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CROW holds virtual Membership Meeting

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020


Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife held its Membership Meeting on March 25 via Zoom, with members, staff and the board of the directors attending.

The abbreviated agenda consisted of the introduction of new and returning board members and a review of 2019 achievements. CROW is pleased to announce the election of three new board members: Anthony Farhat, Phaidra McDermott and Dr. Bonnie Tucker.

President of PGI Homes Farhat’s strong business and work ethics have earned him recognition as one of the “Top 40 under 40” and “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by Gulfcoast Business Review. His dedication to Florida’s environmental health has influenced the overall direction of his company.

A true “Florida girl,” McDermott has lived on Sanibel since she was 3, and she loves the local wildlife – hence the name of her company – Kingfisher Realty. A Realtor for over 20 years, she achieved a landmark in 2016, selling both the highest priced home on Sanibel and the highest on Captiva.

A veterinarian at VCA Animal Hospital at both the Sanibel and Miracle Mile offices, Tucker received her DVM from Tufts University. She obviously has a love of animals and previously was extremely involved with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.

PHOTO PROVIDED Phaidra McDermott

In addition, Cathie Lewis and Christine Attardo began their second term on the board. Also returning are board members Edgar Burton, Amanda Curran, Bill Horvath, and Darrin Grotrian.

President Paul Ben Susan also acknowledged exiting board members Kelley Provo and Dr. Dave Nichols for their service and commitment to to the organization.

The 2020 board officers are: Paul Ben-Susan, president; Dan Murphy, vice president; Cindy M. Hawkins, treasurer; and Lynne Birdt, secretary.