Liz joined the Florida Wildflower Foundation in 2016 as a liaison between the Foundation and the 16 counties that comprise the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance in the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 3 territory. Since then, her responsibilities have grown to include FDOT District 2 counties. She assists wildflower advocates in working with local governance and FDOT to preserve roadside wildflowers. Public outreach and education about the importance of wildflowers also is part of her role.
Liz has spent her career creating opportunities that connect people with Florida’s amazing natural wonders. She was a planner with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing Services in Tallahassee for 16 years. She also served as the paddling trail coordinator for the with the Florida State Park Service’s Office of Greenways and Trails. She developed a variety of trail opportunities and programs while networking with public and private partners to promote sustainable tourism and increase economic benefits for rural communities.
She enjoys exploring and filming the natural beauty and small towns of Florida’s backroads by hiking, biking, paddling and seeking Southern comfort food. She loves joining her two granddaughters to build fairy houses and make leaf umbrellas, and has convinced them that camping is the best way to enjoy starry skies and s’mores. With her favorite young explorers in mind, Liz is inspired to continue a legacy of forging connections with nature for future generations of Florida conservationists.