Meet our Governing Board

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Fred N. Roberts Jr., Chairman

Ocala

Term of appointment: March 2012-March 2019

Mr. Roberts was appointed to the Governing Board on March 2, 2012, to represent the Ocklawaha River Basin (Area 3). He was reappointed to a four‑year term on March 27, 2015. The board elected him vice chairman on Nov. 12, 2014, and re-elected him on Nov. 10, 2015, Nov. 15, 2016, Nov. 14, 2017, and Nov. 13, 2018. Prior to that date, Mr. Roberts served for a year as secretary beginning on Nov. 12, 2013. He became chairman on March 12, 2019. Mr. Roberts is an attorney with the law firm of Klein and Klein in Ocala, where he has worked since 2006. His practice focuses on real estate, probate and commercial law. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Florida and a law degree from Stetson University. A sixth-generation Floridian, Mr. Roberts is active in community affairs, including serving on the boards of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County and the College of Central Florida Foundation. He has also served as a member of the Ocala 2035 Leadership Counsel, as a Division Chair for the United Way 2009 Campaign Cabinet, as counsel for the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority and is a member of the Metropolitan Ocala Rotary Club.

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Charles "Chuck" Drake, Secretary

Orlando

Term of appointment: April 2011-March 2019

Mr. Drake was appointed to the Governing Board April 21, 2011, by Gov. Rick Scott to represent Area 4, a region that extends from southern Putnam County to southern Indian River County. He was reappointed to a four-year term on March 27, 2015. Mr. Drake was elected secretary on Nov. 12, 2014, and was re-elected on Nov. 10, 2015, Nov. 15, 2016, Nov. 14, 2017, and Nov. 13, 2018. Mr. Drake is a licensed professional geologist in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina, and is currently a vice president at Tetra Tech, Inc., a national engineering consulting firm. He has been employed as a hydrogeologist for almost 30 years. After graduating from the University of Florida, Mr. Drake began his career at the St. Johns River Water Management District, where his work focused primarily on protecting and allocating water resources based on the issuance of consumptive use permits. Since then, his professional work has focused on protecting water resources while ensuring that they are used to expand and enhance economic development. His expertise is in hydrogeology, groundwater resource evaluation, well and wellfield design and water use permitting that provides a solid foundation to support smart water management strategies that balance our need to protect the environment with our need to use resources. As a founding member of the Florida Association of Professional Geologists, he has worked to promote the profession of geology. He has served as president of the Florida Association of Professional Geologists and served for two years on the Advisory Board of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

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Ron Howse, Treasurer

Cocoa

Term of appointment: April 2015-March 2019

Mr. Howse lives along the Indian River Lagoon in Cocoa, and is president and founder of Real Deal Development Group, a real estate investment, civil engineering and land planning business where he has been in practice for more than 25 years. He was appointed to an at-large seat on the Governing Board on April 8, 2015. The board elected him to serve as treasurer on Nov. 15, 2016, and re-elected him on Nov. 14, 2017, and Nov. 13, 2018. Mr. Howse is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He was elected to the St. Cloud City Council at the age of 28, one of the youngest ever elected to that post, and is a former assistant public works director for the city of Altamonte Springs. Mr. Howse has been a member of the Florida Transportation Commission since 2009, and has served three years as the Commission’s chairman. He previously served on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and on the boards of directors for the Kissimmee/​Osceola County and St. Cloud Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Howse is the former majority owner of the Orlando Predators and a former member of the Arena Football League’s Board of Directors. His community service includes the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Pop Warner Football, the Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge.

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Douglas C. Bournique

Vero Beach

Term of appointment: April 2008-March 2020

Mr. Bournique is executive vice president of the Indian River Citrus League, where he has served on committees for both the St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts, including the St. Johns District’s Agriculture Advisory Committee. He was recognized by both districts for commitment and leadership in the protection of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. He was appointed to the Governing Board for a four-year term on April 2, 2008, and was reappointed June 19, 2012, and again on July 29, 2016. The seat represents Area 5. He served as the Board’s secretary from Nov. 8, 2011, to Nov. 12, 2013. Previously, Mr. Bournique worked for the 350,000-acre Florida Sugar Cane League. Among his numerous affiliations, he is currently a member of the Florida Agriculture Water Policy Group, Indian River Area Citrus Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation Committee, South Florida Water Management District Water Resource Advisory Committee, and the St. Lucie River Issues Team. He also was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables. Mr. Bournique has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Whittier College and attended San Diego State University, Florida Atlantic University, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

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Douglas Burnett

St. Augustine

Term of appointment: May 2013-March 2021

Mr. Burnett is president of Doug Burnett and Associates, a consulting firm for major defense contractors. He was appointed to a four-year term to an at-large seat on the Governing Board on May 21, 2013. Mr. Burnett is a retired major general with the Florida National Guard, having served during his 47-year tenure as a tactical fighter and airline pilot, technical and personnel program manager, and a commanding officer. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Burnett held several key positions with the Florida National Guard, including Chief of Safety, Group Operations Officer, Director of Operations, Chief of Staff, Assistant Adjutant/Air and Adjutant General. As Adjutant General, he had responsibility for more than 12,000 soldiers and airmen who were engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, as well as responding to hurricanes, wildfires and other major natural disasters. Mr. Burnett served on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, an advisory board to the Secretary of Defense, and was Chairman of the National Guard Domestic Operations Advisory Committee. In addition to his military career, Mr. Burnett was a commercial pilot for Pan American World Airways and National Airlines. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a graduate of the USAF Command and General Staff College and the USAF Air War College. Mr. Burnett is past president of the National Guard Officers Association of Florida and has served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Guard Association of the United States. Mr. Burnett currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Air National Guard, U.S.

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Susan Dolan

Sanford

Term of appointment: March 2017-March 2021

Ms. Dolan is Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations for Waste Pro of Florida, Inc., central Florida, which includes Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Flagler counties. She was appointed to an at-large seat on the Governing Board on March 31, 2017, for a four-year term by Gov. Rick Scott. A native Floridian, she was born in Miami and raised in the Daytona/Port Orange area. Prior to her current position at Waste Pro, she spent 25 years as a litigation paralegal in the east and central Florida areas. Ms. Dolan is very active in the region, working with community leaders to promote charitable events and organizations in the community. Her community affiliations and work include 2017 President Deland Area Chamber of Commerce, Seminole County Republican State Committeewoman, Board of Directors for the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Seminole County Parks and Preservation Advisory Committee, Board Member PARCs Foundation (Seminole County), Seminole County Value Adjustment Board, Lake Mary Rotary Club, and Seminole County Boy Scout Golden Eagle Dinner Sponsorship Committee. She also previously has been involved in Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler (Board Member 2013–2016), Leadership Seminole Class 20, Leadership Winter Park Class 24, Leadership West Volusia Graduate 2014, Leadership Ormond Beach Graduate Class XII and the South Seminole Hospital Women’s Advisory Council.