Board of Directors
Florida SEE is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors which advise, govern,
oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism so as to support the organization's mission and needs.
If you are interested in joining the Florida SEE Board of Directors, please review their job description below and complete/return the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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2015-2016 Board of Directors
Erin White, Chair
Erin White contributes more than 20 years of corporate IT and business experience to the Board of Florida SEE. Erin relocated from New York to Southwest Florida in 2006. She holds an A.S. from Suffolk Community College, and a B.A. from Dowling College. Erin’s post-graduate certifications include Social Media Marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University, Certified Florida Master Naturalist from USF/IFAS, and Certified Information Security Manger from ISACA. As a volunteer, Erin lends her social media and web skills to Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program, and also to the Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter of ABWA. Erin’s owns Paradise Coast Consulting, LLC, a start-up IT/web/social media services company. Erin was nominated for Lee County, FL's Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award two years running (2014, 2015), and also for the 2014 Florida Master Naturalist Award of Excellence. Erin is keenly interested in using her business skills to help Florida SEE advance and grow their certification program.
Paula Biltmore - Vice Chair
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Nancy MacPhee, Secretary
Finance Committee Chair
Nancy MacPhee works as the Tourism Development Program Manager for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Nancy spent 25 years working as a parks & recreation professional developing and managing outdoor recreation programs and facilities. She has a degree in Parks & Recreation from Slippery Rock University, is a Wilderness Education Assocation-Certified Outdoor Leader, Florida Master Naturalist and serves as a board member for the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association, Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and the Florida Paddling Trails Association as the Calusa/Paradise Coast Region Director.
Pete Corradino, Treasurer
Certification Committee Chair
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 various species as well as Florida native wildlife including Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, 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.
North Central Region
Brack Barker has been the owner/operator of Wild Florida Adventure since December of 2002 leading kayak and nature tours in over 10 North Florida counties. He also instructs community education classes at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida and is a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Brack's educational background includes an AS degree in Zookeeping from Santa Fe College, and BA in Anthropology from the University of Florida, both in Gainesville. Other course work includes the three basic modules in the Florida Master Naturalist Program via UF/IFAS, is currently certified L2 coastal kayak instructor via the American Canoe Association, and numerous Leave No Trace training courses. He has also received training as an outings leader with the National Sierra Club and the Florida Trail Association.
In addition to kayak and nature tours, Brack volunteers as a Docent Naturalist at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, since 2002. He conducts nature and museum programs for school groups and interpretive programs and tours of the traveling and permanent exhibits.
Brack says, "I am honored to serve on the FLSEE Board of Directors and look forward to working with the other Directors to promote the goals of authentic ethical ecotourism throughout Florida and beyond.".
Central East Region
Andrew Batten currently serves as Director of Attractions at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. In that role, he is responsible for all on and off-site adventure programming—kayaking, zip-lining, wetlands paddleboats and the Zoo Train. Brevard Zoo is proud to be the only zoo in the US that can offer kayaking inside the zoo itself.
Before coming to the Brevard Zoo, Andrew worked in the areas of outdoor and cultural programming. He served as a National Park Ranger and Park Curator for the National Park Service and as a Camp Director for the Boy Scouts of America. In the field of cultural and interpretive programming, Andrew served as Executive Director of two historic sites—Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, New York and Fraunces’ Tavern Museum in New York City.
In addition to his work with the zoo, Andrew and his wife Cindy serve as volunteers with the Florida Parks Service at various sites in Central Florida. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in History, Andrew lives in Melbourne, Florida.
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.
Dr. David W. Randle
Central West Region
David Randle holds a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M-Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a doctorate in Spiritual Disciplines, Wellness and Environmental Concerns from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. He currently directs the Sustainable Tourism concentration for the USF College of Global Sustainability and serves as president and executive director of the WHALE Center, and Managing Director of the International Ocean Institute Waves of Change initiative. He serves on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council International Education & Training Committee.
As the first ordained environmental minister in the nation, Dave has successfully coordinated a national campaign to preserve water, wildlife, and wilderness areas on behalf of the Pitkin County Commissioners, served as political and environmental advisor to John Denver, and initial program development coordinator for John Denver's Windstar Foundation. Dave was selected as one of the five lead off witnesses for hearings by the U. S. Presidential Commission for a Peace Academy & Conflict Resolution, and helped lead a team of 150 persons at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the Salt Lake Olympics, Dave worked with UNEP & URI to develop the Earth and Faith Leadership Development Program that was piloted in the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City and which received an Olympic Award and an award at the United Nations.
North Central Region
Wendy Richards develops new products, creates strategic alliances and builds brands, globally and close to home. Her broad experience and boundless energy provide the strongest foundation for success in shaping the future of authentic ecolodge and ecotourism destination development. Wendy has demonstrated a consistent ability to bring marketing strategies to life through innovative partnerships and programs. She has enjoyed significant success in developing new markets, products and programs and creating incremental revenue streams, as well as developing strategic alliances and integrating global brand-marketing efforts for a range of notable clients including Continental Airlines, 1996 Paralympic Games, United and Delta Airlines, Rotary International and the Janus Foundation’s Maya Ranch in Belize.
North Central Region
Liz Sparks has been active in the realm of Florida outdoor recreation, rural tourism development, and connecting people with the outdoors since 2001. As a Recreation Planner with Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission she developed 6 National Recreation Trails on FWC waterways. Liz also organized workshops and led initiatives to promote paddling in rural communities to benefit local economies through sustainable tourism. A Volunteer Paddlesports Program she helped to develop provides training for volunteers who share basic kayaking skills with families and lead nature tours on the water. The program’s ultimate goal is to create future generations of safe paddlers and stewards of Florida’s outstanding waterways . Liz became Florida’s Paddling Trail Coordinator in DEP’s Office of Greenways & Trails almost two years ago and continues to develop and promote our state’s fantastic waterways.
Dr. Taylor V. Stein
North Central Region
Taylor V. Stein, Associate Professor, joined the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation in 1998 with teaching and research responsibilities in ecotourism. His research efforts focus on the economic and non-economic benefits of natural or near-natural landscapes with an emphasis in the social sciences. Before joining the School, he served as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s College of Natural Resources. In addition to teaching a research responsibilities, Dr. Stein is the lead SFRC faculty involved in the USDA Forest Service/Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University cooperative degree program.
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.