Meet Our Board

Shane Duff Board President | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Shane Duff President

Shane Duff is the President of Cypress Cove Landkeepers (CCL), and also oversees the Wildlife Monitoring program at the Gore Nature Education Center. Shane and his wife relocated to Florida from Upstate New York in December of 2017. They fell in love with the ecosystems and abundant wildlife here in Southwest Florida, and immediately began volunteering with multiple conservation and research groups. In addition to his leadership role with CCL, Shane volunteers with the Rookery Bay NERR in their Fisheries, Sea Turtle Monitoring and Avian Research Programs. Shane also served as a Guardian Ad Litem of Collier County from 2018 to 2019. He is also a member and supporter of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Shane is the Director of Market Development for Alair Homes, a first of its kind custom home building and renovation company with over 110 offices across the US and Canada.
Jennifer Reid Board Vice-President | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Jennifer Reid Vice President

Jennifer Reid joined the board of Cypress Cove Landkeepers after founding and serving for 16 years as co-chair of Lyme Connection, a Connecticut-based non-profit. In this capacity, she was responsible for community partnerships, education, programs/ events, development and research. Prior to founding Lyme Connection, Jennifer held positions as a Senior Account Supervisor for Cox Pippin Communications, PR & Advertising Assistant Director for the Dallas Market Center, and Communications Coordinator for the Health Division of Electronic Data Systems. Jennifer holds a B.S. degree in Community Health from Western Connecticut State University and an A.S. degree in Advertising and Communications. Previous volunteer experience includes serving as a Girl Scout outdoor-trained troop leader for over 15 years, Girl Scout camp counselor, and health educator for the Ridgefield (CT) Health Department.
Dr. Kathy Reno Board Treasurer | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Dr. Kathy Reno Treasurer

Dr. Kathy Reno joined the Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Inc. board in 2020. Prior to joining the board, she served as Development Committee Chair, Grant Coordinator and Golf Event Organizer. Kathy and her husband first visited the nonprofit’s Gore Nature Education Center in 2018 and fell in love with the property and mission of the organization. Kathy’s career in healthcare spans 50 years. Her positions range from staff nursing to top administrative roles. She currently works as an international consultant on Safe Healthcare Design for Joint Commission International. Kathy also spent five years in academia developing and providing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program for nursing leadership for the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has served on local, state and national boards for nursing, hospitals, hospice, healthcare informatics and healthcare design. Kathy has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change, an MBA and double bachelors in science for nursing and management. She is also a Certified Change Agent and holds a yellow belt in Robust Process Improvement.
Arlene Cluff Board Secretary | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Arlene Cluff Secretary

Arlene Cluff is a retired RN, BSN advocating preservation and conservation for 40 years in Mendon, NY. Since 1997, as a part-time resident of Naples, Arlene has supported initiatives to protect the natural ecosystem of Southwest Florida. Her community service includes Town of Mendon’s Environmental Conservation Board for 15 years and Mendon’s Open Space Planning Committee. She is a 21-year Director of the Mendon Foundation responsible for land management and Mendon Foundation sponsor of Eagle Scout Project “Totiakton Memorial Trail” at Sibleyville Nature Reserve. She is a 49-year member of the Four Seasons Garden, National Garden Clubs Master Landscape Design Consultant, American Hosta and Genesee Valley Hosta Societies. Arlene is an 18-year volunteer, member and current Advisory Council member at the Naples Botanical Garden and a 12-year member of the Naples Garden Club, Audubon Western Everglades, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Florida Native Plant Society member. She recently contributed designs for the pollinator gardens at the Gore Nature Education Center.
Bobbie Lee Davenport Board Founder & Director | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Bobbie Lee Davenport Director & Founder

Bobbie Lee Davenport founded Cypress Cove Landkeepers (formerly known as Cypress Cove Conservancy) and served as president from December 2015 until December 2019. She is a well-known environmental activist in Southwest Florida with a long history of advocating for wildlife and wild lands. Bobbie Lee founded and coordinated the Planet Earth Festival (originally known as the Earth Day Festival) from 2000 to 2015 and spent two years serving with the Agency for Bay Management representing the Sierra Club. She is a 13-year board member and current vice chairperson of the Responsible Growth Management Coalition, a 20-year board member and former chairwoman of the Sierra Club’s Calusa Group, and current board member of the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida. Bobbie Lee has been a natural health consultant, coach and personal trainer in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years. She is the owner of Naples Medicine Woman Holistics and a licensed insurance agent with Symmetry Financial Group.
Susan Flowers Board Director | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Susan D. Flowers Director

Susan Flowers is a retired middle school teacher with a passion for community involvement. She was actively involved in her hometown of Richmond, VA for 40 years in the Boxwood Garden Club, The Garden Club Of VA, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, and Junior League of Richmond. Susan is also a 50-year member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and former National Officer over the Alumnae of the State of Virginia. Susan served as administrator of Historic Garden Week for The Garden Club of VA from 1987 to 2007. Since relocating to Naples in 2014, Susan volunteered at the Conservancy of SW Florida, working in their Community Consignment shop. After the shop closed, she began volunteering for Cypress Cove Landkeepers and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She is now the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator and devotes her time weekly to projects related to the organization’s new Gore Nature Education Center. Susan also serves as Vice President and Program Chairman of the Greater Naples Alumnae Panhellenic Association.
Vera Jaye Board Director | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Vera Jaye Director

Vera Jaye is an accomplished businesswoman, owning and operating Jaye Design, an award winning high-end residential design firm in Naples, Florida. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in the humanities, a certification in Interior Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Berkeley, is nationally certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is Green AP certified by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Vera’s nonprofit experience includes serving as Director of Professional Development for the American Society of Interior Designers, Southern Florida, and as Marketing Manager for The San Francisco Jazz Festival. Vera brings leadership experience in education as a former instructor at the Academy of Art University in California. Vera sailed and lived on her sailboat in Mexico for a year and is a certified diver. Her travels from Mangrove rivers to the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean taught Vera many important lessons about respecting nature and preserving its delicate balance.

Advisors to the Board

David Ceilley Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

David W. Ceilley

David W. Ceilley, M.S., P.W.S. and Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America, has worked in the fields of aquatic and wetlands ecology, Everglades restoration monitoring, and fish and wildlife surveys. He has over 26 years of professional experience in limnology, aquatic and wetland ecology, fish and macroinvertebrate studies, and the assessment of ecosystem disturbances for developing restoration strategies.

From 2002-2007, Mr. Ceilley led a multi-agency team in a research project for the US Fish and Wildlife Service related to the recovery of threatened and endangered species in the western Everglades that resulted in two technical reports and oral and poster presentations at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conferences in 2008. From 2006-2008, he was the lead investigator for the assessment of aquatic faunal response to hydrologic restoration of the Picayune Strand State Forest (PSRP) a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) that involves restoring pre-development conditions and hydrology to more than 55,000-acres of State land in Collier County, Florida. Since 1989, Mr. Ceilley has been actively involved in evaluating water quality and effects on biotic communities in Southwest Florida including grant-funded research in Estero Bay and its watershed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the South Florida Water Management District.

Dr. Edwin Everham III Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Dr. Edwin M. Everham III

Dr. Edwin Everham is a professor in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Everham received his Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1996. He received his B.S. degree in Biological Science in 1980 from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Everham’s background is in ecology, and he has a variety of interests within sub-fields in that discipline, including: disturbance ecology, forest ecology, wetland ecology, and exotic species ecology. He is presently studying the technological interface between the techniques of simulation modeling and geographical information systems and their applications toward understanding the impact of and recovery from disturbance and land use changes. He also is involved in research related to assessing environmental and science education and is interested in the interface between science and public policy.​
Daniel Gore Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Daniel Gore

Dan Gore is the second and youngest son of Dr. Robert H Gore III and a native Floridian who currently lives in Brevard County. He received a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Mr. Gore has worked as a software engineer in the aerospace industry for the last 31 years.

Mr. Gore helped his father open up some of the original trails at the sanctuary, now the site of the Gore Nature Education Center, back in the late 1980’s. In the ensuing years, he shared in many of the events that shaped both the sanctuary and his father.

Ian Orkiloff Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Ian Orlikoff

Ian Orlikoff is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist #FL-1037A. He holds the ISA-Tree Risk Assessment qualification and Certified Treecare Safety Professional certification from the Tree Care Industry Association. Mr. Orlikoff was the owner and lead arborist of Signature Tree Care in Naples, Florida which he founded in 2002 and subsequently sold in 2021. Under his leadership, Signature Tree Care was a nationally accredited tree service via the Tree Care Industry Association.

Mr. Orlikoff is also a member of the Collier County Horticulture Advisory Board, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Industries-Best Management Practices guest instructor and an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. His expertise combines more than 25 years of hands-on tree care and landscaping experience.
Katharina Shoemaker Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Katharina Shoemaker

Katharina Shoemaker is the managing partner of Tropical Environmental Consultants LLC. After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelors degree in Biology in 2012, she was involved in environmental education and preservation efforts through the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center between 2014-2016.
Pursuing her passion in environmental policies, she started with Tropical Environmental Consultants in 2017, and has since gathered an extensive knowledge of wetland regulation, wetland permitting, the wetland delineation process for State and Federal criteria, and listed species identification and protection. She is also a State authorized gopher tortoise agent and works in permitting and relocation activities for the State threatened gopher tortoise.

Her goal as that of TEC is to work with the public in developing a balance between human use and the environment.

Linda Weinland Advisor to the Board | Cypress Cove Landkeepers

Linda Weinland

​Linda Weinland earned her B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University and her M.S. in Biology from Wright State University. She taught Biology and Environmental Science at the Naples Campus of Edison College (now Florida SouthWestern State College) for 29 years. During that time, she was an active participant in the BioQuest Curriculum Consortium and the LifeLines Online project, which focused on investigative case-based learning. While at Edison, she received awards for excellence in teaching, for offering innovative solutions on campus and for her life-long commitment to the environment.

Upon retiring, Ms. Weinland worked as a consultant with the Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) initiative, funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Education. The LIFE grant enabled students from underserved middle schools to conduct scientific investigations in parks and preserves in Collier County.

Ms. Weinland has been interested in the connection between the arts and sciences for many years. She attended a Wildbranch Workshop on Environmental Writing in Vermont and has written poetry inspired by the cypress/mixed hardwood forest in which she resides. Recently, she experimented with nature journaling, sketching and painting with watercolors. Learning to play the mountain dulcimer at the Gore Nature Education Center (then called the Naithloriendun Wildlife Sanctuary) is one of her fondest memories.

Ms. Weinland has been an active member of the Florida Native Plant Society and helped organize the Friends of Rookery Bay when that National Estuarine Research Reserve was established.

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