Vote for the Florida Wildlife Federation’s District Directors

The Florida Wildlife Federation’s members must cast their vote for Regional Directors before the 10th of September in compliance with provisions of the Florida Wildlife Federation’s bylaws.

District 1 NW

David W. Ward

Having lived his life in Florida, David wants to preserve and enhance the natural ecosystems for the enjoyment of future generations.

Occupation

Retired

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, hunting, environmental activism/lobbying, conservation education, bird watching/nature photography, cycling/hiking, fundraising/donor development, gardening/habitat restoration

Affiliations

Aucilla Research Institute - Board of Directors and Associate Scholar, Aucilla Wacissa River Group – President, Monticello Opera House Board

Goals

Having lived my life enjoying outdoor activities in Florida, I want to preserve and enhance the natural ecosystems for the enjoyment of future generations. I believe that our future in Florida is tied to responsible growth and the recognition that any quality of life that we enjoy is tied to healthy ecosystems. Our legacy should be that we leave a healthier State for future generations and this can only be achieved through positive interaction with government, business and preservation entities.

District 2 NW

Pepper Uchino

With his legal background and years of experience in environmental policy, Pepper can definetely help to keep the “wild” in Florida’s wildlife.

Occupation

Consultant/Attorney

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, camping, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, freshwater & saltwater fishing, environmental activism/lobbying, conservation education, cycling/hiking, gardening/habitat restoration.

Affiliations

Resiliency Florida, Florida Water Advocates, Florida Bar

Goals

Now the third most populous state in the Union, Florida’s population growth shows no signs of abating. In fact, by 2070, the state’s population is estimated to balloon to almost 34 million. Without a concerted and sustained effort, we will lose the beloved wild spaces that make Florida special. That is not acceptable. With my legal background and years of experience in crafting environmental policy, I am well suited to help guide FWF and the next generation of conservationists to keep the “wild” in Florida’s wildlife.

District 3 NE

Ray Carthy

Ray aims to provide the Board of Directors with critical, objective assessessment of conservation issues that lie within his areas of expertise.

Occupation

Research Wildlife Biologist at the University of Florida.

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, camping, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, conservation education, bird watching/nature photography, cycling/hiking,

Affiliations

IUCN Sea Turtle Specialist Group, Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation

Goals

My personal goals are to help the Florida Wildlife Federation engage an increasingly diverse stakeholder landscape with our relevant conservation issues, and there by increase support and resources available to the organization and provide the FWF BoD with critical, objective assessessment of conservation issues that lie within my areas of expertise. These goals will be accomplished through outreach activities and in my role as a scientist and faculty member at the University of Florida.

District 4 NE

Adam Morley

Adam will be able to leverage his personal network and social media following on the issues he is passionate about.

Occupation

Boat Captain and Owner of Genung's Fish Camp, LLC

Interests

Boating/Canoeing/Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Environmental Activism/Lobbying, Conservation Education, Waterway Cleanups

Affiliations

VP Friends of A1A, Captain for the Matanzas Riverkeeper

Goals

Adam will be able to leverage his personal network and social media following on the issues he is passionate about. His personal goals are to address water policy in a meaningful way, find solutions and alternatives to over development, and bring about change in how Florida views waste/trash.

District 5 Central

Matthew Erpenbeck

Matthew wants the state of Florida adequately fund Florida Forever, stop the toll roads (M-CORES) from being built, and put an even greater emphasis on restoring the Indian River Lagoon.

Occupation

Insurance Agent

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, camping, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, hunting, environmental activism/lobbying, cycling/hiking

Affiliations

Current member and past president of the Indian River County Taxpayers' Association, past board member of the 4H Foundation of Indian River County, and vice-chair of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee

Goals

My goals are to see the state of Florida adequately fund Florida Forever, stop the toll roads (M-CORES) from being built, and put an even greater emphasis on restoring the Indian River Lagoon. I feel my current and past positions on organizations that interface with elected officials at the state, county, and municipal levels gives the Florida Wildlife Federation a new voice in this part of the state and will help to make a positive difference for the state of Florida.

District 6 Central

Joseph Welbourn

Finding a careful balance between population growth, environmentally responsible development, and sustainable land/water usage represents Joe's ultimate goal.

Occupation

President at Carbon Marine

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, camping, SCUBA diving/snorkeling, freshwater & saltwater fishing, environmental activism/lobbying, conservation education, cycling/hiking, gardening/habitat restoration.

Goals

I feel a deep desire to protect Florida's natural resources. Florida is now falling victim to its own natural beauty because of the volume of non-Floridians seeking to visit or relocate to Florida. Finding a careful balance between population growth, environmentally responsible development, and sustainable land/water usage represents my ultimate goal as a director in the Florida Wildlife Federation. As a steward of nature, I feel uncontrolled growth will forever alter Florida, ultimately diminishing the very reason we all want to live in Florida. I feel open to sharing Florida while keeping a keen eye on endangerment.

District 7 South

Linda Stanley

As a longstanding member of the FWF and a steward of our natural resources, Linda has pledged to support the sound management and restoration of these resources.

Occupation

Conservation Volunteer.

Interests

Boating/canoeing/kayaking, camping, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, environmental activism/lobbying, conservation education, bird watching/nature photography, flying

Affiliations

FL Defenders of the Environment (Ocklawaha River Restoration), Friends of Corbett and the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, et al.

Goals

As a longstanding member of the FWF and a steward of our natural resources, I have pledged to support the sound management of these resources, the restoration of resources that have been despoiled and the safe-keeping of significant resources for posterity. I believe that conservation education is key to accomplishing these goals and plan to continue my support of the FWF’s efforts along these lines, as well as others.

District 8 South

Ana Meira

Our quality of life as Floridians and our state’s economic vitality greatly relies on the protection and preservation of our environment and precious ecosystems.

Occupation

Creative Director at Regular Animal.

Interests

Sailing, camping, environmental activism/lobbying, conservation, photography.

Affiliations

Ana sits on the Board of the Florida National Parks Association and Debris Free Oceans.

Goals

Our quality of life as Floridians and our state’s economic vitality greatly relies on the protection and preservation of our environment and precious ecosystems. Taking care of the environment and our natural treasures should be a number one priority for state government. The ongoing debate over the deterioration of our environment should not be about political rivalry or politics. Rather, it should be grounded in the welfare of our natural resources, our wildlife and the citizens of our great state.