Board of Directors
Marshall Field V
Mr. Field is chairman of the Everglades Foundation Board of Directors. He is the fifth generation of a Chicago family whose activities have included merchandising, real estate, publishing, communications, and civic affairs. He is Chairman of the Board of The Field Corporation and President of The Old Mountain Company, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has served as publisher of the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Daily news. Field was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute from 1965 to 2012 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center since 1970. In 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Field converted the Jamee and Marshall Field Foundation, which focuses on environmental and conservation issues, the arts and culture, education, and health care, to a donor advised endowment fund. Mr. Field is a member of the Board of Directors of the Field Foundation of Illinois, World Wildlife Fund, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Carlos de la Cruz, Jr.
Vice Chairman & Treasurer
Carlos de la Cruz, born in Philadelphia, but raised in Madrid, Spain, has years of experience in M&A, start-ups, and operations in the beverage and automobile industries in Florida and Latin America. For almost ten years, he was President of Eagle Brands, Inc., the exclusive Anheuser-Busch wholesaler for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. He also became president of Miami Honda, Central Hyundai, Sunshine Ford, and Maroone Chevrolet. Mr. De la Cruz is a founding member of the Americas Gateway Chapter for Young Presidents Organization. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ransom Everglades School and Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe, the community-based care provider for foster children with over 4,500 children in care. He obtained his B.S. in Accounting from Boston College and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Mr. de la Cruz is fluent in Spanish and French and has been a resident of Miami since 1975.
Ellin Goetz is a career advocate for environmental causes who combines her experience as a landscape architect with several years of community service. She is a past chairperson of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and is currently on the board of Naples Community Hospital, Naples Chamber of Commerce and Big Cypress Basin of the South Florida Water Management District. Her commitment to her community has earned numerous awards, including the "Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen Award," in 2004 and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2010 "Eagle Award." Goetz is president of her own firm GOETZ+STROPES LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, INC., located in Naples, Florida. She graduated from Vassar College in New York with a bachelor's degree in art history and fine arts and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she attained her master's degree in landscape architecture.
Christopher H. Buckley, Jr.
Christopher H. Buckley, Jr. graduated from the Harvard Law School. He was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the largest law firms in the United States with multiple domestic and overseas offices, and was a member of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Buckley founded and chaired the firm's Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group, of whom more than 50 attorneys are members and whose clients have included many Fortune 500 companies. He has been named one of the best environmental lawyers by Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business; The Best Lawyers in America; Guide to the World's Leading Environmental Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: USA – Environment; Environment Expert Guide; Washingtonian's Best Environmental Lawyers List; and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. He devotes considerable time to pro bono activities. Buckley represented the Atlantic Salmon Federation in its successful petition to have the Atlantic Salmon listed as an endangered species in the few remaining Maine rivers in which it spawns. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. He has served as President of the Barker Foundation, a non-profit adoption agency in Washington, D.C. A fly-fisherman for almost his entire life, he has fished for Atlantic salmon in North America and Europe for more than 30 years. He also fishes for steelhead trout in British Columbia and tarpon, permit and bonefish in Florida. He owns homes on Islamorada in the Florida Keys and in McLean, Virginia.
Mary L. Barley
Mary Barley currently serves on the board of the Everglades Foundation, having served as Vice Chairperson from 2003-2012, and Chairperson from 1995 to 2002, and is Chair of The Everglades Trust (1995-present). Mary also serves on the boards of National Parks Conservation Association (2011-present), World Wildlife Fund Marine Leadership Committee (1996-present) and the WWF National Council (2007-present), Atlantic Salmon Federation (U.S.) (2004-present), Clean Water Action (2014-present) and Wild Oceans (1998-present). She has received many awards and accolades for her work, including being designated an honorary Miccosukee, an Honorary Conch by the Mayor of Monroe County in 1999, profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Time’s Hero of the Planet, and on March 25, 2013, during Women's History Month, was recognized by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R) in the U.S. Congressional Record. Mary resides in Islamorada, Florida.
Diana Barrett, Ph.D.
Diana Barrett, President, founded The Fledgling Fund in 2005 after a long career at Harvard University, where she taught in both the Harvard Business School and the School of Public Health. At Harvard Business School, she was a member of the Social Enterprise core group teaching Business Leadership in the Social Sector as well as various executive programs. Her areas of interest included the use of public private partnerships for global poverty reduction and specifically, in addressing the social and personal burden of disease such as HIV/AIDS. She received both her Masters in Business Administration and her Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Fledgling provides an opportunity to further those interests by focusing on innovative approaches to complex social issues including the use of media to ignite social change. In addition to leading Fledgling, Diana serves on the Boards of the Social Change Film Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Advisory Board of the Acumen Fund, and Advisory Board of Earthwatch.
Karen H. Bechtel
Karen H. Bechtel is a Managing Director and former head of the Global Health Care team based in New York. Mrs. Bechtel serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, HCR-Manor Care, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Healthscope Limited (prior), Grupo Qualicorp (prior), Multiplan (prior) Lifecare (prior). Prior to joining Carlyle, Mrs. Bechtel was at Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated for 28 years. As Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, Mrs. Bechtel was a member of the investment committee responsible for approving all investments in the $3.1 billion Morgan Stanley Capital Partners IV Fund and led all of the healthcare investments. Mrs. Bechtel was also Co-head of the Financial Sponsors Group; head of the Corporate Restructuring Group; founder and head of Princes Gate Private Equity Investors, a $650 million bridge equity fund; and Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Mrs. Bechtel earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business and her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in New York, NY and Miami, FL with her husband, William Osborne.
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett uses his travels and storytelling skills to explain the world at large to his fans. He has recorded more than 50 records, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. He is the author of seven books. He is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and non-fiction lists. He is a producer, along with Frank Marshall, of the 2006 film Hoot, based on Florida author Carl Hiaasen's Newbery award-winning novel. Mr. Buffett received Grammy nominations in 2004 and 2005. Throughout all of his creative works, Mr. Buffett celebrates and advocates for Florida’s natural resources and colorful natural heritage. Jimmy is now heading into the Theatre world. The idea of turning Margaritaville into a musical has been percolating for quite a while but now it's gearing up to make its debut. The musical will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May 2017. It will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics. Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, "Margaritaville" has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.
Barbara Whitney Carr
Barbara Whitney Carr, who serves as Chairperson of the Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the Everglades Foundation’s Advisory Committee, has extensive leadership experience with non-profit organizations. She spent nearly 20 years at the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, serving as its executive director and president. She was president of the Chicago Botanic Garden for more than a decade. Mrs. Carr helped create the Academic Affairs Program at the Botanic Garden and teamed with Northwestern University, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois to develop several outstanding academic programs. The American Public Garden Association presented her with the 2007 Award of Merit, the organization's highest honor. She serves on numerous boards including Lake Forest College, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Garden Conservancy. Mrs. Carr is a resident of Hobe Sound, Florida, and spends her summers in Douglas, Michigan.
Thomas N. Davidson, Sr.
Entrepreneur, industrialist (semi-retired), Tom Davidson founded several companies including a significant plastic packaging company operating in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Subsequently he and two principal partners acquired 15 corporations, mostly subsidiaries of major oil companies including Anaconda Copper & Brass. Although most were subsequently re-sold, Mr. Davidson and his family still retain ownership of NuTech Precision Metals (a producer of nuclear reactor components.) Mr. Davidson was a director at over 20 public and private corporations, including serving as chairman of several. He was chairman of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization, Founding Chairman of the member-owned Ocean Reef Club, Ocean Reef Cultural Center, Ocean Reef Rod & Gun Club, and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. He has served on Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary Advisory Board and served as V.P. and Director of Sanctuary Friends of the Florida Keys. Mr. Davidson was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Financial Post of Canada and Plastics Industry Man of the Year by the Plastics Industry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baptist Health.
Joseph Zachary Duke III
Joseph Duke, president of Jacksonville-based Off Road Holdings, is an industrial designer and entrepreneur whose business life has involved various manufacturing activities as well as a partnership in an advertising agency. He is a third-generation Floridian and resides with his wife, Jennifer, in Ponte Vedra Beach and Hobe Sound, Florida, as well as Oldwick, New Jersey. Duke and his wife, who maintain a family farm in New Jersey as well as Florida timberland, have been deeply involved in environmental issues for many years. Duke served as a trustee at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for many years, which allowed him to pursue his fascination with ocean science and engineering. In 1990, he sponsored the Jason Project for Duval County Public Schools to get children interested in science. In 1997, he helped his friend, Dr. Robert Ballard found the Institute for Exploration. Through a family charitable foundation, The River Branch Foundation, Duke and his wife support various scientific and conservation non-profit organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Audubon of Florida (where his wife is a Florida board member), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. He retired as Chairman of the board of directors of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Foundation in Fort Pierce, Florida in 2016 and now serves as Director Emeritus. An avid outdoorsman, angler, and aviator, his spirit of adventure has taken him from deep-water archaeology in the Mediterranean to desert racing in Baja, California. He loves flying small aerobatic airplanes as well as his 1950s vintage Grumman seaplane. Duke is currently engaged in a long-term ecosystem restoration project of an 830-acre commercial pine plantation near Palatka, Florida, returning the property to its natural condition.
Dr. Maurice Ferré
“I am extremely pleased to join the Everglades Foundation board which has become an important voice in Tallahassee and Washington advocating for America’s Everglades,” said Dr. Ferré. “As someone steeped in science, I am particularly impressed by the fact that the Foundation is a science-based organization that relies on independent research to achieve its goals.” In 2004, Dr. Ferré became the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of MAKO, which developed innovative techniques for robotic orthopedic surgery. In 2011 Deloitte recognized MAKO as the fastest growing technology company in North America. In December 2013, the South Florida based robotic surgery manufacturer was sold to Stryker Corp. of Michigan, a Fortune 500 company, for $1.65 billion. Prior to MAKO, Dr. Ferré founded Visualization Technology, Inc. in 1993, a medical device company for image-guided surgery, where he served as Chief Executive Officer until April 2002 when Visualization Technology was acquired by GE Healthcare. In 2007, Dr. Ferré received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging companies in Florida . Dr. Ferré received his Medical Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University. His grandfather, Jose A. Ferré, was an industrialist who built one of the largest cement/concrete companies in the United States. His great-uncle, Luis A. Ferré, was Governor of Puerto Rico. Dr. Ferre’s father, Maurice A. Ferré, served as Mayor of Miami for 12 years.
Gerald Grant, Jr.
Gerald Grant, Jr. is the branch director of financial planning of AXA Advisors’ South Florida Branch, to which he brought more than eleven years of banking experience. At Citibank he held the position of branch vice president and cluster manager. Prior to Citibank, Grant was a branch manager with Great Western Bank, where he was named, for two consecutive terms “Branch Manager of the Year.” Grant was also named “Banker of the Year” by the Miami-Dade Urban Bankers Association. Grant holds an A.A. degree from Miami Dade College and both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Florida International University. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 65, 24, and 26 Securities Registrations and is insurance licensed. His experience and knowledge are now used to focus on providing estate planning, wealth accumulation and protection strategies, life insurance, retirement planning, college funding and other financial services. Grant is an active member of the South Florida community and serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida International University (FIU). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Miami-Dade, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, The Everglades Foundation, the Orange Bowl Foundation, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.-Theta Rho Sigma Chapter. Grant is a past-president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Miami-Dade Chapter and a past-president of the Florida International University Alumni Association.
Rex Hamilton is an interesting blend of Miami native, inquisitive mind, and world-view. Although he was born into a tourist town, by the time he was 15 he had traveled to South America, the Mid and South Pacific, and extensively across the USA. He took the academic path seriously by earning a Bachelor of Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science degree at the University of Georgia. After a marketing position, which required a detailed knowledge and travel through Asia, he returned to Atlanta to work for an engineering and environmental services leader, Law Companies, to ultimately head all of its marketing operations. One of its international clients convinced Mr. Hamilton to obtain the licenses and educational experiences necessary to run a real estate services firm and as it seemed a logical next step, he returned to his native Miami and worked for the largest owner of office buildings in the South in its commercial brokerage group. After the licensing requirements were met, The Rex Hamilton Corporation roared into being riding the wave of Japanese investment in the USA and Europe. As the financial market conditions changed, he focused on residential brokerage while maintaining the consulting relationships with many commercial clients as well. After running a large department, he was able to see the wisdom of controlling the scale of the firm and has continued a boutique operation today. Rex Hamilton has served as a consultant to large, international corporations in expansion of portfolios into Southeast Asia and the USA. He has served high net worth clients by providing them access to the tightly controlled world of European family-held companies for merger and acquisitions. He remains true to scientific background in serving on the board of conservation and ecologically-minded research organizations while providing expertise to these organizations in real estate consultation and services.
John A. Hilton, Jr.
John Hilton is retired president and CEO of the Bessemer Group, a New York-based wealth management firm. Prior to joining the Bessemer Group, Hilton was managing director for the Deerpath Group, Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., and executive director for Merrill Lynch & Company’s Private Capital Group in Chicago. He serves as trustee and alumni admissions volunteer for the University of Vermont. Additionally, Hilton serves on the board of the Mebane Charitable Foundation and the Washington Center. Hilton earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and business administration from the University of Vermont in 1968. Married to Julia (Jody) Hanson Hilton, he resides in Coral Gables, Fla.
Paul Tudor Jones II
Paul Jones is founder, Co-Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and the controlling principal of Tudor Investment Corporation (“Tudor”) which he formed in 1980. Tudor is part of the Tudor Group, a group of affiliated companies engaged in trading in the global fixed income, equity, currency and commodity markets. Tudor is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. Paul served as Chairman of the New York Cotton Exchange (August 1992–June 1995) and was instrumental in the creation of its Financial Instrument Exchange (FINEX). His philanthropic service includes founder, former chair, and current board member of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization committed to fighting poverty in New York City; founder and former board member of the Excellence Charter School; founder of the Bedford Stuyvesant I Have A Dream program; former chair and current board member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; former chair and current board member of The Everglades Foundation Inc.; current member of the Advisory Board of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center; current Chairman and a Director of JUST Capital Foundation, Inc.; current Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center; current board member of the Apollo Theater Foundation; and Chairman of the Sonima Foundation. Paul is a 1998 Riverkeeper honoree for his commitment to environmental protection and a 2016 Audubon Medal awardee for his conservation advocacy. In November 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow for his business and philanthropic achievements, including in the area of conservation. Paul holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia (1976).
John P. Keller
John P. Keller, a resident of both Hobe Sound, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois, is Chairman of the Keller Group, Inc., a privately held corporation based in Northfield, Illinois. Keller Group, Inc., is a steel manufacturing entity. Its subsidiary companies include Meadville Forging Company, L.P. in Meadville, PA. Mr. Keller has a diverse corporate background and has worked in a number of industries ranging from automotive to publishing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business. Mr. Keller has supported many civic and social causes including the Rush Medical Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, The Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Mr. Keller and his wife Judy have three children, Lizabeth, a Kenyan College graduate and a travel company executive; Susan, a graduate of Colgate University; and son, Jack, a graduate of Yale and Northwestern School of Business, president of the Keller Group.
James A. Kushlan, Ph.D.
James A. Kushlan is a scientist by background, specializing in wetlands and waterbird biology and conservation. He has authored over 200 scientific papers and eight books on these and other topics. He earned his PhD from the University of Miami and has been awarded two honorary doctorates of science. He has held the posts of senior scientist with the National Park Service at Everglades National Park, professor of biology at Texas A&M – Commerce, and professor and department chair at The University of Mississippi, director of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Kushlan is the founder and chair of the North American Waterbird Conservation Initiative, former member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative U.S. Committee, former Chair of Bird Conservation Alliance, past president of the American Ornithological Union and the Waterbird Society, and past editor of the journal Waterbirds. He is the founding chair of Heron Conservation - the IUCN Heron Specialist Group. He has previously served on the boards of American Bird Conservancy, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, HistoryMiami, John Cabot University, Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, and Wetlands International. In addition to the Everglades Foundation, he currently serves on the boards of American Ornithologists’ Union, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Advisory Committee of the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Waterbird Conservation for the Americas, and the Zoo Miami Foundation, which he chairs. He and his wife, Kirsten Hines, reside in Coconut Grove, Florida, and Annapolis, Maryland.
David Lawrence, Jr.
David Lawrence, Jr., retired in 1999 as publisher of the Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs the Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment and decision-making. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008, he led successful campaigns for the Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. He is the “founding chair.” In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide pre-K for all 4 year olds. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006. An endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida. In 2015, he was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University. Before coming to Miami in 1989, he was publisher and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. Previously, he was editor of the Charlotte Observer, and earlier in reporting and editing positions at four newspapers. (During his tenure as Miami Herald publisher, the paper won five Pulitzer Prizes.) Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Florida and named "Outstanding Journalism Graduate" and subsequently from the Advanced Management program at the Harvard Business School. In 1988, he was honored with Knight-Ridder's top award, the John S. Knight Gold Medal. His 13 honorary doctorates include one from his alma mater, the University of Florida. His national honors include the Ida B. Wells Award "for exemplary leadership in providing minorities employment opportunities” and the National Association of Minority Media Executives award for "lifetime achievement in diversity." He was the 1991-92 president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the 1995-96 president of the Inter American Press Association. He was inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2010. He has served the Miami Art Museum, United Way, the New World School of the Arts, and the Foundation for Child Development in New York - each as chair - and is a life member of the University of Florida Foundation. He serves on the national boards of the Everglades Foundation and Americans for Immigrant Justice. He was the local convening co-chair of the 1994 Summit of the Americas, and he co-founded a non-profit vocational-technical school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He and Roberta, a master’s graduate in social work from Barry, live in Coral Gables and have three daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren. His honors include: “Family of the Year” from Family Counseling Services and “Father of the Year” by the South Florida Father’s Day Council. He has been honored as a Miami Today Living Legend, as well as with the Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers. His awards include the Bob Graham Center for Public Service “Citizen of the Year,” the American Public Health Association Award of Excellence, the Lewis Hine Award for Children and Youth, the “Children’s Champion” award from the National Black Child Development Institute, the Fred Rogers Leadership Award from the Grantmakers for Children, the National Association for Bilingual Education for “building early literacy skills for all children.”
Garrison duP. Lickle
Gary Lickle is President and CEO of Chilton Trust in Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Lickle began his career as a trusts and estates attorney with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop), where he was the Managing Partner in the Palm Beach office, and was later a partner of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., in Palm Beach. In 1999, he joined U.S. Trust Company of Florida as President where he later became Chairman and CEO. Most recently, Mr. Lickle was Regional President of Lehman Brothers Trust Company and a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman. After the Barclays acquisition of Lehman Brothers, he was a Managing Director of Barclays Wealth. Mr. Lickle is a Director of The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts where he also serves as a member of the Finance Committee. Mr. Lickle previously held the positions as a member of the Executive Committee, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a Director of the Palm Beach Civic Association and former Secretary Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Lickle is a member of The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center Leadership Council in Cleveland (OH) and Weston (FL). He is a founding member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council on Psychiatry and a former member of the Board of Governors at the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults in Palm Beach. Mr. Lickle is a past Chairman of the Town of Palm Beach Shore Protection Board. Mr. Lickle graduated from The Choate School, received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Rollins College, his J.D. from the University of Richmond, and is a member of the Florida Bar.
In 2016, Nancy Marshall established the John and Nancy Marshall Everglades Educational Fund designated for education programs administered by the Everglades Foundation. Known as the John Marshall Everglades Legacy, its mission is to continue the work and legacy of her late husband, John A. Marshall. Most recently, Nancy Marshall was president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades (ARMF) - a nonprofit organization devoted to developing, promoting and delivering award-winning, science-based environmental education programs and public outreach programs that are central to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Due to her volunteer efforts with ARMF, over the last sixteen years, community involvement in this grass-roots organization grew from zero to more than one million people per year. She is also lauded for negotiating numerous community partnerships, with like-minded organizations, to develop the next generation as stewards of the environment. The retired Marriott marketing executive, and marketing consultant to Pine Jog Environmental Education Center/ Florida Atlantic University, is a past president of the Fine Arts Association, Gainesville Florida; honorary chairwoman, Belfair Artists Association, Washington DC; honorary member Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority; co-recipient of 2001 “Conservationist of the Year” award from Audubon Society of the Everglades; and co-author of Everglades Restoration, Cypress Tree Planting, McGraw Hill. She served on the board of directors of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) based in Washington, D.C., for six years. Before joining the NWRA board, she presented workshops on behalf of NWRA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife around the United States, championing environmental stewardship and ethnic diversity in our parks and refuges, delivering programs that connect children with the environment. In 2010, Nancy was awarded the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director’s Award for championing efforts to provide a state-of-the-art interpretive Everglades’ exhibits at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. She was also recognized by the local chapter of the Audubon Society for her tireless work for the environment. As a community leader, Nancy served on the board of directors, and is past president of YWCA of Palm Beach County where she lobbied for women’s rights, implemented outdoor programs for girls aged 8-13, and was instrumental in adopting measurable strategic plans. Other significant acknowledgements include recognition as one of Palm Beach County’s “Best and Brightest Women” by the Lupus Foundation of America, SE Florida Chapter and lauded as an “unsung hero” for spear-heading the 2010 Everglades Coalition Conference. In 2011, Nancy received the George M. Barley Conservationist of the Year Award, at the Annual Everglades Coalition Conference, a 55 member state and national organization, and on May 5, 2011 Executive Women of the Palm Beaches awarded her its annual Women in Leadership Award, Volunteer Sector for her outstanding accomplishments. In 2013, Nancy was invested into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller, where she now serves on its board of trustees. Nancy is the widow of Col. John Arthur Marshall, who was founder and chairman of the board of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades. She resides in West Palm Beach.
Mrs. Mendelson has a diverse background in product development and strategic sales development and served as the Vice President of Federal Discount Centers for over a decade. In addition, she has had a long focus on the education system ranging from time as a science and business teacher to curriculum development and fundraising over $180,000 for the redesign and relocation of a school library. Mrs. Mendelson currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lehrman Community Day School and has a long standing philanthropic affiliations including being a founder and society member of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is a member of the Toqueville Society of the United Way. Mrs. Mendelson resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her family.
Jon L. Mills
Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the University of Florida College of Law and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He is counsel to the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner. In public service, Jon served ten years in the Florida House of Representatives and was Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. He was a prime sponsor of The Wetlands Protection Act, Water Quality Assurance Act, and the Growth Management Act. He received environmental awards from Audubon, the Sierra Club, and the Nature Conservancy. He also served on Florida’s 1998 Constitution Revision Commission and was selected its most valuable member. As a professor and author he has written several books and multiple articles on public policy issues including “Privacy the Lost Right” (Oxford Univ. Press). He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and has been interviewed on public policy issues by CBS, NBC, PBS, ABC and the BBC. As an attorney he has appeared in federal and state courts including high profile cases protecting the privacy of Dale Earnhardt’s family and Dawn Brancheau’s family after her death at Sea World. He won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for the best public affairs production in the Southeastern United States for the show "Whose Water Is It Anyway?" – which was part of the PBS Common Ground series about Florida’s Everglades in 1998. He is married to Beth Mills and has two daughters.
Jack Nicklaus’ golfing career has spanned five decades, with 105 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 major-championship titles. He has been named “Golfer of the Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN. In 2001, Jack was honored with the first-ever ESPY Lifetime Achievement Award and received the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence. Jack has been involved in the design of more than 250 courses open for play worldwide. He was named GolfWorld’s Architect of the Year in 1993. In 1999, Golf Digest named him the world’s leading active designer. Nicklaus is also chairman of the privately held Nicklaus Companies. Jack and his wife Barbara have a long history of involvement in numerous charitable activities, from junior golf to children’s hospitals to several scholarship foundations. Barbara and Jack Nicklaus are the guiding light for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which supports numerous pediatric health-care services, including the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
William “Bill” J. Nutt
Bill Nutt is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG – NYSE), from which he retired in June 2015. Before founding AMG in 1993, Bill was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Boston Company, and Chairman and CEO of its principal subsidiary, Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Earlier in his career Bill was a corporate securities partner of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll in Philadelphia. Bill and his wife Dedie now reside at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. He was Chairman of the Club from 2011 to 2013 and currently serves as Chairman of the Ocean Reef Community Foundation.
Robert L. Parks
Robert Parks is partner in the Miami, Florida, law firm of Robert L. Parks, P.L. Mr. Parks is one of the nation's premier trial lawyers specializing in personal injury and commercial litigation, focusing in the areas of wrongful death, products liability, aviation law, and class-action litigation. Mr. Parks is involved with numerous civic organizations and has served as Chairman of the Miami River Commission and as Chairman of the Environmental Regulation Commission for the State of Florida. He served as Chairman of the Miami River Coordinating Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy and 1000 Friends of Florida. Mr. Parks was presented with the 1000 Friends of Florida award for Outstanding Leadership on Legal Advocacy 1987–2000, and received The Marine Council’s Person of the Year award and an environmental service award from Florida Defenders of the Environment in 1984. He was named Environmentalist of the Year in 1986-1987 by the Florida Audubon Society. Parks received the 2015 Legal Legends Award from History Miami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society. The award recognizes members of the legal community who have made significant contributions to the law, legal system, or the administration of justice in the 11th Judicial Circuit for at least 25 years or more.
Nicholas G. Penniman IV
Nicholas G. Penniman IV is a resident of Naples, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland, and former publisher of the St. Louis Post- Dispatch. Penniman has been deeply involved in environmental advocacy work; he served as chair of American Rivers in Washington, D.C., and chair of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. He is past chairman of the Washington University Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic, past chairman of Forest Park Forever, served a four-year term as a member of the Collier County Environmental Advisory Council, is currently Vice Chair of the Collier County Growth Management Oversight Committee, and is a registered Florida Master Naturalist. Penniman is a graduate of Princeton University, and did graduate work at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Washington University in St. Louis where he received an M.A. in American Culture Studies in 1999.
Nathaniel P. Reed
Nathaniel Reed received a B.A. from Trinity College in Connecticut and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force military intelligence throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Upon returning to Florida, he became Vice President and then President of the Hobe Sound Company, a real estate and holding company, which owned the Jupiter Island Club. Mr. Reed has served seven governors. He is best known as the Chairman of the Commission on Florida's Environmental Future. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He is a member of the Board of Hope Rural School, a school for the children of migrant workers. Mr. Reed is a former board member and Vice Chairman of the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, board member of the National Parks & Conservation Association, American Rivers and serves as emeritus on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Society, Atlantic Salmon Federation and 1000 Friends of Florida, which he helped form.
William Riley is a corporate executive, writer and conservationist. He received his AB from University of Notre Dame and an LLB from Yale University. Along with his wife, Laura Riley, he authored Guide to the National Wildlife Refuges (1979), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He and Laura also wrote Nature’s Strongholds, published in 2005. This book won a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and an award from the Outdoor Writers' Foundation. He received the Lifetime Conservation award from the National Audubon Society in 2000, and the Conservationist of the Year award from the Everglades Coalition in 2001. He has served on the boards of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association and the National Audubon Society.
Michael W. Sole
Michael Sole is Vice President for State Governmental Affairs with Florida Power & Light Company, and is responsible for ensuring constructive government relations with state and federal elected officials and appointees on behalf of the largest electric utility in Florida. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,500 employees. Prior to his joining FPL, Mr. Sole served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, overseeing Florida's environmental regulatory and law enforcement programs, the acquisition, conservation and management of public lands, including Florida's award-winning state parks, and the development and regulation of Florida's water resources through the state's five water management districts. Mr. Sole served with the Department since 1991 in numerous capacities including, Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy, where he spearheaded the 2006 Florida Energy Act -- the four-year, $100 million plan to diversify the state's fuel supply and promote energy conservation and efficiency. During his nineteen years as an environmental manager, he has taken on responsibilities ranging from marine turtle protection, beach preservation, wetland protection, petroleum cleanup and waste management. Mr. Sole was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving our nation during the Gulf War. He received his B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mac Stone is a conservation photographer from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up exploring the springs, swamps, and hammocks of North Central Florida, he developed a passion for photography at a young age. Over the years his camera has carried him to some of the most remote and imperiled areas this side of the globe. For six months, Stone lived in Ecuador during the presidential overthrow of 2005 and worked with Wildlife Conservation Society biologists in the Amazon rainforest. Soon after, he moved to Honduras and lived in a small village along the Cangrejal River. For two years he taught photography to underprivileged youth as a way to raise environmental awareness in the region. Some of the students have gone on to win international acclaim and start up their own eco-tourism businesses. Through photography, Stone strives to start new conversations and expose the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world. Currently, his work focuses on America's swamps in an attempt to change public opinion towards our country’s wetlands. After spending five years living and working in the Everglades watershed, he released a 304-page coffee table book about the heralded River of Grass. Everglades: America's Wetland, published by University Press of Florida in October of 2014 has won a silver medal with the Florida Book Awards and is now in its second printing. In March of 2015 he delivered his first TED talk about this body of work. When he is not photographing the bottomlands and backwoods of the southeastern US, Stone is a product tester for Columbia Sportswear, a Google Trekker, winner of the Save Our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation Photography Grant, official photographer for Savage Race, a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Executive Director of Naturaland Trust.
Beau Wrigley was the fourth generation member of the Wrigley family to lead the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a global leader in confections founded in 1891. He began his career with the company in 1985 and, after serving in multiple roles, became the Chairman, President and CEO in 1999. During his leadership, the Wrigley Company tripled in size and expanded its reach to consumers in 180 countries. In 2008, Wrigley was sold to privately held and family-owned Mars, Incorporated. Currently, Wrigley is Chairman and CEO of Wrigley Management Inc., a family office, and WWJr. Enterprises Inc., an investment company that invests in a range of venture capital and private equity interests. He is a Senior Advisor to BDT Capital Partners, a merchant bank that provides long-term capital and advisory services to entrepreneurs and family-owned companies. Wrigley also is Co-Founder and Chairman of higi, a wellness and incentive reward platform that empowers individuals to measure and manage their personal health and well-being through 10,000 higi Stations nationwide, a higi website, mobile app, wellness competitions and incentives. Wrigley also has significant experience serving on public company boards, such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation for which he is a director, as well as the boards of various private and not-for-profit organizations. Inspired by his passion for ocean conservation and diving, he was the originator and provided the founding grant for the Ocean Health Index (OHI), the first comprehensive global measurement of ocean health that scientifically compares and combines all dimensions of ocean health – biological, physical, economic and social. Wrigley is a 1985 graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and attended the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program in 1994. Additionally, he was in the 1997 inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program.