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Florida Brownfields Association Board of Directors

Michael Sznapstajler
President

Cobb Cole
150 Magnolia Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Michael Sznapstajler is an attorney in the Environmental and Litigation Departments of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach. As part of his environmental practice, Michael assists clients with assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties, environmental permitting, environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, submerged lands permitting and wetland and species issues. Michael currently serves as co-chair of the FBA Legislative and Policy Committee. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law.


386-323-9222


Tom Lewis
President-Elect

Terracon
113 S Monroe Street, 1st Floor
Tallahassee, FL  32301

Mr. Lewis is a Senior Associate working in Terracon’s Tallahassee office.  With over 22 years of consulting experience  in the State of Florida, he is responsible for scoping and implementing a broad range of site assessment projects for private and public sector clients across the entire state.  Mr. Lewis  has worked as both a field geologist and project manager on numerous FDEP funded projects since the mid 1990s including with  the Petroleum Restoration Section, the Waste Cleanup Section (Drycleaning Solvent Cleanup Program, Site Investigation Section, and Brownfields Redeveloment Program), and the Division of State Lands. 

Mr. Lewis also has experience working on over 200 Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments in the State of Florida and is a leading expert on Brownfields site rehabilitation and redevelopment using both EPA and FDEP funding mechanisms.  He is the current President elect of the Florida Brownfields Association.

850-869-0115



Jason Lichtstein
Treasurer

Akerman LLP
Suite 1200, 106 East College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Jason S. Lichtstein is a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee practicing environmental law.   Jason's practice focuses on cleanup and redevelopment of sites and includes a broad range of environmental transactional, environmental regulatory compliance, and state incentives and policy matters in Florida.   He has significant experience in the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of Brownfields and other contaminated properties across Florida and is a past President of the Florida Brownfields Association. He has been closely involved in the drafting, lobbying, and passage of Brownfields legislation in Florida, expanding incentives for cleanup and redevelopment.   His practice also includes renewable energy development and opportunities.   Jason received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Emory University.

 850-521-8018 | Main: 850-224-9634



Jorge Caspary
Secretary

WSource Group LLC
301 West College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL  32301

850-222-7535

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Miles Ballogg
Board Member

Cardno
380 Park Place Blvd., Suite 300
Clearwater, FL  33759

727-431-1555

Miles  Ballogg is a Brownfields Practice Leader for Cardno, Inc., based in Clearwater, Florida. Miles has over 20  years of federal, state and local   Brownfields  program experience and an additional 10 years of Public Health and Environmental Management experience.  He has assisted cities, counties, regional planning councils, tribes, communities, private sector clients with the redevelopment of environmentally impaired or challenged properties. He is returning to the board and served as a founding board member of the Florida Brownfields Association (FBA).  He is  also currently serving as the co-chair of the Environmental Justice and Public Health Committee and volunteering for the 2017 Florida Brownfields Association Conference Committee. He is a leading advocate for the promotion of Environmental Justice and Public Health through Brownfields Redevelopment and the transformation of Brownfields into “Healthfields” sites that improve the health of the community.  Miles is a graduate of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health and is also currently serving on the ATSDR Brownfields & Reuse Opportunity Working Network.  Further, he is a member of the Florida Redevelopment Association and Florida Community Development Association and is currently serving on the Council of Development Finance Agencies - Florida Advisory Committee. He has a true passion for supporting community driven redevelopment through  the use of multiple  brownfields, redevelopment, public health tools and resources.

 

Jeff Burton
Board Member

City of Palmetto
715 4th Street West
Palmetto, FL  34221

Jeff Burton is the Director of the Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency. Under his direction, the Palmetto CRA has developed multiple Florida Department of Environmental Protection Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements, including a four acre, Manatee Riverfront gas station property that is scheduled for a multi-million dollar private partnership redevelopment. The CRA has also been awarded a 2016 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Cleanup grant for $200,000 and has partnered on another $1.5 million in assessment grants. He also sits on the Florida Redevelopment Association Board of Directors. He has also served on the Palmetto City Councilman and Vice Mayor.



Patrick Krechowski
Board Member

GrayRobinson
50 N. Laura Street, Suite 1100
Jacksonville, FL  32202

904-632-8463

Patrick is of counsel in the Firm’s Jacksonville office. He has over 18 years of experience in governmental, environmental, land use, real estate and title insurance law.


Currently, Patrick serves as City Attorney for The City of Neptune Beach, Florida. Representation includes oversight and defense of council and related board activities and decisions, land use litigation, environmental remediation, ordinance drafting and development, code enforcement litigation, budget oversight, contract negotiation, employment and collective bargaining and general representation of city government, including staff.


In addition to governmental and title insurance law, Patrick’s practice focuses on environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands), water use permitting and planning, zoning and land use, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.


As a former in-house attorney for a Fortune 500 company, Patrick has directly managed multi-jurisdictional title insurance claims litigation ranging in exposure from $10,000 to in excess of $10 million, including coverage and indemnity disputes, quality assurance and insurance regulations, complex litigation, settlement/mediation and recoupment. He performs frequent analysis of complex real estate and land use issues in resolution of title disputes.


Patrick is also a former adjunct professor with the Florida Coastal School of Law where he taught “Dredging & Marine Construction” and “Environmental Compliance” as part of the law school’s Logistics and Transportation LLM Program. For over 8 years Patrick taught Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law and Environmental Law Practice and Procedure.


Andrew (Andy) Lawn
Board Member

HSW Engineering, Inc.
P. O. Box 1516
Tallahassee, FL  32302

407-810-2949

Andy is a Principal Hydrogeologist and Vice President of HSW Engineering with experience serving both public and private sectors, specializing in environmental restoration and redevelopment projects. After graduate school at USF in Tampa he opened and grew HSW's Orlando office and is now building an HSW office in Tallahassee. For more than six years he's been active with FBA's Technical and Outreach Committees educating constituents on Brownfields redevelopment/revitalization benefits. He's delivered presentations regarding Brownfields incentives to the Florida Bar, University of Central Florida, Florida A&M University, private developers and each of FBA's annual conferences. Andy continues outreach efforts, currently serving on FBA's conference committee as liaison for Southeastern States involved in FBA's 2016 conference and is dedicated to accomplishing aggressive technical goals for the benefit of FBA's constituency.



Belinda Richard
Board Member

Terracon
5463 W. Waters Avenue, Suite 830
Tampa, FL  33634

Belinda is the National Brownfields Manager with Terracon Consultants, Inc.  She has 19 years of environmental experience with the recent 12 years dedicated to working in the brownfields program. She has assisted 35 communities with implementing their brownfields program and has managed over $20 million dollars in federal grant funding.  Belinda is a returning FBA board member.    She assists communities in obtaining federal grant funding, leveraging state brownfields incentives, and implementing successful redevelopment through their Brownfields programs.

813-321-0345



Laurel Lockett
Past-President

 

Carlton Fields, P.A.
P.O. Box 3239
Tampa, FL  33602

Laurel Lockett is a partner in the firm of Carlton Fields, in Tampa, FL, and the immediate Past-President of the Florida Brownfield Association (FBA). Laurel practices in the areas of environmental law and commercial real estate with substantial experience with cleanup, purchase, sale and redevelopment of brownfields, Superfund sites and other contaminated sites, including manuscripting of environmental insurance policies and other creative solutions to risk management including risk based corrective action and alternative closure strategies.  She has been an active member of the FDEP’s Contaminated Media Forum and the FBA’s efforts with the FDEP to revise 62-780 FAC and to streamline the RBCA process in Florida.  A significant portion of her practice relates to other environmental regulatory and enforcement matters, particularly in the areas of industrial and domestic wastewater facilities, TMDLs, storage tank regulation, landfill, used oil, and hazardous waste and air permitting and regulation; the cleanup of hazardous waste, petroleum, chlorinated solvents and other contaminants with local, state, and federal environmental agencies, and other environmental aspects of real estate and commercial transactions, including asbestos and indoor air quality issues, vapor intrusion, and lead based paint.  She has been recognized since 2005 by Chambers and The Best Lawyers in America for her environmental practice.


813-229-4139




Lena Young Green
Advisory Member to Board
 

Tampa Heights Jr. Civic Association
P O Box 76093
Tampa, Florida 33675

Lena Young Green is a long-time community worker who resides in Historic Tampa Heights, the first suburbs of the City of Tampa where many Brownfield sites are located today.  She lead a unique partnership with Florida Department of Transportation to utilize a formerly contaminated site owned by the Department where an above-ground, award-winning community garden has been created. She worked as Senior Legislative Assistant in the Florida House of Representatives and in the Florida Senate as Aide to Senator James T. Hargrett, Jr., where she helped to craft language and worked to pass the first Brownfield legislation in the State of Florida.  Her other services include membership on City of Tampa Arts and Cultural Assets Committee, Green Artery Co-Founder - a Tampa 20-neighborhood organization that promotes greenways and trails and Board Member of LIFT Health & Arthur Green, Jr. Memorial Foundation.  In the past she served on the Community Redevelopment Area Committee and Tampa Enterprise Zone Board, among others.

(813) 407-2376


Christian Wells
Advisory Member to Board
 

University of South Florida
Center for Brownfields Research & Redevelopment
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107
Tampa, Florida 33620

Dr. Christian Wells is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment at the University of South Florida, where he has served as the Founding Director of the Office of Sustainability and as Deputy Director of the Patel School of Global Sustainability. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted applied and participatory research on issues pertaining to brownfields assessment and redevelopment, environmental justice, land use legacies, community health, and science-policy interactions. A recipient of the Black Bear Award by the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay, Dr. Wells has served as a member of various advisory committees for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.


(813) 974-2337

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