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ENC sea turtle preservationist honored with lifetime achievement award

The female green sea turtle swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Chonburi Province, Thailand, prior to her surgery.
Sakchai Lalit
File photo: Female green sea turtle swims in a pool.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Center founder, Jean Beasley, has been honored for her vast impact on sea turtle conservation.

She has received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award for her lifetime achievements.

Beasley created the rescue and rehabilitation center in memory of her late daughter, Karen, back in 1997.

Jean was with the center from its creation through her retirement last year.

She spent more than four decades of her life working with turtles.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.