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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. She also serves on the Board of Directors of AMIKids Orlando.

Traci enjoys a good book, horseback riding, exploring trails with her dog Maggie Sue, and spending time with her husband Michael and daughter Molly.


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Cyndi Fernandez

Assistant Director

Cyndi is a Florida native who is passionate about protecting Florida’s 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 exploring, taking pictures, and visiting her family and friends.


“I’m amazed at the biodiversity across this state and the water resources. Florida’s ecological importance goes beyond the beauty of its pine forests, abundant wildlife, diverse native plants, first magnitude springs, rivers and coastal estuaries;  Florida is important to global health . Protecting these incredible natural resources is a duty and an honor.”

“I’m amazed at the biodiversity across this state and the water resources. Florida’s ecological importance goes beyond the beauty of its pine forests, abundant wildlife, diverse native plants, first magnitude springs, rivers and coastal estuaries; Florida is important to global health. Protecting these incredible natural resources is a duty and an honor.”

Butch Parks

Director of Conservation

Butch joined Conservation Florida in 2017 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 grandchildren. Butch enjoys sports, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, wildlife viewing, and exploring the world.


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Jessica Modriskey

Operations Manager

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 Conservation 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, Keith 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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Derek Dunlop

Conservation & Biology Intern

Originally from Canada, Derek has always had a love of wildlife and the outdoors. While studying biology at the University of Tennessee he participated in various conservation efforts and successfully reproduced over a hundred species of reptile and amphibians. After graduating, he traveled around the world for three years, visiting over 50 countries, working as a field biologist and for various organizations and Australian Geographic along the way. In 2016, Derek moved to Florida to assist in the recovery of the Flatwood Salamander and continues to work on various reptile and amphibian projects across the state. When not walking around the forest, Derek enjoys kayaking and and is an avid cave diver.


 
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Beth nordhorn

Conservation & Land Use Intern

Beth is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Exercise and Sport Science and minored in both Chemistry and Neuroscience. While a Tar Heel, she was a first team All-ACC volleyball player and earned the highest career hitting percentage in program history. A Winter Park, Florida native, she is taking a gap year before staring law school in 2019. She enjoys volunteering at Orange County Bar Association’s Legal Aid Society, time at the beach, and reading all genres.


 
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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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Madison dale

Sustainability Intern

Madi is a current University of Florida undergraduate student double majoring in psychology and sustainability studies. As a Florida native, she loves spending time outdoors in unique Florida landscapes. Madi is passionate about environmental conservation and plans to attend law school. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring Gainesville.