Ed Sherwood became TBEP's Executive Director in 2018 after serving as the Program Scientist since 2008. Ed is responsible for maintaining TBEP's strong interlocal partnership and continuing the bay's science-based restoration and recovery strategies. He directs TBEP's technical and public outreach initiatives and serves as the primary policy liaison between its many public and private partners. Ed's expertise includes technical assessment and analysis of the program's projects to protect, restore, and sustain the Bay's ecosystems. He has extensive experience in grant proposal preparation, estuarine monitoring design, implementation and interpretation, database quality control, environmental impacts review, and statistical and geo-statistical analysis.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, and a Master of Science degree in Marine Fisheries and Ecology from the University of Florida.
Ron oversees the administration, tracking and reporting on all government grants and cooperative funding agreements. He also manages all sub-contracts for technical and outreach services required by TBEP. Ron also serves as the office's human resources, finance director and purchasing coordinator as well as office administration. Prior to joining TBEP in March 2001, Ron spent nine years with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Ron is a Florida native from Miami, and longtime resident of the Tampa Bay area.
Misty joined TBEP in 1998 as the Office Administrator, after working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute for eight years. In 2001, she was selected as the TBEP Project Manager. Misty's responsibilities include coordinating activities such as the popular Give-A-Day for the Bay volunteer workdays and the Community Advisory Committee. Misty is the staff coordinator for the Program's Bay-Mini Grants, grants given to small community organizations for bay restoration and improvement projects funded by sales of the specialty license plate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with a minor in Environmental Science from Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners (PEL).
Gary oversees various technical projects for TBEP, and works with
our grant partners to establish and implement monitoring protocols
to track project success and improve future initiatives. Gary previously
worked for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, for the state's Aquatic
Preserve program, and as Assistant Director of the Guana Tolomato
Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve near St. Augustine. Gary
received his undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology from the University
of Florida, his master's from the University of Kentucky and
his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He joined the TBEP team in 2016.
Maya Burke has spent more than 10 years working in water resource project
management, regulatory compliance, land acquisition, and environmental
land use planning for the Southwest Florida Water Management District and
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. Prior to joining the Tampa Bay
Estuary Program, she coordinated the Agency on Bay Management, ONE
BAY Resilient Communities Working Group for sea level rise adaptation
planning, and the Northwest Hillsborough and Hillsborough River Basin
Boards. Maya also serves as the President of the Friends of Boyd Hill
Nature Preserve and enjoys sailing, paddling and hiking. She is a
graduate of New College of Florida (Political Science and Environmental
Studies, 2005) and a native Floridian.