VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Beth Moreland
By Megan Maynard
As one of our newest Florida transplants, Beth Moreland arrived on the Space Coast last summer with her husband, a Frontier Airlines pilot, to be closer to his work. For 22 years, Beth Moreland also worked in the airline industry, mostly in analytical roles at American Airlines’ corporate office in Ft. Worth, TX. She also worked in reservations and at an airport over the years. Having retired from the airlines, she still retains her travel benefits, which she puts to good use. Now she helps others in their travels while working as a travel agent for Expedia Cruises.
It may be no surprise that Beth Moreland has quite the travel resume. She has been to all 50 states and 58 countries, including more than 120 visits to foreign countries. On the horizon for 2022 will be an expedition cruise to Antarctica to round out all seven continents she will have visited. She is passionate about encouraging women to take a solo trip, as that has given her great joy through her 19 solo trips.
Beth Moreland grew up in Arizona and then lived in north Texas, so she and her husband didn’t have much sea turtle experience to speak of when they arrived in Florida. When her husband heard about STPS while visiting the area a few years ago, they knew they wanted to get involved.
For just under a year, Beth has assisted with administrative duties to help a growing organization remain efficient. She helps the director of membership and director of volunteers and is training for night walks and STERP , the Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program. Being a relatively new volunteer, Beth Moreland has had a unique year in that many of her activities have been virtual due to Covid-19. She’s looking forward to meeting her peers in person. She has seen many sea turtles in Hawaii and the Caribbean but can’t wait to watch a mother lay her eggs right here on the beach in Brevard.