2019 - 2020 BEAT Board of Directors

Pete Key - BEAT President


Oak Island

Pete is a realtor with a strong passion for protecting personal freedom and individual rights and protecting the environment for future generations. After 25 years training and leading teams at Target stores, Pete and his wife fulfilled a life-long dream by moving to the coast. Since then, he has lobbied Congressional representatives, the County Commissioners, and the Oak Island Council in support of clean energy and clean water initiatives and in opposition to offshore drilling. Pete is an active supporter of The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Oceana, The NC Conservation Network and The North Carolina Coastal Federation and is a member of the NC Aquarium Society.

Dan George - BEAT Vice President



Dan was born in northern California, moved to Wilmington, NC at the age of five, and has lived in Brunswick County for the last 20 years. He has spent the vast majority of his life on the coastal salt marshes and Cape Fear River system. Self employed as a carpenter/builder, he spends the majority of his time as a recreational fisherman anywhere from the river to the Gulf Stream. He has a self-taught awareness and understanding of the complex and fragile marine ecosystem of our state waters and a passion for the environment. Dan has served as a board member of the Recreational Fishermen’s Alliance of NC and is involved with the NC Conservation Network.

Ted Janes - BEAT Constitution & Bylaws 

ewjanes@yahoo.com        Sunset Beach

Ted spent 34 years in sales and marketing with Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He has professional training in Team Building and Dynamics, Interpersonal Skills, and as a Facilitator and has taught Professional Selling and Negotiation Skills. He is a member of The Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the SAR, and Founders and Patriots and supports the Southern Environmental Law Center and the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Ted has walked the beaches at Sunset and Bird Island for 44 years and is an active environmentalist. 

Jennifer Swift - BEAT South Carolina Representative (non-voting board member) jenniferswift6@gmail.com

Little River, SC

Jennifer has a BA and MA from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She taught elementary education for eight years and retired in 2003 after 23 years as a school principal. She was elected a Cumberland County (NJ) Freeholder (County commissioner) in 1988 and served four consecutive terms, three as Director of the Board. In 1989 she was elected president of the South Jersey Freeholders Association. Jennifer has also served on local and county planning boards for 25 years. In all of these positions she has worked to develop meaningful environmental programs.   

Other Current BEAT Board Members (Photos not Available)

  • Plastics Chair - Linda Eastman (Ocean Isle Beach)

  • Climate Change Chair - Dr. Sybil Burgess Murray (Winnabow)

  • Web Manager - Bob Jakus (Oak Island)

   PAST Brunswick Environmental Action Team Board Members

  • Neil Gilbert - Past President of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team

  • Tom Goodwin - Past Treasurer of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team

  • Dr. Richard Hilderman (Sunset Beach)

  • Marilyn Priddy - BEAT Secretary (Shallotte, NC)

  • Dr. Dwight Willis - BEAT Legislation Chair (formerly of Holden Beach)

  • Teddy Altreuter - BEAT Education Chair (Carolina Shores)

  • Jan Harris - Past BEAT President (Sunset Beach)


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