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.

Preston Robertson

President and CEO

As a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in conservation, Preston has secured permanent land conservation in Florida and Georgia.

Sarah Gledhill

Vice President

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

Michelle Forman

Operations Manager

Michelle works as Operations Manager for the FWF, she enjoys reading and exploring new places with family and friends.

Meredith Budd

Meredith Budd

Regional Policy Director

Meredith has extensive experience leading wildlife conservation initiatives. Her expertise is in imperiled species policy, habitat conservation planning, and wildlife conflict resolution.

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.

Marney Richards

Education Coordinator

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

Jon Potrzeba

Social Media and Communications Specialist

Jon is an experienced nonprofit marketing and communications professional. He enjoys spending time with his family, walking their two dogs, and playing hockey.

Susan Williams

Administrative Assistant

Susan enjoys working at Florida Wildlife Federation assisting with the Wild Florida Sweepstakes and spending time in her garden.

Danny Shapiro

Graphic Designer

Danny is an experienced Graphic Designer. He produces the Fish and Widlife News for the Florida Wildlife Federation.

Cole Sousa

Information Technology Consultant

Cole has years of experience in Information Technology, loves to fish and hike in the outdoors of Florida.

Board of Directors 2021/2022

Florida Wildlife Federation’s all-volunteer 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 academicians, professionals, scientists, and lay-people who share the common goal of keeping a state rich in wildlife and natural wonders.

  • One Chair and three Vice-Chairs
  • Four Regional Directors and eight District Directors across the state of Florida
  • Eight At-Large directors
  • Two Youth Conservation Directors

Joe Atterbury


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.

Marilu Morgan

Vice Chair

Marilu is a project manager for the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre nature preserve in NW Florida.

Dave Preston

Vice Chair

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

Jay Bushnell, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Dr. Jay Bushnell is a retired college professor with a lifetime of active involvement in environmental issues.

Jay Exum

Jay Exum, Ph.D.

Immediate Past Chair

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

Laurie Hood

Northwest Regional Director

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

David Ward

Northwest Region District I Director

With degrees in Biology and History from Florida State University and the University of Florida, David is a certified Florida Property Appraiser Local Historian.

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.

Jim Schuette

Northeast Regional Director

Jim uses his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology and 40 years experience to manage over 1/4-million acres of South Florida natural areas.

Ray Carthy, Ph.D.

Northeast Region District III Director

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.

Billy Causey, Ph.D.

Central Regional Director

For 39 years, Billy managed the National Marine Sanctuaries in the Keys for NOAA where he developed multiple programs and partnerships.

Matt Erpenbeck

Central Region District V Director

Matt has a B.S. in Business Management from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida Southern College. He resides in Indian River County.

Joe Welbourn

Central Region District VI Director

As the founder of Carbon Marine, Joe was recognized by the American Composite Manufacturers Association as the “innovator” in the boating accessory industry.

To Be Appointed

Southern Regional Director

The Southern Regional Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation is pending appointment.

Linda Stanley

South Region District VII Director

Linda, a native Floridian, past Chair and longest-serving FWF Director, hopes to one day canoe-camp once again on a pristine Ocklawaha River.

Ana Meira, MBA

South Region District VIII Director

Ana serves as head of the Communications Committee at the FWF and she works as Creative Director for Regular Animal.

George Jones

At-Large Director

George is a retired Florida State Parks S.E. Regional Director, and past Indian Riverkeeper, currently a member of ORCA.

Captain C.A Richardson

At-Large Director

Retired pro-fisherman C.A Richardson is the founder of Flats Class TV and owner of Flats Class charters, based in St. Petersburg, FL.

John Jopling

At-Large Director

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

Bobbie Lindsay

At-Large Director

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.

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.

René Brown, Ph.D.

At-Large Director

Dr. Rene Brown is a natural resources manager for Pasco County, and an independent researcher on climate science & policy.

Vincent Keeys

At-Large Director

Vincent currently serves as Branch President for the NAACP of Collier County and has helped nonprofits committed to community service, providing student internship and career opportunities in the field of aviation.

Reinaldo Diaz

At-Large 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.

Tasman Rosenfeld

Youth Conservation Director

An undergraduate at Yale, Tasman studies evolution and paleontology, and is passionate about conservation through education.

Keara Clancy

Youth Conservation Director

Keara is completing an MS at the University of Florida, where she brings STEM programming to local underserved communities.

If you know anyone who could help push the mission of the Florida Wildife Federation forward, please submit a nomination to the board.