cmalogoClearwater, FL (May 21, 2010) – Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is pleased to announce it has appointed four new members to its board. New members include Bright House Networks Marketing Relations Representative Jen Holloway, former district manager for J. Polep Distribution Services Stephen Kisner, former Clearwater City Councilmember Carlen Peterson and Harry Rabb, CPA. CMA now has 22 people on its board.

CMA Board Chairman Tom Orr said, “The CMA Board of Directors is excited to have recently added four new highly accredited directors to our organization. As we continue to grow, it’s important to add key people to the board that can help us reach the next level.”

Here is additional information about the new members:

• Jen Holloway – Holloway is the former morning anchor on Bay News 9 in Tampa. She has an extensive and diverse career in news broadcasting, voiceovers, commercials and infomercials. She also works with a variety of community organizations, including All Children’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, the Cancer Society and more.

• Stephen Kisner – Kisner served as the district manager for J. Polep Distribution Services for almost 17 years. He strongly believes in supporting education, research and protection of animals and wildlife.

• Carlen Petersen – Petersen served as a Clearwater City Councilmember for six years and previously served as assistant city corporation counsel for the City of Chicago. She serves on several boards, including the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the Homeless Leadership Network, Pinellas County Health & Human Services Coordinating Council and more.

• Harry Rabb – Rabb owns Cormier & Rabb, CPAs, a full service accounting and consulting firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Tax Section.

BACKGROUND:

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie about her life story is in the works with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment. Her documentary, “Winter: The Dolphin that Could” is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.

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CMA is pleased to announce it has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

In a letter sent to CMA, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO Ken Berger shared, “We are proud to announce CMA has earned our 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that CMA executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates CMA from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Click here to see Charity Navigator’s online rating of CMA.

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cmalogoClearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is preparing for the possibility of being asked by state and federal agencies to assist with injured animals from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. With this disaster, when it comes to caring for marine life, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has oversight and are working with Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC). Only facilities that are called upon by these agencies will be first responded facilities. CMA could be called on to help animals.

CMA has created an emergency fund to raise money for animals that need to be cared for, whether at CMA or other facilities. Click here to donate money.

The public needs to be aware of how dangerous oil in the environment is and not to pick up suspect oiled wildlife at any time. If members of the public believe they have encountered oiled wildlife, they are to call the oiled wildlife hotline that has been established. Phone number is 1-866-557-1401. Web site is www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com.