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New board members elected at CROW’s annual Membership Meeting

By Staff | Apr 10, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED At CROW's annual Membership Meeting on March 28, five new board members were elected. They are Lynne Birdt, Edgar Burton, Amanda Curran, William Horvath and Dan Murphy.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife held its 2017 Membership Meeting on March 28 at the Visitor Education Center.

Members, staff and the board of the directors were in attendance. The agenda consisted of the introduction of new and returning board members and a review of the 2017 achievements.

The 2018 board officers are: Dr. Dave Nichols, president; Rob Lisenbee, vice president; Paul Ben-Susan, treasurer; and Dr. Diane Bean, secretary.

The new board members elected were Lynne Birdt, Edgar Burton, Amanda Curran, William Horvath and Dan Murphy. The returning board members are Christine Attardo, Jeff Haungs, Cathie Lewis, Jeff Powers and Kelley Provo.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Birdt is a Northwestern University graduate. She spent her accounting career in the motion picture industry, continuing after her move to Fort Myers in 1991. She has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Lee County Women’s Tennis League. She and her husband were volunteers for the mounted patrol at Malibu Creek State Park.

Burton is originally from Mississippi, but has called Sanibel home since 1991. A graduate of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture, he has practiced architecture on Sanibel and Captiva since 1995. He is a former deacon for Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and currently serves on the city of Sanibel’s Contractor Review Board.

A Southwest Florida native, Curran has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. In 2009, she opened Superior Title on Sanibel, which she continues to own and operate the business. Curran is an affiliate member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors and the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

Horvath, a Chicago native who has lived with his family on Sanibel for the past three years, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in engineering. He earned a MBA in management of technology from the University of Connecticut and has spent over 20 years working in heavy manufacturing, mostly serving the automotive market.

Murphy was born in New Jersey, but has been a Florida resident for 40 years. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in business administration and earned a MBA in marketing from Virginia Tech. He and his wife have been Sanibel residents for 11 years, and they purchased Huxter’s and Sanibel Spirits in 2014.

CROW Executive Director Dr. Linda Estep and Dr. Heather Barron, hospital director, presented the following 2017 highlights:

– Exhibit upgrades at the Visitor Education Center include the Children’s Discovery Area, the “Be a Wildlife Veterinarian” Children’s Area and additions to the live animal exhibits.

– A total of 4,236 wildlife patients were admitted to the Wildlife Hospital: 55 percent birds, 37 percent mammals and 7 percent reptiles. More than 1,400 patients – about 33 percent – were released.

– CROW weathered Hurricane Irma thanks to the hard work of staff, students and volunteers.