Mike Bolinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper, manages all ARK projects and all aspects of ARK’s extensive advocacy agenda. Before coming to ARK, Mr. Bolinder had a career in nonprofit management, advocacy and as an aide to a Member of Congress where he worked with lawmakers, the Governor of Florida, and the environmental community on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project. As a lobbyist, Mike’s efforts have benefited the National Coral Reef Research Institute, the Guy Harvey Research Institute’s shark forensic program, Nova Southeastern University, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Earth Conservation Corps, and a variety of other environmental interests. Mike also served as the Executive Director of the Future Fisherman Foundation, a national effort to bring recreational fishing and aquatic education to more than a quarter million children each year. He is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
Trey Sherard, ARK’s outreach coordinator/program assistant, is a 2005 graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Biology. He was the lead biologist and a captain for Sea Trek BVI, where he educated students in coral reef ecology, sea turtle ecology and conservation, invertebrate diversity and structure, reef fish ecology and identification, and estuarine (mangrove) ecology. He also worked at UNC Wilmington's Center for Marine Science as a research technician in the Ichthyology Lab where he conducted fish and larval fish ID, sediment sorting and grain size profiling, water quality measurements including turbidity and use of YSI probe, topography surveying, and fish collection maintenance.
Suzy Kelly, a Founding Board Member of Anacostia Riverkeeper, is a LEED®AP Executive with LEED® project management experience. Ms. Kelly strategizes, implements and finalizes the LEED sustainability process for owners, tenants and managers. Additionally, Ms. Kelly has extensive experience in Project Management and Event Management and Marketing. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.