Craig, please visit our contact us page.

Ken Nedimyer

Ken Nedimyer

Board Member – Technical Director

Ken is known throughout the world of coral restoration for spearheading new techniques. More than 20 years ago, he was one of the first to develop propagation techniques for growing and planting corals in the wild. He brings his incomparable expertise to Reef Renewal and continues on a quest of revision to improve existing methods of rearing and outplanting coral.

To reach Ken, please visit our contact us page.

Tom Myers

Tom myers, Phd.

Board Member - Secretary

Tom’s appreciation for diving and the health of the reef, together with his wealth of experience as a professor of business management and psychology, combine for the perfect fit in our team. His work applies a strength-based approach to training and sharing knowledge for both the local and broader community of coral stewards.

To reach Tom, please visit our contact us page.

Bob Whitmore

BOB WHITMORE

Director of Engagement

Bob has years of experience in marketing. Having pitched a no hitter in his sports career, he’s switched his attention to the corals of the Keys. There’s no one more passionate than Bob to tell the story of how important and urgent our work is.

To reach Bob, please visit our contact us page.

Mike Echevarria |President, Reef Renewal USA

MICHAEL J. ECHEVARRIA

Board Member - President

Mike helped form Reef Renewal USA, Inc, in 2019 to carry on efforts to help grow and plant corals faster, better and less expensively by using innovative nursery and out-planting techniques. His invaluable background in business, diving and coral propagation makes him perfectly suited to lead Reef Renewal USA.

mike@reefrenewalusa.org

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