Danny Smith, Executive Director
Danny brings over 16 years of professional experience in the fields of land management, conservation, and agriculture research. In addition to time spent working as a research assistant for the University of Tennessee, Danny managed Manatee County’s Conservation Lands program for several years and worked in the ecological consulting field for several years performing habitat restoration activities. In addition to his vast ecological and land management experience Danny is well versed in operations management and problem solving. Danny was born and raised in Manatee County and has a true understanding of southwest Florida as well as an overall connection to the area that he and his family consider their home.
Danny has a B.S. in Soils and Land Use from the University of Florida, did post graduate study at the University of Memphis, and has certifications in natural areas management and prescribed fire management. Danny is particularly interested helping to develop local sustainable agriculture which provides people with choices, energy crops, and improving the quality of living for residents of the areas the FWCRCD serves.
Jacob Leech, Agricultural Manager
Jacob Leech came to work for the RC&D from Virginia in 2006 and is now directing the operations of both farms and the MARS program. Jacob grew up in a small town and worked on farms for most of his life. He brings a grounded real-world perspective to the RC&D in his understanding of the family farm, such as balancing economics with environmental issues. He graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Minor in Field Biology, and is now putting his experience and training to work at the RC&D.
Linda Pearcy, Membership Coordinator & Office Manager
Linda Pearcy grew up on a family farm in middle Tennessee. Linda obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked in the not for profit industry for seven years and has a strong customer service background. She brings her experience in non-profit membership development, education, and event services to RC&D. Linda is excited to meld her experience in non-profits and her agricultural background into a career at RC&D.