Cleaning Florida's waterways and natural lands since 1993


Prior to her role as Executive Director of Current Problems, Nicole was on staff at Alachua Conservation Trust after completing their Women in the Woods program. She also served as a Grades of Green educator, supporting public schools throughout the US in environmental program development and implementation. She has also worked with the GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Florida State Park Service, and the St. Johns River Water Management District. In 2016, Nicole was the Marine Science Educator at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Executive Director: Nicole Llinas

Throughout the course of her career, Nicole has focused on research and education initiatives at the intersection of restoration, ecology, and human interaction with the environment. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida and previously served on the Communications Task Force for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. 


A lifelong Floridian, Nicole studied Coastal Biology and Philosophy at the University of North Florida, specializing in watershed ecosystem management. Her undergraduate thesis project measured the health of marsh grass used in shoreline restoration and was an award recipient at the Florida Lake Management Society symposium.

Nicole is passionate about integrating scientific endeavors into local communities and reconnecting citizens with their shared land and natural resources.

President: Dan Rountree

Dan has been with Current Problems since the very beginning. He is a dedicated steward of the environment, involving himself in a variety of cleanup and educational events around North Florida. Dan is a talented artist and often incorporates his love of nature into his personal artwork.


Vice President: Ruth Steiner

Ruth Steiner is a Professor and Director of the Center for Health and the Built Environment. Her research focuses on planning for sustainable communities, especially for transportation.  Since 1980 she had been an enthusiastic recycler and composter. She routinely picks up trash when she goes for walks in her neighborhood.

Treasurer: Barb Gibbs

Barbara Gibbs is a founding board member of Current Problems.  Besides being concerned about water quality issues, she enjoys kayaking on North Florida rivers and springs and is an avid photographer.


Mike Byerly

Mike Byerly has served on our board for many years. His love of nature is reflected in many ways. He studied Zoology and Ecology, serves on several environmental non-profit boards, and can often be found kayaking. hiking, or photographing nature.

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Hollie Greer

Hollie works for the County Environmental Protection Department water resources group and has worked in environmental public outreach in Alachua County for many years. She has degrees in wildlife ecology and psychology. She is most at home in the water or barefoot in the garden.


Tom Ward

Tom has been with Current Problems for many years, and served as treasurer for many of them. He is an avid cyclist and environmentalist, splitting his time between Gainesville and the mountains of North Carolina.

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Byron Flagg

Byron Flagg is a third generation Floridian with deep roots in Alachua County. A licensed Florida attorney since 2005, Byron started his legal career as a criminal prosecutor for the 8th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney's Office with special experience working with the Alachua County Environmental Crimes Task Force.  He returned to the University of Florida College of Law in 2011 to earn an LL.M. Degree in Environmental and Land Use law and since then has worked in the private and public sectors across the state, including for the St. Johns River Water Management District as an Assistant General Counsel.  He is experienced in land use, environmental, real estate, local government and coastal issues throughout Florida.  Byron is also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Interested in Joining our Board of Directors?

Please contact cleanup@currentproblems.org if you are interested in joining our team!