FMNP Advisory Committee

Jeanne Murphy, President — September 2015 – September 2017
As a Senior Wildlife Biologist with over 20 years of wildlife ecology experience, Jeanne Murphy excitedly co-owns with her husband Sensing Nature®, a Florida statewide environmental education, ethical ecotourism and nature products company. Jeanne enjoys providing outdoor experiences for conference groups, professional trainings for biologists, teachers and informal educators, youth field trips and interactive nature programs for pre-K through high school grade students. With most of her time spent in the Tampa Bay area, Jeanne is passionate about instructing all seven of the UF Florida Master Naturalist Program courses in Pinellas County and is an active volunteer in her community.


Carol Wyninger, Vice President
Carol J. Wyninger is a Florida Native, born in West Palm Beach. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. Carol then obtained her Medical Doctor Degree from the University of Miami and later a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. In 1999 Carol became a Master Gardener with the Duval County Extension Service and in 2002 became a Florida Master Naturalist Program Instructor. In addition to the FMNP Advisory Committee Carol also is on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens and the North Star chapter of the American Ballroom Dance Association. Carol and her husband enjoy traveling to birding destinations, taking care of 18 cats, and ballroom dancing. In the fall of 2015, Carol hopes to compete in her first triathlon.


Ken Gioeli, Secretary
Since 1993, Ken Gioeli has served as the University of Florida's Natural Resources Extension Agent for St Lucie County. Ken specializes in educational programs for natural resource management which includes conservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat. In addition, he teaches residents about invasive species and how to manage them. He has been a lead instructor for the Florida Master Naturalist Program in St Lucie County since 2001.

Ken earned his University of Florida Master's degree in agricultural education and communications and a graduate certificate in Environmental education. He successfully completed the Tropical Biodiversity short course through the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). His bachelor's degree is from the University of Central Florida in Secondary Science Education specializing in Biology. He also has an A.A. degree from IRSC.


Erik Neugaard
Erik Neugaard is the Environmental/Permitting Department Head for Coastal Systems International, Inc., and has 28 years of experience in all aspects of environmental project management, planning, permitting, assessment, mitigation, and science. He has specialized experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses and compliance; contamination assessment and management; and protected species, wetland and submerged biological resource assessment, mitigation and permitting. He previously worked at the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management, Florida Department of Transportation, and other consulting firms. He has a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology, and is a Certified Planner, Floodplain Manager, Ecologist, Fisheries Professional, GIS Professional, Wetland Scientist, Wildlife Biologist, and Trimix SCUBA Instructor. He is also the Diving Safety Officer for the Coastal Systems International, Inc. Scientific Diving Program.


Chris Verlinde
As an environmental professional, Chris has served the University of Florida and Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 16 years. Duties have included research and education responsibilities. As the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Agent in Santa Rosa County, Florida her program includes planning, development and implementation of marine resource education. This is done by conducting issue-based educational programs through workshops, classes, community events, conferences, publications and electronic media. Chris works with a diverse range of audiences, including families, youth and adults.


David Griffis, Past President — 2013-15
As a native Floridian, David always has enjoyed the diversity that Florida offers. His interests lead him to a 37 year career as a Natural Resource Extension Agent and County Extension Director with UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension. He currently teaches the Core FMNP Courses and is certified to teach the Special Topics as well.