Fay Baird

Fay is a hydrologist with the St. Johns River Water Management District and she is one of the founders of Micanopy’s charter elementary school, and former member of the Micanopy Town Commission. She is not a bad banjo player, either.

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.

David Carr

Founder and Past President: Founder of the Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. (CTF). Former Executive Director of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, noted conservationist, owner of the Pearl Country Store, landowner, and native Floridian. David is also a member of Scenic Highway 441 Corridor Management Council.

Margaret (Peggy) Carr

Peggy is an Associate professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture. She serves as the principal investigator for the Florida Statewide Greenways Planning Project and for an EPA funded project to identify major ecological systems and areas of importance to biological diversity in the eight southeastern states.

Carol Lippincott, PhD

A Miami native and longtime resident of Gainesville, Carol is a research coordinator with the University of Florida Water Institute. For over 20 years she has been a professional facilitator in Florida water resource and natural areas management and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Carol has worked for Florida state and county governments, a non-profit research organization, and as an independent consultant for natural resource issues. Carol earned her PhD in Ecology from University of Florida, Masters from Texas A&M, and Bachelors from UF. She is certified as a professional facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators.

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.

Reed Noss, PhD

Reed is Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and president of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He has a BS in education from the University of Dayton, an MS in ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida. He has served as editor-in-chief of Conservation Biology, president of the Society for Conservation Biology, and president of the North American Section of the Society. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on many boards and advisory panels, including the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the board of trustees of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council, and a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Professor Noss has more than 300 publications and is recognized as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields worldwide. He has published seven books, the most recent being Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (2013, Island Press). He is currently writing a book on the Fire Ecology of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain (University Press of Florida).

Jennifer B. Springfield, Esq.

Jennifer is a practicing Gainesville attorney with 20 years experience, primarily in environmental/land use law and she is a certified mediator.

Hans G. Tanzler, III

Hans is an attorney with a legal master’s degree in taxation. He is also a CPA, financial executive and valuation analyst with broad based experience over the last ten years in various industries including manufacturing, real estate, and computer technology. He is currently managing Cypress Grove Farm, a container nursery of Florida native trees and shrubs located in Waldo, Florida. He formerly practiced fifteen years as an attorney/CPA tax attorney in Jacksonville and five years with the IRS and Department of Justice in Miami. He is a current member of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District, the University of Florida Foundation Board of Governors, and former Chairman of the Jacksonville Zoological Society.

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 Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). LINC’s mission is to raise awareness for natural environments and cultural legacies, educate about important connections between human societies and natural ecosystems, and promote conservation of natural heritage.

Richard White

 Richard holds a B.A. from the University of Florida ’72, a J.D. from Florida State University ’75, LL.M. (Estate Planning) and the University of Miami ’77. He is a Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates Attorney Member and serves on the Professional Advisory Board, the Dade Community Foundation Member, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Gainesville Community Foundation.

Kathleen S. Williams

Past President of the Board & Member at Large. A native Floridian, Kathleen conducted her Master’s Degree research at the University of Florida on wildlife corridors. She has researched sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, and fox squirrels in Florida and sea turtles in Australia. As an administrator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, she managed conservation projects in Central America. Kathleen is also a writer, photographer, and videographer.

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.