Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 4, 2018 – North Florida Land Trust is pleased to announce two new members have joined the board of directors. Allison DeFoor and Mike Barker were elected at the September meeting of the board. Both men will serve a three-year term.
“We welcome Mr. Barker and Dr. DeFoor to our board and look forward to working together with them as we continue to increase our wins on behalf of land conservation,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Both men have diverse backgrounds that will make them an incredible asset. Mr. Barker’s background in real estate and Dr. DeFoor’s extensive conservation work on the state level will help guide our mission.”
DeFoor is an Episcopal priest and serves as Canon to the Ordinary to the Bishop of the Diocese of Florida in Jacksonville. He holds degrees in theology, law and criminology and served as both a county and circuit judge. He has also been active in conservation throughout Florida for most of his career. In 2014, he chaired the passage of the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, also known as Amendment 1, which was designed to fund the state’s conservation programs. In addition, he served as Everglades Czar to Gov. Jeb Bush and was a trustee of the Florida Audubon Society, Florida Land Trust Association and 1000 Friends of Florida.
Barker, a Jacksonville native and MBA graduate of Jacksonville University, has extensive experience in real estate. He is principal partner at Terra Capital Holdings, Inc., which redevelops and operates multi-family residential and light commercial property and provides private real estate investment capital and consulting services to clients. He has served on a number of professional committees and organizations and most recently served on the board of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc.
DeFoor and Barker join a diverse group of professionals from throughout North Florida who serve on NFLT’s board. There are six members at large, a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer who each serve for a term of three years.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a nonprofit organization and champion of environmental protection primarily in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill State Park, Moccasin Slough, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas predominantly in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and other public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.