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Florida Brownfields Association Board of Directors

Tom Lewis
President

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

850-869-0115

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.


 

Jorge Caspary
President-Elect

WSource Group LLC
301 West College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL  32301

850-222-7535



Melissa Pearce
Treasurer

PPM Consultants, Inc.
30704 Sergeant E.I. Boots Thomas Drive
Spanish Fort, AL    36527

251-990-9000

Melissa has 10 years of experience in grant writing and university curriculum development and currently serves as a Grant Coordinator with PPM.  She worked as a technical writer and instructional developer for eight years and a grant writer for FEMA and EPA brownfield grants for a total of ten years.  In 2017, Melissa assisted in securing $1,000,000 in grant funding for various municipalities within in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana.  She is a member of the Florida, Georgia, and Alabama Brownfields Assocations, Society of American Military Engineers, and the Florida Assocation of Environmental Professionals.  Proir to joining PPM, Melissa was responsible for written documents and statistical data assessment for the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program. 



Samia Singleton
Secretary

City of Cocoa
65 Stone Street
Cocoa, FL  32922

Samia Singleton is the Redevelopment Specialist for the City of Cocoa. Ms. Singleton oversees the City’s three Community Redevelopment Agencies and Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Her main areas of responsibility are to identify and assess redevelopment projects to determine feasibility for priority status, and prepare and monitor budgets in excess of $1.7 million for individual projects and overall operating budgets for three Redevelopment Agencies. The City of Cocoa has been the recipient of four EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants and Ms. Singleton most recently managed the City’s $400,000 in EPA Brownfields Assessment grant

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Prior to joining the City of Cocoa, she worked in Colorado, where she led the development of a coworking space and community commercial kitchen, which included raising $127K for building renovations and equipment. She played an instrumental role establishing the area's Airport Development Zone, Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone and Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credit Designation (currently working on Colorado Rural Jump-start Zone Designation). Her formation of the West End Collaborative for Neighborhood Improvement helped to address abandoned buildings, stockpiled tires and solid waste, home rehabilitation and blight in the area.


Ms. Singleton has a strong commitment to community and economic development, and a passion for local solutions that will leave a lasting impact on the communities she serves.

321-433-8577

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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.



David Goldman
Board Member

Kimley-Horn
12740 Gran Bay Parkway West
Suite 2350
Jacksonville, FL  32258

904-828-3912

 

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.


Jason Lichtstein
Board Member

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

 850-521-8018 | Main: 850-224-9634

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.




Michael Sznapstajler
Past-President

Cobb Cole
150 Magnolia Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

386-323-9222

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.




Lena Young Green
Advisory Member to Board
 

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

813-407-2376

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.



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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