Board of Directors
Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum‘s family legacy has been connected with life along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon since his great, great grandfather, Hannibal Dillingham Pierce, arrived near what is now Titusville in 1866. Baum has educated people about the history of pioneer life along Florida’s Atlantic Coast by participating as a re-enactor at seminars and museum functions. He is passionate about the Indian River Lagoon, and is proud to serve as the third Indian Riverkeeper.
Current Board President Kevin Stinnette became active in the conservation community as one of the St. Lucie 4 which stopped the proposed Walton Road Toll Bridge. He was a founding board member of the Treasure Coast Environmental Defense Fund which established Indian Riverkeeper. He was the first Indian Riverkeeper from 2002 to 2008. Kevin teaches at the Marine Oceanographic Academy Prep Program at Forest Grove Middle School.
Darrell Brand is a retired motion picture and television photojournalist. Most of his career focused on news & documentary films for the major TV networks, and he has won many prestigious awards for his involvement with ABC, CBS and NBC News. As a long-time clean water advocate, Darrell lends his expertise to non-profit organizations including the Rivers Coalition and Marine Industry organizations. Darrell also holds a 100 Ton Masters USCG license.
Mike Conner is an outdoor writer, licensed fishing guide, and advocate for Florida/Everglades environmental causes. Mike was managing editor of Florida Sportsman magazine and editor of Shallow Water Angler. He hosted Florida Sportsman and Shallow Water Angler TV, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He specialized in fly fishing and conservation writing, and has over 100 conservation-related stories and opinion columns in print. Mike served on the board of the Florida Conservation Association (CCA Florida), and is a board member of the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund.
Kenny Hinkle Jr.
Kenny Hinkle Jr. is a freelance photographer and videographer at Best Catch Productions. Kenny’s love of the outdoors inspired him to travel to Washington D.C. and the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee to advocate for the Indian River Lagoon. Kenny has been instrumental in documenting the ongoing fight for clean water, and in 2015 created a video about toxic algae in Lake Okechobee that was viewed widely. Kenny also serves on the board of the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund.
Jim Moir has been passionate about the oceans and its coastal margins his whole life. Since 2001 he has worked with the Ocean Works Group Inc. facilitating and deploying ocean science projects with a focus on autonomous acoustic data collection vehicles and buoys, surveying marine mammal populations and placing data collection tags on marine mammals. Jim is involved with local environmental advocacy and activism, volunteering with coastal cooperatives on exotic invasive plant and animal issues, marine mammal stranding and entanglement teams, and local water quality and aquatic habitat restoration projects sponsored by local ecological institutions and non-profits.
Jo Neeson has a history of helping others. After her discharge from the US Air Force, Jo entered the medical field as a respiratory hospice nurse. Upon her return home to Jensen Beach she became active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Jensen Beach Food Bank, and the River Warrior group. Jo realized the Indian River Lagoon was in serious trouble and became an active supporter of the Indian Riverkeeper. She is a highly successful fundraiser and has contributed much to the Riverkeeper cause.