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.
Marta Bonatz -Marta retired in late 2018 from DuPont where she had a 30 year career in sales and sales management. She and her husband Paul were lucky enough to fulfill their dream of moving to Key Largo full time in 2013 to pursue their love of diving. Marta was born in Indiana and graduated from Purdue University before beginning her career with DuPont. Her career moved her around the United States, but two things remained constant in her life: Her love of animals and her love of the ocean. Marta has been rescuing animals since she was old enough to carry them home, and currently has three adorable rescue dogs, Maui and Dolce, and their kitty sister Lucy. She’s excited to have more time to volunteer for these causes in retirement! When not involved in animal rescue, Marta loves to scuba dive, attend live music concerts and festivals, and spend time on the water.
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 - A life-long animal advocate, Michele has been a member of the MPR Board of Directors since 2008. During her years as a special education teacher, animal welfare, compassion and advocacy were core to her curriculum. In 2005 Michele retired from teaching to become owner of The UPS Store in Key Largo, then in 2010 moved on to her current ownership of The UPS Store at Ocean Reef. Her store front is her outlet for animal rescue and her customers know just who to contact if they are looking to adopt or donate. Pets are always welcome, in fact most of her furry visitors know just where the biscuits are hidden!
Michele and her husband Ray have 4 cats and 3 dogs. When not enjoying time with their furbabies, they enjoy time on the water and traveling.
Michele’s favorite quote is: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”― Mahatma Gandhi
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.
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.
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 Inc., a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to provide immediate counsel, care, medical treatment, and shelter for animals in need until permanent adoption is achieved. We promote education for responsible animal care, 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.
Jill Foley moved to the Keys in 2012. The first time she fostered with MarrVelous was in 2014 when she took in two puppies from a litter of nine. 6 weeks later she was a foster failure and rounded out her fur-family. Since that time, she has successfully fostered about a dozen dogs and continues to be an advocate for MarrVelous, and the other local rescues within the keys. She is a telecommuter during the day which allows her to provide the constant love and support our rescue pups need. Her biggest struggle is not keeping every foster pup that comes across her doorstep.