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Updated 11/02/2018

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November 8, 2018

Belinda Musgrove, Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services. She started in Animal Services in 2012 and has had a variety of jobs such as Front Office assistant, Animal Care Specialists and is now the Animal Adoption Outreach Coordinator. She will provide an overview of the shelter including how animals are obtained, cared for and finally the animal adoption process.

Belinda believes she has " found a job where I can apply my skills and truly enjoy caring for pets and educating our community on responsible pet ownership".

October 11, 2018

M. Rene’ Tarquinio, case manager and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) coordinator at Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.  
(BSRI) operates eight sites throughout the county and is a recognized charitable 501(c)(3) organization.  BSRI provides programs and services open to adults aged 55 and older and operates a thrift store, the proceeds from which benefit BSRI programs and services.  BSRI offers an array of programs including crafts, games, exercise classes, and dancing.  Rene’s discussion will cover many of these BSRI activities, services and programs.
(Due to Hurricane Michael, M. Rene' Tarquinio had to cancel for October, we hope to have her speak at a future meeting.)

February 8, 2018

Joshua Sibille, MD, McLeod Vascular Surgeon

McLeod Health and McLeod Physician Associates welcome vascular surgeon Joshua Sibille, MD to the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Sibille joins Dr. David Bjerken and Dr. Christopher Cunningham serving patients at McLeod Vascular Associates Seacoast, and works in partnership with Florence physicians Dr. Carmen Piccolo, Dr. Eva Rzucidlo, and Dr. Gabor Winkler of McLeod Vascular Associates.

"I chose going into the medical field because I want to offer a peace of mind to patients and allow them to live their lives comfortably," said Dr. Sibille. "Offering someone the ability to play golf again, or playing with their grandchildren is such a reward to me, as well as the patient."

Dr. Sibille is Board Certified in General Surgery and Fellowship trained in Vascular Surgery. A native of Louisiana, Dr. Sibille comes to McLeod after having completed Vascular Surgery Fellowship training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Sibille is a member of the Southern
Association for Vascular Surgery and is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation.

Venous Disease, Carotid Surgery, Endovascular and Open Aortic, Aneurysm Repair, Limb Salvage Intervention, and Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease

Medical School:
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA/2010

General Surgery Residency:
Louisiana State University Department of Surgery
New Orleans, LA/2015

Vascular Surgery Fellowship:
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC/2017

January 11, 2018

Mr. Paul Osmer, Cape Fear Raptor Center 

The Cape Fear Raptor Center is located in Rocky Point, NC.  Mr. Osmer currently fulfills duties as the center’s Events Coordinator and is an active member of its Board of Directors.  He has spent his last three years as a volunteer rehabilitating injured raptors (eagles, hawks, owls, ospreys) through physical therapy and specific medications to insure their survival prior to their release back into the wild.  The center currently has about 45 birds, 15 of which are bald eagles in need of care.  Paul will provide details on the center’s many successes and future plans.  He will be accompanied by three raptors to showcase the work and aspirations of the center.  

November 9, 2017

Gary Halberstadt, President, Brunswick Arts Council

Graduated University of Buffalo.  Served in US Army during Berlin Crisis where I taught myself how to paint (oils).  Graduated Brooklyn Law School,Law Review and Moot Court Team.  Joined a processed meat/cheese wholesale operation and helped take it public, after which I helped open its first processing facility. Was Executive Vice President for 7 years.  Retired in 1998 and moved to Ocean Ridge Plantation, Brunswick County. 

Was the conceptual founder the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owner Associations (ABCPOA) and was President for 6 years.  Concurrent with that position, I was President of the Brunswick Arts Council and served on the Executive Committee of proposed Brunswick County Expo Center.  Was fully retired from 2010 to 2017, when I was elected President of the Brunswick Arts Council again. 

About the Arts Council

Victor and Jeanne Gerloven, natives of Brooklyn, NY, dedicated their lives to art and education. For over 55 years, Victor taught art at the high school and college level; and after retiring to Brunswick County, he continued to teach art through the Associated Artists of Southport program for adults.


He received the N.C. Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and for over a decade tirelessly led the Brunswick Arts Council as president, while Jeanne, a retired Assistant Dean of the School of General Studies at Brooklyn College, New York City, served as the Council’s Secretary.


As a result of their diligent work, the BAC became the respected organization that it is today. Through the various programs to all the in the community, and assists and encourages local artists in achieving their lifelong goals.


September 14, 2017

Representatives from the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Planetarium in Sunset Beach 

Maria Knapik has worked as the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium for the past 5 years. She is responsible for planning and developing programs that are offered year round, adding and updating exhibits at both facilities, training and teaching staff, volunteers, teachers and the general public about the unique beach environment that we now call ‘home’!  She also works to organize and coordinate all group visits of schools from both NC and SC, private clubs, community and church groups, parks and recreation camps, and individual parties wishing to rent the facilities for family reunions, weddings or business related functions.


Katherine Hunt has been a part of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation since October of 2016 as the Education Outreach Coordinator. She came to the organization as a Coastal Carolina University student in her last semester with two semesters of experience as a Learning Assistant in college astronomy, and over four years teaching experience in various educational settings such as SC DHEC and Coastal Leadership Academy. Katherine graduated in May with her Bachelor of Science in Science Literacy. During her time with The Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, she has found a great love for presenting in the planetarium alongside her work in outreach, and she also greatly enjoys the creativity that the laser shows afford her. Katherine looks forward to sharing about Ingram Planetarium’s big upgrade this year, and what new and exciting things visitors can expect from both the planetarium and laser shows moving forward.