Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.
Meet the Board
Members are elected to the board each March for a 2-year terms. Board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, the professions, tourism, business, and volunteerism.
Our Board activities are governed by a Board Code of Ethics. Click here to download.
If you would like to serve on the Board or our committees, contact Francine Stevens at (239) 695-1023.
President – Glen Stacell
Vice-President – John Kaiser
Treasurer – Phil McGuire
Secretary- Virginia Palmer Skok
Ex-officio Board members
Executive Director Francine Stevens
Boardwalk Expansion – Tom Maish
Media/PR – Bruce Bunch
Tours/Education/Interpretation – Francine Stevens
FOF Welcome Back Lunch and Picnic Events – Francine Stevens
Fundraising –Mark Perro
Finance – Treasurer Phil McGuire
Governance – Francine Stevens
Membership Secretary – Marya Repko
The Mel Finn Award
The Mel Finn Award goes to individuals who have given their time to benefit the Fakahatachee and who, as it states on the award, “reflect the spirit of the founding father of the FSSP.” Read more about Mel Finn and the award in his honor here.
Recipients of The Mel Finn Award to date are:
2019 Dick and Edite Hughes
2018 Jane Parks
2017 Dino Barone
2016 Patrick Higgins
2015 Howard Lubel
2014 Bill Mesce
2013 Glen Stacell
2012 Caryl Tilden
2011 Tom Maish
2010 Marya Repko
2009 Nelson Tilden
2008 Allen Caldwell
2007 John Elting
2005 Franklin Adams