Samantha started her career with the department in May 1994 as an OPS Planner with the Office of Greenways and Trails. Over the years she has worked with every aspect of the office including the greenways and trails planning efforts, grant development, contract management, marketing and communications, legislative review and budget requests, acquisition projects and managing councils.
Now, having come full circle with OGT, she has the responsibility of not only steering the ship, but watching the up and coming leaders of the program develop and thrive.
Britney grew up in the North Florida Area, providing for extensive knowledge of her dedicated region. Britney has worked for Florida’s award-winning state park system for several years. She attended Florida State University where she studied Geography and Environmental Studies.
As a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, Britney has found a way to nourish her love of volunteering in the community. She frequently explores Florida’s incredible recreational opportunities, whether it be participating in biking and kayaking events or taking her dogs on hikes. So, look for her in your area on the weekends.
Katie Bernier - Greenways and Trails Coordination/South & Central Region, Florida Greenways and Trails Council coordination; 863-314-8439 (working out of Highlands Hammock State Park).
Katie grew up in Lake Wales, spending many weekends exploring nearby state parks which helped to cultivate her love for Florida’s many outdoor recreation opportunities. Katie attended Florida State University and completed her bachelor’s degree in Classical Civilizations and recently completed a master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Katie’s prior experience includes working as a Forest Ranger for the Florida Forest Service and serving as an AmeriCorps Member with the Florida State Parks. In her free time, Katie loves traveling, hiking and fishing. She also enjoys checking out all of the greenways and trails that are in her region.
Justin Baldwin - Greenways and Trails Coordination/North Region; 850-245-2063
Justin received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee and it was during this time that his love for trails and greenways developed as he rode his bicycle to and from work and class every day, something he continues to do.
Justin is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. His study interests include GIS planning and planning for bicycle/pedestrian friendly communities. He enjoys bicycling, camping, traveling with his family, and trail running, of which he has completed several 50k events in the Southern Appalachians. His wife, Brigitte, and two kids, Jonah and Layla, live with him in Tallahassee.
Kari Baasch- Office of Greenways and Trails Graphic Designer, Web Designer; 850-245-3071
Kari grew up in rural North Florida, spending all her free time in the great outdoors. Kari graduated from Florida State University in 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in Editing, Writing and Media and a minor in Information Technologies, and has worked for DEP since 2019.
Kari grew up farming and organic gardening with her father, and still finds herself spending all her free time outdoors, kayaking down the Wacissa river, hiking through our beautiful Florida forests, and birdwatching whenever she can. She also finds delight in photography, writing poetry, and still continues to garden.
Allison Beaty- Greenways and Trails Coordination/Central Region and Designation Program; 850-245-2054
Allison grew up in North Florida, spending most of her childhood exploring the Gulf coast on St. George Island. She received her interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Environmental Governance, Planning and Conservation with a minor in Political Science from the University of Alabama.
Currently, Allison is getting her master’s degree from the University of Florida in Forest Resources and Conservation with a concentration in Ecological Restoration. Allison’s prior work includes developing the Florida Trail Town program as an intern with OGT, working with Coosa Riverkeeper in Birmingham, AL researching economic development and conducting coastal/reef research in Belize. In her free time, Allison enjoys hiking, camping, paddling, cooking and going on adventures with her golden retriever.
After a two-year hiatus, Doug is back with OGT part-time to help with paddling trails and outdoor recreation planning. Doug spent most of his life in North Florida and enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, gardening, writing and outdoor photography. Doug’s prior work includes working as a staff naturalist and summer camp director for the Tallahassee Museum and as an associate editor for Florida Wildlife Magazine. For OGT, he helped to establish the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail along with other state designated paddling trails and he served as an assistant bureau chief for several years.
Doug is the author of several published books about Florida’s outdoors, culture and history and lives south of Tallahassee with his wife, Cyndi. They have one adult daughter, Cheyenne, who is an elementary school teacher.
Casey has lived in Tallahassee for most of her life. She attended FSU and majored in Civil Engineering. While taking classes, she worked as an intern at a civil engineering firm. After three years in the program, however, she realized engineering just wasn’t for her, and changed her major to Sociology, though she did earn a minor in physics. After college, Casey had a son named Johnny. Casey has become his advocate, as his autism has caused him to have little to no functional speech. Casey supports Special Education and Individualized Education Plans given to students with disabilities.
Casey works with OGT and monitors their budget, handles invoices, submits speaking requests and processes travel. In her free time, Casey enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with her son.
Office of Greenways and Trails Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 795 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
Office of Greenways and Trails Main Phone Number: 850-245-2052
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