Expert Advisory Council

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The CLEO Advisory Council has been established to provide guidance and support to the staff and to the Institute as we grow. The council is composed of community members, supporters, environmentalists, students, teachers, donors and Board members.


Albert Slap- A nationally recognized environmental attorney and law professor.

Brian Haus, Ph.D.,- A Professor in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. 

Cindy Lerner- The former Mayor of the Village of Pinecrest and current President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

David Nadeau- A marine educator, captain, diver and nature photographer.

Lane Park- A graduate from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Microbiology before becoming a medical technologist after a year of specialty training.

Patricia Vegnani- A consultant and currently does bookkeeping for people & companies in Coconut Grove.

Wafa Khalil, Ph.D.,- Graduate from the University Claude Bernard, Lyon-France with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.