Kealy grew up in Iowa and spent her childhood vacationing in Florida, where she fell in love with the ocean. As a young girl, her career aspirations ranged from dolphin trainer to marine biologist. Eventually, Kealy attended the University of Tampa, where she studied environmental and marine science. After her studies, she worked for The Audubon Society, monitoring and protecting nesting shorebirds on beaches in Florida and Massachusetts. Environmental education is very important to Kealy, and she is thrilled to share her ocean knowledge and enthusiasm with others at Sanibel Sea School. Kealy also leads paddles and community events for Ocean Tribe Paddlers, an affiliated organization for those who share her love of paddling. Kealy took the reins as Conservation Initiative Coordinator in October 2020 and serves as the liaison between SCCF and the Coastal Watch Advisory Committee to plan and execute conservation initiatives on Sanibel and Captiva. Kealy brings her passion for our coastlines, conservation, and public outreach to this position and is excited to work with the community on a deeper level.