VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Angela Bockelman Lahrman
By Megan Maynard
This month’s STPS Volunteer Spotlight showcases Angela Bockelman Lahrman. She and her husband moved to Florida five years ago, and she has become a valued team member. As a practicing veterinarian and the medical director at Young’s Animal Hospital, she stays busy. Both she and her husband enjoy running marathons in their spare time, and this fall they hope to compete in their second marathon.
Angela first heard about STPS through a volunteer with Wild Florida Rescue and joined the organization two years ago. Currently she participates in the nesting surveys on Tuesdays and is this year’s race director for the Turtle Krawl. Like many of the volunteers, she is driven to help these animals that have been negatively affected by human impact.
As she teases, one of her greatest achievements is “TBD”…. she says “ask her after the Turtle Krawl in September.” Being the 2019 race director, she has had hiccups along the way but together with the race committee has surmounted these challenges and has made great progress.
She would highly recommend any interested individuals to join or attend a turtle talk and see how they can contribute. With so many options, each volunteer can create a schedule and workload which suits them. If you can’t contribute or commit at this time, she suggests even the smallest acts can make a difference, such as picking up trash/litter.