Bob Cox - President
Bob Cox moved to Mexico Beach and joined the MBARA team in 1999. He now lives in St Joe Beach. He served over 30 years in the Air Force and retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain and retired PADI SCUBA Instructor. Bob enjoys the outdoors, boating, fishing, underwater photography and spear fishing.
Clay Studstill- Vice President
Clay is a true Florida native, and most of his free time is spent on the water. His love of sailing and offshore fishing is reflected in his decision to settle in Mexico Beach where he and his wife live and operate a law office. He holds a B.S. from F.S.U and a J.D. from Appalachian School of Law . Clayton primarily practices environmental and land use law, but as a "country lawyer" is well rounded and familiar with most other areas of legal endeavor. When he cannot fish or sail he can usually be found tinkering in his garage with some important item that mere mortal men would be afraid of breaking. He proudly serves as our General Counsel.
Marie Stephens - Secretary
Is a highly succesful business woman and owner of Emerald Coast Jewelry and About Beach in Mexico Beach and Port St Joe. She's a professional photographer. Marie is also a SCUBA diver and been an active volunteer in MBARA events and projects since 2007.
Carol Cox - Treasurer
Carol Cox moved to Mexico Beach with her husband Bob in 1999. They now live in St Joe Beach. She served over 26 years in the Air Force & Air National Guard and retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. She is a PADI certified divemaster and enjoys underwater photography. Watch for her photos on the web in the future. Carol also enjoys the outdoors and fishing.
Julie Krouse - Membership Director
Julie Krouse, married to Chuck Krouse since 1981. I’m a Florida native and now full time resident of Mexico Beach. One son, Steven, is the Head Athletic Trainer and Cross Country coach at the University Of Minnesota-Crookston.
I enjoyed 38 years in the insurance industry, spending 22 years in corporate (sales management for both Progressive and Farmers Insurance Companies) and spent 16 years as a self-employed insurance business owner.
I’ve been a certified diver since 2007 and enjoyed dives in the panhandle, Cozumel, and the Galápagos Islands. I have less than 20 dives logged in, but now that I’ve taken a break from work, look forward to many more!
While a fairly new member of the MBARA, I’m passionate about the work being done to protect and improve our marine reef system, conduct scientific research, and educate the public. I’ll apply that passion in my role as Membership Director. I hope to continue the good work being done and reach even higher levels of involvement in our little piece of paradise-Mexico Beach!
Dr. Ron Childs - Education and Tournament Director
Dr. Ron Childs is a founding director of the MBARA. Ron is now retired and lives in Mexico Beach where he hunts and fishes as much as he can.
Nate Odum - Director of Sponsorship
Nate Odum was born and raised in Miami. He grew up diving and fishing the Florida Everglades, Keys and Bahamas. And, he formerly worked 20 years in Insurance/Risk Management, more recent, as a Producer for a syndicate of Lloyds of London. Then, in 2002, he and his wife Melba passed through Mexico Beach and fell in love with it! Approximately 8 years later, he and his business partner/brother in law, Bill Mulligan, decided to purchase Marquardts Marina, now known as Mexico Beach Marina. He discovered the MBARA with all of its volunteers that accomplish great works in building artificial reefs and desired to become a part of it. In addition to his fulltime duties at the Marina, Nate joined MBARA as board member. He considers it an honor to serve and is looking forward to making contributions to such a worthy cause.
Frank Nolin - Director of Online Sales and Merchandise
After semi-retiring from owning and working in a small family business for over 35 years, Frank and his wife Lorna moved to Mexico Beach and joined the MBARA in 2010. He realizes the importance of this organization for the future of the area's fishing and diving. He enjoys fishing, diving, snorkeling, boating and travel.
John Lee - Director of Local Fishing Information
Captain John Lee has been a licensed charter boat captain in Mexico Beach for l5 years. He is originally from Panama City, Florida, and has grown up fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He moved to Beacon Hill in the St. Joe Beach area in l981. He is an avid scuba diver who goes diving as often has he can get away. He is on the MBARA Research Dive Team.