Meet the Board of Directors
Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, President
Mallory Lykes Dimmitt served as Executive Director for the Florida Wildlife Corridor for 2013 – 2016, and participated in both the 2012 and 2015 expeditions.
Mallory now serves as VP of Strategic Development at Lykes Bros, Inc., working at the critical intersection of sustainable agriculture and conservation for a multi-generation family agribusiness that owns and manages land holdings within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
A seventh generation Floridian, Mallory pursued her passion for the outdoors by receiving her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was also awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment where she earned a Master’s of Environmental Management.
In addition to her work with the Florida Wildlife Corridor, Mallory’s projects include protecting river corridors and large landscapes in Colorado with The Nature Conservancy, research in Sri Lanka for the International Water Management Institute and strategic planning and organizational development with Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC).
Amanda Moore | Vice President
Amanda Moore is the Deputy Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program. Amanda joined NWF in 2009 after years of work on Florida conservation issues. She works with government officials, community leaders, and coastal science experts to raise awareness about coastal land loss and build support to move large-scale, comprehensive restoration projects forward. Amanda was part of the on-the-ground response to the 2010 BP oil disaster and has worked to pass and implement legislation to restore the Gulf in the years since. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Amanda resides in St. Petersburg with her husband and two children.
Kristen Brand, CPA | Treasurer
Kristin is a CPA and managing director of Brand Tax Group in Tampa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. Kristen began her career with Deloitte’s state and local tax department in Atlanta and since returning to the Tampa Bay area has assisted small to mid-size companies and high net-worth individuals with their tax planning and accounting practices. She provides a unique insight for her clients, taking into consideration the appropriate accounting treatment for transactions as well as the tax implications that will come into play. Although Kristen knows “there’s no money in Nature,” she is ready to support effective conservation efforts by helping with effective fiscal management.
Sue Williams | Secretary
Sue has spent almost 50 years as a community volunteer, sharing her expertise in governance, fund-raising, networking and marketing with more than 60 organizations. An Ohio native, she and her husband transplanted to Clearwater Beach in 2002. Locally she served on the Board of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for 5 years, and currently is on the Board of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, chairs the Legacy Society for Church of Ascension, is a member of +ONE – Women United for the Power of One, and has been secretary/treasurer of Carlouel Homeowners for 10 years.
Prior to becoming a Floridian, Sue demonstrated her passions for green spaces, the arts, education, and community through service on governing boards across all sectors in Ohio. To name a few, these include The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Garden Club of America, Dayton Opera, Hanover College, Leadership Dayton, and United Way. Read a complete list here. Sue is a graduate of Hanover College and The New York Institute of Finance.
Pamela is a communications strategist, writer, news media expert and creative force working on behalf of clients in government, healthcare, technology and education in cities throughout the US and around the world. She includes some of the world’s best-known brands, political leaders, high-profile crises and life saving health initiatives in her portfolio of communications experience. Pamela served on volunteer committees for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and received the National Glaucoma Trust “Singular Sensation” Award to recognize her contributions and community service. Now back in Tampa, she also is a board member of the Faces of Courage Foundation.
She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, earned her Masters Degree at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and studied at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. A native Midwesterner, Pamela grew up counting petals and capturing Popillia japonica (for a penny each) as a budding rose hybridizer, learned the challenges of large-scale agricultural practices farming Yellow Dent Corn, and experienced first hand the destructiveness of an invasive apex predator as sea lampreys decimated the indigenous populations of salmon, whitefish, trout, chub and herring she and her brothers fished during summers sailing on the Great Lakes. Protecting Florida wildlife habitat and movement corridors to ensure the preservation of indigenous species, while balancing land and water conservation with human needs, is an important legacy she is proud to support.
Renée Athey is a longtime resident of the St. Petersburg, Florida, area and an honored Certified Florida Educator with degrees from the Florida State University and the University of Florida. She helped to construct the Florida Trail and also western trails, and is a returned VISTA (Montana) and Peace Corps (Colombia) volunteer. Renée used her proficiency in Spanish to assist as an educator/facilitator in the San Blas Islands of Panamá, and with Habitat International in Guatemala. Like her husband and son, she is a lifelong sailor, active with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and a longtime organizer of youth sailing regattas. Renée is a musician with the FSU Alumni Band and another marching band (piccolo and bass drum), and active with Pinellas Habitat, Stanford University Sailing, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Renée considers herself a textile artist and amateur photographer, with many additional interests. Her years of travel around the world for work, pleasure, and volunteer efforts give her a unique perspective regarding conservation efforts and needs, but she believes that education is the pathway to creating a sensibility and a protective attitude toward irreplaceable flora and fauna on our planet.
Josh Bomstein, LEED AP
Josh is Vice President of Business Development and Sustainability for Creative Contractors Inc., a leading commercial contractor headquartered in Clearwater that serves west central Florida. A graduate of Emory University, Josh is a recognized leader in the “Green Building Movement.” Included as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Gulf Coast Business Review, Josh serves on many councils, including the Clearwater Arts Alliance and the U.S. Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He has been involved in the construction of many of Florida’s greenest buildings including the Largo Community Center (LEED Platinum) and the University of South Florida Science and Technology Building (LEED Gold.) Born and raised in Dunedin, Josh values the Florida landscape and seeks to be a good steward of natural Florida for future generations.
Bert is a Vice President at The Tampa Bay Trust Company, a Florida based asset management firm. At the Trust Company Bert is responsible for bringing in new business and is a member of the Asset Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Martin was a partner at Caerus Ventures, a West Palm Beach, FL based venture capital firm. Bert is a graduate of Rollins College where he earned a B.S. in Economics and played on the men’s varsity tennis team. He was a member of the 2001 Division II National Championship team. Born and raised in Tampa, Bert is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, golf, and tennis.
Tready Arthur Smith
As Founder and CEO of Bayshore Capital, Tready is responsible for creating and implementing the firm’s strategic vision. She is a member of the investment committee and has spent the last 15 years directly investing in the full spectrum of alternative and traditional investments. Tready is also a managing member of ASAP Capital Partners, her family investment office. Prior to managing her family’s assets, Tready was a senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in Business Administration.
Carlton is an environmental photojournalist from Clearwater, Florida, with graduate training in ecology and anthropology. His first book, The Edge of Africa, is a product of the months he spent in the tropical rain forests of Gabon with scientists from the Smithsonian Institution. Using custom photography techniques, Carlton documented over 400 different species of plants and animals, many of which were new to science. For his most recent international project, Carlton photographed endangered desert elephants to raise awareness of the last population found in the Sahel of West Africa. In the U.S., Carlton’s projects are aimed at celebrating Florida’s vanishing natural heritage, recognizing the power of photographs to influence public perceptions and inspire change. He regularly produces stories for newspapers and magazines, including recent features in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Africa Geographic, and Outdoor Photographer. In 2009, he published the book Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, depicting the role of ranching in preserving Florida’s open spaces. Carlton’s passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history have grounded his perspective. He sees cultural heritage and the natural environment as two of society’s greatest yet most threatened resources. www.carltonward.com
Whit works for Mangrove Equity Partners – a Tampa, FL based private equity group that invests in small, privately held businesses across the US and Canada. His responsibilities at Mangrove are focused around sourcing, vetting, and building relationships with attractive companies in a variety of industries for the fund to acquire. Whit also serves on the board of Residential Acoustics, a Tampa based startup that manufactures and provides soundproofing curtains for both residential and commercial uses. Prior to joining Mangrove, he worked as a business intermediary at Aberdeen Advisors and in corporate finance at Tunstall Consulting. Whit has a Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and studied accounting at the University of South Florida, leading up to his passing the CPA exam. He enjoys traveling and being in the outdoors, whether it is backpacking, skiing, hiking, fishing, sailing, or just finding the next adventure.
Meet the Staff
Lindsay Cross | Executive Director
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As of April 18, 2016, Lindsay Cross joins the staff of the Florida Wildlife Corridor as Executive Director. Lindsay developed a passion for the environment at a young age, which was solidified during a trip to Belize with her high school ecology teacher. An avid skier, she attended Colorado State University where she earned a BS in Environmental Health. She spent two semesters abroad studying ecology and Spanish in Costa Rica and Spain. Following college, she worked as a Program Associate at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, a land trust in Des Moines.
Lindsay moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2001. She spent 14 years at the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, working to protect and restore water quality and coastal and upland habitats. Her focus was on developing and managing research and restoration projects, facilitating stakeholder groups, and communicating results with scientists, policy makers and the public. During that time she earned a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida.
Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the St. Petersburg Chamber’s Leadership St. Pete program. She is also a certified Dive Master, yoga instructor and member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
Maddie Southard | Communications Consultant
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Maddie Southard has worked in several capacities for the Florida Wildlife Corridor since 2013, including Communications and Program Manager. Maddie now serves the organization as an independent Communications Consultant.
Maddie is a dedicated environmental advocate with a passion for land and water conservation initiatives. As a fourth generation Floridian, Maddie’s love for nature stems from a childhood spent along the gulf coast. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of South Florida, where she studied effective communication strategies for promoting sustainable energy and environmental awareness.
Although Florida is home, whenever she has the opportunity, Maddie enjoys traveling across the country and beyond to explore new ecological landscapes.
LINC transitions to Florida Wildlife Corridor
Beginning May 7, 2014, the Legacy for Nature and Culture (LINC) officially transitioned into The Florida Wildlife Corridor, an organization dedicated to the establishment and protection of the remaining natural lands, waters, working farms, forests and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia and Alabama, protecting a functional ecological corridor for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds. The organization is now officially doing business as the Florida Wildlife Corridor. We thank the LINC Board members who assisted with this transition and continue to serve on the FWC Board of Directors.