ABOUT OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS & Advisory Committee
President ~ Bobbie Lee Davenport
Bobbie Lee is a well-known environmental activist in South West Florida with a long history of speaking out about wildlife and wild lands.
~ Non-Profit and community outreach experience
~ Founder and coordinator of the local Planet Earth festival (formally known as the Earth Day festival) 15 years running as of 2015
~ 13 years Serving as a board member of the Responsible Growth Management Coalition. She is currently serving as Vice Chairperson.
~ Former Chair Woman for the Sierra Clubs Calusa Group (over 20 years on the board).
~ Served 2 years on the Agency for Bay Management (Representing the Sierra Club)
~ Current member and former board member of the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, Served on the ECOSWF board for 3 years (Representing the RGMC).
~ Natural Health Consultant and has worked in the health, wellness and fitness industry for over 30 years.
vice president ~ susan d. flowers
Susan is a retired middle school teacher with a passion for community projects. She was actively involved in her hometown, Richmond, VA for 40 years in the following organizations: Boxwood Garden Club, of The Garden Club Of VA, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, and Junior League of Richmond.
Susan is also a 50 yr member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a National women’s sorority, and former National Officer, over the Alumnae of the State of VA.
Administrator of Historic Garden Week for The Garden Club of VA for 20 yrs. 1987 - 2007
Since moving to Naples, Susan has enjoyed being active in local volunteer positions:
Conservancy of SW Florida
Liaison for Elizabeth Circle at Moorings Presbyterian Church to the Sunlight Home for homeless, pregnant women
Member of the Panhellenic of Greater Naples
Secretary ~ Janet Weisberg
TRUTH: Earth's body is Our body, Earth's health is Our health, Earth's life is Our life.
My life’s path and purpose is to speak the truths we’ve forgotten; offer opportunities that let Earth teach and bring communities together to learn and share; the Truths of who we are, why we're here and how we can accomplish real change together.
~ Grounded & grateful Project NatureConnect Practitioner (PNC), Trainer, Guide, Mentor, Counselor & Ambassador
~ M.S. Applied EcoPsychology
~ B.S. Sociology
~ Certified Traumatologist #1503
~ Certified Peace Ambassador
~ Offers various integrative workshops, private counsel, PNC courses “Live” (private or group), event planner.
~ Ph.D candidate.
"My evolutionary journey has taken me to the depths of my body/mind, soul and spirit. Igniting, awakening and connecting my essential creative intelligence to the truths beyond the many veils we have been led to believe. I now, without hesitation, live and love sensorily knowing I’m part of a perfectly orchestrated living system. I am now fulfilling my contract as a grounded conscious human, living in perfect consort with all living systems. My passion and actions are to reignite our collective sleeping systems from states of amnesia, delusion and/or de/NIAL by reestablishing our innate sensory connection with our earthly home."
Treasurer ~ SHANE DUFF
Shane and his wife relocated to Florida from Upstate New York in December of 2017. They quickly fell in love with the everglades, the ocean, and the abundant wildlife here in Southwest Florida.
He is an active volunteer with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, participating in the Fisheries Program, which monitors marine life and water quality in the 10,000 islands. He also spends time with the Sea Turtle and Avian Research teams. When he’s not in a Rookery Bay boat, you’ll likely spot him exploring the swamps and forests of Southwest Florida.
Shane is also a Guardian Ad Litem here in Collier County. A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an objective, impartial person whom the court appoints to act as a representative for minor children in cases of alleged child abuse or neglect. The GAL’s duty is to advocate for and protect the best interest of the children.
With a natural curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit, Shane has both led and helped build companies in multiple industries, including Automotive, Health, Coffee, Wellness, Software, and Construction. He is currently the Director of Market Development for Alair Homes, a first of it’s kind custom home building and renovation company that’s grown from 4 offices in 2012, to over 100 across North America today. In Southwest Florida, Alair provides an extremely collaborative and completely transparent experience to homeowners in Sanibel, Ft Myers, Bonita, and Naples.
In addition to his position with Alair, he is the current President of EZCR Financial, a company that delivers process automation software development and consulting to the Legal and Insurance Industries.
marketing and media ~ Jo Ann Vaccarino
Jo started a graphic design, marketing and advertising company in 1994 which served clientele ranging from small to mid-size businesses, colleges, non-profits and various campaigns.
Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Jo has had a lifelong commitment to foster nature, empathy, and cooperation. In 1991 she worked on the Walden Woods Project to raise funds for acquisition and preservation of the land that inspired Thoreau. The project remains near and dear to her heart.
Jo’s passion has translated into activism and advocacy promoting health freedom, social empathy and environmental preservation. She is honored to help facilitate the Cypress Cove Conservancy mission to preserve wild Florida so that humans and nature can coexist with integrity and respect.
An exotic to Florida, Mike was born and raised in southwestern Michigan, spending most of his time in wetlands in the wildlands adjacent to his home. He began invading the Tampa area and Central Florida as a youth on regular visits to relatives, where he spent much of the time chasing herps.
After receiving a B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1990, he began working as a research assistant for the University of Florida. In 1991, this led to a move to UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ research center in Immokalee in southwestern Florida as a part of a citrus-wildlife study. He remained in the area after the project was completed working at environmental consulting firms, Panther Island Mitigation Bank, Picayune Strand State Forest, and Florida Panther & Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuges. He has managed many inventory, monitoring, prescribed fire, exotic control and restoration projects.
In addition to work in Florida, Mike has participated in several research and conservation projects in Central and South America. In 1988, he took a year off studies at the University of Michigan to assist with research in Ecuador and Panama on poison dart frog (Dendrobates spp.) behavior. In 1991, he began work in Costa Rica with conservation-minded residents of the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Mike continues to be inspired by efforts in Kekoldi and drawn to that region of Central America. Mike joined IRC in 2007 to assist with program development in southwestern Florida and Central America.
You Can Find Him on the Web HERE
Edwin M. Everham III
Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, FGCU
Ph.D. Environmental and Forest Biology. 1996. State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
B.S. Biological Science. 1980. Michigan Technological Universitycum laude
Research Interests: Examining the impacts of disturbance, including exotic invasions and anthropogenic activities, on forest communities and ecosystems.
Current Projects: The technological interface between the techniques of simulation modeling and geographical information systems and their applications toward understanding the impact of and recovery from disturbance and land use changes.
Dr. Everham's background is in ecology, and he has a variety of interests within sub-fields in that discipline, including: disturbance ecology, forest ecology, wetland ecology, and exotic species ecology. He also is involved in research related to assessing environmental and science education and is interested in the interface between science and public policy.
David W. Ceilley
David W. Ceilley, M.S., P.W.S. & Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
26 years professional experience in Southwest Florida
David W. Ceilley has worked in the fields of aquatic and wetlands ecology, Everglades restoration monitoring, and fish and wildlife surveys. He has over 26-years of professional experience in limnology, aquatic and wetland ecology, fish and macroinvertebrate studies, and the assessment of ecosystem disturbances for developing restoration strategies.
From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Ceilley led a multi-agency team in a research project for the US Fish and Wildlife Service related to the recovery of threatened and endangered species in the western Everglades that resulted in two technical reports and oral and poster presentations at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conferences in 2008. From 2006-2008 he was the lead investigator for the assessment of aquatic faunal response to hydrologic restoration of the Picayune Strand State Forest (PSRP) a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) that involves restoring pre-development conditions and hydrology to more than 55,000-acres of State land in Collier County, FL. Since 1989, Mr. Ceilley has been actively involved in evaluating water quality and effects on biotic communities in Southwest Florida including grant-funded research in Estero Bay and its watershed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the South Florida Water Management District.
~ Education ~ University of California at Davis
~ Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
~ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
~ Bureau of State Submerged Lands and Preserves, South West Florida Aquatic Preserves.
Jim served as Supervisor, Southwest Florida Office of Habitat Conservation Scientific Services, FWC, at Punta Gorda, Florida is responsible for a multi-county area in southwest Florida including Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota and for some projects, Collier, Glades, and Hendry. Coordinating Regional Wildlife Habitat Planning, Review of AID for Federal Coastal Conservation Act and NEPA, DRIs, DOT Projects, and Planning of CERP,SWFFS, and Other Restoration Projects, Incidental Take Permitting Review for Gopher Tortoises and Other Listed Species, Review of large and significant FDEProtection/SWFWMD and SFWMD/USACOE permits, Wildlife Resource Inventory, Fishery and Wildlife Technical Assistance, 39 Committees and Partnerships. 7/1998 to 6/2006. This is just one of many projects of a long list. Jim is currently working with the Southwest Regional Planning Council.
Aquatic Resource Management.
Bald Eagle Biology
Environmental Impacts of Dredge and Fill Projects.
FDER Permitting Procedures.
For more information, Jim can be contacted at email@example.com
Brooke Hollander is a native resident of Naples, mother of two, avid organic gardener, certified diver, and environmental education enthusiast. She completed her studies at Indian River Community College where she obtained her associate of arts degree. Following attendance at Florida Atlantic University, with a study emphasis in the field of biotechnology, she began her employment as Biologist/Consultant with Tropical Environmental Consultants, LLC. With over 10 years experience she is now owner of the company and 'Lead Environmental Biologist/Consultant' where she assists local residents and developers with their natural resource and permitting needs.