Staff & Board Members

The AFCD Executive Board is elected each year at their Annual Meeting and also serve on their local Soil and Water Conservation District board.

The Executive Board plays a vital role in conservation efforts by providing leadership to the 54 Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Florida. It is AFCD’s goal to bring together local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, as a single unit, through effective communication and leadership development. All this is done while helping to build the capacity and capabilities of the individual districts, expanding available resources, promoting conservation education and enhancing public awareness.

  • The State of Florida is divided into six conservation district areas.
  • Each area is represented by a Vice President and a one Alternate Vice President.
  • The Vice Presidents and Alternate Vice Presidents are members of the AFCD Board, though not Executive Members.
  • The Vice President and Alternate Vice Presidents, with the support of the AFCD Executive Board, support and assist the efforts of the districts that fall within their jurisdiction.


Charlene Meeks, Executive Director
Office: 352-507-7065
Cell: 352-316-8782

Natalie Jernigan, Restoration Coordinator
Office: 352-507-7065
Cell: 850-287-6937

Kaylee Pate, Agreements and Outreach Coordinator
Office: 352-507-7065
Cell: 352-221-8531

Quinn Carter, Conservation Reserve Program Coordinator
Office: 352-507-7065
Cell: 850-544-6679

Board Members


Burlin Findley, President, Blackwater SWCD

Richard Darby, 1st Vice President, Clay SWCD

Joe Garrison, 2nd Vice President, Polk SWCD

Wilbur Dean, Secretary/Treasurer, Levy SWCD

Jeff Moore, Past President, Gadsden SWCD

Archie Matthews, Parliamentarian, Alachua SWCD



Area 2 Andy Jackson, Suwannee SWCD

Area 3 Wes Taylor, Clay SWCD

Area 4 Sonja Brookins, Hillsborough SWCD


Area 6 Rob Griffin, Collier SWCD