Ken Nedimyer of the Coral Restoration Foundation Inc., owns and operates Sea Life Inc., a marine life wholesale and on line Retail Company that has been in business since 1984. Ken has collected marine specimens since 1969, and has been an aquarist since 1966. Ken has been an active scuba diver since 1970, and has logged over 20,000 hours in the water over the last 39 years.
Chief Operations Officer
When it came time to retire from the Air Force, Wayne wanted to pursue a career in ocean conservation, and it didn’t take long for him to discover that CRF is unique in what it does restoring coral reefs. He believes the global reef situation is worse than it has ever been. Billions of people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. If the coral reefs die, there would be a significant decline in the world’s fisheries. He supports the restoration techniques that Ken has developed and is excited to be a part of a project that will help reverse the potential complete loss of the world’s coral reef habitats.
Reluctantly, Pam began her diving career seven years ago. But after 10 minutes in the pool, she knew she would dive for the rest of her life. She is a PADI Instructor and her husband, Charlie, son, Travis are both PADI Professionals. Her daughter, Rebecca, is an Educator at the Florida Aquarium. Ocean Conservation is a family affair for the Hughes’.
Jessica hails from North Carolina and is a self-named coral geek passionate about tropical coral reef conservation. While pursuing a BS in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her interest in tropical coral reef ecosystems began in 2008 while studying abroad at James Cook University (JCU) in Australia. JCU is situated only a stone’s throw away from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and from her first dive on the GBR she was hooked on corals! Since then she has spent her time traveling to destinations like Curacao, Bermuda, and California following her interest in reef conservation.
Kayla recently graduated from the University of Tampa in May 2012 where she received her B.S. in Marine Sciences and Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. While at UT, Kayla focused her studies on coral reefs and fell in love with the wonderful world of coral. She completed independent projects on reef ecosystems and traveled to Roatan, Honduras where her love of the reefs only grew. She has volunteered with other marine conservation organizations including the Florida Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St Petersburg, Florida.
Capt. Sonny Bamburg
Dive Boat Captain
100 ton Master Captain, PADI Divemaster with 30 years dive experience.
Originally from Louisiana, I have been living and working in the Keys for 14 years (Pirate). Prior to that I owned a photography studio, I spent 8 years in the US Air Force, I did construction work, above the water and below, I worked in the oilfield, drove shrimp boats, repaired air cond., and played in a rock and roll band. I have a beautiful wife, Lindsey, an awesome six year old son, Nathan, and the best job with the coolest people on the planet.
Volunteer and Education Coordinator
Despite growing up in the landlocked state of Colorado, Ashley fell in love with the ocean at a young age and pursued marine science in college. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Ecology. In addition to marine science studies, Ashley became a diver several years ago and has been hooked ever since. She knew she wanted to study tropical marine ecology, especially coral reef ecology, after studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands where the fragile yet resilient nature of the reefs fascinated her.
Before living in Florida, Jamie resided in Philadelphia where she graduated from Philadelphia College of Textile and Science with a degree in Marketing. Jamie has been a committed Keys resident since 2006 and has become very integrated in the community and is familiar with many local businesses. Her love for animals transcends domestic pets and reaches to the depths of the sea. In the office Jamie welcomes visitors, assists co-workers, and is our office anchor. She truly loves our corals and promoting the mission and message of CRF.
Chief Development Officer
Growing up near the Jersey Shore, the ocean has long been a passion of Martha’s. An avid scuba diver, Martha became familiar with the Coral Restoration Foundation as a volunteer in their coral nursery. When the organization was ready to expand their team, she jumped at the chance to join CRF on a full-time basis. Prior to joining CRF, Martha worked with the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In her sixteen years at TNC, she successfully raised funds for conservation efforts locally and globally. Her efforts took her to Alaska, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Belize and Costa Rica to cultivate major gifts for conservation. Martha received her Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Environmental Science from Indiana University. She happily resides in Key Largo, Florida.
Graduating from Fredonia State University in upstate New York, Jon moved to the Florida Keys to work for the History of Diving Museum. With a love for diving starting in New York, he enrolled at the Florida Keys Community College taking courses in marine biology and research diving. With the knowledge and experience gained from these courses he worked for University of Miami as a research diver studying the effects of three spot damsel fish on staghorn coral. Jon is excited to be a part of CRF’s efforts.
Board of Directors
Coral Restoration Foundation
Morris L. “Tripp” Funderburk
New House Holdings
Nova Southeastern University
Amoray Dive Resort
Patti Kirk Gross
James “Doc” Boilini