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Senior Management

Dolphin Research Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1984. We are led by a volunteer Board of Directors as well as an executive management team. The Board and executives meet in person several times a year to address not only the current needs of DRC, but also to formulate strategic planning for the years to come. In between meetings, they are in frequent contact with each other on a wide variety of matters that are important to the continued success and growth of the organization.

Dolphin Research Center Board of Directors

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Celie Florence

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Joanne Zimmerman
Chairman of the Board


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Rhoda Stevenson, DVM

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Susan Lindley



Dolphin Research Center Steering Committee

The Executive Management Team discusses and strategizes on all matters concerning DRC operations, programs, animals and personnel. Collectively, and correctly, referred to as the “Steering Committee," our leaders guide us through all manner of situations, challenges and opportunities.

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Rita Irwin
President and CEO

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Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

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Linda Erb
Vice-President of Animal Care and Training

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Peggy McGill
Vice-President of Finance & Administration






Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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