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Who We Are

 

Our Team And Board…United In One Mission

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Who We Are

 

Our Team And Board…United In One Mission

Make a Donation

Volunteer

Our Story

Founded in 1996, the New York Marine Rescue Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which relies on public donations to help support the various efforts which include response and rehabilitation of marine mammals and sea turtles as well as community outreach and educational programs.

Our mission is to:

  • Provide a sustainable response effort for marine mammals and sea turtles stranding throughout New York;
  • Operate the only facility in New York permitted to rehabilitate marine mammals and sea turtles;
  • Collect sound science to help identify stranding trends, highlight viruses and continue to protect endangered and threatened species; and
  • Encourage conservation and stewardship of the marine environmental through scientific research and public educational programs.

 

Our Team

Danielle Perillo

Danielle Perillo

Director-Development/Administration

Nicole Valenti

Nicole Valenti

Education/Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Goulder

Katie Goulder

Stranding Technician

Jennifer Muscarello, DVM

Jennifer Muscarello, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Maxine Montello

Maxine Montello

Rescue Program Director

Alyssa Kelley

Alyssa Kelley

Administrative Assistant

Robert Pisciotta, DVM

Robert Pisciotta, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Kristina Hansen

Kristina Hansen

Rescue Program Supervisor

Sadie Logozio

Sadie Logozio

Stranding Technician

Richard J. Hanusch, DVM

Richard J. Hanusch, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Our Team

Danielle Perillo

Danielle Perillo

Director-Development/Administration

Maxine Montello

Maxine Montello

Rescue Program Director

Kristina Hansen

Kristina Hansen

Rescue Program Supervisor

Nicole Valenti

Nicole Valenti

Education/Volunteer Coordinator

Alyssa Kelley

Alyssa Kelley

Administrative Assistant

Sadie Logozio

Sadie Logozio

Stranding Technician

Katie Goulder

Katie Goulder

Stranding Technician

Robert Pisciotta, DVM

Robert Pisciotta, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Richard J. Hanusch, DVM

Richard J. Hanusch, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Jennifer Muscarello, DVM

Jennifer Muscarello, DVM

Volunteer Veterinarian

Our Mission & Approach

The New York Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and small toothed whales, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.

As the primary organization in New York State authorized to work with these animals by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we are dedicated to the conservation of these marine mammals and sea turtles.

Our Mission & Approach

The New York Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and small toothed whales, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.

As the primary organization in New York State authorized to work with these animals by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we are dedicated to the conservation of these marine mammals and sea turtles.

Our Board of Directors

Charles Bowman

Charles Bowman

Board President

Land Use Ecological Services, Inc.

Jason Samuels, Esq.

Jason Samuels, Esq.

Board Member

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Jordan Thompson, Esq.

Jordan Thompson, Esq.

Board Member

NYIT

Natasha Meyers, Esq.

Natasha Meyers, Esq.

Board Secretary

The Meyers Law Group, P.C.

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD

Board Member

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Christopher Van Bell

Christopher Van Bell

Board Member

M&T Bank

Robert Pospischil

Robert Pospischil

Board Treasurer

Protegrity Advisors, LLC

Joseph Petrocelli

Joseph Petrocelli

Board Member

J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc.

Charles Bowman

Charles Bowman

Board President

Land Use Ecological Services, Inc.

Natasha Meyers, Esq.

Natasha Meyers, Esq.

Board Secretary

The Meyers Law Group, P.C.

Robert Pospischil

Robert Pospischil

Board Treasurer

Protegrity Advisors, LLC

Jason Samuels, Esq.

Jason Samuels, Esq.

Board Member

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD

Board Member

Peconic Bay Medical Center

Joseph Petrocelli

Joseph Petrocelli

Board Member

J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc.

Jordan Thompson, Esq.

Jordan Thompson, Esq.

Board Member

NYIT

Christopher Van Bell

Christopher Van Bell

Board Member

M&T Bank

A Letter from the Board

Dear RFMRP Supporters:

As a loyal RFMRP supporter, we are writing to inform you of some very exciting new developments at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation (RFMRP).  As you may know, we are the sole facility in New York State authorized by the state and federal government to rehabilitate seals and sea turtles rescued from our local waters.  Over the last 23 years, RFMRP has responded to more than 5,000 stranded seals, sea turtles and cetaceans and has successfully rehabilitated and released more than 1,000 marine animals.

In recent years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the seal population in the northeast Atlantic. Seals currently have a very healthy and strong population, in part due to the ongoing conservation efforts of the RFMRP.  However, the sea turtles we rescue are all listed as threatened or endangered.  This is due to entanglement, coastal development, plastic and other marine debris, global warming, ocean pollution, human consumption and illegal trade.  Therefore, as a result of the increasing demands these population dynamics have placed on the RFMRP, as well as in response to ongoing challenges with increasing operating expenses and limited financial resources, we will be redirecting our efforts with an emphasis on conservation of our threatened and endangered sea turtle populations. 

There are seven different species of sea turtles in the world, all of which are endangered or threatened. Of those seven species, four species are known to inhabit New York’s waters: the Kemp’s ridley; loggerhead; leatherback; Atlantic green sea turtle.  Each year, RFMRP rehabilitates many sea turtles that are suffering from a condition called cold stunning. This hypothermic-like state occurs because sea turtles cannot regulate their internal temperature as they are cold-blooded.  Sea turtles that are not able to migrate to warmer waters in the winter become extremely sluggish and are pushed to the shoreline by strong winds.  Often these turtles appear deceased but are actually still alive and in desperate need of medical care.  We are dedicated to focusing our rescue efforts on increasing the survival rate and populations of these important species.  

With this new direction, we are rebranding our organization with a new name and logo to better reflect the work we do throughout all of New York State.  We will now be known as the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC).   We are also planning to revitalize our rescue center tanks and equipment and to make renovations that will allow greater public viewing of the rescue center activities.  We do intend to continue responding to stranded seals as feasible and necessary and provide to emergency care to those in need.   All of these changes will allow us to have the strongest, most effective impact on these important marine conservation initiatives.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies solely on charitable support, sponsorships and grants, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we have done over the last 23 years without all you – so thank you so much for your continued support.  

Best regards,

Charles Bowman
President