Tara Dodson // President
As a founding member of Keepers of the Coast and member of this community I am proud of what we have accomplished and thrilled to see where we go next! We started this organization in 2007 because we wanted to provide more education and outreach about marine debris prevention and imperiled species. Through our successful annual sea turtle festival and regularly scheduled beach cleanups we have been providing outreach to the community in such a way that it has become a way of life.
I am a fifth generation Floridian and was born in Sarasota, Florida growing up just outside of the Orlando area in Lake Mary. My childhood was spent outdoors in the woods and at the beach. I used to visit my family in St. Augustine often as a teenager and eventually moved here in May 1997 and then returned to live here in May of 2006 with my family. Wemoved from Lake Tahoe where we enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, and swimming in the lake as well as some of the most beautiful beaches of United States. Big Sur was by far one of my favorite places to visit, camp and surf. Spending time with my kids is the most important as we enjoy biking, surfing, paddleboarding and collecting biological booty (aka sea shells and beans) through our own beach cleanups.
Billy Zeits // Vice President
In an effort to make the community I live and work in a better place I have been involved with environmental education since graduating from college. My career and lifestyle has brought me to some beautiful coastal communities including Kauai, Mexico, Central America, the San Francisco Bay Area, home to my favorite beach Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and now St. Augustine, Florida. My favorite activity in St. Johns County is a bike ride and a surf in Anastasia State Park. Creating a sense of awareness and stewardship in these communities inspired me to become involved with non-profits that were responsible for bringing people together through festivals, environmental education field trips both in the U.S. and abroad, and beach clean-ups. My love for the ocean started growing up on the west coast of Florida, Indian Rocks Beach, and grew as I began surfing and traveling. The actions of each coastal community impact the overall future of all of our oceans and any positive effort can go along way especially if it resonates throughout surrounding communities. Keepers of the Coast is a great avenue for providing the North Florida community with a way to be involved. As co-founder and current vice presid
ent I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic non-profit organization.