MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions is a volunteer based organization. Our Board of Directors donate their time and energy to building a healthy and productive Rescue and to promote awareness throughout our community.
MarrVelous Pet Rescues, Inc. is a tax exempt nonprofit charitable corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization FL#CH30978 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE REG# CH30978
Meet the Directors
Joy C. Martin - Joy is a licensed Real Estate Broker and is the owner of American Caribbean Real Estate in Key Largo and Islamorada, FL. She has been helping rescue animals for as long has she can remember. Her love for animals Is reflected in all aspects of her life. She owns multiple animals including horses that she keeps at her barn in the Redlands (Homestead).
Stephanie Clark - Stephanie is a licensed Realtor at American Carribean Real Estate in Key Largo and has lived in south Florida for over 20 years. She truly loves the Keys lifestyle, friendly, relaxed and fun. Stephanie, her husband Scott and their 2 dogs love to go boating, camping, fishing, diving, hiking and anything else that lets them experience the great outdoors. They love the water, and for them, there is no better place in the world to live than the Florida Keys. They both are hard working and enjoy our spectacular surroundings as obligations permit.
Patricia Hann - Patricia is the Marketing Director of American Caribbean Real Estate. She has lived in the Florida Keys all her life and has now begun raising her family here as well. She has a passion for animals and has a golden retriever Lacy rescued from a puppy mill at home. When she was growing up, she had aspirations to become a veterinarian but decided against it because she couldn't bear to see animals in pain. By being a part of Marr-velous Pet Rescues, she is fulfilling her desire to help animals in need.
Dawn Cale - Dawn, her husband and her beautiful daughter have lived in the upper Keys for many years. She is a loving, compassionate person who has the best interests of all animals at heart. She and her family have three rescue dogs. Dawn is an avid volunteer and is always reaching out to help others. She commits a lot of time and energy to Marrvelous Pet Rescues and is a respected voice on the Board.
Sue Nulman - Sue is a long time animal advocate and friend to all animals. She works tirelessly for the rescue and is a wonderful asset to the rescue!!
Michele Beach - Michele is the owner of The UPS Store in Ocean Reef. She is also the owner of The Growth Coach of South Florida and is a business coach. A life-long animal advocate Michele also volunteers for Best Friends Animal Society and is completing a series of animal adventure books. She is the event co-coordinator for our annual Spay-ghetti and No-balls Holiday Gala. She is also a board member the Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce. Michele spends her free time playing with her 4 rescued furbabies: 2 dogs, Mr. Hooper and DaVinci; and 2 cats, Zingara and Zucca~ Oh yes, and with her fiancée, Antoine!
Vanessa J. Chamizo - Vanessa J. Chamizo is a Realtor in Islamorada. She moved to the Keys in 2005 and became associated with MarrVelous Pet Rescues in 2007 as a foster. The satisfaction, joy, and pride experienced when that first rescue found a safe and loving forever home stayed with Vanessa. She has been a supporter of the Rescue and a foster parent ever since. As a Realtor and Pet Rescuer, she helps find homes for two and four legged friends. Vanessa is a great animal advocate and a valued member of our Board.
Jennifer McComb - Jen is a raving fan of Yappy Hour! You'll see her there every month with her black lab "Hadley" (named for Hemingway's first wife) and/or Marrvelous rescue "Alabama" who was found injured and near death by Alabama Jack's in early 2016. Jen is a native of Northern California but her family has had property in the Keys since the 70's. She is a Cornell University graduate and has her master's in marketing from Northwestern University, as well as a certificate from the Rollins College Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. Jen has worked for the Ocean Reef Community Foundation, Good Health Clinic and United Way of the Florida Keys. She will be president of the Rotary Club of Key Largo in 2018, currently serving a four year term on its board of directors.
Susan Recarey - I adopted my first dog from Marrvelous Pet Rescues 3 years ago when I was at the age of 64 and thus began my affection for animals and animals in need. While I have been an activist for many groups over the years I soon realized how important caring for animals was for us here in the keys. I treasure the time I give to Marrvelous Pet Rescue. I have been a resident of the keys for over 30 years and a real estate agent for 37 years. I love Key Largo and totally enjoy all that I do here, working at American Caribbean Real Estate, being an active Rotarian, on the board of Habitat for Humanity and Marrvelous Pet Rescue, kayaking, knitting, weaving and caring for Merlin, my Marrvelous Pekingese.
Michele McBride - Keys native Michele McBride has loved helping animals of all kinds for as long as she can remember. Her first Veterinary technician job was while she was still in High School with Dr. Clyde Chandler, who also gave her chance of a lifetime that was the start of Michele's mobile pet care in 1983. She has been employed by local Veterinarian hospitals for 30 years. She married her high school sweetheart Jon McBride in 1983 and resides in Islamorada with their only son Devin. The entire family has a great love of animals and have a home full of loving pets. They also help in anyway they can to support Marrvelous Pet Rescues. Michele has been a devoted Director of the Rescue since 2009. Michele feels helping Marrvelous Rescues is so rewarding, and the best part of that reward is helping each Wonderful Pet find their forever home.
Kenie Rogriguez - Kenie Rodriquez has been an active volunteer for Marrvelous Pet Rescues since it was founded in 2007. She is a Realtor with American Caribbean Real Estate and grew up here in the beautiful Keys. Kenie is Show Secretary for the Florida Paso Fino Horse Association and spends much of her free time trail riding and enjoying time with friends and family. Kenie has been an invaluable asset to the Rescue for years and we are delighted she is now serving on the Board.
Bette Brown - is currently the Chief Credit Officer of Community Bank of Florida.
Bette was born in Ohio and graduated from Stetson University before beginning her banking career. She is also a graduate of Florida School of Banking and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Her extensive local business and community involvement has earned her many accolades over the years, including the 2011 Florida Keys Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year Award as well as being named Woman of the Year five years in a row as part of the Upper Keys People’s Choice Awards. She is a member of the executive committee and board of Mariners Hospital, President of the Upper Keys Rotary Club and past president of the Key Largo Chamber. Recently Governor Rick Scott appointed her to the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. In her free time, Bette enjoys long distance road biking.
The mission of Marrvelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions is to provide immediate, necessary care and treatment for abandoned, stray, or needy animals, and to then acquire temporary shelter in foster homes while seeking permanent placement into compatible, loving, caring homes. We also support education for responsible animal care, promote spay & neuter, microchipping and training.
Lorie Leal - Lorie Leal is a true native Floridian and has lived all over the state. She chose Key Largo to be her home in 2001, where she works in real estate. Lori likes to stay involved with charities such as MarrVelous Pet Rescues, Make A Wish and American Heart Association. She met her husband, Roland, when they worked together in Kissimmee, FL. His love of fishing and boating brought them to the Keys, where he has achieved his dream of owning a boat brokerage in Key Largo, allowing them to boat and fish often. In addition, she enjoys time with Sarge (their rescue mini-schnauzer), exotic cars, track racing, Miami Heat basketball, Miami Dolphins football, golf, reading, cooking and traveling to the mountains of North Carolina to see her family.
Jennifer Miller - is a local real estate agent who enjoys spending time with her family on the water and traveling. She also stays busy giving back to the community, through the Key Largo Rotary (Past President), Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Education Foundation, Take Stock in Children Mentor, Leadership Monroe Class XVII Graduate, Tourist Development Council -DAC V Member, Key Largo Fire Board Commissioner and other important community service projects and organizations.