We were founded in December 1998, and have been making friends and community ever since. Although our Chapter is small in size, it is large in leadership and enthusiasm. Our members have served as officers and committee chairs for the Florida Native Plant Society almost continuously since the Chapter's inception. Currently, member Gene Kelly serves as Government Policy Chair for the Society, and contributing member Annie Schmidt serves as Conservation Chair.
About our Board and Committee Chairs
The Hernando Chapter Officers are elected each year in November, for a maximum of four consecutive terms. The Committee Chairs are selected by the President and serve at the pleasure of the President. All committees welcome volunteers of all interest areas and talents. To read more about it, see Hernando Chapter Bylaws!
Vince Morris – President
I am proud to be a founding member of the Hernando Chapter which got rolling the year of my daughter's birth, 1999. Here in Hernando County we've got it all – sandhills, coastal marshes, and all the other landscapes of the Brooksville Ridge. For several years I served on the Hernando County Sensitive Lands Advisory Committee on behalf of Forestry; I was an Ecologist with the Florida Forest Service for many years before recently becoming a Supervisor. You may have heard about our success in managing the Croom tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest for red-cockaded woodpeckers, and our success in establishing them in our forest. I'm also engaged in controlling all of the invasive exotic plant invaders that have made their way into our public lands.
Jason LaRoche – Vice President
Mikel (Miki) Renner – Chapter Representative
Janet Grabowski – Treasurer
James Clayton – VP for Events
Heather Sharkey – Secretary
Bruce Vanderveen – Membership and Web