CROW Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife held its 2020 Membership Meeting March 31, 2021 via a virtual Zoom meeting  due to concerns over the current coronavirus pandemic. Those in attendance included members, staff, and the board of the directors.

The agenda consisted of the introduction of new CROW logo, new and returning board members and a review of 2020 achievements.

CROW is pleased to announce the election of three new board members: Karen Buck, Ron Clayton and Dave Nichols, DVM.

Originally from the Chicago area, Karen Buck has resided at least part time on Captiva since 1997 with her husband, Stuart, and two daughters. Now a retired medical assistant/lab tech/ medical office manager, Karen grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by wildlife. She has been involved with many fundraisers and is also currently serving on the entertainment committee at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Ronald Clayton moved to Southwest Florida in 2004 with his wife, Kelli, and twins, Brooke and Brice. In 2008, Ron began working for Veolia Environmental Service which was later acquired by Advanced Disposal and is now a Franchised Account Manager for Waste Management. He currently also sits on the board for Keep Lee County Beautiful and has been involved with many projects and programs to keep our environment clean.

Dave Nichols, DVM recently retired from Coral Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers and on Sanibel where he has practiced veterinary medicine since receiving his DVM from Colorado State University in 1984. He was a partner at Coral Veterinary Clinic since 1990 and majority owner and President since 2008. He has served as veterinarian on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2000. He is a member of the Caloosa Veterinary Society, the FVMA, the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Nichols has been a CROW volunteer since 1984, and has previously served as a CROW board member for more than 25 years, including three years as board president.

Lynne Birdt, Edgar Burton and Dan Murphy began their second term on the board. Exiting board members Amanda Curran, Bill Horvath and Paul Ben-Susan were acknowledged for their service and commitment to the organization.

The 2020 board officers are: Dave Nichols, DVM, President; Dan Murphy, Vice President; Cindy M. Hawkins, Treasurer; and Lynne Birdt, Secretary.

Also returning are board members Christine Attardo, Anthony Farhat, Darrin Grotrian, Cathie Lewis, Phaidra McDermott and Bonnie Tucker, DVM.

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