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2019 Fall Symposium Speakers

Alphabetically by surname



  Dr. Wendy Anderson

Dr. Wendy Anderson

Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies, Stetson University

Dr. Wendy Anderson has served as Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies and the Faculty Leader for Sustainability in the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University since 2014. As a field ecologist, her research has focused on connections between ecosystems, tracking how movements of organisms and materials transport nutrients across ecosystem boundaries. Studies have ranged from the impacts of seabirds fertilizing desert islands in the Gulf of California, to Canada geese impacting temperate islands in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, to seaweed feeding Volusia County coastal dune ecosystems. Most recently, she has focused on the connections between HOA residential landscapes and the health of Volusia County’s retention ponds, groundwater, and springs, while promoting the use of Florida Friendly Landscapes principles to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use.



Commissioner Chris Cloudman

Commissioner Chris Cloudman


Chris Cloudman was appointed to Seat 4 of the City Commission in September of 2014. Chris was born in Boynton Beach, grew up in Port Orange, and moved back to Florida in 2008 from Arizona, settling in DeLand. Chris received B.S. from the University of Florida and his MBA from Stetson University. In addition to serving on the City Commission, Chris’s government experience includes work with the Florida League of Cities, the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Management Entity, the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization, and the Planning Board for the City of DeLand, to name a few highlights. He is also active with the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand, the YMCA Camp Winona Advisory Board, and other civic organizations. Chris is employed as an Energy Specialist with Cenergistic, and his past experience reflects his interests in education, youth, and the environment. He enjoys attending community events with his wife and family, exploring city roadways and trails on bicycle, and volunteering at local charity/fundraising events.



Jennifer Condo

Jennifer Condo is the president of the Garden Club of DeLand after being a member for five years. She became a master gardener last year and is part of the group that certifies homeowners gardens to qualify as a Florida Friendly Landscape.



Steve CostaSteve Costa

Principal at NAI  Realvest Charles Wayne Division   

As a Principal Mr. Costa helps manage and operate the Charles Wayne Commercial Brokerage operations serving the Central Florida market.   Mr. Costa has over 18 years of experience working with individual and corporate real estate investors and is extremely knowledgeable with respect to land and land development. 

Since joining Charles Wayne in 1999, he has developed several residential and mixed-use communities.   During this period Mr. Costa has developed and utilized many skills required to assist clients in navigating the maze of real estate investing and developing.   His expertise allows him to quickly assess properties current and potential value based on market and value add opportunities.  
He currently resides in the Deland area where he was born and raised as a third-generation Floridian.   His roots run deep in the community and he has served on numerous boards including Deland Breakfast Rotary, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial  Foundation and the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Commission.  



Karen Hall

Karen Hall joined the Garden Club of DeLand in 1983. She became interested in butterflies in the ’90s. She is thrilled with the idea that we were able to start the Milkweed Circle within the Club and the enthusiasm that has taken place. Currently she is an emeritus flower show judge.



John Henry

John Henry

Public Trust – Environmental Legal Institute of Florida

John was born and raised in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida Magna Cum Laude and then received his JD from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where he received the book award as the most outstanding student in the Conservation Clinic. John is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida. The Public Trust invokes the law to protect the waters, trees, and conservation lands of Northeast Florida. The Public Trust has been hired by the Gemini Springs Alliance to provide legal and technical assistance in their shared goal of restoring Gemini Springs and the Debary Bayou. John is also Board Chairman of COAST (the Coastal Ocean Association of Science & Technology Inc.) and is a partner in the law firm Anderson & November. John specializes in environmental, personal injury, probate/wills, and civil litigation.



Gabbie Milch

Dierdre Irwin

Water Conservation Coordinator for the St. Johns River Water Management District

With over 28 years of experience at the District, she has worked with the agency’s surface water regulatory program, water resource education program, certification program development and water supply planning. Her work as the Florida Water StarSM Coordinator involves administering the program, and overseeing training and outreach for the program. Deirdre works closely with District staff in the development of regional water supply plans.
Deirdre has served two terms as Vice Chairperson of the Board for Florida Green Building Coalition and has serves on the technical advisory committees for the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, the statewide Florida-Friendly Landscaping Advisory Committee. She is chair of the Florida AWWA Water Use Efficiency Division which promotes conservation in utilities.



Stephen Kintner

Stephen Kintner

Vice-Chairman Blue Spring Alliance

Stephen S. Kintner – Professional Geologist, retired in March 2010 after 20 years as Director of Environmental Management for Volusia County. In recent years Mr. Kintner has focused his attention on water conservation and water supply issues.

In retirement Mr. Kintner serves as the Conservation Chair of the West Volusia Audubon Society and spends much of his time working on Audubon issues and volunteering at the Lyonia Environmental Center.  He is also Vice Chair of the Blue Spring Alliance and Chairman of the Volusia County Smart Growth Review Committee.  He continues to promote conservation issues.

Mr. Kintner holds a Master’s in Resource Planning from Missouri State University, as well as undergraduate degrees in geology and economics.

Mr. Kintner resides in DeLand, Florida, with his family.



Meg Martin

Green Volusia

Megan Martin is an experienced environmental educator with a background in sustainable food systems and clean water initiatives. She is Volusia County’s Be Floridian Now Program Coordinator, and, like the Be Floridian Now program, she has roots in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Megan is passionate about Florida’s native ecosystems and environmental concerns, having been an educator at the Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, and is excited to now be a part of Green Volusia.



Kelli McGeeKelli McGee

President, Natua Strategies, Riverside Conservancy

Kelli McGee is a professional advocate with a background in strategic planning, fundraising, project management, grassroots organizing, media outreach, and partnership cultivation.

As an attorney and expert in natural resources conservation, Kelli has written and implemented federal and local laws, drafted congressional testimony, produced effective media campaigns, and cultivated editorials across the United States. Utilizing her background in science and public policy, Kelli gives credibility to projects of global, national, and local importance by working with legislators, agencies, corporations, scientists, the media, celebrities, and local stakeholders.

Kelli holds a Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School and is admitted to the bar in Florida and Washington D.C. Kelli also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Biology and Psychology. A member of American Mensa, Kelli has enjoyed a notable career in the fields of ocean advocacy, public policy development, nonprofit fundraising, and marine mammal research and rescue. ​



Dinah Pulver

Dinah Pulver

National Environment Data Reporter for Gatehouse Media’s National Data & Investigations Team

As an environment writer for The Daytona Beach News-Journal for more than 21 years, Dinah has counted alligators at midnight, posed for photos with blood-thirsty mosquitoes, and written about fireflies, whales, bears and manatees. She writes about water issues, preservation of wildlife, and conservation lands, as well as weather, hurricane science, and natural disasters.

She has received numerous state and national awards, including a Gold Medal for Public Service from the Florida Society of News Editors and a national award of merit from the Grantham Foundation for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. She is a four-time recipient of the Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism.



Dr. Don Spence

Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Bethune-Cookman University

Dr. Don Spence, a native of Volusia County, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in plant pathology and has published peer-reviewed research and written articles for magazines relating to Florida’s plants, plant communities, and trees.  Dr. Spence specializes in the use of native plants in urban landscapes, tree biology, and tree diseases caused by fungal-beetle interactions.  He is a Board Certified Master Arborist and is a past member of the Volusia County Code Enforcement Board and Volusia County Green Ribbon Panel as well as a past member of the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District. Dr. Spence has 24 years of combined experience as an educator in middle school, high school, adult continuing education, and at the university level.  Dr. Spence is also a veteran and spent seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard.



Nancy Vaughn

Nancy Vaughn

Nancy Vaughn is an elected director on the board of the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, co-chair of the Natural Resources Action Team, and media outreach/PR coordinator for the League. She has been an active member since 2014. Nancy also sits on the Environmental Advisory Board of the City of Port Orange and The Environmental Council of Volusia and Flagler Counties.