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Ocoee Committee Members

Shawn Hamilton is Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He joined the agency in 2007 and served as Northwest District Director since 2011. He was responsible for environmental permitting, compliance, emergency response and environmental education for DEP’s regulatory programs within the 16 counties of the Florida Panhandle. Hamilton is a graduate of Troy State University and, before joining DEP, was Director of Business Operations for CTS-America in Pensacola and served as an Advanced Systems Engineer for EDS in Montgomery, Alabama. Hamilton is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran.

Eric Draper is Director of DEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks. Florida’s 175 state parks and trails, 1,000 employees and nearly 15,000 volunteers provide more than 30 million unique visitor experiences on 800,000 acres of the state’s best managed conservation land and have a $3 billion annual economic impact. Prior to being Director of the Florida Park Service, Draper was President of the Florida Audubon Society. During his career, he has been a leading advocate for water and land conservation and Everglades restoration and is credited with helping secure billions in environmental spending and playing a lead role in most state environment policy decisions over the past three decades. In addition to his work in Florida, he spent five years in Washington, D.C., leading grassroots environmental policy campaigns.

Dr. Jan Boulware is a tenured Associate Professor of English and the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Boulware has built her career in education, lovingly teaching and guiding a predominantly African-American student population for nearly 15 years and on myriad levels — from primary school to the tertiary level. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Education in Reading from Mercer University and a dual degree doctorate in English and Humanities from Clark Atlanta University. She is an accomplished teacher-researcher, writer, curriculum creator, and administrator. Her research interests include Africana Women's Literature, African American Folklore, and Dialect and Cultural Linguistics.

Dr. Tim Parsons is the Director of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Parsons has spent over 15 years working as a cultural resource professional in the United States and Europe. He has served as the Division’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Supervisor of Federal and State Compliance and Review. Dr. Parsons previously spent five years with the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center, has taught as an instructor at Florida State University and has worked in the private sector.

Pamela Schwartz has 19 years of professional museum and consulting experience as a director, a nationally award-winning curator, and designer. Schwartz currently serves as the Executive Director of the Orange County Regional History Center where she has led the museum's landmark exhibition about the Ocoee Massacre, as well as the One Orlando Collection Initiative after the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Schwartz has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Arts in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.

Commissioner George Oliver with the city of Ocoee received two Associate Degrees in Legal Studies from Valencia College, a bachelor's degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Oliver’s professional history includes serving as a Battalion Legal Officer in the U.S. Navy; Chief Information Officer for Volume Services Jacksonville Jaguars; Executive Manager of Training for Productivity Point International Central Florida; Founder and Senior Vice President of GPS-Sports Inc.; and a professional with Deloitte & Touche.

Dr. William O’Brien is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of Sciences and Mathematics at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of "Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South" (University of Massachusetts Press & Library of American Landscape History, 2016). The book won the 2017 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the 2017 Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. He has published additional work about the intersection of environment and race in journals such as Historical Geography, Geographical Review, Human Ecology, Journal of Geography, Journal of American Culture, and Ethics, Place and Environment.

Dr. David H. Jackson Jr. is Professor of History and former Chairman of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography and African American Studies at Florida A&M University. Since 2015, he has served as Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education at FAMU. Recognized as one of FAMU’s most published professors, Dr. Jackson has published numerous scholarly books, articles, book chapters, short essays and book reviews. Dr. Jackson served on the Florida National Register Review Board from 2000 to 2003 and the Florida Historical Commission from 2002 to 2003, the University Press of Florida’s Advisory Board, the Florida Historical Society Board and the Florida Humanities Council Board, and he chaired the board for the John G. Riley Center/Museum in Tallahassee for over 15 years. 

Commissioner Larry Brinson with the city of Ocoee is a retired/disabled veteran of more than 20 years in the Marine Corps. Brinson worked at headquarters of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pentagon and was Assistant Director of Security at U.S. Embassies in Africa and Israel, providing internal security and protection services for the U.S. Secretary of State, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. diplomats. He is also the former Vice President of Business Development with Cornerstone Financial Strategies. Brinson has more than 30 years of community involvement experience with various groups, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Operation Positive Direction and task forces geared at empowering youth. Currently, Commissioner Brinson works for the Orlando Police Department where he oversees Mail Services and Inventory Control matters.

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