Board of Directors


Christian Wells
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.

Krystal Pree Hepburn
EnviroStewards Consulting, LLC

Dr. Krystal Pree Hepburn is the CEO/Founder of EnviroStewards Consulting, LLC, a Christian-based environmental consulting and advocacy firm.  Dr. Hepburn currently serves as Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program at the Sustainable Workplace Alliance (SWA), where she focuses on addressing environmental justice challenges in vulnerable communities via job training.  She has served on the Florida Brownfield Association’s Environmental Justice Committee since 2017. 

Melissa Schick
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.


Daniel Nedvidek

Mr. Nedvidek has spent the last decade assisting public and private sector clients with navigating the Brownfield remediation process throughout the Southeast.  He is a licensed professional geologist in Florida and Tennessee with a background focused on land reuse in highly developed urban areas. His work in Florida includes time as the Brownfield Program Manager for Pinellas County, and he is currently the Florida Division Brownfield Manager for Terracon.

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

Ms. Locke is a Florida licensed Professional Engineer and LEED accredited professional, with RES.  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.


Beth Norman

Beth Norman
Cardno now Stantec

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).


Keith Wilkins
Keith Wilkins & Associates

Keith retired after 26 years of public service as Pensacola’s City Administrator where he oversaw all city operations of an 800-person workforce and $245M budget.   He previously served as Deputy City Administrator and as Escambia County’s Director of Natural Resources Management, Community Redevelopment and Neighborhood Services. He also worked for 3 years for the State of Florida conducting groundwater resource assessments and northwest Florida aquifer geophysical analysis.

For 12 years Keith served as an environmental consultant, conducting soil and groundwater assessment and remediation, real estate transactional audits and water resource studies.  He also worked as a Manager with the KPMG Environmental Management Practice in Miami, Florida conducting environmental cost recovery, merger and acquisitions and audit engagements and served on the Escambia County Brownfields Advisory Committee. 

In retirement, Keith is opening a small boutique community advocacy, public affairs and environmental policy consulting firm offer pro bono services to select clients.  He currently serves on the Florida Brownfields Association Board of Directors, and the University of West Florida Earth and Environmental Science Department Advisory Council.  

Advisors to Board

Patrick A. B. Barnes, P.G.
BFA Environmental/Limitless Vistas

Patrick A. Barnes, P.G. is a professional geologist and environmental justice advocate. He began his career in 1985 working for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University as a Research Assistant in seismology and borehole geophysics.   In 1986 he joined TAMS where he worked on several Superfund sites in the New York/New Jersey area, including “The Love Canal”. He relocated to Orlando Florida in 1988 to work with DRMP, where he served as Project Manager/Hydrogeology Department Head. At DRMP he managed the site assessment, environmental permitting and water supply needs for numerous Florida municipalities and in 1994 he established BFA Environmental), an environmental, utility engineering, surveying and hydrogeologic firm. At its peak BFA had over 150 employees in the southeast US, executing 25 million dollars in contracts.  Mr. Barnes has conducted numerous large-scale natural resource evaluations and managed contamination site assessment/cleanup projects in brownfield communities of Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, New Orleans and Birmingham. He has served as a Science/Technical advisor to the  EPA for Superfund cleanups such as the Warren County (North Carolina) PCB Landfill (the birthplace of the EJ movement), the Wingate Road Landfill in Fort Lauderdale, and the Coronet Site in Plant City. Although currently retired from BFA as its Founder/CEO, he still advises BFA on issues related to management, finances, operations, planning, marketing and community engagement.  

In 2006 after completing a USACE/FEMA debris removal management contract for the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he provided $300,000 seed capital to establish Limitless Vistas, Inc (LVI), a non-profit dedicated to training at-risk young adults as environmental technicians. In 2013 he was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change – Climate Resiliency Leader for his work in vulnerable communities. Mr. Barnes has served on many boards/councils including the Corps Network, Central Florida NSBE Alumni Extension, Florida Association of Professional Geologists. He served 4 years (2014-2018) on the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program (GRP) advisory board and subsequently the GRPs Offshore Situation Room (OSR) Committee and most recently the GRP’s Enhancing Community Resiliency (EnCoRe) Working Group. He has been very involved with the FBA since its founding and is very engaged in its environmental justice initiatives.


Serena Echols

Serena Echols is currently a senior at Spelman College pursuing her B.S in Environmental Science. During her time at Spelman College, Serena serves as the Class Representative for the Corella & Bertram Bonner Scholars Program and as an intern at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Most of Serena’s work focuses on Environmental Justice concentrating on urban planning and public health. Through her research, she intends on preserving native populations of people and plants by capturing the stories of these communities and place keeping their stories in history using a multimedia approach.


Ken Pinnix
United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Kenneth M. Pinnix currently serves as Community Planning and Development Representative for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development Division in the Jacksonville Florida Field Office.  Ken has served in this role since 2016.  Ken is responsible for the oversight of several HUD programs for grant recipients throughout the State, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Services Grant (ESG), HOME (Home Investment Partnership Program), HOME – ARP (American Rescue Plan), SHOP (Self-Help Ownership Program, and Continuum of Care Programs and several others covering over $20 Million in program funding.

In addition, Ken is President and CEO of PTW Associates, LLC which provides an array of professional services to its clients including project and grant management, community outreach, community engagement and empowerment, as well as client relations support.  

Ken worked in various leadership roles for over ten (10) years in the Planning and Development and Housing and Neighborhoods Departments where he served as Chief of the Community Development Division, Community Planning, Historic Preservation and Brownfields Program Coordinator.

An accomplished scientist and researcher, Ken has more than 20 years of experience with medical device manufacturing, research and consulting with Emory University, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson, Inc. and is a published author of several scientific papers. He holds a BS in Zoology from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Science in Biology/Immunology from North Carolina Central University and has completed collaborative graduate research at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Ken is Past President and Board Chair of the Florida Community Development Association; Board member of the Florida Brownfields Association; Board Chair of the Florida Brownfields Association Foundation; Current Vice President and Past President of 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc., and member of the National Community Development Association. He is a former board member of The Florida Theatre Inc., Community Connections, Inc., and Dean’s Leadership Circle of The Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida; Otis Smith Youth Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Northeast Florida.