Heather Askew, Events & Office Coordinator
Prior to joining the ELC in 2006, Heather A (we call her Heather A since we have 2 Heathers on staff) worked as Education Coordinator for the Marine Resources Council in Palm Bay. Before that, she worked as Store Manager/Buyer of The Green Turtle Market in Indialantic. She is currently attending UCF to attain a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications. She enjoys fishing, camping, kayaking and gardening. Her husband makes a yummy fish dip.
Rosemary Badger, Naturalist
Rosemary started with the ELC in 1999. Her previous environmental education experience includes Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex in Boca Raton and National Audubon Society in Miami. She has two undergraduate degrees, one in environmental studies and the other a double major in mathematics and German. In her free time, she runs with her dog, Fisher, in agility courses throughout the state.
Holly Dill, Executive Director
Holly became Executive Director of the ELC in 1989. Her graduate degree is in Public Administration, specialized in Growth Management. She worked as a long range planner for the Planning Office in Palm Beach County, Florida and Teton County, Wyoming. She also served as Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning, a non-profit land use advocacy organization.
Dan Perkins, Caretaker
Dan joined the staff of the ELC in 2004. His experience includes owning a home improvement business and selling real estate in New Jersey. His broad background includes plumbing, electrical, painting, and carpentry.
Nancy Puglio, Volunteer Coordinator, part time
Nancy became part of the ELC staff in 2006. She and her family moved to Florida from New Jersey in 2003. She worked in the finance/lease end of the auto industry before her three boys arrived. Nancy was active in St. Edwards Parent Association before joining ELC in 2006.
Sarah Rhodes-Ondi, Naturalist
Sarah started with the ELC in 2006 as a part time Naturalist. She was then promoted to full time in 2008. She has two degrees in Marine Biology, a Bachelor of Arts from New College in Sarasota, Florida and a Master of Science from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the behavioral ecology of the mangrove tree crab and her Master’s thesis focused on the physiological ecology of Mclaughlin’s hermit crab in the seagrass beds of the Indian River Lagoon. Environmental education has been a passion of hers since she planted a butterfly garden with elementary school children in Brownsville, Texas as an undergraduate project. In Sarah’s free time she loves kayaking, swimming, kickboxing, doing yoga, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and finding shells on the beach. In 2009, Sarah became recognized by the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide and in 2013 she became a Certified Interpretive Trainer.
Heather Stapleton, Education Director, CIP
Heather Stapleton joined the ELC in 2003. She graduated from Indiana University with majors in Environmental Studies, Political Science and French. Upon graduation, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa for three years. During this time, she traveled a lot and fell in love with environmental education—and that’s what she’s been doing ever since. She volunteers for the Caribbean Conservation Corporation and Pelican Island Preservation Society and is a Life Coach at the Vero Beach Community Church. She enjoys gardening, traveling, SCUBA diving and kayaking. In 2010, Heather earned the highest professional level certification from the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Planner.
Camille S. Yates, Development Director
Since she was a young girl, Camille S. Yates has immersed herself in nature. Following her love of the outdoors, she received a Master of Science in Ecology from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. While pursing her degree, she also worked as the ELC’s Shoreline Revegetation Coordinator where she motivated almost 1,000 people to help plant mangroves along the Indian River Lagoon shoreline. Later, Camille served as Curator of the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce for 6 years and then oversaw the Center for 3 years as an executive at Fort Pierce Utilities. She brings extensive experience in fund development to the ELC.
Linda Weisner, Administrative Assistant, part time
Linda Weisner joined the ELC in 2011. She spent most of her career working for financial institutions, most recently U.S. Trust. Linda served in Junior and Senior Secretary positions, as an Administrative Assistant, and as a Relationship Associate. Linda spends her Monday through Thursdays at the ELC working part time as our Administrative Assistant.