We are sad to inform you that Kathy Zagzebski, our Executive Director, will be leaving the National Marine Life Center as she has taken a new position in North Carolina, to be closer to her family.
 
For the past sixteen years, Kathy has led the charge at the National Marine Life Center. During that time, the number of animals treated has grown to over 800 animal patients. It has gone from being a little-known rehabilitation center to one that has been able to step up to the plate to take on larger roles within the stranding network to care for sick and stranded marine animals. It has appeared on national as well 
as regional television shows and now has over 100,000 followers across multiple social media platforms. The science, education, and rehabilitation efforts of Kathy and the staff have received nationwide recognition. Kathy has spoken at numerous conferences, both local and international representing the hard work and scientific advances made at the National Marine Life Center. 
 
Kathy is leaving big shoes to fill and she will be missed by staff, volunteers, and interns. While the Executive Committee conducts its search for the right candidate to fill those shoes she leaves behind, our current Clerk of the Board of Trustees, Beth Sobiloff Jones, will become the Interim Executive Director. Beth has been a member of the board and friend of the National Marine Life Center since 2015. In addition to running her own business for the past 18 years, Beth has held various positions with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. We are grateful for the guidance she will bring during this time of transition. 
 
We hope that you can join us for a “Farewell and Thank you” zoom call with Kathy on Thursday, January 21st from 4:30 – 5:30 pm to wish her well on her new journey and give a heartfelt thank you for all the work she has done leading the National Marine Life Center. To join us on the call, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudeugqjwrE9UZ2czG3eHt8cirzIMhsMSO 
 
Thank you for your continued support of the National Marine Life Center. We would not be able to continue our mission without the constant support you all have given us. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at roberta24morris@gmail.com or Beth directly at bjones@nmlc.org.