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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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Donna Wilkinson

Director of Development

Donna grew up in Florida and is excited to be joining CFL. She loves the beauty and natural resources of the state and wants to use her talents to protect it.  She has worked in development, marketing, and fundraising with non-profits in the USA, Japan and Scotland and specializes in leading energetic teams to further growth and brand awareness through positive donor relationships, fundraising events, community education/advocacy, and team/board self-awareness. She holds a B.A. in International Religion & Political Studies and enjoys traveling and experiencing life both here in Florida and around the world.  Donna is married to a “true Scot” and they enjoy sports, family and travel – and spending time with their two dogs. Donna is also an avid reader and puzzle solver.


 
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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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Marlowe starling

Social Media Intern

Marlowe is an undergraduate journalism student at the University of Florida pursuing a minor in wildlife ecology and conservation. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family whenever she can. She is excited to study abroad in Tanzania for wildlife management due to her passion for travel, experiencing other cultures and appreciation for wildlife and the natural environment. After graduation, Marlowe hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in journalism, publishing or international work.





 
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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 is an avid cave diver.