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The Governing Board appoints the agency's Executive Director (subject to approval by the Governor, and confirmation by the Florida Senate). The Executive Director carries out the Board's directives.
 

 
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Peter Antonacci, Executive Director
Contact: Peter Antonacci or Rosie Byrd
 
Peter Antonacci became Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District in October 2015. He brings more than three decades of extensive experience in Florida state government, finance and law to this leadership role.
 
He served as General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott from 2013 to 2015 and previously as State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. He served as a Governing Board member at the Northwest Florida Water Management District from 2006 to 2012. From 1991 to 1997, he was Bob Butterworth's Deputy Attorney General where he managed major litigation involving a variety of issues, including state lands.
 
Raised in Hialeah, he attended Hialeah High School and Miami Dade College. He also attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts as well as a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. more »
 

 
Len J. Lindahl, P.E., Assistant Executive Director
Contact: Candy McCulloch
 
Len J. Lindahl, P.E., has more than 18 years of experience in water resource engineering and complex project management. His diverse expertise ranges from developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans and operational budgets, to a wide spectrum of civil and environmental engineering services.
 
Prior to joining the District in 2013, he served as vice president of Florida operations for a multinational Fortune 500 company providing technical and management support in a variety of markets including energy, water, transportation and the environment. Lindahl also has served as District Engineer for a number of South Florida local water control districts, responsible for regulatory, construction and operational components. His professional affiliations include the Florida Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Resources Association, Florida Association of Special Districts and the Water Management Institute.
 
Lindahl has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. A life-long Jupiter resident, he is a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida. more » 

 
Brian Accardo, General Counsel
Contact: Jennifer Aiton
 
Brian Accardo joined the District in January 2016 as General Counsel. He previously held leadership positions at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for five years, serving as a program director and as special counsel.
 
In 2013, the American Bar Association awarded Accardo the Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award for his accomplishments and contribution to the development of law, policy and programs in the areas of energy and the environment.
 
Prior to joining the Department of Environmental Protection, Accardo practiced environmental law in Tallahassee. Earlier in his career, he worked as a project manager at a South Florida engineering and construction firm.
 
Accardo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. more » 

 
Richard Bassell, Real Estate
Contact: Andrea Schluter
 
Richard Bassell joined the District in November 2012 as part of the Real Estate group. His depth of experience in acquisitions, marketing and sale of properties helped support the District's comprehensive land assessment process, completed in 2013.
 
Bassell brings extensive experience in real estate asset management, highlighted by resolving a $200 million portfolio of properties and loans in the private sector. Prior to District service, he was an executive with several Florida-based real estate investment and development firms.
 
He has a Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, double majoring in environmental studies and philosophy. more »  

 
Terrie Bates, Water Resources
Contact: Terrie Bates or Lourdes Elias
 
Terrie Bates joined the District in 1985 and has gained wide-ranging experience in environmental regulation, water supply, water quality, wetland mitigation, ecosystem restoration, applied science and watershed management issues. She directed a streamlining effort in environmental permitting to combine the state's surface water management, dredge & fill and sovereign submerged lands programs and to create the mitigation banking program.
 
Bates has held executive management responsibilities for overseeing the District's water shortage and drought response in 2006-2007 and again in 2011.
 
Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Bates received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources & Conservation from the University of Florida and a Master in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. more » 

 
Doug Bergstrom, Administrative Services
Contact: Kimberly Bates
 
Doug Bergstrom has 25 years of experience in public financial management and budgeting, working for government at both the federal and local levels. Early in his career he spent two years serving in the budget offices of the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
 
Bergstrom came to the District in 1988, working his way from entry-level analyst to budget supervisor before becoming the District's Budget Director in 2004. From 2009-2011, he supervised the financial and business functions for Operations & Maintenance – the agency's largest work unit.
 
Bergstrom received a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master in Public Administration from George Mason University. more » 

 
Jill Creech, P.E., Regulation
Contact: Lourdes Elias
 
Jill Creech, P.E., joined the District as the Regulation Division Director in February 2016 after serving five years as director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Southeast District Office in West Palm Beach. In addition to her public service experience with South Florida's regulated community, Creech brings an extensive private sector background to the District. She was president and co-owner of her own engineering firm for 18 years and also worked as a project engineer at several national firms.
 
Creech has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida. more » 

 
Karen Estock, Field Operations & Land Management
Contact: Candy McCulloch
 
Karen Estock initially joined the District in 2004 as Director of the West Palm Beach Field Station and most recently served as Bureau Chief for Infrastructure Management. Her responsibilities included supervising the District's structure inspection program, surveying and hydrologic data acquisition and management.
 
Previously, Estock worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 22 years where she rose to Chief, Field Operations and Readiness, in the Clewiston Office. Her duties included operations and maintenance of the Herbert Hoover Dike, Lake Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Waterway and its associated infrastructure.
 
She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the Corps' Emerging Leaders Program. more »  

 
Jeff Kivett, P.E., Operations, Engineering & Construction
Contact: Candy McCulloch
 
Jeff Kivett, P.E., previously served as the District's Bureau Chief for Engineering and Construction. He was responsible for oversight of the District's restoration and capital projects, ranging from reservoirs and stormwater treatment areas to flood control system improvements.
 
Before joining the District in 2007, Kivett worked in the private sector and also for the City of Los Angeles. In 2009-2010, he was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as Florida Government Engineer of the Year.
 
Kivett holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida. more » 

 
Marcia Kivett, Governing Board & Executive Services
Contact: Haley Koptak
 
Marcia Kivett was named Director of Governing Board and Executive Services in January 2014. She brings a strong focus on organizational excellence and process efficiencies. In her previous position in the Budget Office, she was responsible for the Water Resources and Regulatory Division budgets.
 
Prior to work at the District, Kivett served as Inspector General Superintendent at Patrick Air Force Base and as a Protocol Specialist at installations around the world.
 
A retired Master Sergeant from the Air Force after 21 years of service, Kivett received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Grantham University. more » 

 
Barbara Ross, Communications & Public Affairs
Contact: Candy McCulloch
 
Barbara Ross joined the District in 2003 and the management team in 2009. A skilled writer and editor, she previously worked in the publishing industry, specializing in science, technology, medicine and other nonfiction subjects. Her responsibilities included manuscript development, strategic marketing and project management.
 
Additionally, Ross has authored and edited content for national and regional newspapers, websites, technical journals, trade books and advertising campaigns. Her writing portfolio of District work and technical editing were recognized with first place awards by the National Association of Government Communicators.
 
Ross holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Michigan. In 2009, she completed a year-long leadership development program, The Leader Within, with colleagues from the District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. more » 

 
Duane Piper, Information Technology
Contact: Sharon Fleming
 
Duane Piper became the agency's Chief Information Officer in 2011. He brings 25 years of Information Technology experience, including 11 years at the District and 14 years in the private sector, helping businesses remain competitive through the efficient use of technology. His experience with large information systems in complex operational environments includes international and multi-site settings in the manufacturing, database and publishing industries.
 
Piper earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a Certified Project Manager (PMP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
 
Additionally, Piper serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Palm Beach County School Board. more » 

 
Thomas M. Teets, AICP, Everglades Policy & Coordination
Contact: Lourdes Elias
 
Tom Teets was named Division Director in December 2014. Well-suited and experienced for this role, he has worked at the District on regional water resource planning and implementation for more than 25 years.
 
In his previous position as Federal Policy Chief for the District's ecosystem restoration initiative, he was responsible for helping lead the implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and other federal projects for which the South Florida Water Management District is the local sponsor. He has a proven track record in successfully coordinating the diverse activities of multi-disciplinary teams and interagency collaboration in order to achieve results.
 
A certified planner, Teets received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and his Master of Science from the University of Florida. more » 

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