Carlton Ward, Jr.

Carlton is an environmental photojournalist from Clearwater, Florida. Through his photographs, he promotes conservation of natural environments and cultural legacies. Carlton’s passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history ground his perspective. As a leading proponent of conservation photography, Carlton founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor organization.

Ernie Cox

Ernie is the President of Family Lands Remembered, LLC, a company focused on the conservation and enhancement of Florida’s land, water, agricultural and energy resources using creative planning, partnerships and market-based incentive strategies.   He received bachelor’s degrees in geology and economics (1985) and a law degree with honors (1990) from the University of Florida.  He serves on the advisory board for UF’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program and serves as President of the Alpha Eta House Corporation of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Steve Beeland

 Steve is a fundraising consultant who advises CTF on development strategies. Beeland is a twenty-year veteran of higher education fund raising at the University of Florida and the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a 1969 University of Florida graduate and served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army from 1970-72. He and his wife Lohse live in Gainesville.

Anne MacKay

Anne is a native Floridian, and she helped create the State Wildflower license tag in 2000, through which thousands of Floridians annually make donations to support Florida’s wildflowers. She also is a founding member of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, representing the Florida League of Cities. She also mentors a child in the state’s Guardian Ad Litem program. Anne is also a Master Gardener and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. She lives in Lake Weir and North Carolina with her husband, former Florida Gov. Buddy Mackay. The couple have four children and eight grandchildren.

Governor Buddy MacKay

Gov. MacKay built a 27-year record of service based on finding common-sense solutions to the problems facing Florida’s families. As a result, his leadership earned him the reputation of Florida’s most influential lieutenant governor in history. As a state representative and senator, a Congressman and as Lt. Governor, MacKay focused on the issues that matter most to the families of Florida. He and his wife Anne were both born and raised in Ocala. Buddy earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida, while Anne graduated from the University of North Carolina.

Terry L. Zinn

Past President of the Board. Terry is a retired environmental attorney with the Florida Department of Transportation, District 2 in Lake City, Florida. Terry operates a wildflower seed business in Alachua County. Terry served on CTF’s Board of Directors for six years and was President for three of the six years.