Executive Management

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The Governing Board appoints the agency's Executive Director (subject to approval by the Governor, and confirmation by the Florida Senate). The Executive Director carries out the Board's directives.


Reports to the Governing Board
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Melissa L. Meeker, Executive Director
Executive Office
Melissa L. Meeker became Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District in June 2011. With nearly 20 years experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms. Meeker brings to this leadership position a proven record of executive management, policy development, business administration and government relations expertise. more »

Office of Inspector General
Contact: Ann Haga
The Inspector General provides independent review of agency operations through objective and professional audits, investigations, reviews, and evaluations of taxpayer-financed programs.


Reports to the Executive Director
Ernie Barnett, Everglades Policy Director
Contact: Haley Jain
Ernie Barnett has 27 years of water resources management experience and public service, during which he contributed to several landmark environmental laws. He had a lead role in the successful passage by the Florida Legislature of the Lake Okeechobee Protection Act and the Everglades Restoration Investment Act, which has provided more than $1 billion dollars for Everglades restoration. He also helped secure approval of the Water Resource Development Act of 2000, in which Congress authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. more » 

Bob Brown, Assistant Executive Director
Contact: Laurel Donovan
Bob Brown joined the District in 1987 after serving three years with the former Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (now part of FDEP). His first assignment was to gain support and approval for District water resource projects from external state and federal agencies, including regulatory approvals. He has served as a project manager on numerous water resource-related construction projects and directed the District's Environmental Resource Compliance Division. more » 

Deena Reppen, Chief of Staff
Contact: Haley Jain
Deena Reppen served with Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) prior to joining the District in 2007, where she has directed the agency's regulatory functions, governmental programs and public affairs. During her eight-year tenure with FDEP she served as Chief of Staff, Director of Communications, Press Secretary, Ecosystem Projects Director and as the Northeast Regulatory District's Community Affairs Coordinator. more » 

Tommy Strowd, P.E., Director of Operations, Maintenance & Construction
Contact: Diana Longhurst
Tommy Strowd, P.E., has more than 30 years experience in environmental and water resource engineering, gained in both the public and private sectors. Since joining the District in 1992, he has served as Operations Director, helped accelerate the design and construction of projects in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and contributed significantly to regional water resource planning and engineering. Most recently, he led the agency as Interim Executive Director. more » 

General Counsel
Contact: Jennifer Aiton
The General Counsel is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the agency's Office of Counsel.


Reports to the Assistant Executive Director
Terrie Bates, Director of Water Resources
Contact: Lourdes Elias
Terrie Bates joined the District in 1985 and has gained wide-ranging experience in environmental regulation, water supply, water quality, wetland mitigation, ecosystem restoration, applied science and watershed management issues. She directed a streamlining effort in environmental permitting to combine the state's surface water management, dredge & fill and sovereign submerged lands programs and to create the mitigation banking program. more » 

Doug Bergstrom, Director of Administrative Services
Contact: Ester Story
Doug Bergstrom has 25 years of experience in public financial management and budgeting, working for government at both the federal and local levels. Early in his career he spent two years serving in the budget offices of the US Customs Service and the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. more » 

Sharon Trost, P.G., AICP, Director of Regulation
Contact: Nadine McAndrews
Sharon Trost, P.G., AICP, has been with the District for more than 30 years. First hired as a hydrogeologist, Ms. Trost has managed divisions and departments throughout the agency, bringing her technical, organizational and leadership skills to the following areas: data collection, regulation, planning, research, ecosystem restoration, Everglades stormwater, operations and information technology. more » 

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