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December 1, 2010
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
Three Trustees Join South Florida National Parks Trust

Three new trustees have joined the board of the South Florida National Parks Trust:

Crystal M. Connor is president of The Connor Group Miami and a former associate at the law firms of Tew Cardenas and Becker & Poliakoff in South Florida. She has served as interim city manager for the Village of El Portal, chief of staff to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jimmy Morales and general counsel to the Black Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Connor is an alumnus of the Miami Fellows Initiative, a leadership development program of the Miami Foundation; she is a graduate of Temple University and the William Mitchell College of Law.

Carlos Espinosa is director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). He joined DERM in 1985 as Chief of the Water Management Division and was appointed Director in December 2006 to oversee a department that regulates and manages activities impacting natural resources in the county. Mr. Espinosa is a licensed professional engineer and certified general contractor. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Miami.

Jimmy L. Morales is an attorney in the land use, environment and government affairs department at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff Sitterson P.A. in Miami, and also serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors.  Among his clients, he serves as City Attorney for the City of Doral and Special Counsel for the City of Miami Gardens. Mr. Morales was elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission in 1996 and served two terms before resigning to run for county mayor in 2004. He is active in the South Florida community through such organizations as the DadeFund, the American Red Cross, the WLRN Citizen’s Advisory Board and Autism Speaks. He is the recipient of the Bill Colson Colson Leadership Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the McClaskey Leadership Award from the Guardianship Program of Dade County and the Ambassador of the Arts medal from the Dade Cultural Alliance. He is a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
About the South Florida National Parks Trust
The South Florida National Parks Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2002 to support South Florida’s four national parks – Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Since its inception the Trust has successfully funded more than three dozen projects representing an investment of more than $3 million in these parks. By working with the National Park Service to identify and fund projects that benefit South Florida's national parks, their visitors and the South Florida community, the Trust seeks to promote, protect and enhance the region's national parks while building a legacy of stewardship in South Florida. For more information about the Trust, visit