Gerry Felipe was elected president of Audubon Everglades for a two-year term at the group’s annual meeting April 3. He replaces Paton White, who served for two terms.
Felipe is especially eager to expand the digital social media capability of Audubon Everglades and to attract more Millennials like himself to join in the conservation and birding activities of the organization.
“I want to help educate others about the conservation of our wilderness and the importance of birds. I also hope to spread my passion for nature and how its future correlates with our own,” he said.
Felipe has been an at-large member of the Audubon Everglades Board of Directors and is assisting it with his technology expertise, providing sound and audio-visual improvements at the monthly programs widely attended by the public. He has helped the photography club use new software for competitions.
Felipe was born in Cuba and came to Florida at age 5. He began his career in IT 12 years ago in Miami and now works as a systems administrator.
He has also worked at various nonprofits and has played electric guitar in bands throughout South Florida.
Owls are the favorite birds of both he and his wife Sheri, a graphic designer, and they have traveled widely in search of sub-species in addition to those found in Palm Beach County.