Board Members

For a complete list of the current Conservation Board.

Michael Adams

Mr. Adams has participated in LAMP Board meetings since 2005. He has lived in St. Johns County and worked in northeast Florida’s environmental and conservation fields since 1980. He is the founder and principal scientist of ADAMScience, Inc., Consulting, Education and Research. His professional experiences are a complimentary balance of government, private business, educational and non-profit organizations. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Science in Environmental Administration, and his technical certifications include Environmental Professional, Arborist, Gopher Tortoise Agent and Prescribed Burner. He has served as a technical advisor to several environmental interest groups locally, including President of the St. Johns Land Trust in 1990-91, and President of the St. Johns County Audubon Society 2001-2003.

Lee Gerald

LAMP Board member since 2003. Mr. Gerald is Vice President of LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc., a full-service environmental consulting firm based in St. Augustine. Mr. Gerald holds a Masters Degree in Biology and specializes in wetland ecosystems, wildlife assessments, general environmental assessments and biological monitoring. Mr. Gerald is also licensed as real estate broker in the state of Florida.

Nick McAuliffe

Mr. McAuliffe was appointed to the LAMP Board in 2007. He moved to Saint Augustine after a 30 year career as a Reference Librarian and Library Administrator in New England. A native of Maryland with a lifelong interest in environmental issues, he has belonged to such groups as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Clamshell Alliance, Essex County Greenbelt, and the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities. Mr. McAuliffe has been pursuing a second career as an avocational archaeologist who regularly assists the City of St. Augustine Archaeology Program and who has periodically worked with Dr. Kathleen Deagan’s University of Florida team that has been excavating for the past 30 years in St. Johns County. Nick is currently president of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association.

Mark Middlebrook

LAMP Board Chairman 2004, Vice president of the Friends of Talbot Island State Park (2003- present), board member for the St. Johns Riverkeeper organization (2003-present) and Vice president of “The Middlebrook Company” (TMC) an environmental, park and real estate marketing firm. Previously, Mr. Middlebrook was the Executive Director for Jacksonville’s Mayor Delaney, Preservation Project. As Executive Director, Mr. Middlebrook helped acquire over 48,000 acres of parkland for the City of Jacksonville one of the largest Urban Park systems (125 square miles) in the United States. Prior to working for the City of Jacksonville, Mr. Middlebrook was a reporter and editor for The Florida Times Union and WJXT TV-4.

Sarah Owen Gledhill

LAMP Board member since 2007. Sarah Owen Gledhill is the Planning Advocate for the Florida Wildlife Federation Northeast office. She has a masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and is a certified land use planner. Sarah works on growth management policies and landscape scale conservation efforts within seven (7) counties of northeast Florida.

Charles Padera

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Padera, a lifelong resident of Florida, has been working on Florida water resource issues for over 30 years. He has served as a senior manager with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission in the Everglades Region as that region’s Aquatic Biologist. Chuck joined the South Florida Water Management District where he served as Director of that District’s Natural Resource Management Division. There he developed the environmental enforcement and permit review aspects of the District’s water resource regulatory program.  He was instrumental in developing environmental regulatory criteria, standards, and rules for wetland and water quality protection of central and south Florida. Many of these criteria are still in use at that district. 

From 1989-2000, Chuck directed the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Water Resource Department and managed over 200 professional scientists, engineers, surveyors, hydrologists, and chemists conducting a broad array of water resource projects. Two Federal flood control projects (the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin Project), the Indian River National Estuary Program, the district’s Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) program which includes the Lower St. Johns River, Lake Apopka, the Upper Ocklawaha River, and the Indian River and three other basin projects were a few of the programs under his direction.

In November of 2001, Chuck was extended the privilege of joining PBS&J to lead a team supporting the Army Corps of Engineers’ Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as well as lead the company’s national ecosystem sciences efforts.

In February of 2001, Chuck was appointed by Governor Bush to serve a four-year term as St. Johns County’s representative on the Florida Inland Navigation District and was reappointed in 2005.  He now serves as Chairman of that Commission.

Rich Turnbull

Rich Turnbull has over 22 years of experience in directing and managing multi-million dollar programs and projects that have benefited Florida’s natural communities and associated fish and wildlife resources. After 16 years and a successful and rewarding career with two state natural resource agencies, Rich established Turnbull Environmental, Inc. in 2001 as a Christ-owned company, and continues his work in environmental restoration, wetland mitigation, and ecological consulting.

Rich has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) and a Master of Science in Wildlife and Wetland Ecology from Auburn University (Auburn, AL). Rich is professionally designated as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society, a Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists, and is a state-certified contractor by the State of Florida.







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