Lorraine is currently the Office Manager for the Stop The Lens Campaign for Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, Inc. and is the President of her own small business, Donlo Communications, Inc.
Her professional experience covers a vast range of skills:
- Lorraine created and built a successful small business corporation Donlo Communications, Inc. along with her husband Don Margeson.
- Lorraine worked for 5 years in the emergency medicine field in an administrative capacity at Edward White Hospital Emergency Room.
- Lorraine held an administration position in a college setting at Eckerd College for the ELS Language Center for two academic years. These are just a few of the highlights, but she has lived a life full of diverse and enriching work environments and extensive volunteerism and community participation.
- Professional performing musician including international travel and a Carnegie Hall performance in 1994.
- Lorraine taught for many years as an artist in residence using Japanese Taiko drumming as an educational tool in public schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, she visited over 250,000 children in a 9 year span. She single-handedly designed this highly successful program. She created and administrated the 501C3 musical performance and educational organization Yuko Daiko, Inc. that sponsored these educational opportunities.
Lorraine’s volunteerism for the City of St. Petersburg includes:
- Crime Watch Coordinator for many years in the Central Oaks Neighborhood.
- Marcher with the Wrice anti-drug marching process for many years in south St. Pete as well as the 34th Street Corridor directing and organizing many of the marches.
- Lorraine has participated in the nuisance abatement with successful results such as the successful closure or the levy of penalties against irresponsible businesses.
- Lorraine helped begin and participated in the Court Watch program for several years.
- Lorraine has volunteered at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for native plant eradication, native plantings and raptor habitat improvements.
- Lorraine is one of the citizens that structured and began the 34th St. Corridor neighborhood initiative.
- Lorraine volunteered extensively in the Little Bayou Restoration Project.
- Lorraine led the advocacy and ultimately gained the designation for Coffee Pot Bayou Bird Island as a Preserve.
- Lorraine, after a very lengthy advocacy campaign, spearheaded the Pinellas County environmental lands charter amendment referendum language which passed by a countywide 70% margin in 2008.
- Lorraine is the creator and volunteer coordinator for the Pinellas County Conservation Corps.
- Bird Steward volunteer at Fort De Soto Park for 8 years, created the Bird Sanctuary and Least Tern nesting raft project idea and implementation in partnership with Park Supervisor Jim Wilson.
- The list goes and on and on…
- Regional coordinator for managing and monitoring rooftop nesting birds Pinellas County.
- Bird surveyor for the Florida Shorebird Alliance database.
- Bird steward manager, regional liaison with Law Enforcement and rangers to coordinate enforcement for beach nesting bird protection.
- Research volunteer for the FWC and Suncoast Shorebird Alliance.
- Conservation Corps volunteer coordinator for Pinellas County Government.
- Avian survey team leader for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Lorraine in Past Articles
- May 10, 2013 – New underwater feature in Lens plan still has skeptics
- October 24, 2012 – Rattlesnake was king, and antivenin was near, in 1930s Tampa
- Aug 08, 2012 - Raft could be life saver for beach birds
- December 14, 2011 – Preserve our nature preserves
- May 14, 2010 – Oil spill mobilizes ‘DISGUSTED’ environmental activist
- November 4, 2008 – Pinellas voters say yes to protecting environmental lands
- January 5, 2008 – ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Memories Bubble In Bay
- September 12, 2007 – St. Petersburg Advocates engineer a sale to save Bird Island from development