Steering Committee

Festival Co-Chairs

  • E. Howard Rutherford, Senior Director of Development, USF Foundation
  • Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St Pete Innovation District

City of St. Petersburg

  • Tony Leno, Manager of Event Recruitment
  • Paul Stellrecht, Event Coordinator

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Jessica Pernell, Graphics Consultant (MarineQuest Liaison)
  • Kelly Richmond, Communications Director

HD Interactive

  • Kevin Hohl, Chief Strategy Officer

NOAA Fisheries

  • Kimberly Amandola, Communications Specialist
  • Allison Garrett, Communications Specialist

Ocean Conservancy

  • Catherine Bruger, Social Media & Community Engagement Coordinator

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

  • Joe Whalen, Communications & Outreach Coordinator

USF St Petersburg Campus

  • Madhu Pandey, College of Arts and Sciences
  • David Rosengrant, Ed.D., Interim Director of Education, Associate Professor of STEM Education
  • Sudsy Tschiderer, Office of External Affairs

USF College of Marine Science

  • Abdiel Laureano-Rosario
  • Loraine Martell-Bonet
  • Natalia Lopez-Figueroa

U.S. Geological Survey

  • Chris Reich, Deputy Center Director
  • Meaghan Faletti, Information Specialist

Community Members

  • Jessie Peter

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