Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
University of Florida/Hillsborough County Extension Service
Lynn Barber is a Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent, responsible for Environmental Horticulture education in Hillsborough County. A Master Gardener and Master Composter, she conducts workshop in topics that include Rainwater Harvesting, Composting, Micro-irrigation and the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping. She co-authored “Hassle Free Houseplants,” a presentation that received the University of Florida 2005 Educational Materials Preparation Award, and is a regular contributor to the Florida Community Association Journal.
Florida CAM Schools, LLC
Betsy Barbieux, CAM, CFCAM, owner of Florida CAM Schools, has 17 years of experience in educating managers, board members, and service providers. As a DBPR-approved provider, Florida CAM Schools offers continuing education to licensed managers, certification classes to board members, and industry specific courses for communities’ service providers. Betsy is a featured columnist for the Florida Community Association Journal, a founding member of FCAP-Florida Community Association Professionals, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers. She is a former Executive Director for the CAI/Central Florida Chapter.
Mark R. Benson
Editorial Board Member
Ft. Myers News-Press
Mark Benson retired in 2007 after more than three decades owning a Community Association Management firm in Florida. He continues his professional industry participation as an association advocate, legislative activist, educator and expert witness. Additionally, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Ft. Myers News-Press which determines the paper’s official editorial positions. Mr. Benson is Past Chairman of the Florida Community Association Living Study Council, Past Member of the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers and Past Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Council on Condominiums.
Senior Program Manager
Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management
Mary Blakeney is the Senior Program Manager with the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management. She serves as the Operations Manager responsible for all operational aspects of the Emergency Operations Center during disaster activation functions. In this role she is a liaison with responders, civic leaders, county officials, municipal partners and general public regarding the work of the Division. Previously, she was the Emergency Services Director for the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter where she led the local response to four major relief operations that resulted in the sheltering of over 40,000 people, provision of more than one million meals, and creation of over 10,000 client case files.
Vice President & General Manager
Charlie Bolton is general manager of Jacksonville-based Bluwave Productions, which operates one of the largest video field production networks in the U.S. With more than 20 years’ experience in corporate, broadcast and Web content creation, Bolton manages more than 40 professionals creating video and web advertising for clients all over the Southeast. Before joining Bluwave in 2011, he held production positions with the PGA Tour, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Digital Video Arts. A graduate of the University of North Florida, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was named “Marketing Student of the Year.”
Demand Management Coordinator
Tampa Bay Water
David Bracciano has over 25 years of experience in water supply and efficiency programs in west central Florida. At Tampa Bay Water, he is responsible for development and implementation of the agency’s water shortage mitigation plan, which includes commercial and institutional water use efficiency. David serves on the board of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and is the Chairman of the American Water Works Association Water Conservation Division. He holds a B.S. in Water Resource Development from Michigan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.
Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County
Carmen Caldwell brings more than 30 years of experience in crime prevention to her position as executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County. A former City of Hialeah Councilwoman and Crime Prevention Coordinator for the city’s Police Dept., she is a pioneer in implementing Neighborhood Watch in Hispanic communities. Carmen holds certifications in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Elderly Crime Prevention. Her career has taken her to Haiti, France, Jamaica and South America to train local police in developing Neighborhood Watch programs.
Capital Area Community Action Agency
Tim Center directs the Capital Area Community Action Agency, a Tallahassee-based private non-profit that sponsors antipoverty programs in eight counties in Northwest Florida. The agency provides a system of services and resources to reduce the detrimental effects of poverty and empower low-income citizens with skills and motivation to become self-sufficient. Since 2006, Tim has also served as director of Sustainable Florida, an alliance of business, government, higher education and citizen leaders that supports sustainable development principles.
President & CEO
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
Leslie Chapman-Henderson is a leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. As the head of the non-profit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes she has led the development of groundbreaking awareness initiatives for homebuilders, homeowners and design professionals and comprehensive education programs on disaster resilience for elected officials, professionals, students and volunteers. Leslie served as co-chair of the My Safe Florida Home Advisory Council, as a board trustee for the FIU-International Hurricane Research Center, and chair for the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council.
Florida Green Building Coalition
Suzanne Cook directs the Florida Green Building Coalition, a Tallahassee-based non-profit that provides statewide green building certification standards and education. She is responsible for oversight of the group’s standards development, certification reviews and educational outreach, and organizes its annual Florida GreenTrends Conference. Additionally, she is an administrator for the Florida Water Star program in North Florida. Suzanne graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Institute of Organizational Management and earned the highest professional credential – Certified Association Executive (CAE) – from the American Society of Association Executives.
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Aaron Gallagher joined the Florida Division of Emergency Management in 2013 as the Communications Director. He leads the agency’s media management and public information efforts, and serves as the agency liaison to the executive communications office of Governor Rick Scott. Aaron’s career experience includes public relations, advertising, media, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Division, he worked in Southwest Asia as a private contractor for the United States military. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he earned a BA in English.
Senior Communications Coordinator
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Robin Grantham is the Florida Water Star program administrator for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This voluntary program promotes indoor and outdoor water efficiency and water quality protection to builders and developers. Robin is also a member of the Florida Water Star Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, she coordinates the gathering and use of social research to assist the District in planning communications strategies, enhancing program design and evaluating programs. Robin began her tenure with the District in 2008 as the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program coordinator. Robin holds a BA degree in communications from University of South Florida.
Community Association Officers Forum
Beth Hagan serves as Project Manager and Course Author for the Community Association Officers Forum, which has provided online and onsite management training for board members for 18 years. She has authored more than 100 hours of online and onsite Community Association Manager’s continuing education courses through her company, Education Pathways.
Florida Community Association Journal
Michael Hamline has been a part of the Florida Community Association Journal for more than 12 years and has served in a variety of roles during that time. In July 2012, he took on the role of Managing Editor of FLCAJ and was named Editor at the beginning of 2015, a position that has enabled him to further deepen his knowledge about the community association industry. Michael received a BA degree in International Relations from Baylor University. Earlier, he spent nine years in East Africa where his family performed missionary work.
Vice President of News & Special Correspondent
Tom Hudson, financial journalist, hosts and produces “The Sunshine Economy” on WLRN-FM in South Florida, where he is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent. Hudson is the former co-anchor and managing editor of “Nightly Business Report” on Public Television. Tom writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald and the McClatchy-Tribune News Service and has been awarded two National Press Foundation fellowships.
Water Conservation Coordinator
St. Johns River Water Management District
Deirdre Irwin has more than 25 years of experience in water resource regulatory, education and certification programs at the St. Johns River Water Management District. She coordinates the Florida Water Star water efficiency certification program for new and existing residential and commercial buildings in an area that includes 18 counties in Northeast and Central Florida. Deirdre is a board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition. She serves on the grounds committee for the 6,000-home development in Northeast Florida where she resides.
Rose G. Johnson
Associate Publisher/Editor in Chief
Rose Johnson is the Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Family!, a parenting guide for Northeast Florida which she launched in 2011 with Heritage Publishing, Inc. Family! provides local information, resources and inspiration to “Celebrate Family Life on the First Coast.” Rose has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing with the last 14 years in the publishing industry. This experience includes owning and publishing the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Real Estate Book, working as the Associate Publisher of the Jacksonville Real Estate Book, and positions as Account Executive with Homes and Land magazine and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Relocation Guide.
Pierce Jones, Ph.D.
Program for Resource Efficient Communities
Dr. Jones is a Professor at the University of Florida where he directs the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, an interdisciplinary group that promotes the adoption of “best design, construction and management practices” in master planned developments. The Program’s most recent workshops target Low Impact Development, GHG reduction in land development and residential loan programs for energy efficiency retrofits. The Program directly participates in land development and building projects that adopt and demonstrate “green” practices.
Autumn Karlinsky is Vice-Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, known as Volunteer Florida. Ms. Karlinsky, who holds leadership and advisory positions in various local, state and national organizations, recently endowed the Florida State University College of Law Karlinsky Family Scholarship together with her husband, a prominent insurance and governmental attorney. Among the many organizations closely touched by Autumn’s work are Temple Dor Dorim, Imagine Charter School at Weston, and TAG USA Gymnastics Foundation, a non-profit working to combat women’s and children’s cancers, poverty and homelessness. Through TAG USA, she has spearheaded several successful food and school supply donation events benefiting Kids in Distress.
Carl Kesser is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in the film and video industry in Miami for the past 48 years. His documentary “Miami, The Magic City” has been running on TV for the past 29 years winning him Emmys for producer, director and editor. He produced and director the Orange Bowl history film, “Orange Bowl: 70 Years of Greatness,” and recently came back from Africa working on WWF projects in water sustainability. Carl is the founder and president of Kesser Productions, a full service production company specializing in projects for tourism, resorts, cruise lines and real estate companies.
Former Community Association Columnist
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Working for the Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel, Joseph Kollin in 1986 became the first journalist in Florida to regularly cover condominium and homeowner association issues and people. He continued writing columns and stories about community associations until retiring in 2008. During his 42 years at Florida newspapers Kollin also was known as the state’s most honored legal affairs journalist for coverage of the courts and the law.
Statewide Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Coordinator
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
Claire Lewis is the Statewide Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Coordinator for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. In her position, she functions as liaison with County agents around the state to promote adoption of environmentally sound landscape practices at new and existing communities. Claire holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the FFL team, she worked 12 years for private landscape architecture firms in Gainesville. Design projects included large scale commercial, institutional, and residential home sites.
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Kevin McCarthy is a Policy Administrator at the Florida Housing Finance Corporation in Tallahassee. Prior to joining FHFC, he worked for a developer of affordable housing and for the City of Sarasota Neighborhood Services Office. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of South Florida. While in graduate school he worked for the City of Palmetto Community Revitalization Agency and completed research on how effectively the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program alleviated the community effects of foreclosure in Florida. Kevin holds a Florida real estate license and is a licensed Community Association Manager.
Dwight A. McDonald
Central Pasco Association of Realtors
Dwight has over 22 years of real estate experience and is the founder and president of a Tampa real estate and property management agency. He currently serves as the president of the Central Pasco Association of Realtors, president of the Bay Area Association of Realtist, and panel member of the Professional Standards Committee at the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. Dwight has more than 19 years of volunteer experience as director and officer of numerous homeowner associations in Hillsborough County. A native of Chipley, Florida, he settled in the Tampa Bay area after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1995.
Dr. Frank Nappo of Naples has a longstanding involvement in volunteering and public service. He has served as a board member of the Naples Art Association at Von Liebig Art Center since 2005 and was President of the association’s board for four years. Currently, he is Vice President of Drug Free Collier and President of Immokalee Housing and Family Services, and serves on both organizations’ boards. Dr. Nappo is retired from a distinguished career in education, which included his role as Dean of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor at Burlington County College. He earned his Ed. D. at Rutgers University and both his B.A. and M.A. degrees at New Jersey City University.
Director of Communications & Public Relations
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
Jennifer Nelis manages the extensive communications, public relations, marketing, and social media portfolios for the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, the non-profit organization representing the state’s nursery industry since 1952. Her responsibilities also include oversight of FNGLA’s partnership with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Jennifer is a member of several University of Florida advisory groups including the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Advisory Committee and serves on the Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and Agriculture Institute of Florida boards.
City of Tampa, Parks and Recreation
Mr. Reilly is a municipal arborist for the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department where he reviews and evaluates mature trees for construction, pruning and removal. A Certified Arborist with more than 32 years of experience in the tree industry, Mr. Reilly is a Past President of the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and has served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors for seven years. He also served on the Florida Urban Forestry Council Board of Directors. Mr. Reilly received his Associates Degree in Applied Science in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College, N.Y. in 1978.
GreenBuilt Solutions, LLC
Nate Ritter is Vice President of GreenBuilt Solutions in Orlando and holds professional designations as a LEED AP BD+C & Homes, Certified Green Professional (CGP), Florida Water Star (FWS) Certifier, and Class I Energy Rater. In 2016, he began his second term as president of the Florida Green Building Coalition. Nate has an undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Construction Management from Drexel University. He has spent the last 16 years in sustainable construction and consulting on high-performance homes and commercial structures.
Janine R. Rogers
Director of Volunteer & Community Services
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Janine R. Rogers is the Director of Volunteer & Community Services at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in Tallahassee. In her position, she travels around Florida recognizing volunteerism by and for Florida’s elders, and highlighting intergenerational programs that bridge the gap between seniors and youth. Additionally, she coordinates the Department’s Faith-based Initiative which provides information and resources to enable faith organizations to support their aging congregants. Janine has a degree in Journalism from Florida A & M University, and has completed graduate work in Non-profit Management at the University of Central Florida.
Regional Manager for External Affairs
Florida Power & Light Company
Juliet Roulhac is Regional Manager for External Affairs for Florida Power & Light Company. An attorney with over 20 years of complex business litigation and appellate experience, she manages governmental and community relations and develops regional strategies for FPL. Ms. Roulhac received her BA and JD degrees from the University of Florida and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Juliet has been an invited speaker for legal, professional, and community events throughout the country. She has served as a delegate representing the Florida Bar to the International Civitas Program in Budapest, Hungary, and the Ambassador to Ambassador Law Leadership Program in South Africa.
Community Service Program Coordinator
Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations
Wanda Sloan works with neighborhood leaders and associations in Hillsborough County and chairs the annual Neighborhood Conference, held in March at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus. The goal of the conference is to teach citizens how to build a sense of community and make their neighborhoods safe, attractive and friendly. Wanda has worked directly with community representatives throughout her more than 20 year career in local government, including six years in the County’s Planning and Growth Management Department, in the Community Planning Section. Previously, she was a planner for Manatee County government.
Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
Chester Spellman was appointed CEO of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, commonly known as Volunteer Florida, in 2012 by Governor Rick Scott. Previously, he worked for Governor Scott for a year and a half, most recently as director of appointments where he managed the gubernatorial appointments process for more than 550 statewide boards and commissions. Spellman has more than 10 years of experience working in Florida’s nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Governor Scott’s administration, he served as COO at Project SOS, a community-based non-profit organization focused on youth development and mentorship in Jacksonville, where he worked for more than eight years.
Dr. John J. Sullivan
Executive Liaison to Homeland Security
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office
As a career law enforcement practitioner and educator, John Sullivan remains active in the public and private sectors. He joined the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office in 2008 as the continuation of an extensive career in federal law enforcement, private consulting, and higher education. John serves as the liaison between the law enforcement community and the business and residential communities on all issues related to homeland defense, infrastructure protection, and crime prevention. Among his responsibilities, he oversees Community Partners Against Terrorism, a community awareness program to report suspicious activities to law enforcement. He is Board Certified in Fraud Examination, National Threat Analysis, and Homeland Security.
Founder & Past-President
Gated Community Security Managers Association
John Sutphin is the founder and past president of the Gated Community Security Managers Association, dedicated to improved security for gated communities. The group disseminates the latest information on administrative, technical and operational practices and provides training and networking opportunities for members throughout the U.S. John founded the organization in 2007 after serving as Director of Security for the Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Florida. John is a retired Chief of Police for the City of Kissimmee, Florida.
Jordan Trachtenberg, LEED AP
Adjunct Professor/Department of Architecture
Florida International University
Jordan Trachtenberg is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architecture at Florida International University (FIU), where he serves on the faculty for Graduate Design Studios. He is founder of TRACHTENBERG ///, an architectural design firm that specializes in design, development and project management services. The company consults and partners with large and small developers on projects primarily in the South Florida region. A LEED accredited professional, Jordan received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, NY, and holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from FIU.
“Condo Living” Columnist
A retired licensed community association manager and licensed property manager, Richard White is the author of a syndicated weekly column on association operations published continuously throughout Florida for over 31 years. A graduate of The Citadel College he served in the Air Force as a flight officer on B-52 and B-58 crews and taught Management and Real Estate courses as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. He was a consultant to the Florida DOT representing homeowners in developing a program to improve transportation during emergencies. Currently, he is certified as a “SkyWarn” weather spotter and a member of ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) to provide emergency communications during National and State crises.
League of Women Voters of Florida
Marilynn Wills is past president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. She has held various leadership positions on the League Board of Directors for many years and has been at the helm of the League Lobby Corps as action chair. She currently serves on the board of Integrity Florida and was a co-chair of the Tallahassee Citizens for Ethics Reform. Marilynn is a former teacher of high school mathematics and coached boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams.
Joshua B. Young
Director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy
Miami Dade College
Joshua Young is the director of Miami Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy where he oversees all service-learning and America Reads activities, as well as numerous other campus-community partnership and civic engagement initiatives. MDC’s service-learning program now involves more than 270 faculty and 7,500 students annually. Mr. Young has been a national service-learning mentor with the American Association of Community Colleges and has extensive experience leading workshops for faculty, students, community partners, and administrators nationwide. Other civic initiatives under his responsibility include voter education and voter registration initiatives, the Clinton Global Initiative University program, Alternative Breaks and the Service Year program, in addition to partnerships with more than 150 local non-profits. Young earned a dual MSW/MPA from Florida State University, served two tours with the Peace Corps in West Africa and South America, and ran summer programs for youth for four summers in the Dominican Republic with Visions International.