Audubon of the Western Everglades is the oldest “grassroots” conservation organization in Southwest Florida, established in 1961.
Our Mission: Protecting Southwest Florida’s Natural Resources and Wildlife through Advocacy and Education.
We accomplish our Mission by focusing on:
Environmentally responsible land use
Protection and recovery of imperiled wildlife and their habitats
Clean water for people and wildlife
Planning for climate change and sea level rise
Board of Directors
Eileen Arsenault, President
Eileen joined the AWE Board in 1983. She holds a degree in Anthropology from Louisiana State University and worked for several years in the Cultural Resources Division of Coastal Environments, Inc., in Baton Rouge. After moving to Naples in 1982, she became the manager of a wholesale dealer of antiquarian maps and prints. For the past almost 30 years, she has been managing the Arsenault Studio and Banyan Arts Gallery, both in Naples. Eileen has played a leadership role as a board member of various nonprofit organizations, including Collier County Historical and Archaeological Preservation Board Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust, Environmental Coalition of Southwest Florida and Young Audiences of Southwest Florida.
Byron Grimes, Treasurer
Byron was born in Louisville, KY and has lived in Richmond, VA, Warwick, RI, Annapolis, MD, and now resides in Naples, FL. He is married to his lovely wife Janet, and he has four children — two girls and two boys. Byron graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY, where he majored in Business Administration. Following graduation, he served as an officer in the US Army. He has over thirty-five years experience as an investment professional and currently works for Northern Trust Company, where he is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, overseeing high net worth accounts. Byron is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
While living in Rhode Island, he was on the board of the Rhode Island Audubon Society. Byron serves as Treasurer of Audubon of the Western Everglades.
Alan Keller, Director
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Alan’s family has lived full- or part-time in Naples since 1946. He has a Doctorate in Human Development from University of Chicago. While serving in several capacities with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund, he assisted 35 developing countries in conducting studies of the relationships between population growth, economic development, health, and environment and helped those same countries to establish maternal/child health and contraceptive services. He was based in Mexico for 14 years and in Zimbabwe for 5 years, where he led a multinational technical team serving 16 southern African countries. Alan is Past President and current Conservation Chair of Audubon of the Western Everglades and a Board member of Audubon Florida.
Jim Henderson, Director
Jim Henderson, President/Owner – William C. Huff Companies, originally from Maine, has owned William C. Huff Companies since 1988.
William C. Huff has two locations located in Naples, Florida and Barrington, New Hampshire. The company specializes in complete logistics support for high and ultra-high net worth homeowners, builders, designers, architects and estate managers. With a wide range of services for local, national and international clients, the company also serves as an art shuttle, and specialized antique/heirloom handlers.
Today, Jim is an advocate for solar energy and owns the largest solar powered building in Collier County, Florida. Jim recently launched JLH Sustainable Housing, LLC with a goal to construct a home made from mostly recycled materials that would be able to run 100 percent on solar power. His new company recently completed construction of the first sustainable and attainable solar home located in Naples. JLH Sustainable Housing’s goal is to offer homes for sale that are not only affordable to buy but, will be affordable to own, with less overall cost than other conventional homes.
Jim is very active in the community and is a Friends of Foster Children Forever board member. His passion for the environment as well as his respect for his community and employees, drives him to make a positive impact in the community.
Jim and his wife Nan have two children. He and his wife maintain residences in both Naples and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Sharda Spahr, Director
Originally from England, Sharda has been a Naples resident for over 46 years and is a graduate of Naples High School and Rollins College. She presently owns and operates the Old Naples Surf Shop on Third Street South in Naples.
She has a strong non-for-profit commitment that includes environmental causes; being extremely active in the Friends of Rookery Bay, Naples Equestrian Challenge, NCH Auxiliary, and various leadership roles with her childrens’ schools. Currently Sharda is Vice President of the Moorings Bay Citizens Advisory committee and serves on the board of the Third Street South Merchant’s Association.
She has two grown children and a two year-old grandson. Her husband Steve is Regional Vice President and Manager of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC in Naples.
Sharda currently serves as a Director and Membership Chair Audubon of the Western Everglades.
Kathleen Swingley, Director
Kathy Swingley has lived in Naples for 33 years. Thirty-two of those years she has worked in the Collier County Public School system as a Career and Technical Education teacher and is currently the Director of the Teaching Academy at Naples High School. Kathy is happily married to her husband Rod, and both are proud parents of 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Always an outdoor enthusiast, Kathy enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, biking, traveling, and most all outdoor activities. She prides herself on being an outdoor adventurist. Kathy is a member of the 2014 Leadership Collier class and has volunteered for many organizations over the years, making positive changes in the community. At this time, she serves as a member of the Community Service Advisory Board for the City of Naples, is a volunteer boat captain for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, is an American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Instructor, and most recently has been appointed to the AWE Board, serving as its Education Chair.
Andrew Tyler, Director
Andrew has been a full-time resident of Southwest Florida since 2016, and a regular visitor for the previous twenty-six years. The appeal of being in the Everglades ecosystem was a particular draw and since being here full-time he has jumped in to volunteer with a number of local not-for-profit organizations: Naples Botanical Garden, Rookery Bay, as well as Audubon of the Western Everglades, through the Owl Watch and Bird Stewardship programs, have all provided both field-based and lecture learning opportunities.
He is also on the board for Friends of the Fakahatchee (FoF), an organization that functions as a “Citizen Support Organization” in the Florida DEP system for State Park volunteers. The FoF serves a dual function, conducting support functions for the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, based in Copeland, Florida.
In his professional life Andrew works as an Analytical Chemist, and started out in academia as both a researcher and a teacher. Elsewhere, positions in biotechnology, pharmaceutical research companies, and companies that manufacture and market scientific equipment provided a fulfilling and varied exposure to an enormous variety of important analytical processes, from research into the methods of ant-to-ant communication, toxins of blue-green algae ( a very topical subject !), food manufacturing, as well as CSI laboratories and challenges of criminal law enforcement; as well as the business and marketing challenges unique to each area.
Andrew is still happily married with Karen, together for over thirty years, and our two sons pursue their respective professional lives in computational sciences and international relations.
Ted Rodman, Executive Director
Ted Rodman joined AWE first of the year as executive director. He brings with him an impressive record of business growth, strategic marketing, brand management and development in the corporate and nonprofit organizational environments. His strengths include: aligning business vision with market realities, P&L management, earned and raised funds revenue generation, social media strategy, graphic design, advertising, direct mail, content marketing, contract publishing, exhibit design, and public relations.
Prior to joining AWE Ted was managing partner and creative director for Marketing Vision, and provided business development, membership and donor prospecting, collateral material and communications design, contract publishing, media planning, as well as print, digital, and online advertising for a broad base of New England and national clients.
Additionally, Ted’s professional background included:
~ Rockport Group – Founder and CEO
~ Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation – VP Marketing/Sales
~ Outward Bound/USA – VP Marketing
~ Corporate Design Systems – President
~ Oxford Paper Company – New England Marketing Manager
Ted and his wife co-founded the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company, a Camden Maine retail and online wilderness and sporting art gallery business specializing in Atlantic Flyway antique decoys, decorative bird carvings, and original signed/numbered wildlife art prints. He was an active chapter member of Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.
Ted was a philosophy and art major at Lake Forest College, and a merit scholarship student at the Chicago Art Institute Summer School. He lives in Naples, Florida with his wife and Blue Merle Collie and enjoys fly-fishing in Maine and Montana every chance he gets.
Brad Cornell, Policy Director
Brad Cornell currently is Policy Director for both Audubon of the Western Everglades and Audubon Florida, a joint position he has held since Summer 2005, and for the regional organization since 2001. He works on land use, wetlands, coastal habitats, and Western Everglades restoration issues to protect and recover imperiled species, especially the Florida Panther, nesting shorebirds, Corkscrew’s Wood Storks, and Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls. He has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Texas at Austin and played trombone for the Naples Philharmonic for ten years prior to joining Audubon. Brad and his wife Martha have two native Floridian children, one in graduate school and one in high school.
Pete Quasius, Advocacy Director
Pete Quasius has been an environmental policy advocate in Florida for more than two decades. After a career in the U.S. Foreign Service and fishing the world, Pete retired to Bonita Beach and immersed himself in environmental activities and local political affairs. He became a licensed U.S Coast Guard Captain, worked for Everglades Angler Outfitters and established Time’s Fly’N Charters as a fishing guide. He became active in environmental and professional organizations concerned with water issues. Pete sits on the board of the Snook and Gamefish Foundation since 2009 and was elected Vice-Chair in 2013. He has served as a member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resources Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee for Babcock Ranch Preserve and as Program Coordinator for Business People United for Political Action. He is a board member of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, Audubon of Southwest Florida, and Eco-Voice. Pete advocates for protection and recovery efforts in the Greater Everglades including Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Basin and Florida coastal waters. He resides in Fort Myers along the Orange River with his wife Maria.
Lori Beall, Membership Services Director
Lori Beall has been with AWE for 12 years as the Membership Director. It is a great fit since she has a passion for the environment and the animals that occupy our unique landscape. Lori grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Hartford as a Computer Science Major. She worked at CIGNA Healthcare and managed private County Clubs while in Connecticut. She worked in the marine industry for 3 years in the Caribbean and New England then moved to Southern California, where she was an Area Sales Manager for CompUSA for 6 years. Lori and her husband Gregg moved to Naples in 2000 and have two teenage children.
Alli Smith, Owl Watch Program Manager
Alli Smith has been hooked on wildlife and bird conservation from a young age. She followed that passion through college and earned a B.S. in Wildlife Science from SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY in 2016. Her love of seabirds has brought her to work with terns and puffins in Massachusetts and Maine, though while working with shorebirds on Marco Island, she was introduced to a charming population of burrowing owls and the volunteers who monitored them through Audubon Western Everglades. Alli collaborated with AWE as a graduate student at the University of Florida to study the habitat needs of burrowing owls.