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Thomas Hecker
Chief Executive Officer
Martha Clemente
Chris Salmonsen
Doris Button
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Bobbi Rodgers
Resource Manager/Site Coordinator
Zuliana Salerno
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Staff Biographies

Thomas Hecker

Thomas Hecker

“I am excited to bring my non-profit management and business experience to strengthen the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center’s ability to promote environmental education in the greater Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay region,” states CHEC CEO Thomas Hecker, adding, “We are uniquely positioned to assist in educating the public on critical land, water and wildlife resources that support Charlotte County’s economy and quality of life.”

Immediately prior to joining CHEC, Mr. Hecker was the Director of Operations at Cinco Ceibas in Costa Rica as well as the owner of an environmental and horticultural consulting firm serving clients such as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and David Copperfield’s residence and resort in the Bahamas. He was also the founding Director of Horticulture at the Naples Botanical Garden, served as the first Director of Magic Wings Butterfly House and Insectarium for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, and worked at the renowned Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis.

In addition to his more than a decade of non-profit management experience, Mr. Hecker holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Prescott College, AZ., with a Certificate in Non-profit Management from Duke University, NC.

Born in Cleveland and raised on the Alafia River south of Tampa, Thomas Hecker has lived in Florida for most of his life. Mr. Hecker and his wife Jennifer, the Director of Natural Resource Policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, have two sons, one at Florida State University and one at Gulf Coast High School. He has traveled the globe leading natural history trips, collecting tropical flora and fauna for educational display purposes and providing consulting services for resorts, individuals, museums, zoos and botanical gardens, but always enjoys returning to Florida to share his passion for the local environment.