Updated September 2016
The Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida is made up of men and women from around the state who are dedicated, respected advocates of effective growth management. The organization’s goal is to include on its board a broad representation of Floridians, emphasizing geographic diversity as well as a mix of backgrounds, experience and expertise.
Timothy Jackson, Chairman (Term through December 2016. Independent, voting member)
of Longwood, currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Over his past 23 years on the Board, he has led the organization’s development of the Florida 2060 Plan, and has served on numerous advisory committees including the ULI Committee on Regional Cooperation in 2005, and the Leadership Committees for the Florida Transportation Plan 2025 Update and 2050 Plan. Tim has been involved professionally in growth management for over 35 years, currently employed as a Director of Real Estate for Weyerhaeuser (formerly Plum Creek Timber Company) in Gainesville, Florida. He formerly served as President of Glatting Jackson, Inc. a community planning firm where he spent 27 years in private consulting practice. Tim has helped public and private clients by creating innovative solutions for great cities and his work in community design, regional planning and visioning, master planning, and integrated land use and transportation planning has helped communities throughout North America become more connected, economically vibrant and sustainable. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Activities have included co-chair of the 1999 and 2006 Specialty Conferences on Context Sensitive Solutions, co-chair of the Environmental Issues committee (1993 – 2010), and steering committee for the 2011 and 2013 Green Streets and Highways Specialty Conferences. Tim was born and raised in Brandon, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Planning from Florida State University. He and his wife, Carol, live in Longwood, Florida and are proud parents of three adult sons.
Victoria Tschinkel, Vice Chairman (Term through December 2016. Independent, voting member)
of Tallahassee, is the past State Director of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Tschinkel served as a senior consultant specializing in environmental matters with the law firm of Landers and Parsons from 1988 – 2002. During this period she served on the Board of Directors of Audubon of Florida and Resources for the Future in Washington, DC and a Member, National Advisory Committee on Environmental Technology and Policy, a Senior Advisory Committee at the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the National Commission on the Environment. Previously, in the Administrations of Governor Ruben Askew and Governor Bob Graham Ms. Tschinkel served in various positions in the environmental agencies at that time, and finally as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation from 1981 to 1987. She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, serves on the National Energy Advisory Board of the National Renewables Energy Laboratory and is a member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips. But for her tenure at TNC, she has been a member of the Board of 1000 Friends of Florida since 1987.
F. Gregory Barnhart, Secretary (Term through December 2016. Independent, voting member)
of West Palm Beach, received his A.B. from Vassar College and J.D. from Cornell University, and has been a partner in Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., in West Palm Beach since 1981. He has held numerous offices with the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, including serving as its president from 1993-1994. He has served on the boards of the Florida Lawyers Action Group, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Research and Education Foundation, as president of the Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and other professional organizations. Mr. Barnhart is a regularly published author and lecturer in the field of trial law and advocacy, and is listed in the national publication The Best Lawyers in America.
Terry Turner, Treasurer (Term through December 2016. Independent, voting member)
of Sarasota, until May of 2013 served as an elected commissioner for the City of Sarasota Florida and a board member for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. Terry is a past member of Sarasota County’s Land Planning Authority, Committee for Economic Development, and its Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee. He is a past member of the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club Conservation Committee and is past Board Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Florida. Terry had an extensive career in banking, working most recently as managing director at First Union National Bank. He has also served as managing director at Bankers Trust Co. and as Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for Bank of America. Prior to his career in banking, Terry taught finance and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and he worked in the engineering department at Eastman Kodak. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree at Ohio University, received an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Carnegie-Mellon University.
Board of Directors
Lee Constantine (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Altamonte Springs, a Seminole County Commissioner and a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has represented Florida as a public servant for 36 years. In 1978, he was elected the youngest person in the City of Altamonte Springs history, serving as Commissioner and Mayor for 14 years. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for 8 years. In 2000, Mr. Constantine was elected to the Florida Senate representing the citizens of Orange and Seminole Counties. He served until November 2010, only ending his distinguished Senate career due to term limits. On November 6, 2012, Lee Constantine was elected to the Seminole County Commission, District 3. Florida’s fragile environment is paramount to the Commissioner. In 2014, the Commissioner was awarded the prestigious Bill Sadowski Award by the 1000 Friends of Florida. Throughout his legislative career, Senator Constantine has sponsored significant legislation affecting the environment. Some of those include: Save Our Everglades (1997-2000), the Unified Building Code of Florida (1998, 2000), the Florida Forever Program (1999), Everglades Restoration & Funding (2000), the Brownfield Restoration Act (2000), the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act (2004), the Florida Energy Act (2006, 2008), the Florida Water Resources and Springs Protection Act (2010), and the Florida Recycling Act setting a 75% recycling goal in Florida by 2020 (2010). Recently, Commissioner Constantine was reappointed by the Governor to serve his fourth term as Chairman of the Wekiva River Basin Commission, honoring his commitment to protect the Wekiva River while building the beltway around Central Florida. He is also currently on the board of the Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) with Former Senator Bob Graham and environmental legend Nat Reed serving as the Vice-Chairman and is on the Board of 1000 Friends of Florida. Lee Constantine is the Chairman of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the President of the Florida Regional Planning Councils, and the President of the Southeast Region for the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.
Courtney Cunningham (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Miami, is CEO of The Brand Advocates, Inc. an award winning public relations firm in Miami. His team won the 2015 PRNews Platinum PR Award in the community relations category. These awards represent and honor the best work in the public relations industry. Mr. Cunningham is an expert in public relations and public affairs. He has led successful public relations and public affairs campaigns for a government and private sector clients over the last 25 years. He has done extensive work for public agencies and private companies to develop strategies and communications for infrastructure, transportation, housing, and environmental programs and projects. He currently leads strategic communications for the largest water/wastewater program in the United States. Mr. Cunningham has provided strategic communications counsel for some of the largest companies in America. As a licensed investment banker, he also lead public finance in the southeast US for a major Wall Street investment bank. He has a unique understanding of the intersection of finance, communications, government and law. In today’s world, these subjects are frequently intertwined. During his career, Mr. Cunningham has provided political counsel to mayors, governors, and a President. A licensed attorney, he has served as deputy chief counsel to one of the major US political parties. Mr. Cunningham not only has helped clients navigate smoothly through public affairs issues, but he has received numerous recognitions from the community he serves, including the Prudential-Davis Productivity Award given by the State of Florida. He is also a Fellow of the British-American Project, an organization comprised of political, economic, thought and business leaders from Great Britain and United States. Mr. Cunningham has served both as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Floridians for Better Transportation, and for five years was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida, where he led communications from the trustee level. Mr. Cunningham has recently joined the Board of Advisors of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. He is recognized throughout the state as a thought leader and is a registered professional of the Florida Bar.
James C. Nicholas (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Gainesville, is emeritus professor of urban & regional planning and emeritus professor of law at the University of Florida. In addition he was Associate Director of the Environmental & Land Use Law Program and from 1985-92 Co-Director of Growth Management Studies. He was a faculty member at Florida Atlantic University Department of Economics from 1969-85. Dr. Nicholas is the former Associate Director and Acting Director of the Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. He has written numerous books and articles in the professional literature on growth management. He has worked with a large number of state and local governments on structuring programs of infrastructure finance. Dr. Nicholas received his B.B.A., M.A. from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. in economics, from the University of Illinois.
Susan Trevarthen (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Fort Lauderdale, is an attorney with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, PL, handling land use, planning and zoning matters for governments and serving as a municipal attorney. Her work includes negotiating development agreements and approvals, drafting municipal codes and plans, advising municipal staffs, managers and attorneys, defending challenges to municipal regulations and decisions, handling public hearings and counseling elected officials, as well as advocating for municipalities on legislative issues in her field. She chairs the firm’s Public Land Use and Zoning Group, which handles all of the land use matters for the municipalities where the firm serves as the municipal attorney and serves as special land use and zoning counsel for clients throughout Florida. She has been recognized as one of the top land use attorneys in the state in publications such as Florida Trend Magazine and SuperLawyers, and she has an AV rating (highest attainable) from Martindale Hubbell. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar, Susan speaks and publishes frequently on planning, zoning and land use issues. She has held leadership positions in The Florida Bar’s Section for Environmental and Land Use Law and Section for City, County and Local Government Law, serves on the Legislative Policy Committee of APA Florida, and serves on the Board of Citizens for a Scenic Florida. Susan grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, and she received master’s in planning and juris doctor degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jacob D. Varn (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Tallahassee focuses his practice in environmental and land use law, administrative and governmental law and transportation law. He has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized him consecutively since 2006, and in 2016 and 2006 named him Tallahassee’s “Water Law Lawyer of the Year.” He has been listed as a leading Environment lawyer in Florida by Chambers USA and is listed among the Florida Super Lawyers from 2006-2009. In 2013, Florida Trend Magazine noted Jake as a “Florida Legal Elite,” and ranked him in the top two percent of practicing Florida Bar Members. He has served on numerous state boards and panels and received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and B.S. from the University of Florida.
Mark Watts (Term through December 2018. Independent, voting member)
of Deland, is a member of Cobb Cole’s Administrative, Land Use and Environmental Law Department. A native of Volusia County, Mark graduated from Florida State University in 1995 with a degree in International Affairs, and received a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Watts served as an Assistant County Attorney in Pinellas County. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mark currently chairs the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development, and in 2009 was recognized as its member of the year. President of DeLand Breakfast Rotary, in 2011, he was named Young Business Leader by the Volusia/Flagler Business Report. Mark is past president of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and also served on Leadership Daytona and Leadership DeLand.
Board Members Emeritus (All are permanent Emeritus status)
Nathaniel Reed, Chairman Emeritus
of Hobe Sound, is a former member and Vice Chairman of the National Audubon and The Nature Conservancy Boards, the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Society and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He presently serves on the boards of the Hope Rural School, Hobe Sound Community Chest and the Everglades Foundation. Reed served as Chairman of the Florida Department of Air and Water Pollution Control from 1968-71 and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior from 1971-77. Governor Martinez chose him as chairman of the Commission on the Future of Florida’s Environment which recommended Preservation 2000 the most ambitious land acquisition effort in our nation’s history. Two million preserved acres later, the program has wide public support. He served on numerous state and private commissions: most recently as co-chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s recent study of how Florida counties should improve cooperative and coordination of the Florida Greenways Commission. He is a past member of the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District, with whose service spanned 14 years. In April 1994, Reed received the Alexander Calder Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 he was named the Bob Graham Center’s Citizen of the Year. Click here to read his acceptance speech.
Lester Abberger, Emeritus
of Tallahassee is past chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida. He is an investment banker and lobbyist who serves or has served on the boards of a number of public, private, charitable, and cultural concerns including Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, Audubon Florida, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, Neighborhood Medical Services. the Governor’s Commission on Education, the National Trust for the Humanities, the Florida Automobile JUA, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Conservation Voters. He is chairman of the LeRoy Collins Institute for Public Policy at Florida State University and of Horizon Communities in Prisons, a national faith-based prison ministry. He is past chairman of the City of Tallahassee Urban Design Commission, Leadership Florida, Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity, the Seaside Institute, the Leon County Public Library System, the national Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Trust for Public Land Florida Advisory Council, the Museums of Florida History, the Florida Conservation Campaign, and the Florida Humanities Council, where he is an emeritus board member. He is a graduate of Davidson College where he served on the Board of Visitors and is a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
Robert S. Davis, Emeritus
is the founder of Seaside, Florida, described by Time magazine as “…the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope, the most influential.” As the birthplace of a growing movement in land planning known as The New Urbanism, Seaside’s influence has spread widely and is helping to revolutionize town planning in America. Seaside has won numerous awards for its architecture and town planning and has been the subject of three books and countless articles. Mr. Davis is a recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida’s Governor’s Award and Coastal Living’s Conservation Award for Leadership. He is a principal in The Arcadia Land Company, a firm specializing in town building and land stewardship. Mr. Davis is an Emeritus Director of The Congress for The New Urbanism and a current Director of The Seaside Institute as well as a member of the Trust for Public Land’s Real Estate Advisory Council. He has served on Florida’s Environmental Land Management Study Committee to write and update Florida’s growth management legislation and on The Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida. A graduate of Antioch College and the Harvard Business School, Mr. Davis is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Institute of Urban Design.
Roy Rogers, Emeritus
of Lighthouse Point, is the C.E.O. of Roy Rogers Associates and a Special Consultant for IBI Group, a full-service engineering company with offices world-wide. He was Senior Vice President of Arvida, acting as part of the team that developed the 10,500-acre planned, mixed-use community of Weston. Part of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr., team, Roy was involved in designing and developing golf courses world-wide. During the Admiral Rickover era he served on a nuclear submarine. Among his many civic activities, Roy serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Conservation Coalition, is Chairman Emeritus of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and serves on the Boards of the Florida Earth Foundation and Everglades Restoration Task Force. He chaired the Budget Committee of the South Florida Water Management District. The past Vice Chair of the Florida Communities Trust and Florida Audubon, he chaired the Florida Commission on Ethics and is a recipient of the Timer Powers award for conflict resolution.
Earl Starnes, Emeritus
of Cedar Key is a planner and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Design, Construction and Planning in the University of Florida. Starnes served as State Planning director and as a Dade County Commissioner. He was on the governing board of the Suwannee River Water Management District, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a Fellow with the American Institute of Architects. He was a member of the second Governor Chile’s Property Rights Study Commission. Dr. Starnes was a founding member of 1000 Friends of Florida’s Board of Directors.
Past members of the Board of Directors:
Harry Adley, Sarasota (Emeritus)
Jim Apthorp, Tallahassee
Reubin O’D. Askew, Orlando
Valerie Boyd, Naples
Bernard Budd, Hollywood
Kathy Castor, Tampa
Jerry Chicone, Orlando
Thaddeus Cohen, Delray Beach
Jack Conway, Sarasota
Gay Culverhouse, Tampa
Steve Cutright, Tallahassee
Talbot (Sandy) D’Alemberte, Tallahassee
Allison DeFoor, Tallahassee
Ane Deister, Miami
Fred C. Donovan, Pensacola
Dr. John M. DeGrove, Gainesville (Emeritus)
Edgar Dunn, Daytona Beach
Larry Durrence, Lakeland
Joel Embry, Fernandina Beach
Carl Feiss, Gainesville (Emeritus)
Betty Fleming, Miami
Bill Frederick, Orlando
Michael Garretson, St. Augustine
Robin Gibson, Lake Wales
Lewis Goodkin, Miami
Roy Harrell, St. Petersburg
Preston Haskell, Jacksonville
Warren Henderson, Sarasota
Joseph Hixon, Ponte Vedra Beach
Stanley Hole, Naples
Milissa Holland, Palm Coast
Helen Hood, Gainesville
Bob Hopkins, Winter Park
Allen Jelks, Panama City
Alex Jernigan, Sebastian
Ralph Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
Ray Judah, Fort Myers
Curtis Kiser, Tallahassee
Mary Kumpe, Sarasota
Phil Lewis, Riviera Beach
Greg McIntosh, Fort Lauderdale
Buddy MacKay, Ocala
Jack Maloy, Viera
Frank Mann, Fort Myers
Karen Marcus, Palm Beach
Lenore McCullagh, Orange Park
Arsenio Milian, Miami
Lee Moffitt, Tampa
Bob Parks, Coral Gables
Herb Peyton, Jacksonville
Steve Pfeiffer, Sarasota
Sibille Pritchard, Orlando
Robert Rhodes, Tallahassee
Carol Rist, Miami
Nancy Roen, Jupiter
Don Ross, North Port
Arthur Saarinen, Gainesville
Bruce Samson, Tampa
Jim Shore, Hollywood
Lester Simon, Miami
Rachel (Rae) Small, Cedar Key
Hudson Smith, White Springs
Jerry Sokolow, Miami
Nancy Stroud, Boca Raton
Susan Summerall Wiles, Orlando
Theodore Taub, Tampa
C. Allen Watts, Daytona Beach
Jack Wilson, Tampa
Paul Zwick, Gainesville