Board of Directors
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Charles Wright, Chair
Capt. Charles Wright is a professional fishing guide, outdoor writer, kayak expedition leader and naturalist interpretive guide. He grew up in South Florida and the Keys, and has personally enjoyed the Everglades and Everglades National Park since 1972. Schooled as an Environmental Engineer, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Florida Master Naturalist and US Coast Guard (USGS) Captain, he left his environmental consulting business and moved to Everglades City after hurricane Andrew. He has been guiding professionally in the Park since 1997, and is the President of Chokoloskee Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a Everglades Area Tours, Chokoloskee Charters & Everglades Kayak Fishing), and is on the Board of Directors of the Everglades Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand and the Florida Guides Association. He is also active in the Florida Paddle Sports Association, the Audubon Society and the Collier County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The use of a dedicated transport boat for the kayaks and the compelling need to educate his guests about the Everglades steered him to conduct educational-based tours in the Park and eventually to create Everglades Area Tours.com. These are the result of his passion to share and protect the Everglades he finds so precious.
Pete Corradino has worked for the Everglades Day Safari for nearly a decade and is currently a guide and Director of Operations. Pete was born and raised in South Florida and lived at the Florida Monkey Sanctuary, a non-profit organization owned and operated by his parents. The experience at the sanctuary involved working with hundred of primates of varoius species as well as Florida native wildlife including Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storkes, Indigo Snakes, River Otters and American Alligators. Pete graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Pete worked as a Park naturalist for the Vermont State Parks and for several years as the Director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Manchester, VT.
Erin White is a native New Yorker who relocated to Southwest Florida in 2006. With 20+ years of business experience, Erin works as an information risk and security management consultant, and is also a graduate of the Florida Master Naturalist program. As a Lee County volunteer, Erin developed, launched, and provides continuing administration for Conservation 20/20's Facebook page. She also writes a column for What's Your Impact?, an eco-blog focused on helping individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. Erin is keenly interested in learning to certify ecotour operators, and in using her business skills to help Florida SEE advance and grow their certification program.
Nancy MacPhee, Treasurer
Nancy MacPhee works as the New Product Development Program Manager for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Nancy spent 25 years working as a parks & recreation professional managing outdoor recreation programs and facilities. She is a Certified Outdoor Leader, Florida Master Naturalist and serves on several non-profit boards including the Florida Paddling Trail Association as the Calusa/Paradise Coast Region DIrector.
Felipe Correa is a citizen of Costa Rica who moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale 20 years ago. Prior to launching a successful career in the hospitality industry as a concierge and event planner, Felipe served as a financial planner and holds a series 6 securities license, as well as life & health insurance licenses in FL, TX and CA. He has a strong background in fiscal management and has merged these skills with his knowledge of the tourism industry to create a high quality tour operation providing excursions from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, the Everglades and the Florida Keys. Felipe and his wife Mindy now own a tour operation, Tours To You, Inc. which serves many resorts and hotels throughout Ft. Lauderdale. Mr. Correa has been deeply involved with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities Intl., where he has participated in the Board of Directors as the Special Events Chair, Nominations Co-Chair, and Quespos, Costa Rica Chair. This organization has enabled Felipe to share business knowledge, raise funds, and provide support to a city in need.
Ben Evans is a lifelong student and teacher of nature. He worked his way through college as a river guide, earning a B.S. in Physical Geography from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Biogeography/Education from Western Oregon State University. Ben spent fifteen rewarding years as a teacher and counselor in public schools and county agencies, but has spent his last 15 years sharing his love of natural systems and ecology with thousands of people through his development of several ecotour and fishing guide businesses. Hi latest endeavor is Wildside Tours, located in Brevard County, FL. Ben is an active member of several Brevard County organizations including Brevard Nature Alliance, Friends of the 1000 Islands and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.
Kathy Hill serves as the Education Coordinator for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, which spans approximately 40% of Florida's east coast. Her responsibilities include long-term education and communications planning, program and partnership development, implementation of educational programs and outreach efforts focused on stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most bio diverse estuaries in the United States. Kathy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts and a M.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the IRL Program, Kathy managed the Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory Project at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, and taught classes in Biology at Indian River State College and Brevard Community College.
JoNell Modys serves as the Public Relations and Communication Manager for Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau in Collier County. She works closely with travel writers and editors from around the country and the world to publicize the area as a premiere vacation, eco travel, and business travel destination, and with the bureau to ensure the quality of its marketing communications materials.
As the Sustainability-Education Coordinator for Lee County Parks & Recreation, John establishes department environmental policies and trains staff and volunteers to provide educational programs for the public. He also promotes environmental awareness of the Southwest Florida bio-region by coordinating information events, workshops and natural/seasonal celebrations which alert citizens and community leaders of environmental concerns and occurrences. John is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation, a Florida Master Naturalist, a National Wildlife Federation Volunteer Habitat Steward, and an Alumni Associate with the Institute for Earth Education.