Henry Mushinsky


Dr. Henry Mushinsky, a Professor in Biology and Graduate Director at the University of South Florida, has been on the Board since 2007. Dr. Mushinsky has served as an advisor and a collaborator with Wildlands since the organization’s inception in 2003. Henry has published over 120 papers on Florida’s indigenous herpetofauna, habitat restoration, and Florida ecology. He is a past president and Board member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the Herpetologists’ League. He has received numerous teaching and excellence awards over the past 30 years including most recently the prestigious Kosove Society as Graduate Professor.


Margo McKnight

Vice Chairman

Margo McKnight has over 37 years of experience leading conservation organizations, including zoos and aquariums. Her professional experience has often combined science, conservation, visitor experiences, art, and marketing. She is an experienced not-for-profit fundraiser, communications expert, conservation advocate, ecologist, and artist. Margo is currently the CEO and President of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. Previously, Margo was the Senior Vice President of Conservation, Research and Science at the Florida Aquarium. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Wildlands Network, a nonprofit that leads critical on-the-ground campaigns to protect wildlife and wild places. Margo holds a B.S. from the University of South Florida in Biology.


Kimberly Renfroe


Kim is a Certified Financial Planner and has had her own business, Tampa Bay Wallstreet, Inc., for almost 35 years. She provides comprehensive financial and investment services to her clients. Kim has served as a Board member and Chair for both The Spring of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s domestic violence shelter, and Champions for Children which focuses on child abuse prevention and family education programs for the Tampa Bay area. She is a Florida native and has a B.A. from the University of South Florida in marketing and finance.


John Laxx

Professor Lax began teaching for Saint Leo as an adjunct at the MacDill AFB Center in 2008 and joined the Campus full-time faculty in Fall of 2010. Prior to Saint Leo, he taught at the University of South Florida Polytechnic and Hillsborough Community College. John holds a M.B.A and a M.S., in Marketing, both from the University of South Florida, as well as a D.B.A. in Marketing. Prior to his academic career, John spent more than 25 years in corporate roles including retail management, National Field Sales Manager, VP of Product Marketing for a software firm, Director of Marketing and Communication for a trade association and served as a consultant in several industries. He is the faculty advisor for Pride Consulting, Saint Leo’s student-managed consulting firm. John is a Rays and Bucs fan and lives in Lutz with Robin, his wife of 31 years, and three very indulged cats.


Heidi Bogardus McCree

Heidi McCree of Tampa is an attorney who has been involved in water and land conservation policy throughout her career. Heidi is a member of Leadership Florida, Class XXV. She is the honored recipient of the 2009 Audubon of Florida, Women in Conservation, Special Places Award. She is a founding Board member and President of the Tampa Bay Conservancy. In 2008, she served as President of Preserve Hillsborough, the successful campaign to renew Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

Heidi served on the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board from 2000 through 2008. In 2005, she was unanimously elected the first female Chairperson of the Governing Board. She served as liaison to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council and to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Additionally, McCree was Chair ex officio of the Hillsborough River Basin Board. McCree served as Executive Director of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force from 1996 to 2000. Heidi is on the boards of Audubon Florida, the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, the Children’s Campaign and the William A. Gregory Scholarship Foundation. She has also served the Hillsborough Education Foundation, supporting Nature’s Classroom and the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. She is a Junior League member and has served on various Boards and committees for her children’s schools and church activities.


Cheryl Hill

Cheryl Hill worked at the Southwest Florida Water Management District for more than 35 years before retiring in 2018. All of her time at the District was spent in support of land conservation and land management for water resource protection. Her work was directly involved with the Save Our Rivers, Preservation 2000, and Florida Forever land acquisition programs, since the inception of each.

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