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.
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 day 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.
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.