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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. 
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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.
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Advocacy Director: Shannon Blankinship

Outreach Director: Shannon Blankinship

Shannon's responsibilities include working with the St. Johns Riverkeeper to evaluate and prioritize issues and emerging threats to the watershed and develop and implement advocacy action plans. As Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper for six years, Shannon now collaborates with outreach and education staff to integrate advocacy issues into organizational communications, events, partnerships and education. 

Shannon is a devoted and energetic advocate for the protection and preservation of Florida's most treasured natural assets, 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

Education Director: Emily Floore

Emily Floore Education Director

Emily 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

Education Specialist: Amanda Macek

Amanda Macek, Education Specialist

Amanda is responsible for leading our STEAM boat trips with Duval County 5th graders as well as organizing, coordinating, and providing environmental education programming for K-12th grade classes in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Putnam Counties. She has always loved the ocean, but grew up in landlocked southeastern Ohio. She obtained her B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2015, and has worked as an educator at aquariums and national forests, and as a fisheries biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Amanda firmly believes in the benefits of science and education, and that one cannot succeed without the other. She enjoys working as a link between science and education to inspire the next conservation-minded generation. Currently she is attending Jacksonville University as a graduate student investigating the effects of different circle hook shapes on sharks using recreational and commercial gear to better protect these magnificent top predators. She has two wonderful fur babies, a English bulldog, Bailey, and a French bulldog, Riley, and in her free time enjoys boating on the St. Johns River and collecting shark's teeth at the beach.
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Middle Basin Advocacy Director:  Jane Durocher

Middle Basin Advocacy Director:  Jane Durocher

As 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.
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Outreach Director:  Kelly Patton Thompson

Outreach Director: Kelly Patton

Kelly's job responsibilities include expanding the St. Johns Riverkeeper's geographic outreach efforts by organizing engaging community events and programs, developing partnerships with local organizations and businesses, and connecting citizens to the water through everyday action opportunities along the St. Johns River. A Georgia native, Kelly grew up spending summers on the coast, where her outside experiences kept her closely connected to the water and everything it touched. With a strong passion for marine conservation, Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Before joining the St. Johns Riverkeeper team, she started her coastal career as a Naturalist and Sea Turtle Technician on Sea Island, GA (one of Georgia’s 14 barrier islands) and spent four years working in coastal outreach and education with One Hundred Miles, an environmental advocacy nonprofit on the Georgia coast. In coastal Florida, Kelly has also worked with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program conducting wild bottlenose dolphin research and coordinated sea turtle rehabilitation and education efforts with Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys nature photography, kayaking, and a good book. With a recent move to Jacksonville, she is looking forward to exploring the natural wonders of Florida and everything the St. Johns River has to offer.
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Volunteer Program Manager: Megan Riggs 

Volunteer Program Manager: Megan RiggsMegan's responsibilities include recruiting, training, and retaining St. Johns Riverkeeper volunteers with a variety of skills sets, making sure volunteers are well-prepared and well-informed with sufficient opportunities to get involved and utilize their skills for the advancement of St. Johns Riverkeeper’s mission. Megan is a native to the Jacksonville community and grew up visiting Florida's springs and enjoying all the natural beauty that Florida has to offer. She has lived overseas in Spain and is fluent in Spanish. She served two years as an AmeriCorps member in both Florida and California where she discovered her heart for service. Megan will go above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable in any setting while volunteering for the St. Johns Riverkeeper. Megan graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management. Megan is an avid traveler and will jump at the opportunity to experience a new culture or setting. She looks forward to hearing from anyone who would like to get involved in advocating for the St. Johns River. 

Office Assistant:  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.
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  Board of Directors 

John Trainer, Chair
Stephanie Freeman, Vice Chair
Vince Lamb, Treasurer
Kelly Shefelbine, Secretary
Saundra Gray, Director
Marty Jones, Director
Kenyon Merritt, Director
Ron Littlepage, Director
Seth Pajcic, Director

St. Johns Riverkeeper Legal Committee

Seth Pajcic, 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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