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Meet the team at the Florida Wildlife Federation

The team at the Florida Wildlife Federation is essential to guiding the Federation’s mission and work. They ensure our programs have an optimal impact as we push to keep Florida wild.

Becky Dotson

Operations Director

Becky has over 30 years of experience in business management. She enjoys her family, friends, reading, entertaining, traveling, sports, cooking, boating, and fishing.

FWF President and CEO, Sarah Gledhill.

Sarah Gledhill

President and CEO

Sarah has 20 years of experience running local, state, and national advocacy campaigns. She enjoys camping, biking and exploring our waterways with her family.

Lynn Jones

Membership and DB Coordinator

Lynn has 40 years of Member Service experiences. She loves to fish, crochet, woodwork, paint, garden and so much more.

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Casey Darling Kniffin

Conservation Policy Director

Casey is an experienced environmental advocate with a background in marine biology and conservation. She enjoys paddling, snorkeling, and exploring nature trails with her family in South Florida.

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Marney Richards

Education Coordinator

Marney is an enthusiatic biker, hiker, gardener and advocate of learing about natural resources and conservation through outdoor activities.

Federico Acevedo

Digital Communications Manager

Federico is a passionate wildlife photographer and birder, using the power of visual storytelling to connect Florida’s community with our region’s unique fauna and flora. He enjoys adventuring in the outdoors, and visiting our state and national parks.

Board of Directors 2023/2024

Florida Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors is elected by the general membership and comes from across the state to freely give their time and energy to the cause of conservation. The Board is comprised of committed volunteers who share the common goal of keeping our state rich in wildlife and natural wonders

Dave Preston


Born and raised in South Florida, Dave is an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist, and Everglades water policy enthusiast.

Laurie Hood

Vice Chair

Laurie Hood is the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge. Born and raised in Louisiana, she graduated from LSU with a degree in Marketing.

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René Wiesner Brown, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Dr. René Wiesner Brown has a background in land conservation, habitat restoration, and resilience, and is an independent researcher on climate science & policy.

Bobbie Lindsay

Vice Chair

Bobbie holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and now she holds the seat of President Pro-Tem in the town of Palm Beach.

Joe Atterbury

Immediate Past Chair

Joe practiced law in Palm Beach County for over 40 years, and holds a BA from UNC, and a JD from the University of Miami.


Northwest Region District I Director

Pepper Uchino

Northwest Region District II Director

Pepper Uchino is an expert on environmental policy with a specific focus on natural resources. He is the President of the FSBPA.

Ray Carthy, Ph.D.

Northeast Region District III Director / NWF Affiliate Rep.

Ray is a Wildlife Biologist and a faculty member at the University of Florida. His research centers on ecology of endangered species.

Adam Morley

Northeast Region District IV Director

Capt Adam Morley is native to NE Florida, owner of Genung’s Fish Camp, captain for the Matanzas Riverkeeper’s “Litter Gitter,” and the recipient of the FWF Living Green award.

Mason Theurer

Central Region District V Director

Mason is an active sportsman and wilderness enthusiast of Central Florida. With a background in GIS, he hopes to create a more sustainable future land-use model, and spread a passion of conservation to his peers.


Central Region District VI Director

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Jon Turner

South Region District VII Director

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Jennifer Rehage

South Region District VIII Director

As a researcher and college professor, Jennifer has over 20 yrs of experience in coastal conservation. Her passion is for the study and conservation of coastal fisheries and the ecosystems that support them.

John Jopling

Northeast Regional Director

John, a civil trial lawyer and Mediator, is native to north Florida. He is the founding member and president of the Ichetucknee Alliance.


Northwest Regional Director

Gretchen Robinson

Central Regional Director

Reinaldo Diaz

Southern Regional Director

A dedicated environmental activist and outdoorsman born and raised in S Florida. His love of Florida’s wild inspired him to earn a J.D. where he focused on environmental law.

Jay Exum

Jay Exum, Ph.D.

At-Large Director

Dr. Jay Exum is a wildlife biologist and owner of Exum Associates, Inc. a private environmental consulting firm based in central Florida.

Grant Gelhardt

At-Large Director

Grant has over 30 years of experience in Natural Resource Management, Historic Preservation, and Intergovernmental Coordination.

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Jaclyn Lopez

At-Large Director

Jaclyn grew up in Tampa Bay. She loves spending time outdoors appreciating the wonders of the natural world with her children.

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Kimberly Mitchell

At-Large Director

Science, politics, and I collide in America's Everglades. World’s best aunt. World’s greatest stepmom. Tennis (when not limping). Seminole for life.

Clinton Trotta

At-Large Director

Clinton Trotta is a financial advisor in Tampa Bay, Florida. He enjoys spending time in Everglades National Park and volunteering for environmental initiatives.