FJB Board Members

FJB Board Members2021-02-23T18:04:53-05:00

Meet Our Board










The Friends of Jupiter Beach Board of Directors is made up of a handful of residents and local business owners. Click on their names below to learn more about them.

Rick is an accomplished sales executive and business owner with a record of success at driving growth and profits of start-up companies in both the product and service sectors.

His love of health and fitness led him to purchasing a failing health club in Juno Beach in 2005. He has grown the club from 400 active members to over 1,600. Today Loggerhead Fitness has a stellar reputation in the community and in 2014 was awarded Small Business of the Year by the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Rick’s passion for sports and fitness remains high – he loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, cycles weekly and works out with a certified personal trainer when at all possible. Rick’s favorite quote: ” Being successful in business is not about making money; it’s about having passion for what you do. Life shouldn’t be a chore”.


Geoff joined The Friends of Jupiter Beach in 1998 after recognizing FJB was in part responsible for time the Joneses’ dogs were able to spend at the beach. Within a short time thereafter, FJB’s founder, Anita Lankler, convinced Geoff to take over the role of assigning volunteers to team leaders at FJB’s monthly beach cleanups. By 2001, he accepted a position on FJB’s board.

Geoff’s law firm, Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones, also supports FJB by acting as a monthly beach cleanup sponsor and as a sponsor at the annual FJB Food and Wine Festival. Geoff and his wife Cheryl have lived in Jupiter since 1987.

Mark is a native Floridian and a life-long residence of Palm Beach County. Mark graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and was a four year starter on the school’s baseball team. Mark currently resides in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Natasha and their two children.

After graduating from college, Mark joined Raymond James as an investment advisor. Through his work at Raymond James, Mark helps his clients plan for their future by using a variety of financial planning techniques. Mark obtained his Accredited Asset Management Specialist, AAMS® certification in 2013.

Mark is very active in the community and you might find him coaching youth sports with the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association (JTAA) or volunteering at other community events such as Artigras or the Loggerhead Triathlon. He sits on numerous boards and enjoys lending his talents to organizations such as the Friends of Jupiter Beach.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys participating in athletics and fitness related activities. Mark also is a licensed Private Pilot and enjoys flying around the state of Florida looking for the best cheeseburger.

Jeff is the Government Affairs Manager at Waste Management – based in Hobe Sound and has been with the company since 1979. He is responsible for Public Sector Services and for interfacing with government agencies in the surrounding six counties. Jeff’s role as Government Affairs Manager includes statewide strategic initiative coordination and oversight of outreach activities for Waste Management. Jeff is a charter member of the Keep America Beautiful affiliates of Florida and former chairperson of the Palm Beach Gardens Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Past President of the Business Development Board of Martin County. He also serves on the Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast, Keep Martin Beautiful, Okeechobee Education Foundation, the Economic Council of Martin County, Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, President’s Council member of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity.

Marina was born in Siberia and grew up in Ukraine. She is fluent in Russian, moved to the U.S. when she was 18, and has carved out her life in Florida. She has earned a degree in Business Management from the University of West Florida and got her real estate license in 2005. Marina worked in developer sales in the golf course and marina communities in Northern Florida and transitioned to general real estate when she recently moved back to Jupiter area. When not helping customers find or sell their homes, Marina enjoys swimming, boating, working out, target shooting, and playing golf.

Mary has lived in Palm Beach County for 48 years and attended school in this county from elementary school to college, graduating from Northwood University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She currently resides in West Palm Beach but spends lots of time at Jupiter beaches.
Mary is currently the Director of Finance and Administration for Families First of Palm Beach County, a 501c3 who’s mission for 29 years has been to advance the well-being of children and families through high-quality programs in prevention, early intervention, child development, behavioral health, education, and advocacy.
Mary is very involved in the community, as a Leadership Palm Beach County alumni, Class of 2013 she has chaired the Annual Excellence Awards for the last 3 years and has served in many of their committees. In addition, she is a member of the Palm Beach County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators where she’s served as President, Vice-President and has chaired the membership and Legal Expo Committees in the past, currently chairing the Community Connection Committee. Mary is also a volunteer with 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast where she has served in committees and Co-Chair one of their annual events.
When she is not volunteering you can find Mary enjoying time with her husband, children, grandchildren and her one-year old great-granddaughter. She has two dogs who love the beach, a 6 year old blue pit named Smokey and a 12 year old schnauzer named Ashley.

Tracy is a Florida native who has lived and worked in the Jupiter/Palm Beach Gardens area since 1978.  She is currently the Senior Real Estate Rep for leasing at Florida Power and Light/NextEra Energy and has been with the company for over 20 years.  Her passion for boating, the ocean, and volunteering within her community lead her to want to be involved with Friends of Jupiter Beach.  She became a board member in August 2018 and has since taken on the role as a Beach Clean-up Captain and was instrumental in the success of the 2019 Food and Wine Festival.

Melissa is a senior project controls specialist in the nuclear division of NextEra Energy. Before entering the utility side of the energy sector, she spent time in oil & gas and also insurance. After achieving her BSBA in finance from the University of Florida, she served as vice president of athletics for the Gator Club of Miami. She is passionate about her community and the wellbeing of our oceans. She is an avid fisherman, diver and proud dog mom of her rescue, whom she aptly named after her first love, Ocean.
Mairim is a native Floridian. She attended high school in Palm Beach County where she graduated from Palm Beach Lakes High school in the top 10% of her class. She was enrolled in the Law Magnet Program at her high school and was involved in several organizations dedicating her time to giving back to her community. She made her way to Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a certificate in Behavioral Forensics. Mairim worked as a leasing agent while in college and spent many hours volunteering her time to programs that aided children with disabilities in the surrounding Central Florida area. Mairim then moved to North Carolina to pursue law school and graduated from law school in 2016. After graduation, Mairim made her way back to Florida to begin her career. She worked for a solo-practioner for almost two years gaining experience in criminal defense and personal injury. Since 2018, she has been the pre-litigation case manager at LaBovick Law Group, working in the field of personal injury law. She is able to dedicate her time to helping those who are injured. Mairim continues her efforts in giving back to the community through participating in local charity events that LaBovick sponsors, local church programs such as feeding the homeless and volunteering with other non-profit organizations.

Mairim currently resides in Jupiter with her family. She has a rescue dog named Luna who is her best pal. Luna and Mairim enjoy going to the dog beach every Sunday to wind down after a long week. In her free time, Mairim also enjoys traveling with friends, wine tastings, kayaking in the local state parks, and going to Disney.