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HANS & SIGRID GEISSLER – MSF Founders

Hans was born in war torn Germany in 1941. He experienced the devastation and hunger that followed the war. He became determined to find a new way of life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sigrid, and they immigrated to the United States in 1963. He loves the sea, skin dives, sails his G-Cat catamarans of his own design, and participates in competitive sailboat racing. Sigrid is an interior designer an avid fundraiser and loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Together they have provided the high level of determination necessary to see Morning Star Fishermen established.
“Our prayer request is to be able to reach the world, through the provision of the fish and vegetables. We believe that when you feed the body, you are able to also feed the spirit.”

Hans and Sigrid say that their favorite scripture is found in Luke 5:10 when Jesus spoke to Simon Peter — “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be fishers of men”.

 

PHIL REASONS – MSF Executive Director

Phil has a broad range of experience developing and managing both non-profit and for-profit organizations. His non-profit work began over 20 years ago with the development of an intervention program for drug addicts and alcoholics and a feeding program for the homeless. Phil’s work continued with the development of the Horizon Youth Ranch a state recognized rehabilitation home for teen-aged boys.  Phil served as an associate Pastor at Word of Life Church and the Director of their full time Internship Program. Phil was the Director of Development for the Peace through Water Foundation and has served as coordinator for several national disaster relief efforts.  Phil started PAR Construction Company in 1985 a company with a focus on educating clients on innovative building products and methods.  Phil also started Sterling Auto Brokers a luxury auto dealership with sales in excess of ten million dollars a year. Phil’s passion to make a difference in the world and his conviction to live sustainable make him a welcomed asset at MSF.

 

JAIME GUERRA – MSFDirector of Education

An Agricultural Engineer born in El Salvador – Central America- Jaime has been involved in the aquaculture industry in the US since 1980, and his aquaculture experience also includes commercial production of ornamental species – Intensive Poly-culture System – in the US, and in Costa Rica. During 2001-05 he managed the International Aquaculture –CASS Program at Hillsborough Community College – HCC Tampa, Florida. As manager of HCC’S CASS Program, Jaime selected, trained and mentored 44 young leaders of various rural communities of the beneficiary countries in the Caribbean including Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and Jamaica. CASS Program students spent 2yrs in the US, learning the English language as well as aquaculture techniques both in the class room and at various aquaculture facilities including Morning Star Fishermen, where CASS Students conducted most of their aquaculture practical training, marking the beginning Jaime’s strong relation with MSF.

During 2006-07 Jaime planned and implemented a project that re-vamped an existing aquaculture farm in Costa Rica, project that included both ornamentals as well as tilapia species in one location – poly-culture. Jaime’s solid managing skills and his experience in intensive commercial aquaculture are a valuable asset to MSF”S training Program.

PETER RUBEC – MSF Director of Research

Dr. Peter J. Rubec has a broad training in fisheries, aquaculture, and aquatic ecosystems (Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and M.Sc and Hons B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa). He did Post-Doctoral Research at Boston University and taught marine biology and general biology at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts. He has conducted surveys, stock assessments, and research for the Canadian Dept of Fisheries and Oceans and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is a Fisheries Research Scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Saint Petersburg. He conducts modelling to map coastal habitats and predict the spatial distributions and abundances of estuarine/marine species. He has written proposals to help non-government organizations obtain funding to create aquaponics facilities in the Philippines and in Haiti. He is on the board of directors of a Agregy Inc; which presently is establishing commercial aquaponics facilities at two sites in Florida, as well as in California and in Hawaii.  He is the Director of Research for Morning Star Fishermen and teaches courses in aquaponics at its facility in Dade City.

WILLIAM FALLS – MSF Instructor & Consultant

Dr. Bill Falls received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, his M.S. from Murray State University and his B.S in Zoology from the University of Louisville.  Dr. Falls has a rich professional background beginning over two decades ago as the Research Administrator for the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, Florida Marine Research Institute. He is currently the Sr. Ecologist, N.S. Nettles & Associates, Inc and full time Professor at the American Intercontinental University.  Dr. Falls has been awarded many honors Nominee for Governor’s Innovation Award – 2003, NISOD Recipient of Excellence in Teaching & Leadership – 2003, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers – 2004 & 05, Certified Fisheries Professional Emeritus 2006, Teaching Excellence Award-General Education – 2010, and many others. Dr. Bill has been a friend of Morning Star Fishermen since 1997 and a continued asset to our staff.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth  – MSF Photographer / Social Media

Elizabeth is currently a student at the Hernando/Pasco Community College. She is working on a double major in Biology and Digital photography / marketing.  Elizabeth graduated high school early and at eighteen she already has two years of college completed.  Elizabeth’s interest in aquaponics began a couple years ago while she was attending school in Arizona.