Meet our Governing Board

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Rob Bradley, Chair

Fleming Island

Term of appointment: March 2020-March 2024

Rob Bradley is a fifth generation Floridian and managing partner of Bradley, Garrison and Komando, P.A., an Orange Park law firm. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in city, county and local government law. Mr. Bradley represented District 7 in the Florida Senate from 2012-2016 and District 5 from 2016-2020, serving as Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations during the last three years of his tenure. As Chair, he worked to secure more than $1.5 billion for Florida’s environment and water resources. Mr. Bradley is married to Jennifer, his wife of 25 years, and they have three children. Mr. Bradley earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Mr. Bradley was appointed to the Governing Board on Sept. 8, 2020, by Gov. Ron DeSantis to represent Area 2 (the St. Johns River Basin below the Ocklawaha River and the coastal area between the St. Johns River and Ponce de Leon hydrologic units). He was elected the board’s vice chair on Nov. 10, 2020, serving in that capacity until his election as board chair on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Maryam H. Ghyabi-White, Vice Chair

Ormond Beach

Term of appointment: March 2021-March 2025

Ms. Ghyabi-White, of Ormond Beach, is Chief Executive Officer of Ghyabi Consulting and Management. She was appointed Aug. 27, 2021, to an at-large seat on the District’s Governing Board. She previously served on the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board and is a former member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. She was elected the board’s vice chair on Nov. 9, 2021. Ghyabi-White is a member of the Suntrust Bank Board of Trustees, PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler Board of Directors, Past Chair of Floridians for Better Transportation, Chair of the ISB Coalition and Past Chair of the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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Ron Howse, Treasurer

Cocoa

Term of appointment: March 2015-March 2023

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, and reappointed on Aug. 23, 2019. The board elected him to serve as treasurer on Nov. 15, 2016, Nov. 14, 2017, Nov. 13, 2018,  Nov. 10, 2020, and Nov. 9, 2021. 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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J. Chris Peterson, Secretary

Winter Park

Term of appointment: March 2019-March 2023

Mr. Peterson is President of Hell’s Bay Marine, Inc., a shallow-water skiff boat manufacturer. He was appointed to represent Area 4 (the St. Johns River Basin above the Ocklawaha River). He was elected the board’s secretary on Nov. 9, 2021. Previously, he was president of Heath-Peterson Construction Corp. Peterson serves on the advisory board for the University of Florida’s Biological Field Station at Cedar Key and was awarded the Conservation Award for Industry by the International Game Fish Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

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Ryan Atwood

Mount Dora

Term of appointment: March 2019-March 2023

Mr. Atwood is a blueberry farmer, packer and consultant. He is past president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, current vice president of Lake County Farm Bureau, board member of the Florida Fruits and Vegetable Association and the USDA-appointed southeast region representative for U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Atwood received his bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in forest resources and conservation, both from the University of Florida. He was appointed to represent Area 3 (the Ocklawaha River Basin).

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Doug Bournique

Vero Beach

Term of appointment: March 2020-March 2024

Mr. Bournique is the Executive Vice President of the Indian River Citrus League. He was appointed to represent Area 5 (the coastal area between Ponce DeLeon Inlet and Sebastian Inlet, coastal area of Sebastian Inlet to the St. Lucie River) on the Governing Board. Previously, he served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables and on the Federal Reserve Bank’s Agriculture Advisory Council. Bournique received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Whittier College and his master’s degree in environmental protection from Florida Atlantic University. He previously served on the District Governing Board from April 2008 to August 2020.

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Douglas Burnett

St. Augustine

Term of appointment: March 2013-March 2025

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. He was elected chairman for a second year-long term on Nov. 10, 2020, serving in that capacity through Nov. 9, 2021. 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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Cole Oliver

Merritt Island

Term of appointment: March 2018-March 2022

Mr. Oliver is an attorney and partner with Rossway Swan. He was appointed to an at-large seat. Previously, he was an attorney and partner with McClelland Jones. Oliver’s community involvement includes serving on the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy board and as a member of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the East Coast Zoological Society where he helped lead the Brevard Zoo’s mission to continue improving the Indian River Lagoon’s health and restoration. Oliver earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Washington and Lee University, his master of business administration in finance from Louisiana State University and his juris doctor from the University of Florida.

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Janet Price

Fernandina Beach

Term of appointment: March 2018-March 2022

Ms. Price was appointed on Sept. 8, 2020 to represent Area 1 (the St. Marys River Basin-Coastal area between St. Marys and St. Johns rivers hydrologic units). She is a senior manager of environmental affairs with Rayonier Inc., a global land resources company. She has served as chairperson of the Water and Aquatic Biology Committee of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and served on the council’s Forestry and Environmental Technical Group. She previously served on the District’s Governing Board from 2017 to 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Alabama and her master’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama.