A Florida native, Mary Ellen Pfeifer grew up in Orlando, vacationing on Sanibel every year since she was five years old. Her love of shells and the ocean inspired her to obtain a degree in biology and a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Central Florida.
In 2001 her dream of living on Sanibel came true when she and her husband Eric moved to the island to raise their two young children. In 2008 she and Eric opened Pfeifer Realty Group, where they enjoy helping families achieve their real estate goals and giving back to the island community. To date, their brokerage has donated over $297,000 to local non-profit organizations.
Over the past 20 years, Mary Ellen has served as the Chair of Fundraising for the Children’s Education Center of the Islands, supported the Sanibel Sea School’s fundraising efforts, served on the Pastoral Search Committee for the Sanibel Congregational UCC, worked with Canterbury School’s Development Committee, served on the Charitable Foundation of the Islands’ Board of Directors, and is a former trustee and nominating committee member of the SCCF Board of Trustees.
Although she and Eric continue to work fulltime, they are traveling more to spend as much time with family as possible. Passionate about the environment, she continues to enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and gardening.