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 related to Turneffe Atoll As the founder of Turneffe Atoll Trust, Craig is a longtime conservationist with a passion for protecting coastal marine habitat. Craig currently serves as the Board Chairman for Turneffe Atoll Trust.
Dale Fairweather was 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 is the Vice Chairman of the Federation of Fishers in Belize and an advocate for a Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Dale serves on the Board of the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Assoication, the Co-managing entity of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.
Will Maheia lives in Punta Gorda, Belize where he is actively involved in politics and a variety 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 reserves, the Port Honduras Reserve.
Cindy Morton is a native southerner residing in Sevierville, Tennessee with her husband, Steve, and their two weimaraners, 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 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. George 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 in 1947. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a BS in Economics and then 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 working for 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 organization in the USA dedicated to ocean conservation (established 1969). Oceanic Society (OS) aims to "deepen the connections between people and nature through research, community engagement, and travel." 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 B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1972. He graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Business Developement in 1991. David's business carreer began with Proctor & Gable where he was a District Sales Manager. He then became GM for Client Management for Majers Corporation and subsequently VP of Pepsi National Accounts. He worked for Reebok for a number of years followed by American Express from 1993 - 2007. He retired from American Express as Group President of American Express responsible for Global Services, Global Network Services and The Travelers Cheque and Prepaid card businesses. David is currently Chairman of Serenoa LLC, and also serves on several nonprofit Boards. Fly fishing is one of David's passions and he cares deeply about the conservation of Turneffe Atoll.
Mike Pross is an attorney licensed in 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. 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 fly fisherman who first visited Turneffe four 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 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.
Dr. Walter Meier was born in Fremont Michigan, achieving a B.S. at Indiana University and M.D. at the University of Miami, Florida. He specialized in ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and went on to fellowship training at N.Y. Eye and Ear Infirmary. He served on the teaching staff at Manhattan Eye and Ear for twenty years and served as a medical director of The Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, New York and a visiting surgeon for Project Orbis, flying eye hospital to the third world. Dr. Meier has served as a trustee of East Woods School, Indian Mountain School, director of The Banbury Fund, helping to establish the Alzheimers program at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Robertson Research Fund at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Robertson Foundation for Government, Washington D.C. Presently, he enjoys returning to Turneffe as often as possible and serving on his family foundation; supporting mutual family interests in the environment and education.