The faces of The Snook & Gamefish Foundation
Capt. Jim Bandy, Chairman
Capt. Jim Bandy: Chairman
Capt Jim Bandy is Territory Manager for Port Supply in Southwest Florida and has been professionally involved in marketing Marine Supplies since 1996.
Jim is a graduate of Indiana University in Finance and Personnel Management, and holds a USCG 100 Ton Master License with Towing.
Jim began serving on the Snook and Gamefish Foundation board in 2009, employing his talents and experience in non-profit organization, community outreach and volunteer coordination to assure the future of inshore fishing.
He became Chairman in 2011.
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.
Capt. Mike Readling, Vice ChairCapt. Mike Readling: Vice Chair
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. In between hours at his full-time job at Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Mike works as a part-time guide in the Stuart area.
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.
Capt. Danny Barrow: Florida Atlantic Regional, Fishing Guides RepCapt. Danny Barrow
Capt. Danny is a fixture in South Florida snook fishing, and has served as a volunteer then board member for SGF since 2007. A Palm Beach County native, Danny's Silver Lining Charters is well known to snook enthusiasts across the country. Danny's tireless advocacy for habitat protection and angler rights has kept him very active, and he played a major role in the Reach 8 law suit that stopped a dredge and fill debacle in Palm Beach in 2008. He frequently co-hosts Florida Sportsman Radio in West Palm Beach.
Jay GardnerJay Gardner: Texas Regional Director
Jay hails to SGF from Corpus Christi Texas, where he is involved with fisheries management and volunteers his time and angling skills with local snook genetic researchers. He is also involved with CCA-Texas as the chair of the Habitat Today/Fish for Tomorrow Committee. As Executive Director of Texas, he spreads the word of SGF and the AAP/iAngler program through direct contact with researchers at the Harte Research Institute and the general public. He also sits on a SEDAR Committee for the NMFS/Gulf Council that sets limits on gag grouper and greater amberjack for the Gulf of Mexico, and is involved with other proceedings of the Gulf Council.
Capt. Jon Brett: Florida Gulf Regional Director Jon Brett
Capt. Brett lives in St. Petersburgh Florida and holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Rollin's College. He has worked as a writer and producer for the National Wildlife Federation as a writer and producer, and is the director of a tv/film production company called fishbuzz TV. Currently he works in digital businiess development for the Tampa Bay Times. Jon has served with SGF for over 5 years, and has been the regional director for the past 3.
Erik RimblasErik RImblas: Angler Action Program Coordinator
Born and raisied in Miami, Erik has been with West Marine for over 20 years. He started running the fishing department in the Coconut Grove store and has worked his way up to Regional Vice President for the Southeast Region. Erik used to frequent many offshore tournaments (many of which he served as committee member), and has transitioned into mostly fishing inshore saltwater, with the occasional fresh water canoe trips. Thanks to his job he is able to fish all over the South East US. Erik is married for 11 years and has 3 boys who frequently serve as his fishing partners.
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.