About N.E.S.T.

Led by our founder Millie Overman, NEST was established in 1995. N.E.S.T. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles and other protected marine wildlife on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Virginia line to south Nags Head. N.E.S.T. is committed to contributing to the preservation of these species through research and rescue and rehabilitation efforts and to fostering greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness. We work in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. We also work closely with the townships in Dare and Currituck Counties on issues related to sea turtles.

Successful sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and now back to the ocean!

N.E.S.T Program Currently Includes:

  • ATV beach patrols – Identification and verification of sea turtle nests
  • Protecting nests and hatchlings
  • Rescue and rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles
  • Education and support of sea turtle research

Current Board of Directors


John CeCe, President (1/1/21 – 12/31/22)
Holly Robinson, Vice President (1/1/21 – 12/31/22)
Brenda Chasen, Treasurer (1/1/22 – 12/31/22)
Darlene Jones, Secretary (1/1/21 – 12/31/22)


Directors-At-Large Term


Tony Parisi (1/1/22 – 12/31/23)
Louise Vance (1/1/21 – 12/31/22)
Christian Legner (1/1/22 – 12-31/23)


Science Advisors


Karen Clark, Director, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education


Emeritus Members


Millie Overman – N.E.S.T. Founder
Marilyn Seal


Board Alumni


Terry Brown, Past Vice President (served 2010-2014)
Al Fitz, Past Vice President (served 2010)
Karen Fitzgerald, Past President (served 2010-2014)
Kaye Lyerly, Past Director-at-Large (served 2010-2012)
Jackie Orsulak, Past Secretary (served 2010)
Marilyn Seal, Past Director-at-Large (served 2010-2014)
Linda Turowski, Past Director-at-Large (served 2010-2013)
Marie Musolino, Past Director-at-Large (served 2012-2014)
Chris Pruitt, Past Treasurer
Joanne Hummers, Past Secretary and Director-at-Large
Karen Gregory, Past President
Elaine Lubosch, Past Secretary
Dennis Pohl, Past President
Val Morton, Secretary
Margaret Janes, Past Treasurer (served 2015-2021)
Peggy Cathey, Past Director at-Large (served 2016-2021)