Friends of Paynes Prairie

Board of Directors, Friends of Paynes Prairie Inc.

 Jeffrey L. Forbes, President, is the marketing coordinator for the Goodwin Heart Pine Co. in Micanopy and is a 1994 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a BA degree in Anthropology and American History.  Residents of Micanopy since 1997, Jeffrey and his wife, Megan, moved to Gainesville in 1994.  He is Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Micanopy, Immediate Past President of the Micanopy Historic Preservation Trust and former board member of the Thrasher Warehouse Preservation Corporation in Micanopy.  Jeffrey also served as a volunteer project manager in the restoration of warehouse 2; part of the Micanopy Historical Society Museum.  His extracurricular interests include studying Southern cultural and natural history, enjoying architecture, playing acoustic music and singing Sacred Harp/Shape Note music. 

 Jeannie Bobroff, Vice President and President-elect is a Gainesville native. She has been an active volunteer at Paynes Prairie for over 20 years and a board member for the past 10 years. She has also served as the Alachua County 4H Association. An active nature-lover, you can usually find her in the Visitors Center at Paynes Prairie on Sunday afternoons. She has also conducted alligator education programs at libraries, churches and schools. Jeannie describe Paynes Prairie State Preserve as her "happy place". She currently works as a house director for a sorority on the UF campus.  

 Dr. James Perran Ross, Secretary, is a wildlife biologist (University of Florida, retired) who runs his own consulting business.  He is an international conservationist specializing in alligators, crocodiles, and sea turtles, widely published and working extensively on Florida wildlife-conservation issues. He has served on the Friend's Board since 2005. 

 Jeff Hocutt, Treasurer, graduated from the University of Florida in 1985.  He is the Alachua County 4-H Association Chairman, the Alachua County 4-H Poultry Club Leader, and has served on  Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Association as Vice President. Jeff is also a member of the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Circle Leadership Council and a life member of the University of Florida Alumni Association.  He enjoys gardening, sports, and life on the farm and, of course the Paynes Prairie. 

 Marty Mainis Associate Dean and Program leader of Extension Natural resources and Associate Director of Florida Sea Grant at the University of Florida IFAS. He has been a professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation since 1996 with a research focus on large carnivores and their prey. Dr. Main created and still serves as program leader of the Florida Master Naturalist Program, which is a natural history and conservation education program delivered throughout the state by a network of certified FMNP instructors. 

 Christine DennyChristine Denny is president and co-founder of First Magnitude Brewing Company and holds an MS in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida. She spent nearly 20 years in environmental consulting as a project manager and vice president of Pandion Systems and later Normandeau Associates. Her work focused on facilitating complex projects related to Florida springs and water resources, public land management, and balancing the needs of people and the environment. In her free time she enjoys getting outdoors with her husband, two teenagers, and dog, hiking, boating, kayaking and camping. She is also a beginning potter which provides her family with lots of strangely shaped bowls for Christmas.  

 Fairlie Bagley, a native Floridian and retired teacher, graduated from UF in 1969 (BA) and 1970 (MEd).  She is a Park Volunteer, working in the Visitor Center on a weekly basis and also helping clean the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail as a Trailkeeper.  She is an Alachua County Master Gardener and a member of the Gainesville Garden Club.

 Patricia (Patty) Kromer-Parsons graduated from UF in 1976, and was employed by the Florida Park Service at Paynes Prairie from 1988-2009. She is a “lifetime” member of the FOPP, the FPS Alumni Association, and Alachua Conservation and Trust. Sometimes she fills in as a back-up volunteer at the Visitor Center. Patricia has volunteered in the role of Project Manager for the Peace Education Program (PEP) at Lowell C.I., initiating the first one in 2013, and since have expanded that passion to coaching various PEPs throughout the Southeast. The workshops have enjoyed immense success globally reducing recidivism in a profound and non-sectarian way.

 Layla Ruffino helps run her family business at Blue Highway Pizzeria in Micanopy. 

 Frank Saier is a founding member of the Friends, a partner at Scruggs and Carmichael PA, and a member of the Florida Bar and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.   He attended Furman University and the University of Florida, where he received his B.A. with honors in 1968 and his J.D. in 1971.   Frank is a golfer, sports fan, and serves on several other boards of directors for various organizations. 

Bubba (Earl) Scales is owner of Wildbirds Unlimited in Gainesville and a well known supporter of local environmental affairs.

 Dorothy Smiljanich is a resident of Gainesville who was a Florida newspaper writer and editor for twenty-five years, beginning at the Gainesville Sun in 1971, then working for the Clearwater Sun, the St. Petersburg Times, and ending her career with the Tampa Tribune, where she was the travel editor.   Her book "Then Sings My Soul: The Scott Kelly Story" (the Florida Historical Society) won the 2008 Charlton Tebeau Award as the Best General Interest History Book.  She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Florida.

 Anabel Anderson, Executive Assistant, is a Gainesville native and newest addition to the FOPP board. She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL in 2015 with a B.A. in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Since moving back to Gainesville, she has been busy diversifying her resume and portfolio working for local businesses such as The Great Frame Up, The Herlong Mansion and Alachua Conservation Trust to name a few. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for ACT, gardening and fishing on Newnans Lake where she grew up.





Thank you for supporting Paynes Prairie.
Goal: $2,000.00
Collected: $1,200.00

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Visitors Center - 352-466-4100
Ranger Station - 352-466-3397

Friends of Paynes Prairie
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667

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