STR Board of Directors
Jim Wheatcroft, President
After a 30+ year career in the computer field in the Philadelphia area, we retired to Ocean City, NJ in June of 2010. In 2013, looking for something worthwhile to do with my time, I became a volunteer dog-walker at the Humane Society of Ocean City (HSOC). There I met and became friends with Bill Deerr and Brandi Biehl. I was impressed with their dedication to the animals at the shelter, and their passion for doing everything they could to help those animals. When they got STR moving and were looking to expand the Board of Directors of STR, they asked me if I would like to join the board. I was honored to be asked, and excited to sign up to help out.
With my background in computer work, experience in project planning and implementation, and lessons learned from owning my own small I/T consulting business for 7 years, I feel I bring a solid business perspective to the workings of STR.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking my own dog, Abby, along with the pups down at the HSOC. I am an avid cyclist, and work part-time in a local bike shop. I look forward being a small part of the implementation and operation of Sea Turtle Recovery.
Dr. Colin McDermott, Vice President
Colin McDermott, VMD grew up in South Jersey and has always been fascinated with all animals, especially reptiles and amphibians. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, he spent time in training programs to learn more and work toward specialization in the medicine and surgery of exotic animals (small mammals, birds, reptiles and fish). He was the previous veterinary fellow at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD and worked with their National Aquarium Animal Rescue team to provide medical care for sick and injured sea turtles. After moving back to New Jersey, he joined the board of directors for Sea Turtle Recovery as a way to continue with the conservation and care of these endangered and important species.
Erin Rumsey, Secretary
I grew up at the beach in Spring Lake, NJ and I am a true beach girl at heart. I spend as much time on the beach and in the ocean as possible. I also consider myself a lifelong learner and find myself continually back in school. I graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut after majoring in Political Science and Sociology. I have returned to school three times since college to get various degrees. After all of my education, it is only fitting that I am a teacher. I have been a Special Education Teacher for the last 12 years and presently teach a 5th grade self-contained class. Being a teacher allows me to travel during the summers to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. While I am there I take part in their volunteer Turtle Patrol Program. I have been participating in nesting and hatching patrol for Loggerhead Sea Turtles for the last 6 years. I was lucky enough last year to see two nest boils (a boil is when all the hatchlings erupt from the nest together) on back to back mornings. This experience made all the early mornings and hard work pay off! I was thrilled to find out about Sea Turtle Recovery and realize that I would be able to help save and rehabilitate sea turtles all year long.
Jennifer Rawlins, Treasurer
I have been with my current company for 19+ years. Although my career is in accounting, I have always had a strong passion for nature and science. So much so, that I have an associate degree in biology.
I spend as much free time as possible at the beach, all times of the year. Growing up the beach was like a second home to our family. So I was very honored when asked to join this team of talented, intelligent individuals in their journey to protect and preserve sea turtles and their habitat for future generations. My other hobbies and interests include photography, camping, live music, kayaking, and wine tasting.
Anne Scotland, Trustee
Anne has been with the Board since its inception. She is a recently retired Mortgage Banker with over 20 years in the industry. Anne has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburg. She now lives in Brigantine, NJ, a shore community that cares deeply for the health if the ocean environment and the creatures that depend on it. Anne and her husband, John, have four daughters and three grandchildren.
Chris Keating, Trustee
With lifelong ties to the New Jersey shoreline I joined Sea Turtle Recovery with a goal of helping to protect the environment and the wildlife with which we swim. STR's mission is one of service and preservation to these animals. I couldn't be more proud to help in any way that I can. I've watched first-hand as the staffers at this non-profit work day and night to rehabilitate, nurse and eventually release these sea turtles back into the wild. I live in Monmouth County and have long been a TV and radio journalist working in New Jersey and New York, currently reporting for News 12 New Jersey.