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The St. Johns Riverkeeper: Lisa Rinaman

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa RinamanThe St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and public's voice for the St. Johns River.  Responsibilities include: holding regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable; identifying and advocating for solutions that will protect and restore the river; working with government entities, businesses, community leaders and citizens to resolve problems that impact the river’s health; and communicating with the media and the public to educate and raise awareness about important river-related issues.

As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city's successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.

Before being named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa served as a valuable member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuse and policies that are more protective of our water resources. 
(904) 256-7591
lisa@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Executive Director: Jimmy Orth

Executive Director: Jimmy OrthIn addition to assisting the Riverkeeper in the field, Jimmy Orth maintains overall responsibility for budgeting, staffing, program development, fundraising, and public relations. A native of Jacksonville, Jimmy has extensive experience working on environmental issues in Northeast Florida through his involvement with other environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, where he served as an executive committee member for over eight years and as a regional chairman. In 2003, Volunteer Jacksonville awarded Jimmy its Nature of Caring award. Jimmy received his undergraduate degree from Florida State in Marketing, and his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida.
(904) 256-7591
jimmy@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Community Engagement Coordinator:  Justina Dacey

Volunteer and Events Coordinator: Justina Dacey

Justina coordinates our volunteer network through newsletters and engagement programs. She has been an active volunteer and River Patrol member since 2012. Justina received her Bachelors of Science from Florida State University in Biological Sciences and recently completed her Masters in Marine Science at Jacksonville University. Her thesis involved quantifying the proportion of groundwater discharging from first magnitude springs of the St. Johns River. As a native Floridian, she enjoys spending time out on the water whether for research purposes or recreation.
(904) 256-7908
justina@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Outreach Director: Shannon Blankinship

Outreach Director: Shannon BlankinshipShannon's responsibilities include organizing community outreach events and programs, developing partnerships with community organizations and businesses, and ensuring the organization's mission and objectives are fulfilled through outreach. Shannon is a devoted and energetic advocate for the protection and preservation of Florida's most treasured natural resources, especially the St. Johns River. She received her Bachelors of Science from Purdue University in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Economics in 2006 before working for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in Philadelphia. Shannon received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville with recognized honors in Pro Bono community service and the Environmental Certificate of Law. She is currently an elected official in Duval County serving the Soil and Water Conservation District.
(904) 256-7613
shannon@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Education Director: Emily Floore

Emily Floore Education DirectorEmily develops and provides river-related educational programs and resources for elementary, middle, and high school age children and the general public. Growing up in Charleston, SC, Emily has been raised around the water and received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from College of Charleston. Her love for the outdoors has driven her to pursue careers in environmental education to get students outside and on the water. For over 8 years, she has worked for non-profits in Charleston, SC, Chestertown, MD, and Bivalve, NJ taking students on sailing classrooms focusing on estuary and river health, the environment, and history. In 2013, Emily moved to Jacksonville to pursue a second degree in Coastal Biology with a minor in Chemistry from University of North Florida. She is looking forward to combining her degrees to raise awareness and conservation efforts for the St. Johns River through education programs for present and future advocates.
(904) 256-7022
emily@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Education Specialist:  Romy Sidelsky

Education Specialist / Clay County Specialist: Romy Sidelsky

Romy leads and organizes educational programs, including boat trips on the St. Johns River for 5th graders to experience and learn about our river, as well as classroom visits for elementary, middle, and high school age children. As a Jacksonville native, Romy grew up kayaking, hiking fishing, surfing, and experiencing our local waters and nature in as many ways as possible! She received a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology with a concentration in Environmental Conservation and Marine Mammalogy from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has worked for The North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries tagging endangered freshwater species, The Marine Mammal Center, California, in rescue and rehabilitation, and an as educator and coordinator for several east coast non-profits, including Oceana, and Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. Romy developed a database currently being used by NOAA and TMMC to track and improve fishery entanglements and by-catch. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful St. Johns Riverkeeper team and looking forward to the growth and spread of the organization and its purpose!
(904) 673-2560
romy@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Middle Basin Advocacy Director:  Jane Durocher

Middle Basin Advocacy Director:  Jane DurocherAs the St. Johns Riverkeeper’s representative in Central Florida, Jane’s responsibilities include identifying water issues of local concern, working with regulatory agencies and governing bodies to promote wise river use and protection, raising awareness of threats to the river, collaborating with local environmental organizations and groups, and encouraging citizen advocacy on behalf of the river. Jane’s previous work for the Center for Earth Jurisprudence gives her an extensive background in public policy analysis and insight into the regulatory process. Her record of collaboration with a wide variety of groups confirms her commitment to protecting the St. Johns and Florida ecosystems. A Florida native, Jane holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, and a law degree from Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL, where she was the valedictorian. She is a member of the Florida Bar and an adjunct faculty member at Barry where she teaches courses in environmental ethics and Earth jurisprudence. Jane is one of a handful of people who have kayaked the entire 310 miles of the St. Johns and the only woman to complete the journey by through-paddle. In addition to her hiking and kayaking pursuits, Jane is an avid reader of classic and modern fiction.
(321) 432-1314
jane@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

Office Manager:  Carol Bailey-White

Office Manager:  Carol Bailey-WhiteCarol manages our membership database and also performs general office duties.  Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she moved to Jacksonville in 1990.  She studied sculpture and photography at Bellarmine University in Louisville, but after college started working at the public library and decided to become a librarian, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  She retired in 2012 after 21 years with the Jacksonville Public Library.  Since retiring, Carol has continued to pursue her lifelong interest in nature and wildlife photography.  She is also an avid birder and an active member of the Duval Audubon Society.  She and her husband Lee love to spend time visiting Florida’s amazing parks and nature preserves.
(904) 256-7591
carol@stjohnsriverkeeper.org

  Board of Directors 

Jim Schwarz, Chair
Agnes Danciger, Secretary
Jim Van Vleck, Treasurer
Pete Carpenter, Director
Stephanie Freeman, Director
Vince Lamb, Director
Seth Pajcic, Director
Kelly Shefelbine, Director
John Trainer, Director

St. Johns Riverkeeper Legal Committee

Donald Blanchard, Chair
Leslie Goller
Marc Hardesty
Wayne Hogan
Bill Sheppard

St. Johns Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization that serves as a full-time advocate and “watchdog” for the St. Johns River, its watershed, and the public to whom it belongs.

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