Chelsea Collison is the FTA Community Outreach Manager with a combined 10 years of experience in outreach, education, and programming for nonprofit organizations. She most recently worked five years as an educator for the Florida Museum of Natural History. Chelsea specializes in using communication strategies and partnership-building to increase public awareness, appreciation, and curiosity for our natural world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Anthony maintains the authoritative Florida Trail geospatial data, handles all mapping efforts, develops mobile data collection solutions to support the program and has a hand in many projects around the trail.
Prior to working with the FNST program, Anthony was an environmental consultant who worked in Florida and around the southeast on a wide variety of conservation projects. Before moving to Florida in 2017, Anthony worked for the National Park Service In Corpus Christi, Texas patrolling the beaches for nesting sea turtles and responding to sea turtle strandings while earning his GIS certificate from Texas A & M, Corpus Christi.
Diane is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone at our Gainesville headquarters. She administrates the FTA’s membership, coordinates donations, and manages the store.
Diane came to Gainesville in 1990 for school and never left. She earned a degree in history and secondary education in 1994. After graduation she worked at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine for 15 years.
Diane grew up in Orlando, where she spent a lot of time on the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers. She is married to an entomologist who works with the USDA on the University of Florida campus.
Diane and her husband enjoy spending their free time kayaking and fishing in the Gulf.
Jane is a born-and-raised Floridian and nature enthusiast who completed a thru-hike of the Florida Trail in 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a degree in English with an emphasis on postcolonial studies. Jane worked in a variety of nonprofit settings from academic publishing to sustainable food systems before joining FTA as the Gateway Communities Coordinator.
She is very excited to work with the Gateway Communities along the trail to strengthen the connection between outdoor recreationalists and the towns surrounding the trail
Abe grew up in Gainesville where he spent a lot of time exploring the woods and swamps in and around Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Food and Resource Economics. During and after his time at UF, Abe spent almost two decades in retail sales and was Verizon’s first general manager to complete a Lean Six Sigma green belt project. After tiring of the retail aspect, he transitioned his love of the outdoors into volunteering and nonprofit work.
He has enjoyed developing his hiking, woodsman and horseman skills. Abe recently was awarded The FTA’s “2018 John Weary Trail Worker Award,” which he was surprised and honored to receive. He is very passionate about using his acquired skills to increase awareness of the Florida National Scenic Trail and helping the FTA in any way that he can. In his free time, Abe enjoys traveling to the beach, touring zoos and going on long walks with his wife and dog.