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Board of Directors 

 Photo Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson - President 

Occupation
Environmental Scientist with St Johns River Water Management District

Areas of Expertise
Aquatic flora and fauna, environmentalist, especially aquatic plants and birds

Committee(s)
Grants & Fundraising, Finance, Executive

 

 Photo Dennis Foltz

Dennis Foltz - Vice President

Occupation
Retired Town Manager for Town of Oakland
       

Affiliations
International City/County Managers Association, American Institute of Planners

Areas of Expertise
Public Administration, Regional and City Planning

Committee(s)
Executive, Finance, Event Planning

 Photo Krista Carter

Krista Carter - Secretary

Occupation
Vice President, West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Areas of Expertise
Community

Committee(s)
Executive, Nominating, Grants & Fundraising

 Photo Steve Koontz

 Steve Koontz - Treasurer

 Photo Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas

 

Founding Board Member / Past-President

Occupation
Owner, Biosphere Consulting

Areas of Expertise
Biologist, Friends of Lake Apopka Founder

Committee(s)
Executive, Museum, Restoration

 Photo Jimmie Atwill

Jimmie Atwill

Occupation
Past-President, Bloom & Grow Garden Society

Committee(s)
Grants & Fundraising - chair

 Photo Emily Dietrich

Emily (Emma) Dietrich

Occupation

Public Archaeology Coordinator for Florida Public Archaeology Network East Central region

Areas of Expertise

archaeology, history, public interpretation, and education

Affiliations  

National Association of Interpretation, Florida Anthropological Society, and the Society for Historical Archaeology

Committee(s)

Education 

 Photo Craig Duxbury

Craig Duxbury

Occupation
Environmental Scientist Wood, PLT

Areas of Expertise
Water Quality, Aquatic Ecology

Committee(s)
Restoration, Grants & Fundraising  
 

 Photo Pam Dwyer

Pam Dwyer 

Occupation
Principal, Oakland Avenue Charter School

Affiliations
Florida Professional Educator Certification - Ed Leadership K-12, K-6 Elementary Education

Areas of Expertise
Elementary Education Leadership

Committee(s)
Education - chair

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Paul Ek

Occupation
Environmental Scientist, St Johns River Water Management District

Committee(s)
Maintenance 

 Photo Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon

Occupation
Retired U.S. Navy , Retired Power Plant Officer WDW

Committee(s)
Maintenance - chair

 Photo Jim Helmers

Jim Helmers  

Occupation
Forest Land Manager with Rocky Creek Timber, LLC and Retired Emergency Physician

Affiliations
The Longleaf Alliance, Florida Forestry Association, Florida Native Plant Society, Master Tree Farmer, Certified Prescribed Burn Manager

Areas of Expertise
Forest Land and Restoration Management, Medicine and Chemistry

Committee(s)
Restoration, Maintenance, Grants, & Fundraising, Nominating

 Photo Peggy Lantz

Peggy Lantz

Occupation
Author, Editor

Affiliations

Florida Native Plant Society 

Areas of Expertise
Florida Native Plants and Animals 

Committee(s)
Restoration, Grants and Fundraising 

 

Frank Merritt 

Occupation
Retired Investment Banker

Areas of Expertise
Finance

Committee(s)
Executive, Finance

 Photo Jackie Rolly

Jackie Rolly 

Occupation
Retired Program Manager, U.S. Navy, Civil Service

Affiliations
Member Florida Native Plant Society (former State and Chapter Officer), Instructor Florida Master Naturalist Program, IFAS

Areas of Expertise
Florida Native Plants

Committee(s)
Restoration - chair

 Photo Doug Skurski

Doug Skurski

Occupation
Biological Resources Director for Environmental Science Associates (ESA)

Affiliations
CFAEP/FAEP/NAEP, Society of Wetland Scientists

Areas of Expertise
Wetland and wildlife assessments and regulatory coordination/approvals; certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS); FFWCC-permitted gopher tortoise agent; FDEP-qualified storm water management inspector

Committee(s)
Restoration 

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Peg Thomas

Founding Board Member 

Occupation
Retired Educator

Committee(s)
Education

 

 

Interested in Serving on our Board?

Expectations for board members are as follows:

  • Maintaining a current Preserve membership.

  • Attend all board meetings (in person or via conference call); Prior notification of absences is expected.

  • Volunteer at least 24 hours per year contributing your Time, Talent or Treasure.

  • Be dedicated and committed to carrying out the mission of the Preserve within the community.

  • Take an active part in planning the Preserve’s budget and contribute to at least one fundraising event per year.

  • Submit to a background check as requested by the Executive Committee.

  • Act in accordance with the Bylaws and follow all of the Preserve’s policies.

  • Behave in a morally responsible manner that does not reflect negatively on the organization.

  • Treat each other with civility, dignity, and mutual respect.

  • Abide with the decisions of the majority, acting through a democratic process.

Special need: We are actively looking for an accountant and an attorney to participate on the ONP Board of Directors

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Funding for the acquisition of this site was provided by the Florida Communities Trust using Preservation 2000 funds.

 

  

Call:
Office: +1 407-905-0054

Address:
P O Box 841

747 Machete Trail

Oakland, FL 34760

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