Volunteer of the Month: Marisa Tardiani

Congratulations to our December 2017 Volunteer of the Month: Marisa Tardiani! 

The advent of winter is a challenging time to be a sea turtle in New England waters. While the turtles frequent the area naturally during the summer they move to southern and warmer waters as Fall approaches. As the temperatures drop sick, injured, or young turtles can become “cold stunned” exacerbating their situation and stranding them on our beaches. This is when our already hard working Rescue and Rehabilitation volunteers kick their service into overdrive. These volunteers work long hours helping to provide the best care possible for these critically endangered species as they are brought in for recovery/triage.

Marisa Tardiani has over 2,000 hours of volunteer service with the Rescue and Rehabilitation department. She is one of the most devoted and diligent volunteers in our program. Here is what her supervisor Julika Wocial had to say about her:

“I could not live without my volunteer because Marisa makes the day go smoother, faster, more efficient and brightens it with her smile and wits. Marisa is one of those volunteers who just gets the job done – always giving 110%, no less – and then looks for other tasks that need to be completed. She is a natural leader and a great teacher for any new volunteers and interns that join our team. She is patient, pleasant, and personable, but doesn’t like to be the center of attention, which makes her a very likable person by all her peers and staff.

Marisa is a very caring person, both about the turtles she works with and other volunteers on her team. She developed some close relationships with her colleagues and never hesitates to offer a helping hand.
Her work ethic and attention to details are outstanding! I rely on Marisa a lot and always know that her performance will exceed my expectations. I never have to double check her work because I just know it will be more than perfect.

Marisa has been with our team for four years, never skipping a season despite being in school full time and working part time. She is working full time right now and still finds the time and energy to grace us with her presence and sunny personality every Saturday. She is truly an integral part to our team and I hope we will never have to find out what it’s like to not have Marisa a part of it.”

Congratulations once again to Marisa Tardiani on her stellar service and commitment to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.” 

If Marisa’s story has inspired you to serve and you’d like to volunteer with us at the New England Aquarium please visit http://serve.neaq.org/ for more details.


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