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
Florida SEE Board of Directors Job Description: click here
Florida SEE Board of Directors Application Form: click here
2020 Annual Meeting:
Florida SEE membership is located throughout the state, so the annual meeting was held virtually on October 26, 2020.
Click here to view: Meeting Recording
2020/21 Board Meeting Dates:
Typically, FL SEE board meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm via ZOOM meetings unless otherwise stated below.
November 10 May 11
December 8 June 8
January 12 July 13
February 8 August 10
March 9 September 14
April 13 October- Annual meeting (TBD)
2020-2021 Board of Directors:
Janice Hindson, Chairperson
Finance & Certification Committee member
Janice brings a wealth of experience having worked for the past 30 years to develop prospect lists and marketing plans in order to improve market penetration and build relationships with business owners in various geographic markets. Janice has a BSBA from Valparaiso University and an MBA (Entrepreneurial & Leadership) from North Central College. Janice has two daughters and splits her time between Gainesville and St. Augustine. She is now retired and hopes to use utilize these skills to work together with the FL SEE board and committee members to further increase certifications and membership.
Janice also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Paddle Florida, Inc. a non-profit headquartered in Gainesville, FL who has for the past eight years been focused on water conservation, wildlife protection, springs restoration, and waterways protection in Florida. They accomplish this by staging multi-day paddling trips in each of the five water management districts in Florida. Janice served in the USCG and is an avid paddler and is passionate about ensuring our waterways, parks and natural resources are there for future generations to enjoy.
Dr. David W. Randle, Vice Chair
Business Development Committee Chair
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.
Nancy MacPhee, Secretary
Marketing Chair & Education Committee Member
Nancy serves as the Tourism Development Manager for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Previously, she spent 25 years working as a parks & recreation professional developing and managing outdoor recreation programs and facilities in Lee County and New Jersey. She has a degree in Parks & Recreation Resource Management from Slippery Rock University, is certified as: an Outdoor Leader by the Wilderness Education Association; a Florida Master Naturalist, and as an AHLEI Guest Service Professional. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, and Barrier Island Parks Society/Friends of Cayo Costa State Park.
Beth Courtright, Treasurer
Finance Committee Chair
Beth Courtright is a Registered Nurse who is semi-retired. She has lived in Collier County since 1986, originally moving from Massachusetts. She is involved with the following organizations: Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, Collier County Blueway Committee Member, Florida Panther National Wildlife Preserve, PaddleFlorida, UF IFAS Extension of Collier County-Advisory Board Member, Florida Paddling Trail Association, and the American Canoe Association.
Certification Committee Co-Chair
Central East Region
Andrew Batten is the former Director of Attractions and Risk at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. In that role, he was 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.
Dr. Carolin Lusby
Dr. Carolin Lusby is an Assistant Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in tourism, research methods, and leadership. She received her doctoral degree in Tourism Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Lusby holds a master’s degree in Tourism and the Environments from the World Leisure Center of Excellence at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Prior to beginning her career in academia, Dr. Lusby worked in the tourism industry where she found her passion for approaching touring and using tourism as a tool for personal transformation. Among others, Dr. Lusby was a youth travel guide for Europe’s biggest teen travel company, worked for a teen adventure travel company, and developed skills and training in adventure and experience-based learning. Ultimately, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Ropes Course Facilitator.
In her first academic teaching endeavor at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Lusby assumed the role of head of the tourism program. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Lusby became interested in the topic of sustainability and became a Green Globe certified auditor. Seeing tourism’s potential for negative impacts on people, culture, and the environment, Dr. Lusby focused on sustainable development of tourism and incorporated community-based tourism in her study tours. Dr. Lusby speaks German and French and firmly believes in the value of meaningful study abroad experiences to foster the development of global citizens.
Education Committee Co-Chair
David is the UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Director in the Southwest district. His work in Lee focuses on natural resources, sustainable food systems and agritourism. David has spent 15 years working in natural resources, managing natural areas, and helping develop more sustainable use of agricultural land. He has a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology from SUNY Purchase and an MSc in Geography from Durham University. Much of his educational works focus on the interaction between humans and the natural environment and how to create sustainable resilience that supports both systems.
Education Committee Co-Chair & Certification Committee Member
Rachel is a Conservation Officer for the City of Sanibel, a certified interpretive guide with NAI, and a Florida Master Naturalist with UF/IFAS. Her major role with the Department of Natural Resources includes performing environmental management and maintenance activities of city-owned lands and conservation easements. While in the field, Rachel also conducts surveys in critical habitat areas and develops mitigation strategies to offset the impacts of visitor pressure on native and migratory wildlife. She further utilizes this information to educate the community about its role in the protection and preservation of Florida and its unique ecosystems.
Prior to working for the City, Rachel served 9 years as the Education and Outreach Director for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW), and while there, helped CROW achieve certification through FLSEE. Her vast experience with environmental health, public engagement, and program development has served as the driving force for her career in wildlife conservation.
Dr. Taylor V. Stein
Education Committee member
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 on 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.
Charles 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.