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.
In 2017 Rick partnered with Scott Philip, the owner of Hurricane Café in Juno Beach, to create a new healthy eatery called Fresh Nation. It is located next to the gym and offers delicious healthy menu for those seeking an active healthy lifestyle.
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.
Carl has been practicing massage therapy since 1991. He sits on the Board of Friends of Jupiter Beach. He also takes an interest and volunteers at Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach. He runs their monthly beach cleanups, and sits on the planning Board of Blue Friends, a Juno Beach Conservation group.
Carl is also an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has held many board positions for more than 23 years both State and Local, four of them as President. He has served on Planning Boards for 9 years running State and regional conferences.
Jim is a Jupiter native and graduate of the University of Florida who returned to Jupiter after college to start his own business. He began volunteering for Friends of Jupiter Beach in 2005; his love of the ocean and dogs made this local community service a natural fit. In addition to Friends of Jupiter Beach, he is a very active participant in the local community and is well known for his successful fundraising efforts for charity. Through his businesses, Castaways Marina and Square Grouper Tiki Bar, he has helped to raise over $750,000 for local charities in Palm Beach County. He enjoys spending time on the river or at the beach, with his three dogs, Murphy, Fanning (adopted military service dog) and Mickey.
Brittany is a native of the Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter area. Her passion for traveling ultimately brought her home after studying abroad in the Alps mountain region of Innsbruck, Austria during her final semester of college. Her desire to be in a different climate and region was fulfilled and she quickly came running back to the beaches of Juno Beach (her favorite in the entire world!).
After graduating from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida with a degree in Event Management, Brittany moved home to be closer to the beach, her dogs and her family. Brittany has had continual success in numerous promotions from internships and jobs because of her passionate and hardworking nature becoming rapidly noticed upon arrival. This fuels her desire to do and be better, which continues to move her forward in her career.
Brittany now works for Discover The Palm Beaches, which she knows in her heart is where her true passion lays. What better way to show the world how truly special her hometown than by working for the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County. Brittany began as an Industry Relations Specialist and has since been promoted to Account Executive. Her first position with DTPB held many roles, including management of all Partner-related events, development and deployment of all Partner-related communications as well as Partnership activation and account management. Brittany now focuses on building relationships within the local community in support of DTPB’s strategic plan and mission, which is to increase visitation and contribute to the overall economic development of Palm Beach County.
I grew up on Camp Peary in Williamsburg and in Falls Church, Virginia. Having graduated in 1970 from Rollins College with a BS in Behavioral Sciences, I settled in Falmouth, Cape Cod, and still have a home there. My two daughters attended Stoneleigh-Burnham School for Girls and graduated from Colgate and the University of Vermont, my youngest earning a Masters in Urban Planning at UF and her husband a Masters in Building Construction. My family resides in Falmouth with my six grandchildren, they are, of course, my life!
Throughout the years I have worked as an assistant to a Neuroscientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, a paralegal, and a permanentJunior High substitute teacher. I combined my private pilot skills with real estate sales and marketing at the Falmouth Airpark which gained recognition for its safety courses, fly-ins and of course, the lifestyle of living with your plane.
Having moved full time to Palm Beach Shores in 1994, I began my Florida Real Estate career in 1996 and my license is with Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty, having been with Waterfront Properties for 17 years. I am a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Sales Associate and affiliated with the Sotheby’s Brokerages in West Falmouth and Osterville on Cape Cod.
Within the Jupiter community I support the Loggerhead Marine Center and various charities, but my passion is for Jupiter Beach as I walk there twice a dog with my new rescue, Bru, a PBGV. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the Friends of Jupiter Beach.
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.
Danielle Pickard joined Florida Power & Light Company in July 2008 and in December 2015 became project manager of economic development.
She has held various roles in areas including client and event management, product marketing, email channel management, electric vehicles and project management. Some of her notable achievements include marketing efforts that exceeded Online Home Energy Survey goals by 214% and achieving second in the nation for email communications among utilities from J.D. Power for 2013. With FPL’s growing green fleet, Danielle led and managed more than 70 charging station infrastructure projects for fleet and workplace charging.
Danielle holds a bachelors of arts in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota. A native Floridian born and raised in south Florida, she currently resides in Tequesta Florida.
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.