|Bowen, Hertler join Reef Fund board|
|Thursday, 17 November 2011 11:07|
Cultural Director David Bowen and South Caicos School for Field Studies Center Director Dr. Heidi Hertler have joined the board of advisors of the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund.
“We are very excited about David and Heidi joining our Board of Advisors” said Don Stark, chairman of the TCRF. “Heidi brings scientific expertise that meshes with our mission, and David brings a strong local and cultural perspective to our efforts.”
Founded in 2010, TCRF is a volunteer-run organization that provides funding for education, research and conservation programs to individuals, organizations and agencies that help to preserve and protect the marine environment of the TCI.
Working with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, TCRF comanages the Blue Flag Programme requires strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
Born on Grand Turk, Bowen is the country’s cultural director and a member of the interim government’s Consultative Forum. He also is a popular local musician and instructor of yoga, wellness and dance.
His entertainment career has taken him to the Bahamas, New York, United States, Great Britain, Jamaica, Japan, Sweden and India as a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor, musician, yoga and wellness instructor. He danced in Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” music video in 1983, and he spent 10 years in Tokyo, Japan, as a dance instructor and performer with the Geki-Dan Shiki Theatrical Company.
“Joining the TCRF board is an honor for me as their efforts are directed toward helping to maintain the beautiful environment we have here in these islands that I have enjoyed all my life,” Bowen said.
Hertler is center director at the School for Field Studies (SFS), Center for Marine Resource Studies, on South Caicos. An SFS alumnus, she holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Bates College, a master of science degree in Biological Oceanography from Florida State University and a doctorate in Environmental Science from Drexel University.
She has served as distinguished research professor at Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She also led the start up of a Native Alaska environmental consulting firm that created NEPA document presentation and fostered relationships between clients and government agencies.
“I am delighted to join TCRF Board because they share my passion for educating the public about coral reef preservation,” Hertler said.
The TCRF devotes at least 85 percent of all funds raised through voluntary contributions from divers and snorkelers visiting the TCI to the fund’s programs.
For more information, visit www.tcreef.org.
Photos: David Bowen (left), Heidi Hertler (right)
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