February 2018 – The South Florida National Parks Trust announces the appointment of seven new trustees to its board of directors. All seven trustees share a passion for national parks and a strong record of community service across South Florida. The new trustees are:
Colton Chase – Vice Chairman, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. Mr. Chase is the grandson of conservationist Herbert W. Hoover Jr., a leading force behind the creation of Biscayne National Park in 1968. Mr. Chase focuses on creating media to communicate science to the general public.
Edward Kolesar – Senior Manager for U.S. and Global Tax Technology with Deloitte. An attorney & information technology professional, Mr. Kolesar is a founding member of the SFNPT’s Big Cypress Committee, a former trustee of AMIKids Big Cypress School and The University of Mount Union.
Maria Cristina Lloveras – Owner of MCL Coordination, an event management company in Miami. A graduate of Loyola University and former team financial planner at Merrill Lynch, Ms. Lloveras enjoys paddling in the Everglades and is an active volunteer with Centro Mater.
James Malone – Founder & CEO of Qorval Partners in Naples. Mr. Malone has led five Fortune 500 companies during his business career, with a focus on corporate turnarounds. A founding trustee of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, Mr. Malone chaired the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. of Florida from 2008 to 2011 and served on the board of trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University from 2006 to 2011.
Gavin McKenzie – Founder & CEO of McKenzie Construction and McKenzie Craft in Miami. A 4th-generation Miami native, Mr. McKenzie is an avid flats fisherman with a deep love of the Everglades and Florida Bay.
Gary Pappas – An attorney with Carlton Fields in Miami. A trial attorney with more than 29 years of experience, Mr. Pappas is the past chair of The Education Fund in Miami, a former director of the Greater Miami Billfish Tournament, and an Everglades National Park volunteer.
David Van Loon – An attorney at Highsmith & Van Loon in Key West. A former high school teacher and football coach, Mr. Van Loon has actively supported education programs for local youth at Dry Tortugas National Park as a past president and board member of Rotary Club of Key West.