FSUCML Board of Trustees & Advisors

The FSUCML Board of Trustees and Advisors was created in 2007 and includes community leaders, scientists, and experts in policy and outreach. Board members provide assistance to the Director in establishing priorities of focus in furtherance of the mission, identifying programs and capital projects that optimally forward those priorities, and serving as ambassadors to the community and to government in increasing the awareness of the mission and work of the FSUCML.

Board Members

Earle Buckley, Ph.D. (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Dr. Buckley is a biological oceanographer and environmental scientist with expertise in the design and implementation of marine technology. He earned his BS in Biological Sciences at FSU in 1973, and holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Buckley has over 25 years of experience conducting coastal, oceanic, and climate research, and working with federal, state and local governmental organizations, universities, and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad, including USAID, UNESCO, and FAO. He has organized and coordinated interdisciplinary panels of academic and government scientists focused on integrating ocean and climate information into coastal management and development planning, and effective communication and knowledge transfer of ocean and climate science for decision support and policy.

Dr. Buckley served as a member of the team of scientists that contributed to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Rick Carroll III, CPA, CGMA (Tallahassee, FL)

Rick Carroll is a fourth-generation Floridian whose family has been part of the Gulf Coast community of St. Teresa for over 85 years. His involvement with the FSUCML dates back to the summer of 1969 when he worked at the Marine Lab under the tutelage of Mr. Phillips, and alongside Joe, Ernest, and Rufus. An avid boater, Rick once had a spotted eagle ray jump in his boat and injure his son while they were moving at full speed.

Rick holds degrees from Furman University (B.A., Economics) and Florida State University (Masters of Accounting), and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. A practicing Florida certified public accountant since 1977, Rick founded the prominent Tallahassee accounting firm that bears his name in 1990. His many community leadership roles include serving on the Florida State Board of Accountancy, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Governors, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, Southeastern Community Blood Center Board of Directors, and Florida State University College of Business Accounting Department.

Rick and his wife, Mary Stapleton Carroll, enjoy exploring the Gulf Coast waters with their three grown children and their golden retrievers. His goal is to help preserve marine life, especially in our local waters, so it can be appreciated and enjoyed by future generations.

Richard J. Chichetti, DMD (St. Marks, FL)

Dr. Chichetti was raised in Clearwater, FL, received a biology degree from Florida State University, and a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Louisville. He practices dentistry in Tallahassee with  partners Dr. Neal Torgerson and Dr. Michael Hartley.

Dr. Chichetti has been very active in his profession for over 30 years, serving on local and district dental associations, the Florida Dental Association, and the Florida Board of Dentistry. He co-authored the Florida state rule requiring mandatory use of gloves for all dental professionals, the first such rule in the nation. He served on the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (responsible for producing the national licensing examination). He also served as Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Ethics.

He has served on numerous boards, including the American Cancer Society, Big Bend Cares, The Tallahassee Community College Foundation, The Florida Wildlife Federation, and the SunTrust Bank NW Florida. He currently serves on the board of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. He has received numerous honors recognizing his service to dentistry, including the Florida Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year” Award. He received a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Association of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Chichetti has an abounding love for wildlife, especially the marine environment. He is an avid scuba diver and fisherman. He lives with his wife Jo Ann in St. Marks, overlooking the Wakulla River. They have four adult children.

Manley Fuller (Crawfordville, FL)

Manley Fuller is President and CEO of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) and a registered lobbyist with both the Florida Legislature and the Executive Branch of state government working on behalf of FWF. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University with dual majors in Zoology and History, and received a Master's Degree from North Carolina State University in Wildlife Biology. His primary interests are in wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the southeastern United States, for which he has received numerous awards, including the National Wildlife Federation's Charlie Shaw Award, the Wildlife Society Florida Chapter's Dr. Herbert Kale Award, and the joint Nature Conservancy-U. S. Forest Service Conservation Certificate for his successful efforts to significantly increase conservation lands in Florida's national forests. His interests in climate change led Governor Crist in 2007 to appoint him to the Energy and Climate Action Team. Mr. Fuller has a particular fondness for crocodilians, resulting in his involvement with the Crocodile Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and his participation in censusing the American crocodile.

Robert Gates (St.Teresa, Fl)

Robert Gates, whose family has had a presence at St Teresa since 1933, grew up spending time each year less than 5 miles from the FSUCML.  He has a passion for the preservation of the coast and the wildlife habitat. 

Robert served in the US Army as a Combat Engineer Officer for 6 years, deploying in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He earned degrees from Virginia Military Institute (BSc, Civil Engineering) and Boston University (MSc, Business in Business Administration). 

In his 27-year career, Robert worked at Newell, AlliedSignal, Colfax Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Boral Limited, and Amazon. leading corporate improvement programs ranging from safety, procurement, and capital project management to environmental compliance, sales / marketing, and innovation. He currently is an independent consultant offering operational expertise, leadership development, capability building, and strategic planning. 

Robert and his wife, Dr. Karen Bartley, a physician at the Wakulla Medical Clinic in Panacea, live in St Teresa. They have two children, Michael, who is a commissioned officer in the US Army, and Karen, who is attending the University of South Carolina.

Sharon Holmes (Tallahassee, FL)

Sharon Holmes is a professional engineer specializing in asset management, transportation system operations, infrastructure preservation, water resources, environmental protection and sustainable development. She has provided program leadership and technical expertise at all three levels of government and the private sector. As Director of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Office of Maintenance, Sharon managed Florida’s $440 Million annual maintenance program responsible for maintenance and emergency operations involving 41,400 lane miles and 6,300 bridges. She developed and implemented two critical programs: (1) Florida’s Asset Management Contracting Program in 2000 which grew to a $697 Million program by 2006, generating high performance and cost savings of $110 Million over traditional contracting methods; and (2) St. Johns County, FL, Engineering Division, where she launched a major capital improvement program, coordinated the development of St. Johns County’s first county-wide Geographic Information System, and obtained $500,000 in federal and state grants to improve county engineering services. As Water Resources Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sharon managed complex flood control and water resources studies in central and southern Florida. Sharon currently works for HDR | ICA developing management and operational strategies for programs associated with Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Design Build (DB), and long-term comprehensive programs nationally.

Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Howard Kessler, M.D. (Panacea, FL)

Howard Kessler has lived in Florida for over 25 years. He spent his childhood and teen years in and around the marshlands of the south shore of Long Island in the state of New York. He holds a B. S. degree in chemistry, an M. A. degree in Education, and an M. D. degree. He practiced orthopedic surgery for 30 years and was Chief of Orthopedics at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Although retired, he still conducts volunteer clinics in Tallahassee for the needy. Dr. Kessler is very involved politically at the national, state, and local levels. At the national level, he served on the National Association of Counties Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee. At the State level, he served on The Florida Association of Counties Growth and Environmental Steering Committee and the Health and Human Resources Committee. Locally, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Capital Region Planning Transportation Agency, Chairman of the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners (serving as a Wakulla County Commissioner for 8 years), and Chairman of the Board of the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries. Presently, he is serving his third term as County Commissioner. He and his wife, Anne Van Meter, became involved in Wakulla County politics after witnessing the destruction of local wetlands. They are also very involved in many of the area's clubs and organizations and have interests in running, biking, boating, fishing, woodworking, and gardening. He is a member of the Patrons Board of the School of Theater at FSU.

Edward A. Kotz, Jr., DDS (Tallahassee, FL)

Dr. Kotz, Jr., is a recently retired dentist who had a practice limited to Endodontics in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty-nine years. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his D.D.S from the University of Detroit. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, he returned to the University of Michigan where he completed a residency in Endodontics. He was the first endodontist in Tallahassee when opened his practice in 1976.

Dr.Kotz has had a life-long interest in marine activities. He is an avid boater and a somewhat successful fisherman. He enjoys taking his grandchildren on excursions and fishing in the coastal waters.

Dr. Kotz maintains an ongoing interest in preserving the health of the coastal marine ecosystem.

Edward Mansouri (Tallahassee, FL)

Edward Mansouri is the CEO and Founder of Ucompass, a Tallahassee-based company that designs e-learning software. Founded in 1998, the company’s flagship product, Educator, has been the teaching and learning platform at the Florida Virtual School since 2003. Edward holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters degree in Meteorology from the Florida State University. Edward is also the creator of WeatherSTEM, a K-12 education platform that blends weather, agriculture, astronomy, and marine science curriculum with live data from scientific instruments, and Octane, a publisher toolkit for enhancing web content that won the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Platinum Award in 2011.

 James W. Muller (Tallahassee, FL)

Jim Muller grew up among the marshes of the Georgia coast, a setting that fostered his love of nature, and in particular, of the marine environment. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology, a masters in oceanography, and has been active in Florida's conservation land acquisition programs for more than twenty-five years. He served as director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory for 10 years, building it into one of the larger Natural Heritage Programs in the nation. In 1996 Jim founded Muller and Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that specializes in natural resource land planning, land transactions, and government relations. His work includes conservation projects in the Florida Keys and along the St. Johns, Matanzas, Crystal, and Perdido Rivers. Jim was a member of the National Estuarine Research Reserve East Coast Site Selection Committee that nominated the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas area, and has worked on management plans for Florida's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. Jim has been appointed to eight task forces to review and formulate programs, policies and rules related to natural resources. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the FSUCML.

Arthur Stern III, Esq. (Tallahassee, FL)

Arthur Stern is a graduate of Harvard College (1962) and Harvard Law School (1965). After practicing for many years in the Northeast (including a position in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the General Counsel's office at Eastman Kodak Company, and thereafter many years in private practice in Rochester, New York), he was finally fortunate enough to marry a Florida native and move to Tallahassee in 1993. He is the father of five (ages 10 through 34), continues to practice law full time (how else does one afford college tuition?), and concentrates in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, as well as tax and corporate planning, including the counseling of tax-exempt organizations. He is also a Trustee of a modest family foundation (not his own) that provides support to organizations involved in environmental endeavors, and which, over the years, has supported Florida State University, including the College of Music, a professorship in Holocaust education, and now the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

Tommy Warren (Tallahassee, FL)

Tommy Warren is a lifelong resident of Florida who grew up in Dade County. He came to Tallahassee in 1966 to attend FSU undergraduate school (1970) and law school (1973). He practices law in Tallahassee, specializing in employment discrimination class actions involving race or gender.

Warren spent much of his youth fishing in Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the Ten Thousand Islands. He has been a long time boat owner and has fished the local Gulf waters for many years. As with many Gulf anglers who have seen fish stocks diminish over the years, Warren is interested in assisting efforts to improve those fisheries. This includes supporting the science that relates to the fisheries as well as to the overall health of the Gulf.

Kim Williams (Tallahassee, FL)

Kim started at Marpan Supply in 1968 while he was in High School and a student at Tallahassee Community College. He has served as president since 1985. As an owner/developer of commercial real estate, he is managing partner of the Heritage at Commonwealth, Hamilton Industrial Park and Commerce Industrial Center.

Marpan opened the first Class III materials recovery facility in Florida in May 2008 and our region’s first Single Stream Recycling Facility in 2013. In the early 1990s when Kim learned about mercury contamination in the Everglades caused by disposal of fluorescent lamps, he found a solution for the safe recovery of mercury and actively lobbied the Florida Legislature to require that fluorescent lamps be recycled. This led to development of the first fluorescent lamp recycling plant in Florida in 1994 that today recycles lamps from 17 southeastern states.

He has a long history of community involvement: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce (past chair) and recipient of the Godfrey Smith Award of the Economic Development Council, and of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare; Board of the Tallahassee Housing Authority and Goodwill Industries. He is currently a board member of Capital City Bank and Florida State University Research Foundation.

As a native Tallahassean, Kim is committed to encouraging economic growth so that our children and graduates will be able to find opportunity here, while maintaining our quality of life. He is married to Mayda Williams and they have four children and five granddaughters. Kim’s favorite place on earth is their boathouse in St. Marks and sunset cruises to the Lighthouse. The coastal marshlands are beautiful year round and every trip is a new experience.

Advisors to the Board

Michael English (Tampa, FL)

Mr. English works for The Dikman Company, Inc., as a sales associate. He has extensive expertise in historic preservation, sustainable growth policy planning, and public policy, among other things. His professional commitment to improving urban environments led him to investigate the connections between land use, transportation, and nature. He holds a B.A. degree from Florida State University and M.A. from the University of South Florida.

Steve Evans (Tallahassee, FL)

Steve Evans, a former executive with IBM, retired in 2003 with a wealth of knowledge about successful business practices in the government, health and education industries. In addition to serving as an advisor to our board and many others at local, state, and national levels, Evans served as chair for Florida TaxWatch, and as interim president of the FSU Foundation from August 2009 through September 2010.

Rick Grant (Tallahassee, FL)

Rear Admiral (USN Ret.) Rick Grant's long and distinguished career includes both military and business service coupled with a long list of civic activities and motorcycle racing. He is currently Executive Vice President and COO of Municode, a Tallahassee-based company that publishes codes and charters for local governments, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, among others.

Patrick Hamilton (St. Augustine, FL)

Mr. Hamilton, an environmentalist, owns Southern Realty of St. Augustine and Crescent Beach, which specializes in conservation lands and waterfront property. For over a decade, he worked with various committees and agencies in the State of Florida to establish the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Johns and Flagler counties. He served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the FSUCML.

Cheri Rainey, Ph.D. (St. Teresa, FL)

Dr. Rainey (Ph. D., FSU in Marriage and Family Therapy; MBA, Emory University), drawing on her training as a licensed psychotherapist, is an international consultant and facilitator in the field of transformational leadership. From years of experience as owner of an Atlanta-based international consulting firm, Vice President of a California-based international financial investment firm, and Administrator of an Idaho-based international personal transformation company, she created a program to help business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Ricardo Schneider (Tallahassee, FL)

Ricardo Schneider is President & CEO of Danfoss Turbocor, a Tallahassee-based company that designs and produces revolutionary centrifugal oil-free high efficiency compressors for Commercial Air Conditioning systems. He received the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award on behalf of Danfoss Turbocor in 2015 from the influential Alliance to Save Energy. He currently serves on the FSU Research Foundation Board

Peter Stone (Marion, MA)

Author, educator, artist, and sailor Peter Stone has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from Patagonia to the Antarctic. His interest in marine biology pervades his work, which he has shown in such places as the Art Expo New York, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Peabody Essex Museum. He serves on the Art and Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum, and as Arts and Sciences Advisor for the New Bedford Ocean Explorium and the University of Massachusetts.

Ben Watkins (Tallahassee, FL)

Ben Watkins is Director of the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance, which is responsible for issuing bonds and advising the state on debt management policies. He serves on the boards of Municode and the Tall Timbers Foundation, and is involved in community activities that range from the Florida Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee to the Friends of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library.

Rhonda Work (Tallahassee, FL)

Dr. Work received degrees from Northwestern University (BA), University of Florida (MSc), and Florida State University (PhD) before starting a long career first in public education as a speech-language pathologist in the Broward County, FL, schools . She moved to Tallahassee to work with the Florida Department of Education and served as an adjunct professor at FSU. She received many honors recognizing her contributions to her field, the most recent being the 2011 FSU Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since retirement, Dr. Work has volunteered for the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, St. Francis Wildlife Association, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tai Chi Society, Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators, and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Past Board Members

Don Ashley (Sopchoppy, FL)

Pamela Ashley (Sopchoppy, FL)

Martha Dobes (St. Augustine, FL)

Rick Garrity (Lakeland, FL)

Michael Greenberg (St. Augustine, FL)

Pamela Jo Hatley (Tampa, FL)

William F. Herrnkind (Tallahassee, FL)

Kurt Hofer (Tallahassee, FL)

Marcella Matthaei (St. Augustine, FL)

Ron Piasecki (Shell Point, FL)Catherine Wannamaker, Esq. (Charleston, SC)

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 28th 2017 - Board of Trustees
  • April 7th 2018 - Joint Board of Trustees & Scientific Advisory Board

Advisory Committees


Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM