Shawn Hamilton, Chairperson, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Shawn Hamilton has worked at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2007, where he has risen through the ranks of the department. Early in his career he served as Ombudsman and public affairs manager in DEP’s Northwest District Office. He was promoted to assistant district director in 2010 and was appointed district director in 2011 and was subsequently promoted to interim deputy secretary of Land and Recreation in 2020 and formally appointed as deputy secretary in 2021. Mr. Hamilton has 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, where he has proven to be an effective and driven leader with the ability to influence and build trusted and constructive connections with community stakeholders, elected and appointed municipal officials, and organizational team members. Mr. Hamilton has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Troy State University, with a minor in business.
--Mara Gambineri, Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, has been designated by Secretary Hamilton to represent the Department of Environmental Protection on ARC and to serve as Chairperson.
Dr. William Palmer, President of the Tall Timbers Research Station, an organization dedicated to wildlife research and conservation activity. He has degrees in zoology and wildlife sciences and has been working to restore grassland habitats on 100,000 acres of public land in Florida. He is the author of many papers on the environment of bobwhite, wild turkeys, and on the effects of prescribed burning for Southern forests.
Eric Sutton, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is responsible for the management of the FWC and serves a seven-member Commission. He has over 20 years of professional experience in land and resource management in Florida. Mr. Sutton previously served as FWC's Assistant Executive Director and as the Director of the Habitat and Species Conservation Division. Mr. Sutton holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in zoology from the University of South Florida.
--Dr. Thomas Eason, Assistant Executive Director, has been designated by Director Sutton to represent the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on ARC
Erin Albury, State Forester and Director, began his career with the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in 1997 at the Withlacoochee Forestry Center, serving as the Citrus County Forester. Following several advancements, he promoted to the State Office in 2015 as Field Operations Bureau Chief until assuming the role of Assistant Director in 2018. Albury has more than 22 years of experience in wildfire prevention and suppression, prescribed burning, land management, and all-hazard emergency response on the state and national level. He has actively served in various roles on the interagency incident management teams and is a certified Type 1 Incident Commander. Erin is a native of Citrus County, Florida and graduate of the University of Florida.
Alissa Lotane, is Director of the Florida Division of Historical Resources and Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer. She has been with the Florida Department of State since 2003, working in many areas of the Division – reviewing state and federal undertakings for impacts to historic properties, managing large scale state grants for rehab of historic structures, then supervising Florida’s historic preservation grants program, and later serving as the Department of State’s grants administrator and historic property manager. Ms. Lotane was the Bureau Chief of Historic Preservation and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer from 2011 to July 2022, where she supervised Florida’s federally mandated programs and responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. As our newly appointed SHPO, she continues oversight of the Bureau of Historic Preservation, and additionally takes on responsibility for the Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Bureau of Historical Museums, which includes the Museum of Florida History and historic sites Mission San Luis, Knott House Museum, and The Grove Museum. Ms. Lotane holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a Museum Studies Certification from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Troy University. During her time as a graduate student, she worked summers at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, the Appleton Museum of Art, and the Ocala Museum of Art. Ms. Lotane is a contributing author in Unearthing the Missions of Spanish Florida, with a chapter titled “An Analysis of Artifacts and Archaeology at 8JE106, a Spanish Mission in Florida,” published in late 2021 by University of Florida Press.
Lynetta Usher Griner, Officer of the Usher Land and Timber Company in Chiefland. She has been an attorney for 28 years, leaving private practice to work for her family timber business. She gained valuable experience in land-management issues as a former member of the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District. She has also worked with Friends of Fanning Springs, a citizen-support organization for Fanning Springs State Park. Plus, she was also a member of the Florida Forever Advisory Council, which evaluated Florida Forever projects when the program was set up as a replacement for Preservation 2000.
Elva Peppers is president of Florida Environmental & Land Services Inc., assisting private clients, municipalities, and agencies to develop permittable and sustainable projects. Ms. Peppers held positions with DEP and two private environmental consulting firms and has 25 years of experience in the environmental field. She graduated from FSU with a degree in biology.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.