STAFF


CONTACT INFO
Email: act.tkay@gmail.com

Tom Kay
Executive Director

Tom was named the Executive Director in June of 2013. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University’s College of Law.

A licensed Florida attorney, Tom has worked as a staff attorney for a large not-for-profit health care organization and a public housing authority. For seven years, he worked as a litigator in civil, criminal, and real estate matters. He has volunteered on local and national political campaigns and interned in U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s Tallahassee office during law school. Tom’s wife, Christine, is a vitreoretinal specialist at Vitreo Retinal Associates, P.A. Together they own a farm in McIntosh. He currently serves as the President of the Alliance of Florida Land Trusts, the umbrella organization for state's 22 land trusts.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.landmanager@gmail.com

Ivor Kincaide
Land Manager

Ivor Kincaide, a lifelong birder and tree hugger, received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Florida. Most of his postgraduate life has been devoted to natural resource and wildlife management. Ivor is a State Certified Prescribed Burn Manager with a keen interest in freshwater marsh and pineland restoration and directs land acquisition and natural resource management activities for the organization.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.graceh@gmail.com

Grace Howell
Land Management Specialist, Women in the Woods

Grace is a North Florida native and lifelong nature lover.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and worked in the City of Gainesville’s nature parks for 9 years, first as an environmental educator and then as a land manager and biologist. She is a native plant enthusiast, amateur botanist, fire ecology advocate, and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. Grace works with land management staff, interns and volunteers to carry out restoration and natural resource management goals on ACT’s conservation properties. Having been inspired and encouraged by a number of passionate conservationists, she enjoys sharing land stewardship skills with young professionals through the Women in the Woods internship program.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.lesa@gmail.com

Lesa Holder
Office Manager

Lesa Holder is a life-long resident of Alachua County, and has worked as ACT's Office & Finance Manager since 2007. Her background in administration encompasses work in both the public and private sectors, including program development and delivery at an eco-tourist facility and organic/biodynamic demonstration farm, executive staff support posts in state and local government, and as Assistant Editor with the State of Florida's official administrative law reporter, for whom she still contracts as an associate editor.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.chrisb@gmail.com

Chris Burney
Project Manager

Chris Burney began working for ACT in fall 2011. Much of his background is associated with avian conservation and research, having participated on over two dozen bird projects following his graduation from Auburn University in 1997. Through his work and travels, Chris has gained a great appreciation for habitat protection and management, and is very excited to be working for a land trust.

Chris manages much of ACT's communications including the website, newsletters, and e-notices. He also provides support with project development and event planning.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.melissah@gmail.com

Melissa Hill
Project Coordinator for Nesting Sea Turtle Conservation

Melissa is a master’s student in Interdisciplinary Ecology within the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida. Her project at the ACT is focused on understanding the biophysical and social intersections needed for conservation easements on the coast to protect sea turtle nesting. In May 2016, she completed a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation at UF with an honor’s thesis on which environmental image narratives best engaged viewers with conservation organizations. Born in central Florida, she grew up exploring the coastal waters with her family as well as adventuring in the western states.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: act.jcaron@gmail.com

Justin Caron
Staff Attorney

Justin Caron is a native of Biddeford, Maine and a long time resident of Merritt Island, Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of North Florida in 2014 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2017. While attending school in Gainesville, he spent his time working with counties and cities of varying sizes across Florida. Justin is working in partnership with the U.F. Law Conservation Clinic and ACT to draft and obtain coastal conservation easements on properties across the state to protect sea turtle nesting sites.

 

CONTACT INFO
Email: ktancig@alachuacounty.us

Kathryn Tancig
Conservation Land Negotiator

Kathryn negotiates acquisition deals funded by Alachua County’s Wild Spaces & Public Places Referendum. Kathryn graduated the University of Florida, School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and a minor in Soil and Water Science. She received her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2012. Prior to joining ACT, Kathryn litigated child support cases for the Florida Department of Revenue throughout North Central Florida. She also practiced law as an associate attorney in the real estate and litigation departments at Dell Salter, P.A. Kathryn served as the Chairman of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Land Conservation Board, and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.

 

JOB OPENINGS

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Employment with ACT

ACT's work environment provides the opportunity for each individual to succeed in both their professional goals and their personal life. As a mission-driven non-profit, part of our compensation is being on a team which values each individual's ability to grow in knowledge and skills while providing their best work. Other benefits include independence and self direction, inspiring colleagues, minimal bureaucracy, personal accountability, and a very flexible schedule. Such intangible compensation should be part of every applicant's expectations. ACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or the inability to identify warblers by their song.

VOLUNTEER OPS

ACT can always use a hand with our various projects. In addition to the specific opportunities listed below, we regularly need people to 1) table events (e.g. arts festivals, farmer's markets) and educate the public about ACT's mission, 2) remove exotic vegetation and plant native species, 3) maintain trails, or 4) assist wtih basic office tasks.