Meet Our Staff and Advisory Board
Bonnie E. Barnes, Executive Director
Bonnie Barnes has over 18 years of experience in conservation non-profits. She has been involved with Turtles Fly Too since 2017, having worked with Leslie Weinstein in North Florida.
Bonnie previously served as Reef Environmental Education Foundation's Development Manager; an International Marine Conservation organization headquartered in the Florida Keys. Bonnie’s heart is in conservation, whether scuba diving, traipsing through a forest, or swooshing down a mountain, she loves and cares about our environment. Having started her first business at 17 in her hometown of Las Vegas, she eventually found her way to Florida where she owned a marketing company for another 14 years. After earning her MBA in 2006, she jumped head-first into the nonprofit world, as Executive Director of North Florida Land Trust, a land conservation organization in Jacksonville, Florida. Through this relationship, she was instrumental in the donation of Leslie’s critical oceanfront property donation to the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at UF, to protect this land long-term as a prime turtle nesting site.
As an avid diver, she trained to monitor the offshore environment as part of the Jacksonville Reef Research Team. For her work in the offshore marine environment, one of Bonnie's most treasured awards was the Florida Sea Grant's Volunteer of the Year Award in 1991.
Sophie Costa, Marketing, Communications and Programs Manager
St. Thomas, USVI
My name is Sophia Costa, and I am originally from Austin, Texas. Growing up in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, I spent countless summer days enjoying the beauty of the lakes and river systems in central Texas. My passion for marine biology grew when I began diving at the age of 11. After graduating from Rhodes College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Sciences and minor in Spanish, I moved to Belize in order to pursue a career in marine conservation biology.
Since Belize, I have lived in Key Largo, Florida, where I worked as a biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. I am currently completing my Master’s Thesis looking at the effects of the invasive seagrass, Halophila stipulacea, on juvenile yellowtail snapper populations. At Turtles Fly Too I am responsible for social media and communications, to try to spread the word on our organization.
Advisory Board Leadership
Leslie Weinstein, President of Turtles Fly Too
Founder/Manager, True-Lock LLC
Development Board Chair, University of Florida Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
Born and raised in the St Augustine area, I spent most of my youth along the beaches near my home. Even as a child, the sea turtles that laid their eggs on our property fascinated me. I found myself ever protective of them as I often rescued many eggs from other beaches where turtle nests were being robbed for profit or vandalized by beachgoers for sport. Little did I realize that nearly 30 years later, those very same sea turtles would return to these same beach dunes where I hid their eggs as a kid. Our passion for the preservation of sea turtles and for research and education to further sea turtle conservation is what encouraged my wife Linda and I to donate our beach-front property to the UF ACCSTR to support the continued existence of sea turtle conservation.
- True-Lock LLC, Manager and Founder, Advanced Fastener and Materials Technology has over 1,500 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA-STC-PMA) Certifications, worked with Program Managers, Executive Directors at Department of Defense
- Member (voting) Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Spindle Nut Testing and Performance Task Force
- Chairman SAE Subcommittee for Data Research and Funding, Truck & Bus Wheel End Subcommittee
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Advocacy Roundtable, Administrator Hector Barreto in 2002 met with me in Boise to discuss my becoming a member of his team
- Development Board Chairman, University of Florida Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (UF ACCSTR)
- Ranching further taught me the importance of conservation, how to protect the valuable resources by improving and not depleting
Ken Andrews, Vice President Advisory Board
President, Millennium Digital Technologies
Rochester Hills, MI
Ken was born and raised in southeastern Michigan and has always had a passion for the outdoors, aviation, computer technology, and business. He enjoys sharing these passions with his wife Kristi and children. His first companies were started when he was 10 years old and he has continued to build many successful companies throughout his professional career. He currently serves as Founder and President of Millennium Digital Technologies. His background in electrical engineering and computer science provides a unique perspective enabling him to design and build complex systems end‐to‐end from the base hardware design through software engineering. In addition, Ken is a professional pilot certified to fly numerous aircraft ranging from unpowered gliders to turbine‐powered business aircraft.
Nature and the outdoors have always been focal points for Ken. Growing up around the Great Lakes, Ken is keenly aware of the need to protect our environment and especially our waterways, lakes, and oceans. As an avid skier and snowboarder, he is particularly aware of climate change and the impact that human activity has on the environment. Ken joined Turtles Fly Too because he saw an opportunity
to combine his technical abilities, aviation knowledge and love for nature to further this great cause and contribute towards conservation and environmental protection.
Robert A. Dey D.V.M.
Veterinary Advisor, Advisory Board
Robert grew up on the move as a son of an Army officer and spent his formative junior high school years near the Mediterranean in Italy, followed by two years in Monterey, CA exploring beaches and tidepools at every opportunity. Finishing high school in New York he returned to Washington State University receiving a B.S. in Animal Science in 1983 and graduated from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.
From 1988-1993 Robert worked as an associate veterinarian at Bovine Herd Health of Yakima Valley in Sunnyside, WA. In 1993 he moved to southwestern Idaho and co-partnered and founded Herd Health PLLC, a large animal clinical and consulting practice with eight doctors of veterinary medicine working throughout the intermountain region.
Robert’s lifetime interest in conservation medicine crossed his professional path when the Honeybee, as a food-producing insect, came under FDA supervision for antibiotic use. This occurred as significant losses due to Colony Collapse disorder were being researched worldwide.
Interest and concern for marine ecosystems and losses to endangered and key indicator species have followed, and he now helps support the efforts of TF2.
Advisory Board Members
Erin Stutzman, Education Advisor
Science Instructor, Boise School District
Erin was born and raised in British Columbia where she earned her undergraduate degree in physical geography from Simon Fraser University (SFU). After graduating from SFU she attended Boise State University (BSU) where she continued to study Geology before settling on education as her career future path. It was at BSU where Erin earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, Erin is working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.
Erin has taught in the Boise School district since 2006 where she has taught everything from 7th grade Life Science to Advanced Placement Environmental Science. In 2016 Erin was awarded the Idaho Environmental Education Association’s Secondary Environmental Educator of the Year award for her work with students on the Boise River. When Erin is not working, she enjoys spending time exploring with her family exploring nature!
Nathan Weinstein, Accountant/Treasurer
Kate Sampson, NOAA Representative
Sea Turtle Stranding and Disentanglement Coordinator
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
Sid Siddiqi, BSc, MSE, Board Director
Aviation Technology Design & Development
Cat Eastman, Board Director
Sea Turtle Program Manager
University of Florida, Whitney Labs