Board of Directors

 

Melissa Schick
President 
PPM Consultants, Inc.

Melissa has 10 years of experience in grant writing and university curriculum development and currently serves as a Grant Coordinator with PPM. She worked as a technical writer and instructional developer for eight years and a grant writer for FEMA and EPA brownfield grants for a total of ten years. In 2017, Melissa assisted in securing $1,000,000 in grant funding for various municipalities within in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. She is a member of the Florida, Georgia, and Alabama Brownfields Associations, Society of American Military Engineers, and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Prior to joining PPM, Melissa was responsible for written documents and statistical data assessment for the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program.

 

Christian Wells
President-Elect
University of South Florida

Dr. Christian Wells is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment at the University of South Florida, where he has served as the Founding Director of the Office of Sustainability and as Deputy Director of the Patel School of Global Sustainability. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted applied and participatory research on issues pertaining to brownfields assessment and redevelopment, environmental justice, land use legacies, community health, and science-policy interactions. A recipient of the Black Bear Award by the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay, Dr. Wells has served as a member of various advisory committees for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.


Beth Norman

Beth Norman
Treasurer
Cardno

Beth Norman has over 20 years experience in the environmental arena, including FDEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks, Office of Park Planning, private consulting with Woodward-Clyde/URS, and is presently a member of the Cardno Brownfields Team.

She serves as liaison between clients and Federal, State, and local agencies to facilitate assessment and clean-up of sites for ultimate redevelopment of properties. She provides advice on the financial benefits of the Brownfields program, including the initial designation process, entering into brownfields site rehabilitation agreements (BSRA), utilization of job bonus refunds, sales tax credits on building materials, and voluntary cleanup tax credits (VCTC).


Samia Singleton
Secretary
City of Kissimmee

Samia Singleton is the Community Redevelopment Agency Manager for the City of Kissimmee, overseeing projects in both the Downtown Kissimmee Community Redevelopment Agency and Vine Street Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as in the City’s regionally designated Brownfields Area named the Kissimmee Environmental Redevelopment Area. Before joining the City of Kissimmee, Samia was an Economic Development Specialist and Redevelopment Specialist for the City of Cocoa, FL, managing the Brownfields Redevelopment Program, including an EPA Brownfields Community-wide Assessment Grant. Samia has been a member of the FBA since 2016 and also serves on the FBA Board of Directors. Samia has a passion for developing local solutions that leave a lasting impact on communities. 

 


 Jacob Crember

Jacob Cremer
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

Jake Cremer, a Shareholder in Stearns Weaver Miller’s Tampa office, counsels clients in their interactions with local, state, and federal governments on environmental, land use, and land development issues. He has been lead counsel on a variety of complex permitting and economic development matters, including ad valorem tax exemptions and brownfield designations. Jake assists agricultural landowners on long-term strategic planning for their holdings and in defense of their greenbelt classifications. He has extensive experience protecting environmental and land use permits against challenges, defending against government compliance and enforcement issues, and litigating property rights issues, including before the US Supreme Court.

Lisa Duchene
The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A.

Lisa M. Duchene, Esq., Of Counsel to The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A., practices environmental law exclusively and assists a broad range of private-sector and public-sector clients with issues relating to Brownfields redevelopment, regulatory compliance, due diligence in real estate transactions, contaminated site cleanup with expertise in conditional closures, and the associated financial incentives under a variety of local, state and federal programs.  Prior to joining the firm in June 2018, Ms. Duchene served as a Senior Attorney for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for 25 years, along with a year of service as the Staff Attorney to the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Over her many years as an FDEP Program Attorney, Ms. Duchene specialized in rulemaking and legislative activities, and she advised and assisted the following programs:  Brownfields, Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits, Petroleum Restoration, Storage Tanks, Waste Cleanup, Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup, Superfund Cleanup and CERCLA Site Screening, and Department of Defense Cleanup Programs.  Ms. Duchene graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law and still lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.

 


Frank L. Hearne
Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.

Frank L. Hearne is a shareholder in the firm of Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., in Tampa, Florida where he practices exclusively environmental law. In addition to his legal credentials, Mr. Hearne holds an undergraduate degree in engineering focused on water resources and a master’s degree in zoology focused on aquatic and estuarine ecology.  Mr. Hearne’s engineering and scientific training enables him to better comprehend the many technical aspects of his work such as geohydrology, complex organic chemistry and other topics. A substantial portion of his legal practice over more than 35 years has been to advise public and private clients in transactions involving contaminated sites including  cleanup programs in a number of states, federal Superfund sites, Brownfield designation and financial benefits, Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements, site assessment, remedial action, risk assessment and monitoring, Site Rehabilitation Completion Orders, restrictive covenants implementing institutional and engineering controls, negotiation of environmental insurance coverage and assertion and collection of environmental insurance claims. 


Nadia Locke
E Sciences, Inc.

Ms. Locke is Associate with E Sciences, an environmental, ecological and engineering consulting firm. She has worked in many facets of environmental consulting including environmental due diligence, assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, environmental permitting, climate change impact evaluation, grant assistance, mitigation design, and community engagement.  She specializes in assisting with development of contaminated properties, including Brownfields. 

Ms. Locke is former Chair of the Smart Growth Partnership and former President of the Florida Brownfields Association.  She served as a commission-appointee to the Broward County Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force and Fort Lauderdale Community Advisory Board. She is an advisor to the Florida Brownfields Environmental Justice Foundation and on the Board of Directors for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale.  Ms. Locke has a passion for meaningful redevelopment of blighted communities while incorporating community needs and smart growth principles.  

Ms. Locke will discuss case studies of assessment and cleanup conducted under EPA Brownfield grants for CRAs.  The case studies will include cleanup and conversion of a underutilized vacant lot located in a food desert and EJ community to an urban farm and fruit forest and a GIS inventory of contaminated sites used by a CRA to plan and market redevelopment opportunities.  She will highlight ways that these types of projects can be duplicated in other communities.

 

Keith Wilkins
City of Pensacola

Keith Wilkins serves as Pensacola’s City Administrator where he’s worked to bridge two strong mayoral administrations and create an organization of excellence for citizens, visitors and city employees.  He previously served as Deputy City Administrator for 4 years and prior to that as Escambia County’s Director of Natural Resources Management, Community Redevelopment and Neighborhood Services. 

Prior to Escambia County, Mr. Wilkins served as a Manager with the KPMG Environmental Management Practice in Miami, Florida conducting environmental cost recovery, merger and acquisitions and audit engagements.  He worked for ten years in environmental and engineering consulting on groundwater and soil contamination issues.  Mr. Wilkins has also worked assessing water resources for the State of Florida and in offshore oil and gas exploration. 

Keith currently serves on the Florida Brownfields Association Board of Directors, the University of West Florida Earth and Environmental Science Department Advisory Council and the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council.  He previously served on the Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida, Florida Green Finance Authority Board of Supervisors, as  President of the Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies and other professional and civic organizations.  He was named Environmental Professional of the Year by the NW FL Chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, has twice received the Government Conservation Award by the Escambia Soil and Water Board, and in 2013, received the Francis M. Weston Audubon Chapter Government Award. 

Mr. Wilkins is a 1979 graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of West Florida.  He and his wife Joan Allen, live on Bayou Davenport and have three children now living in Miami and Oregon.

 

Jason Lichtstein
Past-President
Akerman LLP

Jason S. Lichtstein is a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee practicing environmental law. Jason's practice focuses on cleanup and redevelopment of sites and includes a broad range of environmental transactional, environmental regulatory compliance, and state incentives and policy matters in Florida. He has significant experience in the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of Brownfields and other contaminated properties across Florida and is a past President of the Florida Brownfields Association. He has been closely involved in the drafting, lobbying, and passage of Brownfields legislation in Florida, expanding incentives for cleanup and redevelopment. His practice also includes renewable energy development and opportunities. Jason received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Emory University.


 

Lena Young Green
Advisory Member to Board
Tampa Heights Jr. Civic Association

Lena Young Green is a long-time community worker who resides in Historic Tampa Heights, the first suburbs of the City of Tampa where many Brownfield sites are located today. She lead a unique partnership with Florida Department of Transportation to utilize a formerly contaminated site owned by the Department where an above-ground, award-winning community garden has been created. She worked as Senior Legislative Assistant in the Florida House of Representatives and in the Florida Senate as Aide to Senator James T. Hargrett, Jr., where she helped to craft language and worked to pass the first Brownfield legislation in the State of Florida. Her other services include membership on City of Tampa Arts and Cultural Assets Committee, Green Artery Co-Founder - a Tampa 20-neighborhood organization that promotes greenways and trails and Board Member of LIFT Health & Arthur Green, Jr. Memorial Foundation. In the past she served on the Community Redevelopment Area Committee and Tampa Enterprise Zone Board, among others.