Debbi Stone is Vice President of Education at The Florida Aquarium. Starting her career as a middle school educator, she transitioned to informal science education at Mystic Aquarium (CT) before relocating to Florida in 2000. At The Florida Aquarium, Debbi oversees all aspects of education programs including standards-based school programs, outreach, teacher workshops, community programs, on-site visitor programs, camps, and overall departmental growth at an informal science center with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. She is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences and is Past-President of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association. Debbi was recognized in 2004 for Outstanding Leadership in Watershed Education by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and received the 2008 Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Florida Marine Science Educators Association. Debbi was a co-recipient for a 2013 Gulf Guardian Award (2nd place Non-Profit Civic Category) with the Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System and was a team member for the national 2006 Coastal America Partnership Award. Debbi was recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2006 as a leader in successful youth programs though its national Museums and Libraries Engaging Youth initiative. She is endorsed by the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) as a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer (CIG and CIT). Debbi is active in the community through the Leadership Tampa Alumni Outreach Committee, the Board for AMIkids Tampa, and the Board of Learning Gate Community School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Johns Hopkins University (MD) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Middle Grades Biology focus) from Quinnipiac University (CT) and is currently continuing her education through several PhD-level courses at the University of South Florida. Debbi is an avid SCUBA diver, kayaker, nature lover and considers every day a unique opportunity to see nature in action with her husband Kevin and daughter Olivia.
Dr. Jennifer Collins is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy program in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. She obtained a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of Lancaster and a PhD in Physics from University College London. Her research focuses on weather and climate. She works closely on projects with the National Weather Service involving tornados, hurricanes, hail and fog. In addition, she collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of climate change. Dr. Collins is the President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Vice Chair of the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting and serves on the National Weather Association’s Specialized Operations Committee on Tropical Cyclones. In the past 3 years, she also served as Graduate Director in her department at USF and now serves on the USF Senate. She is active in the community particularly through her volunteer efforts creating weather and climate workshops for teachers in the county.
Clark Hull is a professional wetland scientist and the owner and president of Clark Hull and Associates, a multi-disciplinary professional association of scientists and engineers serving private and public sector clients in various aspects of environmental management and permitting. With more than 30 years of government and private sector experience in the field of environmental permitting, Clark has considerable experience in various aspects of environmental permitting, particularly in relation to wetlands and water quality issues. He has a proven record of creative problem solving on challenging environmental permits and has extensive rule development and litigation experience related to environmental permitting. Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science degree in Zoology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University. He is an accomplished public speaker with more than 100 presentations to technical professionals, legislators, educators, and citizens groups. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Learning Gate Community School, the Environmental Lands Acquisition Selection Committee for Pasco County and the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida.
Jamie Avant Meyer holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Anderson University and a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of South Florida. She has served at Metropolitan Ministries for 15 years where she was a member of the planning team who opened and operated a charter school for children who are homeless. She has developed trainings for staff and for community groups to increase awareness of issues of poverty and homelessness and improve effectiveness of service and is a certified trainer in Bridges out of Poverty and The Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care. Jamie leads Metropolitan Ministries' education programs including the PromiseLand Early Childhood Center, school-aged children’s activities (after-school program and summer camp), youth programs and adult education and she serves as the Ministries’ liaison with the Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School. She is a member of the Lutz community and has a passion for education and for using nature-based learning to bring out children’s full potential.
Marty Solomon is a shareholder with the law firm of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. His practice focuses on real property litigation, class action defense, and commercial litigation, principally for title insurance underwriters. He has defended state and federal consumer class actions on behalf of title insurance underwriters, telecommunications carriers, and retailers, and has practiced in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations, representing clients in disputes throughout Florida, as well as in Ohio, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has litigated title insurance claims, title insurance coverage disputes, closing protection letter claims, title agent defalcations, real property contract disputes, access issues, easement disputes, homeowners insurance coverage disputes, specific performance actions, quiet title actions, lien priority disputes, use restrictions disputes, and brokers commission disputes. He grew up in Clearwater, Florida, graduated with a B.A. in political science and sociology from New College of Florida, in Sarasota, and with a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.
August 3, 2013 We received a Natural Resources Tree Removal Permit. We had 5 Laurel Oak Trees, located by the log cabin that had died of various diseases. These trees are being removed for the safety of the students and staff. Five replacement trees will be planted in the area. The replacement trees must be a species of equal or greater canopy growth than the trees removed.
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