Our Santa Fe River is proud to announce our three new advisors;
A retired FAA air traffic controller specializing in weather, Russ Augspurg has been a riparian owner in Gilchrist county since 1999. During his time with the FAA, he taught courses in Problem Solving and Facilitations. As a board member for Adopt A River, now known as Current Problems, he organized and was involved in many river clean-ups. He ran his hobby/business as a canoe guide (Canoe Excursions) from 1992–9. When Russ discovered that water bottling plants were interested in coming near his property on the Santa, Fe, he organized the first public meetings that evolved into Our Santa Fe River, Inc.
With extensive experience in all phases of marketing and communications, Kathy Fleming has developed and led branding and marketing programs at numerous organizations. She currently works with the Principal Gifts office at the University of Florida Foundation as well as several health care clients across the country. Kathy’s love of rivers stems from growing up in Live Oak, where she spent a lot of time on and in the Suwannee River and its very special springs. She purchased property on the Santa Fe River in 1993 and has resided there since 2002.
Marihelen Wheeler has been an educator in North Florida for 31 years, teaching in Levy and Alachua Counties. She has an M.A. Ed. from Eastern Kentucky University in Art Education and an MA from the University of Florida in Exceptional Student Education. She is on the Board of Santa Lake Dwellers, Florida Wildlife Care, works with the Awake Marion group and is currently co-hosting “Straight Talk” on African Network Television. Marihelen has worked on water issues throughout the state over the past ten years advocating for the springs and freshwater bodies of the state. She has joined several water conservation groups in the struggle to protect the environment of Florida and works to enlighten legislators to the need for intense conservation measures.