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).
  • ~ Current board member of Save Our creeks serving for 3 years as of (2015).

Vice President ~ Patty Whitehead

  • ~ Member of Estero Bay Agency for Bay Management
  • ~ Director of Preserve Our Paradise
  • ~ Member of Lee Public Voice  
  • ~ Board member of The Responsible Growth Management Coalition
  • ~ Past board member and treasurer of the Calusa Group of the Sierra Club

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
  • ~ Writer. 
  • ~ I offer 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. 

Janet R.Weisberg, LLC

Treasurer ~ Amy Taylor

For over 20 years, Amy H Taylor CPA, PA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Amy H Taylor CPA, PA's expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Amy H Taylor CPA, PA is one of the leading firms in and throughout Naples. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Board Member, Humane Society of Naples, 1994-2004

Treasurer, Humane Society of Naples, 1996-2013

Media Consultant ~ Silvia Casabianca, LMHC, LMT, RM, CTP, MQP

Silvia Casabianca is licensed in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. She offers traumatic incident resolution, Reiki, psychophysical integration and psychodynamic psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups though Eyes Wide Open LLC. 

The author of Regaining Body Wisdom, among several other books, Silvia has a background as a medical doctor, journalist, writer, editor, publisher and innovative educator.

Protecting the Earth is one of her calls. She considers that our relationship with the Earth is fundamental for the survival of both our species and the planet. Has supported many different environmental projects but more than anything is a conservationist who walks the talk.   

Her website: www.silviacasabianca.com

Jo Ann Vaccarino

Jo Ann Vaccarino is a clinical thermographer and the founder of Be Well Natural Health Clinic.  Prior to moving to Florida she owned and ran a graphic design, marketing and advertising company for 25 years. If passion was the driving factor, she would have become a doctor first; chose to use her inherent talents to survive. She intends to complete her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the future.

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.

Moved by authors and activists like Lao Tzu, Frederic Bastiat, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Henry David Thoreau and Russell Means, 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.  Mitakuye oyasin (All are related).

 

Advisory Committee

Mike Barry

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

Education

  • 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.

http://ruby.fgcu.edu/courses/everham/

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. 

Jim Beever

  • ~ 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.  

Specialties:

Aquatic Ecology.

  • Aquatic Resource Management.
  • Bald Eagle Biology
  • Environmental Impacts of Dredge and Fill Projects.
  • FDER Permitting Procedures.
  • FDER Jurisdiction.
  • Mangrove Ecology
  • Marine Biology.
  • Water Quality.
  • Wildlife Biology.

For more information, Jim can be contacted at jbeever@swfrpc.org

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.

www.TropicalEnvironmentalConsultants.com