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. 

BEAT Student Representative

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Dr. Dwight Willis - BEAT Legislation Chair


Holden Beach

Dwight worked in public education as a teacher and administrator for 41 years. He has been involved with Oceana for several years, has worked with the NC League of Conservation Voters; lobbied the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, the NC General Assembly, and federal officials to prevent offshore drilling; and met with members of President Obama’s staff and NC Congressional representatives regarding offshore drilling.

Marilyn Priddy - Shallotte, NC - BEAT Secretary

• Married 47 years to Rob Priddy
• Two daughters (in Michigan & DC)
• Retired


Education & Work History

• Biology degree, Ball State University, summa cum laude
• Middle school science & biology teacher
• 34-year career in occupational health and safety
• Earned CEUs to maintain 2 Board certifications (industrial hygiene and safety) for 25+ years
• Worked for government agencies (county, state, federal)
• Worked in the private sector (manufacturing, insurance, consulting)
• Developed and implemented sampling plans & training programs
• Investigated occupational disease claims
• Wrote and reviewed technical reports
• Performed risk assessments, inspections and audits
• Managed professional staff
• Coordinated internal quality program



• Excellent public schools
• Well-paid teachers
• Local clinics and treatment facilities to address opioid crisis
• Civil rights
• Oil-free beaches and marshes
• Green jobs & smart development
• Sunday voting
• Investment in infrastructure
• Transparency in government


Community Involvement


•Brunswick County Democratic Women

•Brunswick County Homeless Coalition

•Kiwanis Shallotte - SBI

•League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear

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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.   

Teddy Altreuter - BEAT Education Chair (Carolina Shores)

Mrs. Teddy Altreuter moved with her husband, Bill, to Carolina Shores in 1991 and loved the unspoiled natural beauty and resources of the area  from the first.  Her desire to see it protected from over-development such as she had lived with on Long Island in New York State led her to become a Commissioner on the Calabash Town Board for 4 years. She became the Calabash Mayor the following two years and then served as Mayor of the newly formed Town of Carolina Shores when it was split off from Calabash. During that time Teddy also served on the old BEAT Board in support of its environmental efforts. While in retirement from politics she was asked to join the reconstituted BEAT Board about a year ago  Teddy reports that she is proud to serve the county's environment and residents once again.

Jan Harris - Past BEAT President

Sunset Beach

Although always concerned about the environment, Jan’s environmental activism developed in the 1990s when the state wanted to put a multi-state hazardous waste incinerator in the small town where she was living. Jan worked with several groups to oppose (successfully) the site – one of the groups was later recognized with the Governor's Award for Environmental Stewardship.


Jan moved to Sunset Beach in 1995, and already aware of signi-ficant environmental issues, soon formed an environmental group (that is the predecessor of the current BEAT). Since then, she has been the recipient of two Pelican awards for her tireless efforts to protect the natural environment and is now a Town Council member in Sunset Beach.


Dr. Richard Hilderman

Sunset Beach

At Clemson University Richard was Chair of the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry and the Director of the Clemson University Genomic Institute.  He served as Chair of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee.  Richard is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp and has made presentations on climate change throughout the Southeast.

Other Current BEAT Board Members (Photos not Available)

  • Secretary - Marilyn Priddy (Shallotte)

  • Plastics Chair - Linda Eastman (Ocean Isle Beach)

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

   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

Vacant Board Position #1 - BEAT Treasurer

Vacant BEAT Board Position #2