This month, we are saying farewell and best wishes to Bonnie Barnes, who served as Development Manager since April 2017. Bonnie has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Deering Estate Foundation in Miami.

During her time at REEF, Bonnie expanded our development presence in numerous ways. Her ability to foster relationships and make beneficial connections helped to garner valuable individual and foundation support for REEF’s marine conservation programs. She created a Legacy Society to assist members with planned giving, furthered corporate and workplace giving, partnered with ocean-minded businesses by implementing a cause marketing program, and assisted with community outreach and capacity building efforts. Bonnie’s dedication to supporting ocean initiatives made her an enthusiastic and passionate member of the REEF team, and we wish her all the best in her next chapter!