Conservation Foundation of Gulf Coast announces 2021-2022 board of trustees

Co-founder of FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers is newly elected chair

The headquarters of the Conservation Foundation for the Gulf Coast is located at Bay Preserve in Osprey. Image courtesy of the Foundation

Rhonda O. Deems, co-founder of FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers in Sarasota, is the newly elected chair of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, the nonprofit has announced.

“In this role she will help Conservation Foundation complete the ambitious goals detailed in [its] 2020-2023 strategic plan, The Call to Lead,” a news release says.

Joining Deems in officer positions for 2021-22 are Atlas Insurance President Robert W. Brown as vice-chair; PricewaterhouseCoopers retired managing partner Sherry Davis as treasurer; and Sabal Trust Co. principal Lowe Morrison as secretary, the release continues.

The 2021-22 Board of Trustees includes Mario Bernardis, Stephen Cetrulo, David Crawford, Michael Knupp, Elizabeth Moore, Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann, and Immediate Past Chair Glenn Shipley, the release adds.

“We are grateful to our Board of Trustees for their leadership and ongoing dedication to our mission,” said Christine P. Johnson, president of the Conservation Foundation, in the release. “With their support we are able to be strategic and efficient in our work, ensuring our waters are clean, our endangered animals have homes, and our people are healthy because of the land we save and protect forever,” she added in the release.

A nationally accredited land trust, the Conservation Foundation purchases natural areas, holds voluntary land protection agreements, and educates the public in regard to “responsible land and water stewardship” in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, the release points out. To learn more, visit