Alex Gillen is a graduate of Martin County High School, the University of Florida, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Oregon. Alex holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy and a Juris Doctor degree, and is a member of the Martin County and Florida Bar Associations. Alex formerly worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations for the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and the full committee staff. Alex believes the St. Lucie River and Estuary, the most biodiverse Estuary in North America, should be treated as the national treasure that it is.
Peter Girard leads audience and content development, including research and reporting on South Florida's water management and its impact on the Everglades, Florida Bay, Lake Okeechobee, and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. He learned to fly fish on the St. Lucie, and caught his first snook on a grass flat that was destroyed by discharges in 2016.
Native ties and deep-rooted appreciation go a long way towards inspiring action. After graduating from St. Augustine’s Flagler College, Allie Preston returned to find her home waters of Stuart, FL in disrepair. Alarmed and infuriated by political forces at play, Allie joined the fight as communications manager with Bullsugar.org. Working alongside a team of like minded, impassioned individuals, Allie has aided content development, research and social media engagement that has generated an upwelling of grassroots involvement and statewide recognition for the mismanagement of South Florida’s water and its effect on the Everglades and coastal estuaries.
Chris is a retired Internet entrepreneur. He received his BS in Economics at Harvard University. He is an avid fisherman whose favorite two places are Florida Bay and the southern Indian River Lagoon, which he looks forward to seeing healthy again in the not too distant future.
In 1946 Sandy was born in Atlanta and moved to Miami for a business opportunity in 1972. Shortly after moving he fell in love with the Keys and Everglades. In 1985 he retired to Islamorada but not one to sit still he founded the Florida Keys Fly Fishing School in 1989, he and his wife Sue operate Florida Keys Outfitters which opened in 1992.
An avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman, Dave was born and raised in Miami and grew up in the 80's and 90's exploring the waters of Florida Bay, the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, and the Keys. He is a University of Florida alumni, and has worked across the state as a commercial real estate broker since graduating in 2003. He currently resides in Jupiter, but you can usually find him anywhere there are tarpon swimming in the spring and summer months.
Kenan is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami. After receiving a degree in computer science from Brown University, Kenan returned home to run his family's propane gas distribution company. Shortly after moving up to Stuart, his family experienced the Lost Summer of 2013. Looking into the causes of the damaging discharges, he found that the politicians and Sugar industry were full of Bullsugar and decided to do something about it.
Richard was born in Miami in 1958 and his love affair with the Everglades started soon after. Richard has explored the Glades from its Shingle Creek headwaters to Sandy Key. He has served as President of the Herman Lucerne Memorial Foundation. The Foundation has made Everglades National Park as its sole beneficiary. Living in Islamorada, Florida he is now focusing his efforts on helping the River of Grass flow as nature intended from the southern lip of Lake Okeechobee to the bights and bays of Florida Bay.
Dr. Lloyd Wruble was born in Exeter, Pennsylvania. He is an Oral Surgeon by Profession and remains very active serving on several committees and the Board of Baptist Medical Group with Baptist Health South Florida. He was a member of the group organizing the Florida Conservation Association now known as CCA. He remains an active angler and is well known for his prowess fishing the waters of Everglades National Park, particularly the area known as Hell’s Bay. Dr. Wruble has been featured on many TV fishing shows such as Sportsman’s Adventures and Flats Class. He also has been featured in Florida Sportsman Magazine. Dr. Wruble has been a steward of ENP and raises funds for the Park through the Herman Lucerne Memorial Foundation, founded by him in 1999. All funds are currently being raised by The Herman Lucerne Backcountry Fishing Championship. This Tournament is the largest backcountry event in the Florida Keys. Having witnessed the decline and destruction of our estuaries Dr. Wruble has been very involved via social media and fishing clubs, providing education regarding our water issues. He believes that although he may not be around to see Florida Bay and our Eastern and Western estuaries returned to their pristine conditions, he will continue to focus his attention towards correcting these disasters facing us today.