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Traci Deen, Esq.

Executive Director

A 6th generation Floridian born in Homestead, Florida, Traci is passionate about protecting Florida’s wild and working lands for the generations of Floridians to come. She leads our team as Executive Director, overseeing statewide land conservation efforts. Her work with CFL includes fostering strategic partnerships, engaging the community and community leaders, and facilitating large-scale land transactions.

Traci is an environmental lawyer and an active member in the legal community. She was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee for 2017-2018. She’s also a member of the Environmental & Land Use Law, Public Interest Law, and City, County & Local Government Law sections, and a member of the Orange County Bar Association & Legal Aid Society. Traci is currently serving as Legislative Director for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers..

In the community, Traci is an active member of the Junior League of Orlando and serves as the Chair of the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs committee, advocating to improve the lives of Florida women, children, and families. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of AMIKids Orlando.

She enjoys a good book, horseback riding, exploring trails with her dog Maggie Sue, and bike rides with her husband Michael.


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Cyndi Fernandez

Assistant Director

Cyndi is a Florida native who is passionate about protecting working lands and wildlife habitat. She is a communications specialist with broad nonprofit management and organizational development experience. Before joining the Conservation Florida, she worked for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust in Coupeville, Washington and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. She holds an associate degree in graphic arts and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass media communications. She spends her free time traveling, taking pictures, and visiting with her family and friends.


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Butch Parks

Director of Conservation

Butch comes to CFL from the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) in Wyoming, where he worked as Regional Lands Director protecting crucial open space in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Prior to working for JHLT, Butch served as the Commercial Property Manager for Wyoming State Lands and then as the Land Administration Supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Originally from Houston, Texas, Butch graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in electrical engineering technology. Butch has a diverse background in business ownership and management including ranching, aviation, veterinary medicine, construction, renewable energy, and real estate. Butch holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. He served honorably in the Marine Corps.

His greatest love is sharing his life with his wife, Sandy, and following the lives of his four children and his new grandson. Butch enjoys sports, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, wildlife viewing, and exploring the world.


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Jessica Modriskey

Operations Assistant

Jessica is a recent graduate of Florida State University where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Geography as well as minored in Urban and Regional Planning. Before joining the Conservation Trust for Florida, she spent a year interning with the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Bear Management Program. During this time, Jessica found a love for conservation and wildlife management through data work, field work, and outreach. She also spent time working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where she advocated for Disney’s Conservation Fund. Growing up a military child, away from her family’s home state of Florida, Jessica has an acute appreciation for Florida’s natural beauty and unique wildlife. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors. 


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Keith Fountain, ESQ.

Chief Real Estate and Conservation Strategies Consultant

Keith Fountain is founder and manager of Conservation Advisors LLC, and a member of The Florida Bar. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate transactions and the development and implementation of conservation strategies that have protected hundreds of thousands of acres of land for both public and private ownership and management. 

Keith earned his J.D. in 1987 from University of Florida College of Law, and his B.S. in Geology in 1984 from University of Florida. He has been admitted to the Florida Bar to practice law since 1987.  After graduating from law school, Keit was engaged with a general practice law firm for over three years, specializing primarily in real estate and land use law.

 
 

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Valerie Anderson

GIS Consultant

Valerie Anderson is a GIS consultant that makes many of our maps and monitors our conservation easements. She has a B.S. in Horticultural Science from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California. Before striking it out on her own, Valerie worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, incentivizing farmers and ranchers to protect the environment on their own property. She founded Friends of Split Oak, and she loves birds, nature, rowing, cycling, swimming, and surfing


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Andrea Bonvecchio

Conservation & Land Use Intern

Andrea is a South Florida native and a rising second year law student at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. She is pursuing a concentration in Environmental and Land Use Law through funded research provided by Nova’s Honor Program. She is currently working on an article for publication on property laws in South Florida and how they are affected by climate change. During her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Andrea’s desire to become an environmental advocate was fueled by the easily accessible and diverse natural areas of North Central Florida. Her goal in pursuing a law degree is to ultimately view the same sites that nurtured her interests for protecting the environment in the context of the law and policy that govern them. Andrea is fluent in Spanish, plays music, and enjoys exploring trails with her dog, Arrow, around Florida.


 
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Kaela Sculthorpe

Conservation & Land Use Intern

Kaela Sculthorpe is a Florida native who is passionate about endangered species. Born near the Florida Everglades, she has always had a love and appreciation for nature and wildlife. She is a second year law student and hopes to use her law degree to service the planet. At Florida A&M University College of Law, she is on the leadership team for both the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Society. Additionally, she is currently a research assistant for an upcoming book project on climate change. Kaela enjoys hiking, spending time with her dog, and vegan cooking.


 
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Tierney shimansky

Conservation & Ecology Intern

Tierney is a Gainesville native who is passionate about wildlife conservation and ecology. Growing up in Gainesville she has been around a variety of different ecosystems and cultivated a love of animals as well as the environment from a young age. As a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina she is taking a gap year before furthering her education with an additional degree focusing on conservation. At South Carolina she was a committee member for the Tree Care Advisory Committee as well as a member of Sustainable Carolina. She has also done work in the Soltis Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Florida focusing on ecological niche models of the Apalachicola River Basin. Tierney enjoys spending time at the beach, trying new restaurants, and visiting with family and friends. 

 

 


 
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Danielle Jordan

Conservation Communications Intern

Danielle is a Ph.D. student studying English at the University of Florida. She has a background in grassroots organizing and spent time working in the non-profit sector where she worked on campaigns advocating for stronger climate change and clean energy policies on the west coast. 

 

She is excited to be in Florida, where she will be surrounded by what she considers to be one of the most unique landscapes in the country. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, dabbling in photography and songwriting, and watching a good film.