John is an Environmental Scientist with thirteen years of experience related to natural resource studies and permitting.  Over his career, John has worked to gain a vast knowledge in environmental regulatory permitting procedures.  These procedures consist of, but are not limited to, state and federal wetland delineation and verification, tree surveys, protected species permitting and relocations, biological assessments, land management, and mitigation planning and design.  John's project experience scales from single family residences to DoD compliance.  He is also knowledgeable in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and utilizes this program to create comprehensive exhibits, and analyze data to support his environmental findings.  John has worked with various professional scientists, GIS specialists, and engineers to expand his knowledge in a wide array of disciplines.  John is also considered reputable scientist by his colleagues at the Water Management District and Army Corp of Engineers.  

Danny has over twenty years of experience as a field botanist and environmental consultant, and has served in all capacities from field grunt to Department Director. He has primarily been based in East Central Florida but has worked throughout the southeast from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina to the Bahamas. Danny is an active member of numerous plant and conservation societies at state and local levels and has a strong affinity to plant identification, estuarine ecology, fire ecology, and Florida natural history. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Central Florida in 1995 and serves as an instructor for numerous society and college workshops.

Cheily gained her most valuable leadership and business operations skills while serving in the United States Army as a Finance and Operations Manager, and this role launched into a career related to financial and business management, along with a strong leadership role in business and civic arenas. Upon completing six years of service, and achieving the rank of sergeant, Cheily received an honorable discharge. Cheily then promptly completed a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management and a Master’s of Science in Management at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The University has also employed her services for financial management of the College of Aviation.  In addition, Cheily founded Young Bear Environmental Consulting to broaden her horizons in the business world.  At YBE, Cheily manages all day to day operations for an environmental consulting firm that operates throughout the southeast US and Caribbean.  She spends countless hours marketing and ensuring client satisfaction but don’t get her wrong, Cheily doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and she can often be found in the field conducting wetland and wildlife surveys or installing wildlife exclusionary fencing.  Cheily’s enthusiasm for improving business operations and creating a healthy working environment are evident in the various institutions that have sought her services and in the impact she has made to those on the teams she has led. Cheily is actively involved in the community volunteering within many different organizations to help improve local businesses while building relationships with current and prospective clients

Ray is a former US Navy master helmsman and small boat coxswain and also served with the US Coast Guard Reserves.  Upon his honorable discharge, Ray completed his degree in Biology with a concentration of studies in Entomology, Botany and Florida ecosystems.  He is now a Senior Biologist with the Department of Landscape and Natural Resources at UCF.  Ray manages the Urban Forestry Program on campus by training ‘tree teams’ on proper pruning techniques, disease and nutrient recognition and tree protection. He oversees hazard tree and invasive / exotic tree removals with staff and contractors and inspects and selects trees for new planting projects while providing technical support to principal investigators or students through research projects studying urban forestry principles.  He also oversees the Natural Lands Program over approximately 800 acres of natural areas on campus including scrub, flatwoods and several wetland systems using prescribed fire, mechanical treatments and herbicide spraying to manage exotic plant species. Ray coordinates wetland monitoring, habitat evaluation and compliance reporting for mitigation and restoration projects.  Ray has served as an Environmental Specialist  with the Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Plant Industry (DPI), Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties.

Colaborative Team

Don Spence

John Baehre

Steven is a project manager with a background in Archetictual Design, Project Management, Building Construction Technology, AutoCAD, Construction Scheduling, Surveying, Engineering, Construction Estimating, Costing, Methods and Materials. Born and Raised in Central Florida, Steven has seen the growth and development of this area over the years.  After getting involved with construction, he built his business from the ground up eventually expanding to ten locations around Central Florida.  S. Michael Construction Services, Inc. main focus and success is based on workmanship, honesty, integrity and above all, customer service.


Steven Michael

Ray Jarrett

Don is a Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist (Fl-1341) who has a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Florida, a M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in Biology from Stetson University. Don owns Native Florida Landscapes, LLC and has been specializing in the health assessment of Florida plant communities, home landscapes and trees and wetland delineation for 12 years.  Don also works part time for the City of Flagler Beach where he reviews  environmental permits, teaches Botany and Biology at Daytona Beach Community College and is on the Florida Native Plant Society Board of Directors.  Don is also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a native of Daytona Beach, Florida.  

Don believes in the power of cooperation and the importance of good science to develop and complete projects.

Don has been the President and Director of the Volusia/Flagler Native Plant Society, 
Vice President of Administration on the Executive Board of the statewide Native Plant 
Society, the 2006 Chair of the FNPS Annual Meeting and was a past member of the 
Volusia County Code Enforcement Board.


Cheily Diaz

Danny Young