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 has a law and a master's degree from the University of Florida and over 35 years of experience in conservation. Previously an attorney for the old Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, he has also worked to secure permanent land conservation as the North Florida/South Georgia Representative of the Conservation Fund. He and his wife are farmers in South Georgia, growing longleaf pines and row crops and he has served on numerous boards committed to land and water protection. An ardent ourdoorsman, he was Vice-President of Conservation and General Counsel of FWF prior to becoming President.
Michelle works as Operations Manager for the FWF, she enjoys reading and exploring new places with family and friends.
Meredith holds a B.S. degree in marine science and biology and a Master's degree in marine and environmental affairs and policy.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida as well as a master’s in urban and regional planning, with an emphasis on environmental policy.
Caitlin graduated with a B.S. in Digital Media Production from Florida State University, and is now pursuing her master’s in Marketing. She loves fishing and taking her dog hiking.
Lynn has 40 years of Member Service experiences. She loves to fish, crochet, woodwork, paint, garden and so much more.
Marney is an enthusiatic biker, hiker, gardener and advocate of learing about natural resources and conservation through outdoor activities.
Susan enjoys working at Florida Wildlife Federation assisting with the Wild Florida Sweepstakes and spending time in her garden.
Danny is an experienced Graphic Designer. He produces the Fish and Widlife News for the Florida Wildlife Federation.
Cole has years of experience in Information Technology, loves to fish and hike in the outdoors of Florida.
Board of Directors 2019/2020
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
- Twelve regional directors across the state of Florida
- Five at large directors
- Two Youth Conservation Directors
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 is a project manager for the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre nature preserve in NW Florida.
Born and raised in South Florida, Dave is an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist, and Everglades water policy enthusiast.
Jay Bushnell, Ph.D.
Dr. Jay Bushnell is a retired college professor with a lifetime of active involvement in environmental issues.
Jay Exum, Ph.D.
Dr. Jay Exum is a wildlife biologist and owner of Exum Associates, Inc. a private environmental consulting firm based in central Florida.
Laurie Hood is the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge. Born and raised in Louisiana, she graduated from LSU with a degree in Marketing.
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 is an expert on environmental policy with a specific focus on natural resources. He is the President of the FSBPA.
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.
Ray is a Wildlife Biologist and a faculty member at the University of Florida. His research centers on ecology of endangered species.
To Be Appointed
The Northeast Region District IV Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation is pending appointment.
Billy Causey, Ph.D.
For 39 years, Billy managed the National Marine Sanctuaries in the Keys for NOAA where he developed multiple programs and partnerships.
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.
As the founder of Carbon Marine, Joe was recognized by the American Composite Manufacturers Association as the “innovator” in the boating accessory industry.
Janice, an experienced teacher, now works as the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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
Ana serves as head of the Communications Committee at the FWF and she works as Creative Director for Regular Animal.
George is a retired Florida State Parks S.E. Regional Director, and past Indian Riverkeeper, currently a member of ORCA.
Captain C.A Richardson
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, a civil trial lawyer and Mediator, is native to north Florida. He is the founding member and president of the Ichetucknee Alliance.
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 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.
Dr. Rene Brown is a natural resources manager for Pasco County, and an independent researcher on climate science & policy.
Martha spent 37 years wroking for Cox Newspapers and The Miami Herald. She retired as associate editor of The Herald in 2001.
An undergraduate at Yale, Tasman studies evolution and paleontology, and is passionate about conservation through education.
Keara is completing an MS at the University of Florida, where she brings STEM programming to local underserved communities.