Orange County, Florida
Tarflower Chapter Board of Directors
May 2019 - April 2020
President: Jennifer Ferngren
Jennifer has always had a passion for nature and preserving our natural systems for future generations. Jennifer is an Orlando local and graduated from UCF with a degree in Environmental Science. She now works at E Sciences, Inc. as an environmental consultant. She works on environmental permits with local governmental agencies ensuring that impacts to natural areas are done in the most sustainable and ethical manner possible. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her cats and dogs and slowly converting her yard to a habitat for wildlife.
Vice President - Programs: Mandy Morgan
Mandy Morgan received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences and a Master of Science in Environmental Horticulture both from the University of Florida. She specialized in medicinal plant production and has two publications on medicinal use and production of Florida native Scutellaria species. Mandy has a passion for ecology and ethnobotanical plants. She joined the Tarflower Board as Vice President of Programs in 2017 and desires to learn more about Florida ecology and the uses of native plants in this region.
Vice President - Events: Mike Duffy
Mr. Duffy is about to retire after 39 years. Part of his employment good fortune allowed him to enjoy 19 years in Germany and the Netherlands. He witnessed their cultures and the special value they place on family, raising children, land preservation and tight regulations against development. He first joined the Tarflower Chapter ~1989 with Mike Minga and lead plant saves as the first swaths of SR 408 and SR 417 were being carved. As VP of Events, honorable mention goes to Jim Erwin, his mentor. Michael coordinates and brings the staples for FNPS Tarflower Chapter plant sales and presentations throughout the year. His hobbies include promoting native plants, enjoying a native yard, and hang gliding on Central Florida's world famous thermals along the Florida Ridge.
Treasurer: Kyle Sheppard
Kyle was born and raised in Florida, had a lot of freedom and chose to spend time outside. It was in nature, often with family and friends, that he nurtured a fond appreciation for our natural environments. As he grew, this love for the outdoors brought him into the field of architecture after realizing that although he had the knowledge to find food and water, providing a proper shelter always felt out of reach. He is happy to have found FNPS so that, as urban development continues, he can do his part to share the importance of prioritizing preservation and restoration of our native plant communities and conservation of our native ecosystems for future generations. He believes there is no reason humans shouldn’t be able to survive and thrive in a joint partnership with native ecosystems.
Secretary: Anna Pepper
Anna Pepper has her BS in civil engineering from UCF and will finish her MA in biology from Miami University's Project Dragonfly GFP Program December 2019. Her employment opportunities required her to live in California, Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida. Exposure to such a wide array of ecosystems inspired her to learn more about them so she could help protect them. She enjoys travel. As an officer of UCF's Engineers Without Borders chapter, she worked on water solutions for the town of Belle Anse in Haiti. She has also been to Europe, the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru for recreation and education. She volunteers routinely for the City of Winter Park at Mead Garden.
FNPS State Chapter Representative: Julie Becker
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