Board of Directors

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Jason Lichtstein
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.


Melissa Schick
President Elect
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 Assocations, Society of American Military Engineers, and the Florida Assocation of Environmental Professionals. Proir to joining PPM, Melissa was responsible for written documents and statistical data assessment for the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program.


Beth Norman

Beth Norman
Secretary
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).


 

Michael Sznapstajler 
Treasurer
Cobb Cole

Michael Sznapstajler is an attorney in the Environmental and Litigation Departments of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach. As part of his environmental practice, Michael assists clients with assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties, environmental permitting, environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, submerged lands permitting and wetland and species issues. Michael currently serves as co-chair of the FBA Legislative and Policy Committee. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law

 


 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.


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. 


 

 

 Sue-Ellyn Idelson
Clocktower Tax Credits

Sue Ellyn Idelson joined Clocktower Tax Credits in 2015 as an Acquisitions Associate focusing on Real Estate-based Tax Credits including Historic Rehabilitation and Affordable Housing. She also works with developers with Brownfields tax credits in Massachusetts, New York and Florida, assisting clients with the transfers of their Tax Credit Certificates. Sue Ellyn primarily covers the Eastern Seaboard and helps project developers structure their tax credit financing and then monetize their tax credits to meet project equity needs. Sue Ellyn’s previous experience in financial services includes managing a Capital Markets Trading Desk Team, as well as leadership positions in a Project and Relationship Management capacity within Fidelity Investment’s Institutional Services Division. She has also held various sales positions in the insurance industry. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Vermont.


 

Kristina Nelson, Esq.
Finger Nelson

Kristina Nelson has practiced in the area of Environmental Law for over fifteen years in local government (Assistant General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville) and private practice.  She practices exclusively in the environmental field, advising clients on environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental issues in business litigation and transactional matters.  She provides substantive advice on Brownfield Redevelopment, including Area designation, negotiation of Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements, obtaining and brokering tax credits and the implementation of institutional controls.  She has an undergraduate engineering degree from Vanderbilt School of Engineering, which helps her to understand complex environmental reports and technical issues.


Samia Singleton


Samia Singleton is the Redevelopment Specialist for the City of Cocoa. Ms. Singleton oversees the City’s three Community Redevelopment Agencies and Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Her main areas of responsibility are to identify and assess redevelopment projects to determine feasibility for priority status, and prepare and monitor budgets in excess of $1.7 million for individual projects and overall operating budgets for three Redevelopment Agencies. The City of Cocoa has been the recipient of four EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants and Ms. Singleton most recently managed the City’s $400,000 in EPA Brownfields Assessment grant

Prior to joining the City of Cocoa, she worked in Colorado, where she led the development of a coworking space and community commercial kitchen, which included raising $127K for building renovations and equipment. She played an instrumental role establishing the area's Airport Development Zone, Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone and Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credit Designation (currently working on Colorado Rural Jump-start Zone Designation). Her formation of the West End Collaborative for Neighborhood Improvement helped to address abandoned buildings, stockpiled tires and solid waste, home rehabilitation and blight in the area.

Ms. Singleton has a strong commitment to community and economic development, and a passion for local solutions that will leave a lasting impact on the communities she serves.


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Jorge Caspary
Past-President
Cameron-Cole, LLC

Jorge is a recognized expert in Florida with a 25-year record of sound technical and management decisions in the areas of environmental assessment and site cleanup, solid and hazardous waste, Superfund, brownfield redevelopment, and risk-based cleanup and site closure strategies. Jorge  recently was involved in the development and implementation of environmental policy, rules, and guidance as the Director of the Division of Waste Management within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, so he knows what issues lie just over the horizon. His significant expertise, experience, and policy insight is available to provide valuable strategic direction and technical support to WSource’s existing and future clients.

Jorge’s position of leadership within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection provided him with important insight into the policy setting functions of the executive and legislative branches of state government.  Serving as Director of the Waste Management Division also afforded him the opportunity to develop close working relationships with the leadership of many state agencies, the Governor's office, members and staff in the Florida Legislature, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and local environmental agencies


 


Christian Wells
Advisory Member to Board
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.


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.