Friends of Bahia Honda
Meet our Team

Meet our board and a bunch of great volunteers.  Will you join our team?

Board of Directors

The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park's Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers who have a broad array of leadership, expertise, and enthusiasm in supporting one of the world’s finest beaches.

The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park's  Board of Directors adhere to a code of ethics.

President - Victoria Weagley

When we first started staying in the Lower Keys in 2012 we fell in love with the beauty of Bahia Honda State Park.  We would sit for hours on Sandspur Beach and marvel at what Mother Nature put out for us every day, the shore birds, those flying above us diving for food in the ocean, the lapping of the waves onto the white sandy beach and so much more. 

We became volunteers, sometimes cleaning the beach 6 days a week.  It wasn't long after that we moved full-time to the Keys and were introduced to a like-minded group of people who were starting up the Friends of Bahia Honda State Park. 

I started as secretary and a few years back became the FOBHSP president. I believe my 34 years in business gave me the organizational skills needed to do the work I now do. It is very rewarding to work with fellow volunteers and park staff who all believe we can and do make a difference in our park, what I'll always call, the jewel of the Lower Keys.

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Vice President - Gary Wilkins

We first saw The Florida Keys in February 2011, renting a house on Big Pine Key from friends in our home state of Ohio. Included was a Florida State Parks pass, and we discovered Bahia Honda State Park, settling on Sandspur Beach, most of the time. We had so much fun in The Keys, that we returned in August to discover and enjoy more. We vacationed here again in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and after retiring, decided to move to Big Pine Key in February 2015! 

That Spring, we met new friends on the beach and were urged to attend the 1st public meeting of The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park. We knew right away we wanted to join the new organization, and did. Later we agreed to join the board of the FoBHSP. We've enjoyed our participation in a variety of activities, both private and public events to help preserve and improve this beautiful gem of The Florida Keys.

I'm proud to have been a part of this organizations' growth and what we've been able to provide to the park. Working with the park's management and staff has been rewarding and I look forward to getting more accomplished!  Please, JOIN US

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Treasurer - DiAne Rullan

Originally from Connecticut, my relocation to Florida provided many opportunities for career change as well as a chance to get more involved with local charities.

Living on Big Pine Key, an island in the Florida Keys, means you have a small local community.  Here, everyone seems to know everyone and you never know who you might meet.

Meeting and becoming friends with the previous park manager from Bahia Honda State Park, who had an idea, lead to my involvement with this great organization. With many hours put in by a few dedicated people, in 2015, the Friends of Bahia Honda State Park was born and I was privileged to become its first president.

Currently  serving as treasurer, my commitment to this organization continues and I am very proud of what the Friends of Bahia Honda has accomplished for the park over these few short years in existence. 

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Secretary - Bill Weagley

After numerous years of renting in the Lower Florida Keys, we kept staying longer and longer, we made the decision to move here full-time.

The beaches of Bahia Honda State Park became a part of our almost daily lives. Prior to becoming a part of the newly formed Friends of Bahia Honda, my wife and I would volunteer often, cleaning the beach and speaking with park visitors. Giving back to the park that gives us so much is important.

I have served on the board of directors almost since the inception of the FOBHSP and currently serve as the Secretary. Being involved with special events, giving interpretive tours and working side by side with fellow volunteers and park staff is satisfying. I welcome others to join us.

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Sargent in Arms - Sandy Haas

I am a Cincinnati native who, along with her partner Gary Wilkins, discovered the Florida Keys and Bahia Honda in 2011. We had been vacationed here since 2015 when we decided to become full-time residents in Big Pine Key.

I retired from nearly 30 years in fundraising and was pleased to be able to use those skills to begin the Walkway to the Sea project at Bahia Honda in the summer of 2015. After multiple visits enjoying all the park’s beaches, it became a labor of love to clean beaches, volunteer at events, manage the paver project, and eventually become a member of the Board of Directors in 2017.

I value the input and expertise of park staff, as they share their knowledge of both marine and plant life at the park, and appreciates the opportunity to help plan and financially support positive additions to the park for our visitors.

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Fundraising - Nancy Olson

My husband and I first started coming to the Florida Keys five years before retirement. We knew we wanted to volunteer at a Florida state park after retirement.

We were lucky enough to get a site at Bahia Honda and it was love at first sight. The warm sunny weather along with the pristine beaches, abundant sea breeze and ocean waves it just felt like home.

We knew this was where we wanted to volunteer our time. I attended my first CSO meeting three years ago and knew immediately I was in the right place. I volunteered with the FOBHSP focusing on event planning and fundraisIng. I brought 20+ years of experience working with non-profits and volunteer groups to the table. I am excited to be a Board Member with FOBH and chair of the special events committee.

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We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization formed to help preserve, conserve, enhance, and promote Bahia Honda State Park.

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