“Conservation is humanity caring for the future.”
Nancy Newhall

Our Board of Directors is community-based and represent agricultural, urban, business and environmental concerns in the five county region of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Manatee counties. Our board members have more than 100 years of cumulative experience in conserving lands and water resources in the Tampa Bay region.

Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month and an annual meeting is held in November each year. We welcome Conservancy members or others from the community to participate in meetings.  Please contact us at for location and times.

Board of Directors


Heidi McCree, President

Ann Paul, Vice President

Mike Kelley, Secretary

Jan Smith, Treasurer

Pamela Jo Hately, At Large Member

Laura Starkey, Past President

 Other Board Members

  • Becky Clayton
  • Eileen Hart
  • Robert G. Heath 
  • Jeff Steinsnyder
  • Sally Thompson

Staff Members

  • Rene Wiesner Brown, Program Director
  • Helen Scott, Admin Assistant

Advisory Committee

Dick Eckenrod

Fritz Musselmann

Dave Sumpter


Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
Pro-Bono Law Firm


Project Manager

  • Gerold Morrison


*Officers also serve on the Board of Directors