P.O. Box 1826,
Fort Myers, Florida 33902

About RGMC, Inc.

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Board of Directors

Contact Information

Meetings regularly include updates from local organizations including the Agency on Bay Management, the Watershed Council, Conservancy, Sierra Club. We also keep track of upcoming zoning and planning issues by following activities of the Army Corp of Engineers, Florida and Federal Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District issues that affect Responsible Growth in southwest Florida.

Meetings are led by the President, attended by the Board of Directors and open to the entire membership to discuss all issues regarding responsible growth.

Board of Directors

Officers

CONNIE LANGMANN President: has lived in Lee County since 1973. She raised her two children here and now there are 2 grandchildren growing up in the area. She has been a volunteer naturalist at 6 Mile Cypress Slough for 15+ years and also at Manatee Park since it opened about 13 years ago. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Calusa Group of the Sierra Club for 10 years and has been on the RGMC Board since 2009. Connie is Certified by the University of Florida as a Florida Master Naturalist and is the owner/operator of GAEA Guides – Guided Kayak Nature Tours, giving tours on EVERY waterway in Southwest Florida from Port Charlotte to Naples.

BOBBIE LEE DAVENPORT Vise President: Click here for Bobbie's resume

WAYNE DALTRY Treasurer: Click here for Wayne's resume

PATTY WHITEHEAD Secretary

Southwest Florida resident for 12 years, involved in activism focusing on community planning and environmental advocacy that entire time.

  • Provided testimony and wrote published letters to the Naples Daily News opposing Syd Kitson's development plans for Babcock Ranch (unnecessary sprawl).

  • Provided testimony before the Collier County's Environmental Advisory Committee and Planning Commission to stop Alico Land Development from opening up a massive limerock mine across from sensitive CREW trust lands near the Corkscrew Rural Community. (Instrumental in hiring Sydney Bacchus for expert testimony for same)

  • Provided critical testimony before the Administrative Law Judge in Tallahassee as a member of Sierra Calusa Group and ECOSWF on behalf of Earthjustice to prevent FDEP from in-filling Cowbone Marsh at Fisheating Creek.

  • Has given testimony numerous times before Lee County BOCC in support of Conservation 2020 and in opposition of lowering impact fees on developers.

  • Lead Volunteer for Marti Daltry during her tenure as Conservation Organizer for Sierra Club Florida

  • Assistant to Bobbie Lee Davenport in planning and coordinating the annual Earth Day event at Koreshan State Park.

I Proudly count myself as a protégé of Ellen Peterson's in the continuation of her Environmental Legacy in SW Florida.

Academic Credentials:

Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude, Villanova University

Master's Candidate Environmental Law and Policy, Vermont Law School

Board Members

NORA DEMERS Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management Representative: Nora was born in Richmond Heights, MO in 1962. She grew up in Florissant, MO. She traveled the country and Europe tent-camping with her (large) family and on her own. She and her husband settled in a small cabin on 40 acres in Cuba MO while she earned a B.S. in Life Sciences from the University of Missouri-Rolla (1989). She then moved to Oregon to earned M.S and Ph.D. (1996) in Zoology from Oregon State University, (Corvallis) studying the acute effects of stress on immunity. Nora is an Associate Professor of Biology and Interdisciplinary studies at FGCU. She moved to Florida in 1997 to join the faculty at the nation’s newest University because of the mission statement that professes environmental sustainability as a foundational characteristic of the institution. Her growth management related research interests include water quality and Gopher tortoise habitat. She has always savored the outdoors and enjoys bicycling, and disc golf. She joined RGMC in 1998 and the board in 2001.

LOREN WIELAND Past Vice President: Loren is the nominee for Vive President, which position he currently holds. Loren grew up in a small town outside of Kalamazoo, MI, along the polluted banks of the Kalamazoo River that served as a wild adventure paradise even though it stunk from paper mill pollution. Loren’s father was a veterinarian and his mother was a dog groomer. He spent his summers on a relative's farm in an even smaller town. After graduating from high school, Loren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from MI State Univ. He then did four years of involuntary servitude in the Air Force including going to Vietnam to settle the situation there, and extricating himself as soon as possible. A Master’s degree in Humanistic Psychology from West GA Univ. was next. He worked in the field off and on with travel and various occupations in-between. Loren washed up on the shores of SW FL in 1979, having escaped dangerous labor in a private mental institution in PA. Before he knew it, he had a grounds- keeping business going in-between watching sunsets on the beaches of Captiva. Loren then broke his neck in a diving accident. So here he is, twenty-six years later, surviving and attempting to take care of the planet. Loren has been a RGMC Board member since 2004.