Ron Pfeffer, President
Ron discovered Talbot Islands State Parks after retiring to Amelia Island in 2016. He feels we are so blessed to have these precious natural resources preserved in perpetuity. They quickly became his go-to places for a variety of outdoor activities and provide a perfect backdrop to pursue his interests in birding and nature photography. Since coming on the Friends board in 2018, he has been leading bird walks at Spoonbill Pond in Big Talbot Island State Park to spread awareness of the amazing diversity of bird life there.
He brings to the board diverse career experiences in local land use, non-profit conservation, electric utility and education fields. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Biology/Ecology, he has graduate degrees in Business Administration and Educational Technology. In 2020 he earned certification as a Florida Master Naturalist.
Crystal Henning, Vice President
Margaret Bellucci, Treasurer
Margaret is a retired CPA and was a longtime volunteer for Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges before retirement and a subsequent move to Amelia Island. Her wildlife interests are primarily in wildflowers and birds and she enjoys photographing both. Beach walking and geology are among some of Margaret's hobbies.
Margaret believes The Talbot Islands State Parks include the most beautiful marshes and beaches in this area and preservation of these resources is very important to her.
Crystal has lived in Nassau County almost twenty years but is still in awe of all the beauty our area offers. Crystal has a love for nature and wildlife. She has recently become interested in photography. She and her husband, Brian, can often be found at Spoonbill Pond trying to catch the perfect image of our local birds.
She works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. However, her weekends are full of adventuring and exploring local trails, beaches, and waterways. She loves sharing with clients who are new to the area the great places to adventure nearby. It seems there is always a new place to discover. As a board member, she hopes to spread awareness of the natural beauty of the islands and surrounding areas.
Leslie Wheeler, Secretary
A Florida Master Naturalist and avid hiker, Leslie enjoys the diversity of outdoor experiences that the Talbot Parks offer. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, she feels at home on the Talbot Islands or among the live oaks of the Ribault Club.
She has been a Board member for several years believing it is important to promote the outdoor spaces so others can enjoy them, too.
She is a past state president of The Florida Trail Association. She works part time for a blood bank software company as a validation specialist.
Sherri Hair, Member at Large
Sherri is a resident of Amelia Island recently retired from the printing industry. She is a Florida Master Naturalist and permitted volunteer with the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch. Sherri and her husband Robby are always excited to share the beauty of the islands with both locals and the many visitors who they meet. As a Florida native who enjoys the Real Florida, she hopes to use her love of our state parks to benefit the Talbot Island family of parks through her involvement with its CSO.
Phyllis Hockett, Member at Large
Phyllis grew up in central NC and have an AA degree from Brevard College (back when it was a Jr. College), and a BS degree from NC State University in Soil Conservation. She worked for the US Djept of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service for almost 20 years mapping soils in NC, SC, VA and MT. She was also part of a team which mapped and sampled soils in the Greak Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition, she was a team member sampling soils in the GSMNP as part of a national Acid Deposition Study. Her career was spent mapping and interpreting soils based on landscape position and numerous other features.
Phyllis moved to FL for her husband's employment and volunteered for years with the local school system, and then became a substitute teacher. She has been a volunteer at Talbot Islands State Parks for several years, and also volunteers in numerous capacities through her local church. She has a daughter who will graduate from Fernandina Beach High School this spring. She also has an elderly dog who loves to spend time walking the beach. Hobbies include reading, quilting, travel - and being out in nature!
Elise Pearlstine, Member at Large
Elise earned a PhD in biology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and went on to work as a wildlife biologist in Utah, South Carolina and Florida, after which she had a second career as a natural perfumer. She has combined her life's work(s) in writing about the natural history of fragrance in between volunteering for sea turtle patrol and counting wintering shorebirds on our beautiful park beaches. She is generally seen with a camera and a pocket full of seashells. Elise hopes to lend her voice in support of birds, turtles and other animals and plants of our treasured Talbot Islands State Parks, knowing how fragile our barrier islands can be and the value of protected habitat for all.
Carey Terrell, Member at Large
Carey has been a resident of NE Florida for the past 4 decades. She feels blessed to live so close to the beautiful Talbot Islands State parks. Over the years, she has grown to love and appreciate our beautiful sunrises, bike trails, walks along the coastline, and kayaking.
Carey is a certified HR professional with her Bachelor’s in Business Management. She is passionate about our mission and is excited to build relationships with our volunteers and participate in events which will create awareness & raise funds to help preserve our parks for future generations.