The faces of The Snook & Gamefish Foundation
Mike ReadlingMike Readling: Chairman
Mike is lifelong resident of Florida, born and raised fishing for snook in the Jupiter Inlet. He attended the University of Alabama and holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of South Florida. Mike has contributed to every major newspaper in Florida, including the Tampa Tribune, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, and 15 years at the St. Petersburg Times. He was the assistant editor of Florida Fishing Weekly and currently writes (and shoots amazing photos) on a freelance basis. He has worked to protect the environment with several organizations, including the Snook and Gamefish Foundation since 2007, where he previously served as Vice Chair since 2012.
Capt. Pete Quasius: Vice ChairPete Quasius, Vice Chairman
Pete Quasius has been environmental policy advocate in Florida for more than two decades and is a registered lobbyist. After a career in the U.S. Foreign Service Pete retired to a family home on Bonita Beach and immersed himself in environmental activities and local political affairs. He became a licensed U.S Coast Guard Captain, worked for Everglades Angler Outfitters and established Time’s Fly’N Charters as an ORVIS fishing guide. He became active in environmental and professional organizations concerned with water issues including the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Florida and Lee County Professional Guides Associations, the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, the Agency for Estero Bay Management and the Caloosahatchee Citizens Association/RiverWatch and has been on the board of the Snook and Gamefish Foundation since 2009. He was elected to Vice Chair of the Board in 2013. He has served as a member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resources Advisory Committee, the advisory committee for Babcock Ranch Preserve and as program coordinator for Business People United for Political Action. He is currently also is on the board of directors of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, Audubon of Southwest Florida, and Eco-Voice. Pete advocates for protection and recovery efforts in the Greater Everglades including Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Basin and Florida coastal waters. He resides in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee with his wife Maria.
Dave Nickles, Vice ChairDave Nickels: Vice Chair
Dave Nickles is originally from W Palm Beach, FL and now lives in Sandy Springs GA with wife Becky. He
is the Regional Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for UCB, Inc. After graduating from
the University of Florida, he began a career in political science in Washington D.C. serving two terms as
Regional Political Director for the Republican Natl. Committee in the mountain states and the southeast.
Dave worked on staff in the ’76 Reagan campaign and as SE Regional Political Dir. for the Reagan for
President Committee in 1980. Following the inauguration, he joined Pfizer Inc on the Government
Relations Team as Director for the southern region; he left Pfizer in 2008 and worked as a consultant
until joining UCB February 2012.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys fishing and hunting, especially stalking the greatest game fish – Snook.
In 1982 Dave was appointed to the U. S. Marine Fisheries Advisory Council by the Secretary of
commerce, Malcolm Baldridge, and served a 4 year term.
Maria Quasius, Treasurer
Maria Quasius has been catching snook in Southwest Florida for almost 30 years. Originally from Boston that she fled to escape the cold, after raising a family of five in Naples, and a decade as a golf pro, she joined the staff of Everglades Angler Outfitters and began fishing in earnest. A skilled fly tier and accomplished fly caster, she has earned several trophies in local tournaments. She served as an officer in the local chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and on the board of the Naples Fishing Club and Back Country Flyfishers, where she managed to catch her husband, Capt. Pete Quasius. They moved to Fort Myers and established Time’s Fly’N Charters.
Maria also worked at the Orvis outfitters shop at the Hyatt resort on Estero Bay and later at Lee Island Outfitters near Sanibel and over the years introduced and outfitted countless thousands for snook fishing. She is also a past president of Audubon of Southwest Florida and member of the board of Eco-Voice. A superb Italian cook, she watches for action on the Caloosahatchee from her kitchen windows and has been known to turn off the stove and head to the seawall with her fly rod when a snook (or school of jacks) are working the shoreline. The reason she is smiling in this photo is because after finally catching a salmon in Wisconsin she could head back to sunny Florida. She has been on the SGF Board since 2009 and served as Foundation secretary 2011-2013.
Holly Andreotta, SecretaryHolly Andreotta: Secretary
Holly is a resident of Lake Worth, FL and has 13 years of experience working with a variety of governmental agencies in the environmental field resulting in a vast understanding of the role Florida wetland habitats play in the overall health of our state. Holly earned her B.S. in Marine Biology and Zoology from Florida Atlantic University. While studying at FAU, she worked at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL as a Sea Turtle Specialist conducting sea turtle monitoring during nesting seasons. Upon graduating, she took a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Georgia at the Warms Springs Regional Fisheries Center where she assisted with laboratory and field research on viruses in freshwater fish species. Upon leaving Georgia, she continued in fish research working for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as a Biological Observer on a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, where she collected data in support of new fishing regulations for deep water reef fish. Following NMFS, she accepted a position with the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD’s) Water Quality Monitoring Department where she worked for five years carrying out permit mandated water quality sampling, research, and monitoring throughout the SFWMD footprint, including sea grass surveys throughout Indian River Lagoon. Holly then took a position for the next two years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) working as their primary compliance officer for their Southeast, Southwest, and Kissimmee River District Offices on Everglades and large scale Restoration Construction Projects permitted to the USACE and SFWMD. Currently, Holly is a Senior Scientist in the Office of Everglade’s Policy and Coordination with the SFWMD handling all aspects of permitting and compliance on Everglades and large scale Restoration Projects, including construction, operations, and maintenance activities throughout the District’s footprint, mainly focusing on the Storm Water Treatment Areas (STA’s). Holly is certified through FDEP as a Florida Stormwater Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector, is a graduate of UF’s Florida Master Naturalist Program, and formerly held a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License.
In her free time, Holly is also owner of a small family run business called RainLife Rain Barrels out of Lake Worth, FL. RainLife Rain Barrels gives educational workshops and presentations to local municipalities, colleges and schools, garden clubs, environmental organizations and foundations, and at local green events and expos on the importance of water conservation and how rain barrels can help in efforts to conserve water. RainLife Rain Barrels builds and sells rain barrels using recycled barrels in order to keep the costs low and affordable. RainLife Rain Barrels also works with local artist for display models, and on commission, to bring awareness to water conservation efforts.
Brett Fitzgerald, Chief Executive OfficerBrett Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer
Brett served as Chairman from 2009-2011, and as Regional Director (SouthEast) for three years prior. He is a contributing editor to Florida Sportsman Magazine, and a special education instructor at in the Palm Beach County school system for 12 years where he promoted an academic curriculum through environmentalism and resource conservation. Brett served in the United States Army in both Intelligence and as a Paratrooper with Special Forces Operations. He attended University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor's and a Masters degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders. He is an expert guitar player, fly tyer, photographer and fisherman. Brett was chosen as Snook and Gamefish Foundation's 2009 Person on the Year for his accomplishments on behalf of inshore fishing, and in that year he also completed the book, Sportsman's Best: Snook.