7216 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Jeff and Katrin have lived in Sarasota for over 51 years combined, are avid boaters and are passionate about preserving the local environment.
Katrin has taught Marine Science for over 17 years and is founder of the Aquadome/Stars to Starfish Program at Riverview High School. Katrin received her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees from the University of Maryland. One of her major inspirations at U of MD, was taking a course taught by our very own "Shark Lady" Dr. Genie Clark (Founder of Mote Marine Laboratory!). Katrin created her program to give students hands-on experiences, including watching sharks develop from egg cases, hatching and raising clownfish (yes NEMO!) and caring for animals in over 70 aquariums in an outdoor aquaculture facility named the "Aquadome". As part of this program, over 4000 local elementary and middle school students visit Riverview's Planetarium and Aquadome (Stars to Starfish) and are taught by the advanced marine science students in the program. They take great pride in sharing their knowledge and environmental stewardship with the younger generation!
In 2014, Katrin was so excited to be selected as Sarasota County Teacher of the Year and made it all the way to the top 5 teachers in the State of Florida!
Most recently, Katrin has taken a one year hiatus from teaching and started Sarasota Bay Scientific Conferences & Events LLC. www.sarasotabayconferences.com and serves on several local environmental boards in Sarasota County.
Jeff was born in Huntington, West Virginia and spent most of his life in Westport, Connecticut before moving to Sarasota in 1989. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island as an English major and served in the US Army and National Guard for several years before moving to Florida. Jeff waited until he was 44 to meet the love of his life and get married. He has owned several successful businesses and is currently starting "Just Ask Jeff" Homeowner Improvement Services LLC which connects home owners with home repair contractors of any kind! Literally reach out and "Just ask Jeff", he will find you what you need! www.justaskjeff.net