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.

Tasman Rosenfeld

Tasman Rosenfeld

Outreach Coordinator

As a teacher and active research scientist, Tasman is passionate about organizing conservation efforts in communities through outdoor education and the arts. Aquatic salamanders like sirens and amphiumas are his favorite Florida wildlife.

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 2022/2023

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

Dave Preston

Chair

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

Ana Meira, MBA

Vice Chair

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

Clinton Trotta

Vice Chair

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

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.

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.

Marilu Morgan

Northwest Regional Director

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

Gretchen Robinson

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.

Grant Gelhardt

Northeast Regional Director

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

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.

To Be Determined

Central Regional Director

Billy Causey, Ph.D.

Central Region District V Director

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

René Brown, Ph.D.

Central Region District VI Director

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

Bobbie Lindsay

Southern Regional 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.

Reinaldo Diaz

South Region District VII 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.

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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.

Matt Erpenbeck

At-Large 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Jim Schuette

At-Large 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.

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Jon Turner

At-Large Director

Mason Theurer

Youth Conservation 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.

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