About Us

About Us

Contact Turtle Trash Collectors at 910-833-0867 or by emailing Laura Sirak-Schaeffer, Program Coordinator (

LauraLaura Sirak-Schaeffer
Turtle Trash Collectors Program Coordinator

Laura comes to us from MarineQuest's Ghost (net) Busters NFWF Fishing for Energy grant-funded project, where she educated over 12,600 students about the impacts of ghost nets on the marine environment with a life-sized inflatable whale! She previously worked as an informal STEM educator at the Museum of Science, Boston where she facilitated school field trips and public programs. She earned her BS from Stockton University and her MS in Marine Science from the University of New England where she researched seal-fishery interactions. Laura will be the lead educator traveling around the state to implement Turtle Trash Collectors.


Dr. Sue KeziosDr. Sue Kezios
Director of Youth Programs & UNCW MarineQuest

Dr. K grew up on the Chesapeake Bay crabbing, oystering and fishing. She earned a PhD in Biology from Princeton University and spent the first half of her career conducting research on cell differentiation. Once her children enrolled in school she became concerned about the lack of science instruction they were receiving. This led to collaboration with the NIH to create KinderScience, a hands-on science education program for young children. In 1999 Dr. K obtained her North Carolina teaching certification and began working at UNCW. In 2006 she was named Director of Youth Programs and immediately began creating a new standards-based curriculum for MarineQuest, one that includes field research, marine technology, and diving.