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National Association of State Park Foundations

2023 Annual Conference Presenter and Moderator Bios

Sarah Adloo, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization creating a network of protected old-growth and future old-growth forests across the United States. Sarah has a background in conservation science with a B.S. from Georgia Tech and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She is located in her hometown of Atlanta, the "City in the Forest."

Chad Barger, CFRE, CNP, helps nonprofit professionals fundraise more efficiently and effectively. He is a top-rated speaker, master trainer and coach. Chad owns the firm Productive Fundraising which specializes in teaching the latest research-based fundraising tactics and making them approachable for small, community-based nonprofit organizations.

Mike Brown is an author and strategic planning expert who specializes in operationalizing design thinking. His latest book, Idea Magnets, helps dynamic leaders to cultivate extreme creativity and innovative success throughout organizations. Mike founded The Brainzooming Group, where his customized, collaborative approach to strategy, branding, and innovation has placed him at the forefront of organizational transformation.

Will Coté is Senior Director at Parks & Trails New York, which is the premier advocate for New York’s parks, historic sites, public lands and greenways. His professional portfolio includes the facilitation of 90 grassroots Friends groups across the state, six statewide volunteer events-including ‘I Love My Park Day’-and the administration of nearly $3M in competitive grant funding for nonprofits affiliated with public lands. Will has invested nearly 20 years of professional experience in non-profit, community-based program management and statewide advocacy.

Melanie Dunn is the Assistant Director of the Aimee Copeland Foundation and Manager of All Terrain Georgia. A double amputee, because of waterborne staph and necrotizing fasciitis, Melanie joined the foundation as a volunteer in 2018 and worked on social media and fundraising.  She began a committee with Aimee Copeland and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a fact-finding mission to discuss the implantation of All Terrain Georgia.   The committee turned into a exploratory group and All Terrain Georgia was born.  Ms. Dunn was integral in launch of All Terrain Georgia along with a group of very talented individuals including Ms. Copeland.  

Tasha Ferris is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. She loves to kayak – even bought a second boat so friends can’t say things like, “Well, I’d love to go but I don’t have a kayak.” With years of graphic design and project management experience, Tasha will use her skills to communicate PPFF’s mission and inspire others to take up the challenge of stewarding PA’s state parks and forests.

John Floberg is the Executive Director of the Washington State Parks Foundation, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, John worked for NOAA, Forterra, and The Nature Conservancy, working to protect landscapes and ecosystems.

Julia Gill Woodward is the CEO of the Florida State Parks Foundation, a role she has held for the past four and a half years. She is a ninth-generation Floridian. Prior to her work with the foundation, Julia worked in various roles in politics for more than 10 years, from campaign manager to chief of staff for a member of Congress.

Tammy Gustafson is the President of the Board for the Florida State Parks Foundation. She graduated from the Ohio State University and began her career in Marketing and Sales as an account executive for a local FOX affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Orlando in 1995 and is currently an Executive with Universal Parks and Resorts and is responsible for Sales Integration across the global sales divisions and works with International teams located in Latin America and the UK. Tammy was responsible for building the Universal Studios Florida brand on a global basis- growing to three theme parks, a night-time entertainment complex, and eight onsite resorts.

Charlene Hammersen is a native to the Northeast Georgia Mountains and has been a yoga practitioner for 18 years. She is certified in Hatha Vinyasa & Ayurveda, along with Breathwork & Meditation, Yin Yoga, & Yoga 12 Step Recovery. She completed her 200- Hour Yoga Teacher Training on Yonah Mountain with Yoga Energy School & a second training in Aegina, Greece. She is constantly finding ways to increase her knowledge of all things yoga, breath work, and meditation. She believes with understanding, hard work, and unwavering intent, any dream an individual has can come to fruition.