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Instructors and Contributing Experts

NATA workshops are led by expert instructors who donate their time to share their extensive knowledge and experiences. The depth of knowledge of our instructors, their enthusiasm for conservation work, and their skills in sharing information with others are key components to the effectiveness of the NATA training program.

Current Workshop Leaders

The below instructors currently serve as lead instructors in the past for our various workshops:

Michael Andreu

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Michael Andreu.

Position and Workplace

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

School of Forest Resources and Conservation- University of Florida

Donald V. Forgione

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Donald Forgione.

Position and Workplace

Ecotourism consultant and keynote speaker

Tailgate Talks

Workshops Taught

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

Ryan Kennelly

Current Instructor

Fire instructor Ryan Kennelly.

Position and Workplace

Fire Program Coordinator

Wildland Restoration International

Workshops Taught

S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Rafael Montalvo

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Rafael Montalvo.

Position and Workplace

Associate Director

Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium

Workshops Taught

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

Holly Ober

Current Instructor

NATA director Holly Ober.

Position and Workplace

Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist 

University of Florida NFREC

Workshops Taught

Conservation Site Assessment & Planning

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

   

Jeremy Olson

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Jeremy Olson.

Position and Workplace

Land Manager

St. Johns River Water Management District 

Workshops Taught

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

Geoff Parks

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Geoff Parks.

Position and Workplace

Nature Operations Supervisor

City of Gainesville

Workshops Taught

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

   

Zach Prusak

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Zach Prusak.

Position and Workplace

Florida Fire Manager & Central Florida Conservation Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Workshops Taught

S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Firefighter

S-131 Firefighter Type 1

S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface

RX-410 Smoke Management Techniques

Andy Rappe

Current Instructor

Fire instructor Andy Rappe.

Position and Workplace

Assistant Director

Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

Workshops Taught

S-130/S-190: Basic Wildland Firefighter

   

Deborah Shelley

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Deborah Shelley.

Position and Workplace

Vice President

The Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida

Workshops Taught

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

Jodi Slater

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Jodi Slater.

Position and Workplace

Environmental Scientist IV

St. Johns River Water Management District

Workshops Taught

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

   

Taylor Stein

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Taylor Stein.

Position and Workplace

Associate Professor

School of Forest Resources and Conservation- University of Florida

Workshops Taught

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

   

Deb Stone

Current Instructor

NATA instructor Deb Stone.

Position and Workplace

Invasive Plant Program Supervisor

St. Johns River Water Management District

Workshops Taught

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

   

Former Workshop Leaders

The below instructors have previously served as lead instructors for our various workshops:

Dana Bryan

Former Instructor

NATA instructor Dana Bryan.

Position and Workplace

Former Environmental Policy Coordinator

Florida Park Service

Workshops Taught

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

Monica Folk

Former Instructor 

NATA instructor Monica Folk.

Position and Workplace

Wild Folk, LLC.

Former The Nature Conservancy

Workshops Taught

Conservation Site Assessment & Planning

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

Doria Gordon

Former Instructor 

NATA instructor Doria Gordon.

Position and Workplace

Environmental Defense Fund

Former The Nature Conservancy

Workshops Taught

Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

Vegetation Monitoring

Nels Parson

Former Instructor

NATA instructor Nels Parson.

Position and Workplace

Land Manager

St. Johns River Water Management District

Workshops Taught

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

Jim Stevenson

Former Instructor

NATA instructor Jim Stevenson.

Position and Workplace

Former Senior Biologist

Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Workshops Taught

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

Parker Titus

Former Instructor

NATA instructor Parker Titus.

Position and Workplace

Former Northeast Florida Fire and Land Manager Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

Workshops Taught

Conservation Site Assessment & Planning

S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Firefighter