As a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Florida, Friends of Carr Cabin (FOCC) is managed by a diverse and talented group who have volunteered to serve as the Board of Directors. Brief biographies and photos follow this list:
- Dalton Yancey, President, Umatilla
- Perran Ross, Vice President, Gainesville
- Archie Carr III, Secretary/Treasurer, Gainesville
- David Dorman, Director
- Peter Pritchard, Director, Oviedo
- Susan Carr, Director, Tavares
- Bill Belleville, Director, Sanford
- Ann McGregor, Director, Maryland
- Sibille Hart Pritchard, Director, Oviedo
- Evelyn “Sis” Sebree, Director, Umatilla (in memoriam)
Dalton Yancey is a citrus grower and fourth generation Floridian who retired from Washington, DC, after 30 years of National Agricultural Association responsibilities. “Our family hunting and fishing camp shared the same forest lake as the Carr Family Cabin. Archie and Tom Carr were family friends.”
Dr. Perran Ross
Dr. Perran Ross is Associate Professor at the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida. He is a conservation biologist with expertise in sea turtles, crocodiles and human dimensions of conservation. He has conducted programs and conservation research in over 20 countries including Mexico, Oman, Jamaica and Nicaragua. He has taught from positions at Harvard, Williams college, U. Massachusetts and UF. He is member of the crocodile and sea turtle specialist groups of IUCN and sits on several boards and editorial committees.
Dr. Archie Carr, III
Better known as Chuck, Dr. Carr recently “semi-retired” as a Senior Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where he served for almost 30 years. The majority of Chuck’s career focused on comprehensive conservation programs in Central America. This pivotal work ultimately led to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC). Chuck was responsible for WCS assuming a major stewardship role with the Belize Barrier Reef that led to multiple marine protected areas and innovative conservation initiatives. His commitment in Belize is now focused on the coral atoll, Glover’s Reef, where WCS maintains an essential marine research station that, through a partnership with the Belize government, helps to ensure the protection of that unique reef system.
I was born in Florida and raised by a large extended family that had homesteaded in Suwannee County before Florida became a state. I attended college at the University of Florida and graduated in 1971 with a BS degree in Zoology. After graduation, 20 years were invested between biological research associated with the University of Florida and consulting in the private sector. During this period, I worked in ecosystems as remote as tropical mountains in the Philippines and lowland jungles across Malaysia. In 1991 my occupation shifted into land management when I went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. I worked for a decade in Montana managing ecosystems and wildlife populations in the North Continental Divide Ecosystem. It was in this capacity that I became deeply involved in the art and science of wildland firefighting and prescribed fire use in ecosystem management. I returned to Florida in 2001 where I recently ended my career as Wildlife Biologist on the Osceola
Peter C. H. Pritchard
Peter C. H. Pritchard. Born in England, resident in central Florida for more than forty years. Obtained his PhD in zoology at the University of Florida in 1969, with a dissertation on the subject of ridley sea turtles. Archie Carr was his major professor and mentor for a total of eight years. He has written twelve books on various turtle and tortoise subjects. He worked for the Florida Audubon Society for many years, and for the last two decades has been the director and founder of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo.
Susan is a native Floridian, hailing from Gainesville. After receiving her B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, Susan worked as a botanist and ecologist in various capacities, including for the State of Florida, the U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Following a decade of living and working in Louisiana, Susan returned to graduate school at Louisiana State University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Plant Biology. In 2007, Susan completed a PhD in plant community ecology, this time back in her old stomping grounds of UF Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Over the past decade, Susan extensively traveled and studied the native vegetation of Florida’s pinelands. She has contributed extensive data to the regional National Vegetation Survey Project based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Following a stint in Denver Colorado, Susan has returned to her native State and has resumed her career as an Ecologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA).
Bill Belleville is a Sanford, Fla. writer who specializes in nature and sense of place. He’s authored six books, contributed to eight anthologies, scripted documentaries for both PBS & NPR, and has traveled widely overseas for the Discovery Channel. He was deeply influenced early in his career by the work of Archie Carr. www.BillBelleville.com
Ann McGregor is a teacher, learner, & nature-loving earth mama with a techno-geeky twist. She divides her work time between teaching science to middle school students, and as president of RadTek, a computer consulting firm. Ann’s unique blend of communications and technological skills merges with a deep knowledge of and appreciation for the environment to provide an opportunity to use technology in new and exciting ways. Ann also has a life-long commitment to community service, with a special focus on the arts and outdoor/ fitness based groups. She has served on various boards of directors and led committees for many non-profit organizations. A technologist and educator with a passion for the environment, Ann is also a member of an eco-community in Belize and always looking for ways that makers can help both developed and developing communities.
Sibille Hart Pritchard
Sibille Hart Pritchard is an accomplished businesswoman with a professional background in journalism, public and government relations. A native of Guyana, South America, Pritchard received her education in Europe and several parts of the Caribbean. An active business figure and arts enthusiast, Pritchard’s expertise and guidance have been sought after for numerous boards and organizations. Her sincere commitment to her local, regional and global communities has resulted in numerous honors, awards and recognitions. Her dynamic personality and unending commitment have been recognized and honored globally. A global traveler, she has visited over 80 countries. In the corporate, governmental, cultural and civic communities locally, regionally and abroad, Sibille Pritchard is a highly regarded business figure whose dynamic personality and extensive influence continue to blaze a trail of success and noteworthy achievement.
Dr. Evelyn “Sis” Sebree
“Sis”, as she was known to most everyone, was the great granddaughter of Umatilla’s founding father and lived there for the first 83 years of her life. She spent 30 years in the field of education, the last 25 at Lake-Sumter Community College as Director of Financial Aid. During that time she was a contributing participant to numerous organizations; was executive director of the Lake Sumter Community College Foundation; was a member of the LSCC Board of Trustees; and was founding president of the Umatilla Historical Society.