Meet the Board
Craig Hayes is a native of South Dakota who lived and worked as a physician in the Black Hills for 24 years. In 1981, he and a couple of friends started Turneffe Flats Resort in Belize. Craig now spends most of his time overseeing Turneffe Flats and working on conservation issues in Belize in and particularly at Turneffe Atoll. As the founder of Turneffe Atoll Trust, Craig is a longtime conservationist with a passion for protecting coastal marine habitat. Craig presently serves as th Board Chaiman for the newly formed Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve
Dale Fairweather was primarily raised in Placencia, Belize where his father worked as the projectionist for the local cinema. For the past 25 years, Dale has worked as a fisherman at Turneffe. Dale and his son, Dale Jr., fish the entire Turneffe Atoll for lobster, conch and finfish from their fishing camp located in the Grassy Caye Range. Although he utilizes a variety of fishing methods, he still enjoys free diving for lobster and he is now expanding his operation to off-shore fishing. Dale has been involved with the Feberation of Fishers in Belize and is an advocate for a Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.
Al Zale is the Unit Leader of the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and a Professor in the Fish and Wildlife Management Program at Montana State University—Bozeman. Al is a certified fish geek who grew up exploring the lakes, estuaries, and beaches of New England and has degrees in fisheries science from the University of Massachusetts, Virginia Tech, and the University of Florida. Technical areas of special emphasis include restoration of native fishes, sportfishery management, effects of exotic fishes, and regulated river management. He has served as dissertation or thesis advisor for 32 Phd and MS graduate students and will be adding Alex Anderson to that list soon.
Jim Klug is the Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Jim graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991, and promptly moved back to the west. He is current President of the Board for Montana-based Big Sky Youth Empowerment Project, Chairman of AFFTA, and an active member and supporter of The Freshwater Trust. Jim has been involved in Belizean and Caribbean conservation for years, and travels to the region on a regular basis. Jim lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife Hilary, daughter Carson, sons Finn & Gus, and dog Boone.
Will Maheia lives in Punta Gorda, Belize where he is actively involved in politics and a vareity of conservation efforts. Will was born and raised in Southern Belize and traveled to the United States to receive a degree from the University of Idaho. Will has worked as a commerical fisherman and was one of the founders of TIDE (The Toledo Institute for Developement and the Environment) which was instumental in forming one of Belize's most successful Marine Reserve, the Port Honduras Reserve.
Cindy Morton is a native southerner residing in Sevierville, Tennessee with her husband, Steve, and their two weimerauners, Taz and Gracie. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she is an avid college basketball and football fan. Cindy's interests include adult literacy, the Boys and Girls Club, Douglas Cooperative (a program for mentally challenged adults) and her church. A scuba diver for over 35 years, Cindy has had the opportunity to dive throughout the World but her favorite, by far, is Turneffe Atoll. Having seen the disastrous results of development, dredging and over-diving in other areas, Cindy is very interested in protecting the Turneffe Atoll.
George Myvett is the Senior Fisheries Officer and the Deputy Head of fisheries and aquaculture development for Belize. A former Justice of the Peace in Belize, George has a degree in Aquaculture Production and Fisheries Management from Stirling University U.K. and a degree in Marine Science and Chemistry from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. George makes his home in Belize City. Geoge has been a leader in promoting sustainable commerical fishing in Belize and has taken on the lead role for the Fisheries Department in developing the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reseve.
Earl Mason was born in New Jersey, on July 12, 1947. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a BS in Economics and an MBA. After business school, Mason joined AT&T where he rose to the level of Executive Director over a 16 year period. He was then recruited by Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked as the CFO for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; residing in Geneva Switzerland. After Digital, he was recruited by Inland Steel Industries where he was Senior VP and CFO and President of Inland International. After Inland Mason joined Compaq Computer Corporation where he was Senior VP and CFO and Chairman of Compaq Capital. Following Compaq, Mason became President and CEO of Alliant. Earl has extensive corporate board experience. He was a Director of Eye Ticket Corporation, Chairman of Computer Horizons Corporation, Audit Committee Chairman of Bway Corporation, Lead Director and Audit Committee Chairman for Earle M. Jorgensen Corporation, and Chairman of the Dividend Growth Trust Company. Self described as a "simple fisherman" Earl has a passion for permit fishing and Turneffe Atoll
Roderic Mast is President/CEO of Oceanic Society, the oldest non-profit dedicated to ocean conservation in the USA (established 1969). Oceanic Society (OS) aims to "deepen the connections between people and nature through research, community engagement, and travel," and they have been active at Turneffe Atoll for more than 20 years, conducting research on marine megafauna and educating students and eco-travelers from their base at the Blackbird Caye Research Station. Rod is an author, photographer, seasoned traveler and marine turtle expert. He is the the Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT) program, and Chief Editor of SWOT Report.
David House was born and raised in Austin, MN and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1972. In graduated from the Harvard Business School, Program for Business Developement in 1991. Daivd's business carreer began with Proctor & Cable where in was a District Sales Manager. He then became GM for Client Management for Majers Corporation and then VP of Pepsi National Accounts. He then worked for Reebok for a number of years followed by American Express from 193 - 2007. At American Express he became Seniour VP or US Establishment Services. He is currently Chairman of Serenoa LLC. David also serves in several non-profit Boards. Fly fishing for bonefish and permit is one of David's passions and he cares deeply about the conservatin of Turneffe Atoll.
Mike Pross is an attorney licensed in the New York, Maryland and North Carolina with a practice focused on toxic tort and products liability litigation. Mike represents individuals that have been exposed to various chemicals and substances, such as benzene, chromium, radiation, asbestos and various others. He is a prior chairman of the Products Liability section of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice.
A long time supporter of the World Wildlife Fund and various other environmental organizations, Mike is a life-long fisherman, and first visited Turneffe 4 years ago. He was instantly "hooked" when the first bonefish took his fly and went streaking across the flats. Sadly, that battle was not resolved in his favor that day but it was enough for Mike to develop a deep appreciation and respect for the special place that is Turneffe. As a result, he is a strong advocate for the preservation of Turneffe Atoll.