Meet Our Team 


Ken Nedimyer

President

Ken Nedimyer is the Founder and President of Coral Restoration Foundation.  He has been in the Florida Keys for over 40 years and has seen first hand the degradation of the Florida Reef Tract. As the stressors that affect coral began to get the upper hand, Ken always believed someone needed to do something to help the reefs and realized that he was the one to make this difference.

For many years, Ken, his family, and a group of dedicated volunteers worked passionately to refine techniques to propagate staghorn coral.  This became the basis of Coral Restoration Foundation’s mission. Ken believes that we can help natural corals overcome the stressors that have caused major destruction to our coral reefs. Ken has been recognized for his leadership in this field.  He was named a CNN Hero in 2012.  In 2013, he received the Wyland ICON Award and in 2014, Ken was named the Disney Worldwide Conservation Hero.

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Scott Winters

CEO

Scott is a serial entrepreneur of 15 years following a career as an academic scientist. His ventures have ranged from entertainment, through consumer goods to healthcare. Highlights of his career include the development of the world’s most technologically advanced pediatric cancer center. He has served on the board of directors for multiple entrepreneurial ventures as well as international non-profits. Throughout his career he has published 2 books, over 50 technical articles and popular papers, and amassed over 750 hours of public speaking.

Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in two simultaneous programs (Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity and BioInformatics and Computational Biology), received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and is Phi Beta Kappa. Scott’s passion for ocean conservation brought him to the Florida Keys to inspire others to help save our ocean.

Martha Roesler

Chief Development Officer

Growing up near the Jersey Shore, the ocean has long been a passion of Martha’s. As an avid scuba diver, Martha became familiar with Coral Restoration Foundation by volunteering in the coral nursery. When the organization was ready to expand their team, she jumped at the chance to join on a full-time basis. Prior to joining Coral Restoration Foundation, Martha worked with the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In her sixteen years at TNC, she successfully raised funds for conservation efforts locally and globally. Her efforts took her to Alaska, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Belize and Costa Rica to cultivate major gifts for conservation. Martha received her Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Environmental Science from Indiana University. She happily resides in Key Largo, Florida.

Ashley Hill

Education Program Manager

Despite growing up in the landlocked state of Colorado, Ashley fell in love with the ocean at a young age and pursued a degree in marine science. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and emphasis in Marine Ecology. In addition to marine science studies, Ashley became a diver several years ago and has been hooked ever since. She knew she wanted to study tropical marine ecology, especially in relation to coral reefs, after studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands where the fragile yet resilient nature of the reefs fascinated her. Ashley began her time at Coral Restoration Foundation as an intern in 2014 and has happily resided in Key Largo ever since. She organizes the volunteer and intern program, as well as organizes educational outreach and related projects.

Jessica Levy

Reef Restoration Program Manager

Jessica hails from North Carolina and is a self-named coral geek passionate about tropical coral reef conservation. While pursuing a BS in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her interest in tropical coral reef ecosystems began in 2008 while studying abroad at James Cook University (JCU) in Australia. JCU is situated only a stone’s throw away from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and from her first dive on the GBR she was hooked on corals! Since then she has spent her time traveling to destinations like Curacao, Bermuda, and California following her interest in reef conservation.

In 2011 she found herself back at JCU pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Conservation with a special focus on incorporating climate change modeling into Marine Protected Area design. She couldn’t be more excited about getting the opportunity to be apart of an organization with a mission as powerful as the Coral Restoration Foundations’.

Kayla Ripple

Science Program Manager

Kayla recently graduated from the University of Tampa in May 2012 where she received her B.S. in Marine Sciences and Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. While at UT, Kayla focused her studies on coral reefs and fell in love with the wonderful world of coral. She completed independent projects on reef ecosystems and traveled to Roatan, Honduras where her love of the reefs only grew. She has volunteered with other marine conservation organizations including the Florida Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St Petersburg, Florida.

Kayla came to Key Largo for a REEF internship in September 2012. During her time, she was able to volunteer with us and became a Coral Restoration Foundation intern the following semester. She is so happy to be in Key Largo working to restore these precious ecosystems.

Julie Alexander

Accounting Manager

Julie comes to Coral Restoration Foundation with 20 years of accounting experience with an emphasis on the development of operations processes. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Management. Julie has been a Key Largo resident for 15 years and she’s excited to be working with an organization that has such a positive impact both locally and globally.

Alex Neufeld

Data Manager

A resident of northern Indiana, Alex graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a degree in Biology and a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. His first introduction to the Florida Keys was through a high school marine biology course held in Long Key and he has pursued a career in marine science ever since. After interning at Coral Restoration Foundation for eight months, Alex has taken on a slightly different role finding creative new ways for the foundation to utilize its data and digital media.

When he isn’t scuba diving, Alex can often be found outside with a camera or in the water practicing his freediving skills.

Roxane Boonstra

Recreational Dive Program Manager

After completing her Masters degree from the University of Miami’s marine program, Roxane spent six years in the Cayman Islands. She worked as a Jill-of-all-trades in the SCUBA diving industry, amassing over 2,000 dives as an underwater videographer, SCUBA instructor and divemaster. On the surface, these were just jobs; under the surface is where Roxane feels most at home. During her time on the small Sister Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, Roxane spent her free time hunting lionfish, educating tourists on marine science, and participating in Nassau grouper research. Between these activities, she never left her love for coral behind, co-founding a Coral Nursery on the small island of Cayman Brac. As part of the Coral Restoration Foundation team, Roxane looks forward to continuing to share her passion for reef conservation by managing the Recreational Dive Program.

Sonny Bamburg

Reef Restoration Program Associate

Sonny is a 100 ton Master Captain and certified PADI Divemaster with 30 years dive experience. Originally from Louisiana, Sonny has been living and working in the Keys for 14 years. Prior to this he owned a photography studio, spent 8 years in the US Air Force, did construction work above the water and below, worked in the oilfield, drove shrimp boats, repaired air conditioners and played in a rock and roll band. He loves sharing his adventures with his wife Lindsey, his sons Nathan and Joshua, and considers this the best job yet.

Tommy Paige

Reef Restoration Program Associate

Tommy comes to Coral Restoration Foundation from the “Mountain State”, West Virginia. While in West Virginia he received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Davis and Elkins College in 2008. Shortly after, Tommy moved to the Florida Keys and has been here ever since. He has worked as a Marine Science instructor for other non-profits including MarineLab and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, while gaining knowledge of the ecology of the Florida Keys. He has received his 50-ton Master Captain license, NAUI SCUBA Instructor and American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor while bouncing around the Keys. Tommy has volunteered with the Coral Restoration Foundation team before, via MarineLab, running dive trips to the nursery, performing nursery maintenance, and outplanting corals. Now he plans to continue the mission of Coral Restoration Foundation and help save the reefs!

Megan Williams

Reef Restoration Program Associate

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Megan found her passion for the ocean through the many family vacations to the coast. After snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, she quickly fell in love with coral reefs, sparking a passion for reefs, and their conservation that followed her into college. Through her time as an undergraduate at the University of Miami, she frequently dove to the Keys, leading to their reefs finding a special place in her heart. After graduating last year with a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology, Megan is absolutely thrilled to be working with Coral Restoration Foundation to put her dreams and passion of coral reef conservation to work.

Daniel Burdeno

Reef Restoration Program Associate

Dan’s love for the ocean and coral reefs began at an early age after numerous trips to the New England Aquarium.  As a young teenager he was introduced to scuba diving by his father during a family vacation and has not stopped diving since.  His first experience with coral restoration was in 2011 when he spent a week with CRF as a volunteer diver for Eckerd College.  Since then Dan has made it his goal to work in the field of coral restoration.  In December of 2016 he graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters degree in Marine Biology and Ecology.  During his time at UM he worked with their coral restoration program, Rescue A Reef, where he was able to focus his thesis research on restoration and citizen science.  He has received training as an AAUS Scientific diver and a PADI Dive Instructor and is completely at home working underwater.  Dan has developed a strong passion for the Florida reef system and is excited to be able to continue working to restore it with the Coral Restoration Foundation.


 Our Interns 

Emma Thomson

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

Emma grew up just outside of Hartford, Connecticut and attended school at the University of Richmond in Virginia where she graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science. After diving for the first time in Key Largo, she knew that coral reefs were going to be her greatest passion and has directed her studies to the water ever since. Studying abroad in Sydney, Australia allowed her the exceptional opportunity to dive the Great Barrier Reef and see first hand the amount of degradation corals are experiencing. Armed with a deep love for the reefs and a passion to ensure their long-term survival, Emma returned to the states ready to dedicate her life to coral restoration. She intends to pursue a career in the field and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Coral Restoration Foundation to promote that goal.

Katie Wood

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

Originating from outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, Katie recently graduated Seattle University in June 2016 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Her passion for marine science was ignited after participating in a Marine Ecology research course conducted in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific northwest and consequently she became an associate in research projects conducted on freshwater algae, snapping shrimps, and coral reef ecology worldwide; ranging from Seattle, Washington to Exmouth, Western Australia. Katie is excited in the continuation of her career in research and education at Coral Restoration Foundation, to further aid in the understanding of our oceans as a global community.

Austen Stovall

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

A native of Kill Devil Hills North Carolina, Austen comes to Coral Restoration Foundation after most recently working as a Special Activities Instructor at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University, she spent a semester as a Marine Conservation Intern with Reef Environmental Education Foundation in Key Largo, FL.  There she honed her fish identification skills and participated in cutting-edge lionfish research.  She then left Key Largo to spend time in Bocas del Toro, Panama as a Program Intern with the School for Field Studies.  Throughout these past experiences Austen only furthered her passion for marine conservation and diving.  She is excited to be back in Key Largo and working on exciting new endeavors with Coral Restoration Foundation!

Amelia Moura

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

Amelia’s interest in coral restoration began with her pursuit of her scientific diving certification through the University of Southern California. During her time at USC, Amelia traveled to the Micronesian islands of Guam and Palau to conduct species abundance and diversity research on several protected coral reefs after a major typhoon. Since then, Amelia has dedicated her time to nonprofit organizations that specialize in ocean conservation by pursuing opportunities to explore shark tagging and research, oceanic time-series data management, aquarist duties, and marine education programs. With Coral Restoration Foundation, Amelia is eager to gain hands-on experience restoring endangered coral species in addition to educating the local community about how to make a difference.

Shalimar Moreno

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

Born and raised in South Florida, Shalimar was intrigued at a young age by its diverse ecosystems. She graduated in December 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from Florida International University. During her undergraduate, she learned to scuba dive and went on to becoming a certified AAUS Scientific Diver where she fell in love with the world of marine biology. Last summer, she worked in Key Largo helping a lab from her University doing fish surveys of herbivorous species on the reefs as well as helping with other ongoing projects. Shalimar is now very excited to be spending her summer again in the Keys working with Coral Restoration Foundation to learn more about the methods of reef restoration and to share that critical knowledge with others in her community.

Eric Carstens

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

Eric grew up right outside of DC, in Oakton, VA, and just received his BS in Biology and Marine Science from the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA. Eric has always had a passion for the ocean, but began to focus on coral reef conservation after spending some time in the Leeward Islands in high school. More recently, Eric spent a summer on Utila with the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center. Unfortunately, no whale sharks were to be found, so he spent his time monitoring the reefs for fish and invertebrate diversity, and working with lionfish population control. Eric is planning on eventually continuing his education to focus specifically on coral reef conservation and tropical marine ecology. Eric has spent his whole life in reef-less Virginia, the past four years in Colonial Williamsburg, so he is thrilled to be working with coral and reef restoration on a daily basis.

Christina Mallica

Coral Conservation & Restoration Intern

I am a South Florida native, born and raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, a proud mother to a miniature dachshund named Jake, and a recent graduate from the University of Florida with a BSc in Marine Science. During my time at UF, I traveled abroad to Akumal, Mexico where I conducted field experiments on how tourism affects reef fish behavior. It’s in Mexico where I fell in love with field research and coral reef ecology and have been involved as a research assistant and scientific diver at UF ever since, working mostly in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. I have aspirations to go to graduate school and earn my Ph.D., focusing on coral growth dynamics and exploring the question of how we can use ecology to better coral outplanting efforts. I am very excited for the opportunity to continue my education as a researcher at Coral Restoration Foundation and to educate the local community on how everyone can get involved and promote a healthy ocean and coral restoration!