The Sustainable Florida Board is composed of sustainability leaders in Florida-based organizations. Efforts are made to encourage participation from non-profit, academic and government sectors. The Board meets regularly to plan and execute its strategic plan designed to help promote the adoption of sustainable development practices.
Florida Power and Light
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc.
Florette Braun is an Environmental Licensing Manager with the Environmental Services Department of Florida Power & Light Company. FPL is an electric utility company serving more than 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida, and along with its parent company NextEra Energy, Inc, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. With an educational background in Environmental Science and Environmental and Urban Systems, Ms. Braun has been with the company for over 25 years.
Ms. Braun has many years of experience with the siting and licensing of electrical facilities under a variety of permitting processes. She has managed major transmission line and power plant projects in many regions of the state, including facilitating dialog with interest groups and agencies to achieve solutions on controversial projects. She also has a broad background in public participation and is a past Chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s Public Participation Task Force. Ms. Braun’s experience also extends to a variety of ecological and growth management related issues.
Ms. Braun has also been responsible for facilitating the cooperative coexistence of Everglades Restoration Projects with FPL’s extensive network of electrical facilities in south Florida. This has involved finding solutions, seeking compromise and negotiating compatibility agreements with the implementing agencies in the area of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
Ms. Braun has been involved in a number of volunteer organizations and Boards and currently serves on the board of Sustainable Florida, which is dedicated to promoting and expanding sustainable practices and programs in Florida.
Tammy is the environmental integration director at the Walt Disney World Resort where she has been a Cast Member for the past 24 years. Her role is to facilitate the implementation of The Walt Disney Company environmental strategy through partnerships with internal departments and other Disney parks around the world. She is working to implement waste minimization and energy and water conservation solutions. A central Florida native, Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and her master’s degree in Simulation Systems from the University of Central Florida. She has been a member of the Sustainable Florida Board of Directors since 2009.
Diana Dobin is CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics, the largest decorative textile and textile products supplier to the Hospitality industry worldwide. A family owned business, Dobin is 2nd generation leadership and partners with her brother Michael. Valley Forge is headquartered in South Florida and respected for its environmental stewardship, agility, speed and adaptability to each customer. With 20 years’ experience, Diana’s present responsibilities include company strategy, sustainability, mentorship and design & brand leadership. Diana is also co-founder of WeaveUp, a technology start-up that was originally developed to connect artists to the specifiers and buyers in the hotel industry in order to put customization of textiles into the hands of Valley Forge customers. The WeaveUp customization tool allows users to select and sort through a library of ever growing designs, customize color, size and repeat and place orders of their choice from 25 different fabric qualities – in just a few clicks. Protecting and celebrating authorship, artists retain ownership of all their IP and get commission against sales. WeaveUp was launched originally to the trade only, but was released to consumers in Q3 2015. Diana is a LEED Accredited Professional who is also very active in educating her community on a regular basis in the areas of business, innovation, creativity and environmental sustainability. Board Member of the Pillsbury Institute for Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. She graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English & Psychology. Diana loves yoga, art & fashion, journeys to unfamiliar destinations, and enjoying time outdoors with her family.
Over the past 14 years Draper helped orchestrate organizational growth for Audubon of Florida, which now employs more than 50 people with an annual budget of more than $5 million. Florida Audubon’s 100-year history as the Voice of Conservation is now backed by four science research centers, a suite of sanctuaries, 44 local chapters, and the state’s most effective conservation advocacy operation. Draper and Audubon have played key roles in promoting Everglades restoration and Florida Forever while defending state water policies and advancing clean energy legislative proposals.
Lisa Polak Edgar is the Director of the Florida Park Service. Edgar oversees more than 1,000 committed Florida State Parks employees and works alongside more than 29,000 volunteers and 84 Citizen Support Organizations to manage the best state park system in the country. Edgar previously served as Deputy Secretary for DEP, where her responsibilities included executive management oversight of the agency’s $2.1 billion budget, fiscal and strategic planning, accountability measures, information technology, administrative services, Florida Geological Survey, and coordination between the state and federal government on environmental issues including including oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf. She also served the state of Florida in former roles as chief environmental policy analyst in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget under Governors Chiles and Bush and a senior cabinet aide in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Edgar most recently served three terms on the Florida Public Service Commission, where she was appointed by three different governors, including two years as Chairman. In November 2014, Edgar was elected President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for a one-year term. As NARUC President, Edgar provided general oversight of the Association and served as NARUC’s primary voice before Congress, the courts, administrative agencies, and the general public.
Edgar received her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Florida State University and is a member of the Florida Bar. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors and serves on the Committees on Electricity and Consumer Affairs. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Florida and is a member of Leadership Florida and the Capital Tiger Bay Club.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Matthew Harris has served on the Board having represented CHEP and now HMH. His commitment is to sustainability and building social capital provides needed leadership to Sustainable Florida.
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Programs
Michael Hewett has over twenty years of experience in environmental management, including regulatory compliance and sustainability programs. Beginning his career with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Michael spent eight years developing rules and setting regulatory policy while partnering with the Federal EPA and various State and Local governments. The balance of Michael’s career has been spent helping corporations build strong environmental compliance programs and sustainable business strategies. Currently, Michael manages the Sustainability and Environmental Compliance programs for Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Michael has a masters degree in Environmental Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is currently a member of the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainability Leadership Committee, the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Sustainability Initiative, the Florida Retail Federation’s Sustainability Council, and he is a Council for Sustainable Florida board member.
Joe Kilsheimer Consulting
Joe Kilsheimer is a veteran strategist in public relations and public affairs message development, issue and exposure management, crisis communications planning and execution, media negotiations, media training and coaching, senior executive communications, press release preparation, case studies and ghost-writing. In recent years, Kilsheimer has represented some of Florida’s leading growth companies, particularly focusing on companies with thorny PR issues. These include: the nation’s largest operator of waste-to-energy facilities, which faces significant PR issues in five Florida markets; Florida’s fastest growing financial services company and one of Florida’s largest not-for-profit community-based hospitals.
Kilsheimer is a former journalist with more than 20 years of experience. At The Orlando Sentinel, Kilsheimer covered personal technology and the information technology industry, telecom, real estate and local government. In 1994, Kilsheimer created the Sentinel’s Internet beat, covering the rise of the Internet as a cultural phenomenon. He interviewed and covered leading IT industry figures, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes, Sun Microsystem’s Scott McNealy and Netscape’s Jim Barksdale. His bylines appeared in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune to the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. Kilsheimer has written freelance stories on subjects ranging from Tiger Woods for Yahoo! Internet Life to super-agent Mark McCormack for Florida Real Estate magazine.
Kilsheimer is based full-time in Central Florida where he has made his home for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of Leadership Orlando (Class 52) and Leadership Apopka (Class 1). He serves on the boards for the following organizations: Sustainable Florida, the City of Life Foundation, focusing on foster youth who “age out” of foster care and the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Kilsheimer is a 1979 graduate of the University of Central Florida. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Apopka, Florida.
Director, Communication and Community Relations, Waste Management of Florida
Dawn McCormick is responsible for community relations and media relations for Waste Management throughout the State of Florida. She joined Waste Management, a Fortune 200 firm and one of the largest environmental solutions provider in the nation, in April of 2009 with more than 20 years of Corporate Communications, Public Relations and media experience.
Prior to her Public Relations career, Dawn was a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter for WFRV-TV (NBC affiliate) in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KNTV (ABC affiliate) in San Jose, CA where she covered numerous national sporting events including three Super Bowls, two World Series and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Dawn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Dawn is married to Rev. Dr. Kirk McCormick, Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church of Boca Raton. They have three young adult children.
Director, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Department
JM Family Enterprises
Janet directs the corporate environmental, health and safety compliance and prevention programs of JM Family Enterprises. Founded in 1968 by automotive legend Jim Moran, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is a diversified automotive company ranked No. 37 on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies. It is also consistently ranked by FORTUNE® as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala. and St. Louis, Mo. The company is headquartered in Deerfield Beach.
Janet helps guide the development of sound, leading edge policies, procedures, plans and programs. She also direct the development, implementation and marketing of strategies for the successful incorporation of environmental sustainability as a core value of the enterprise.
Jenn Stutler, LEED AP BD + C
Jenn Stutler has more than 13 years of experience in the construction industry and completed numerous education, institutional, retail, hotel and heathcare projects in southwest Florida ranging from $1M to $20+M. She is originally from Sebring, FL, and a graduate of the University of Florida, ME Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction. Ms. McAlister attributes her passion for sustainability to the work she did for Dr. Charles Kibert while at UF. On the topic of sustainability in the built environment and corporate responsibilities, Ms. McAlister feels “ we as General Contractors and Construction Managers have a corporate responsibility to conduct our business in an environmentally conscious, sustainable way. From recycling our own waste internally in our office, to retraining our subcontractors into thinking consciously about waste and air quality, this is a corporate lifestyle and not just a pitch to clients.” She is a past Chair and President of the Board of Directors for the Florida Gulf Chapter of USGBC, and serves on the Board of Directors for Sarasota County Leadership.
Jenni Williams, CSR-P
Director, Communications, Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers
Jenni is the Director of Communications for Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers (FOG), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1987. FOG’s mission to inform producers, consumers, media, institutions and governments about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture. FOG hosts statewide workshops, training and seminars on organic agriculture, farming and gardening.
Jenni’s role is to direct and facilitate communications efforts with farmers and consumers throughout the state. She handles media relations, community outreach and marketing for the organization. In addition, she works with policy makers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to advocate for policy change regarding food safety, food security and different policy issues, such as the Farm Bill.
Previously, Jenni held communications and marketing roles at Reserveage Organics, Haven Hospice and March of Dimes.
Jenni received her master degree in communication from the University of Central Florida and her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida
Dreamal I. Worthen, Ph.D.
Professor, College of Engineering Sciences Technology and Agriculture, Florida A&M University
Dreamal Worthen is a professor in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture at Florida A & M University. One of Dr. Worthen’s areas of concentration are in the field of Agricultural Research, an interdisciplinary field that focuses on multiple areas of agriculture and rural research. Dr. Worthen’s research has focused on environmental justice, the elderly, poverty and health issues in rural communities of color. Her latest article on elderly health-related issues is published in a book chapter titled “Critical Issues in Rural Health”. Dr. Worthen currently serves as a member of the University-wide Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee. The QEP’s purpose is to improve freshman level student learning in the area of critical thinking.
Worthen is the former chair of the FAMU Faculty Senate, as well as a former member of the Board of Trustees. She is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for Elder Care Services. She has also served on boards and conducted research looking at how social decisions and responses impact the environment.
Worthen received her undergraduate degree from FAMU and her master’s degree in urban and regional planning and doctorate in adult education from Florida State University.
Kristine Young is a seasoned executive with experience leading corporate sustainability programs, engaging both external stakeholders and cross-functional business teams to build robust programs in water stewardship, sustainable agriculture and sustainable supply chains. From adopting Farm Sustainability Principles with the Board and Grower Council, to integrating carbon and cost savings tracking in Logistics, she fearlessly leads corporate teams to integrate sustainability from a platform of sound science and financial security.
Since achieving her Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University with a focus on business strategy and natural resource management, she has worked with Darden, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries. Kristine also haves a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, photography and enjoys sailing whenever she’s close to the ocean.