Meet Our Board
Shane Duff President
Jennifer Reid Vice President
Dr. Kathy Reno Treasurer
Diane Aronson Secretary
Katharina Shoemaker Environmental Specialist
Pursuing her passion in environmental policies, she started with Tropical Environmental Consultants in 2017, and has since gathered an extensive knowledge of wetland regulation, wetland permitting, the wetland delineation process for State and Federal criteria, and listed species identification and protection. She is also a State authorized gopher tortoise agent and works in permitting and relocation activities for the State threatened gopher tortoise.
Her goal as that of TEC is to work with the public in developing a balance between human use and the environment.
Tom McKibban Grounds & Facilities
Cheryl Guerrette Treasurer
Advisors to the Board
David W. Ceilley
From 2002-2007, 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, Florida. 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.
Dr. Edwin M. Everham III
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 is presently studying 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. He also is involved in research related to assessing environmental and science education and is interested in the interface between science and public policy.
Mr. Gore helped his father open up some of the original trails at the sanctuary, now the site of the Gore Nature Education Center, back in the late 1980’s. In the ensuing years, he shared in many of the events that shaped both the sanctuary and his father.
Mr. Orlikoff is also a member of the Collier County Horticulture Advisory Board, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Industries-Best Management Practices guest instructor and an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. His expertise combines more than 25 years of hands-on tree care and landscaping experience.
Upon retiring, Ms. Weinland worked as a consultant with the Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) initiative, funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Education. The LIFE grant enabled students from underserved middle schools to conduct scientific investigations in parks and preserves in Collier County.
Ms. Weinland has been interested in the connection between the arts and sciences for many years. She attended a Wildbranch Workshop on Environmental Writing in Vermont and has written poetry inspired by the cypress/mixed hardwood forest in which she resides. Recently, she experimented with nature journaling, sketching and painting with watercolors. Learning to play the mountain dulcimer at the Gore Nature Education Center (then called the Naithloriendun Wildlife Sanctuary) is one of her fondest memories.
Ms. Weinland has been an active member of the Florida Native Plant Society and helped organize the Friends of Rookery Bay when that National Estuarine Research Reserve was established.
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