Hi Everyone! It’s exciting to be a part of the Peninsula Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative. I’m a native Floridian, born and raised in Daytona Beach, and have been interested in wildlife and natural resource conservation for as long as I can remember. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from the University of Florida, and my very first career position was with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To me, that was a dream come true! I have been with the Service for 29 years now, and have held various positions in Florida and in Colorado. I started out in the Research Division of the Service working on the effects of non-native species introductions and then served in a position to integrate research into Service management programs. When the Research Division of the Service was eliminated, I transitioned into the Ecological Services Division and worked in the South Florida and North Florida offices on threatened and endangered species issues - - and there are a lot of those issues in Florida! Currently, I serve as the Deputy Field Supervisor for the North Florida Ecological Services office in Jacksonville where I can help to integrate the function of the Peninsular Florida LCC into our office activities.
When I’m not working, I enjoy horseback riding with my daughter, fishing with my husband, and doing basically anything outdoors. I also enjoy serving as a 4-H leader in St. Johns County.