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Greenstein named CROW’s new Executive Director

By Staff | Feb 3, 2010

Pictured from left, Dr. Amber McNamara, CROW Staff Veterinarian; Steve Greenstein, new Executive Director; Dr. PJ Deitschel, Clinic Director; and Susan Peterson Tucker, President, CROW Board of Directors.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife (CROW) Board of Directors announced last week that they have hired Steve Greenstein to serve as Executive Director for the organization.

“We are excited to have Steve join our team,” said Susan Petersen Tucker, CROW President. “He brings a wealth of talent and experience to CROW and we are looking forward to working together as an organization to further our mission of saving wildlife through care and education.”

Greenstein is no stranger to the islands, having retired to Sanibel in 1992. He served as a board member of numerous local organizations, including the Kiwanis Club, the Old Schoolhouse Theater Foundation, the Good Neighbor Community Foundation, and was a charter member and Vice-Chair of the Hodges University President’s Council.

In addition, Greenstein served as a board member and president of the local synagogue Bat Yam – Temple of the Islands, and as a member and chairman of the Sanibel Planning Commission.

Back in 2000, Steve became the Executive Director of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and held that position through 2006, guiding the Chamber through challenging times, including the ordeal of Hurricane Charley in 2004. In 2006, he was awarded the Walter Klie Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the community and also named as one of the first recipients of the Junonia Award, given by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau for his outstanding contribution to local tourism.

Prior to moving to the islands, Steve was an attorney in private practice and also served as Assistant City Solicitor for the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and General Counsel for the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation. During his tenure, he was given Mayoral Proclamations by three different mayors and upon his retirement was designated as an “Admiral of the Inner Harbor” by the City Comptroller for his work on numerous redevelopment projects that changed the face of downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area.

For the past 18 months, Greenstein has been providing consulting services to local non-profits, including The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Sanibel Community Association, and – for the last five months – has been a board consultant for CROW.

“It is a great honor to be named as CROW’s Executive Director,” said Greenstein. “I appreciate the board’s confidence in me and together we will be developing strategies for improved governance, communications, development, and facilities management. The construction of the new hospital, student housing complex and visitor education center has changed the way CROW operates on a daily basis. But we also need to ensure that the one thing that will never change is CROW’s commitment to deliver quality care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and to help prevent future injuries through education.”

Clinic Director Dr. PJ Deitschel added, “All of us at CROW welcome Steve to our team. Together, we can guarantee another successful 40 years for CROW.”

Several new ideas have already been implemented at the visitor education center, including bringing back the daily presentations that are led by volunteers.

“We need to make sure we are giving people a quality experience that is both educational and inspirational,” said Greenstein. “Volunteers have always been the heart of CROW and their passion and commitment are contagious. When you combine that with the talent and dedication of our staff and the generous and continued support of our community, we will continue making a difference in the lives, health and well-being of our wildlife neighbors.”