Blake C. Guillory, P.E., Executive Director
Contact: Lourdes Elias
As head of the state's largest water management agency, Mr. Guillory leads the District in carrying out its mission to balance and improve water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply across the region. Under his direction, the agency provides flood protection to South Florida through one of the largest water management systems in the world; works with utilities and stakeholders to develop long-term water supply plans; and is implementing landmark restoration strategies to improve water quality, expand water storage and restore more natural flows to America's Everglades. Background Profile »
Blake C. Guillory, P.E., became Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District in September 2013. He brings 26 years of water resource experience both in Florida and the southeastern United States to this leadership role. Prior to joining the SFWMD, he served two years as Executive Director for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, headquartered in Brooksville.
Prior to his public service, Mr. Guillory was vice president for Brown and Caldwell, a national consulting firm providing water supply, wastewater, stormwater, infrastructure and environmental science expertise. During an accomplished private-sector career, he also served as vice president and water resources division manager for PBS&J, now Atkins North America. He is a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D. WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and a member of several professional organizations, including the Florida Stormwater Association, Florida Floodplain Managers Association, Florida Engineering Society, Florida Water Environment Association, American Water Works Association, American Water Resources Association and American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mr. Guillory has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, along with both a Master of Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He is a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida.
Timothy Beirnes, CPA, Inspector General
Contact: Ann Haga
Mr. Beirnes is responsible for planning and overseeing objective reviews and evaluations of agency operations and taxpayer-financed programs. This independent position reports directly to the Governing Board. Background Profile »
With nearly 30 years of audit and investigative experience, Tim Beirnes was appointed by the Governing Board to serve as District Inspector General effective November 2011.
Mr. Beirnes received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University and his MBA from Florida Atlantic University. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he holds numerous other professional certifications and is an active member of several national auditing and accounting associations.
Len J. Lindahl, P.E., Assistant Executive Director
Contact: Haley Koptak
Mr. Lindahl oversees the agency's core mission functions: water management operations, maintenance and construction; water resource science, engineering and planning; Everglades restoration; and regulation. Background Profile »
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. Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. DeLisi guides the District's external affairs, with a focus on intergovernmental outreach, constituent relations, public communications and Governing Board operations. He also oversees the real estate and administrative mission-support functions of the agency. Background Profile »
Daniel DeLisi has more than 16 years of experience in public policy, governmental relations, land use planning and dispute resolution. As a former SFWMD Governing Board member and Big Cypress Basin Board Chair, Mr. DeLisi has in-depth knowledge of agency projects and programs throughout South Florida.
Prior to joining the District in 2013, Mr. DeLisi was Vice-President/Principal of DeLisi Fitzgerald, Inc., a land use planning and engineering consulting firm, where he specialized in working with stakeholders to explore common land use and environmental goals while building community-wide consensus. Mr. DeLisi's experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University; conference speaker on environmental, consensus-building and land use issues; and appointments to the Florida Impact Fee Review Task Force, the Lee County Local Planning Agency, the Estero Community Planning Panel and the Board of Trustees of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Land and Water Trust.
Mr. DeLisi holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University.
Mr. Burns provides and oversees legal services in support of the agency's mission responsibilities. Key program areas include legal counsel and research, negotiations and dispute resolution, resource protection rulemaking, litigation and preventive law. Background Profile »
Kirk L. Burns was appointed General Counsel in January 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental law practice, with the past 13 years at the South Florida Water Management District.
In his most recent leadership position as litigation managing attorney in the SFWMD Office of Counsel, he oversaw and helped resolve a number of key District legal cases. He has extensive knowledge regarding technical, scientific, policy and regulatory issues surrounding Everglades matters and helped reach consensus on the state's Restoration Strategies plan of action to further improve water quality.
Prior to joining the District in 2002, Mr. Burns was in private practice in Miami. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985 and is Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. He received a Bachelor of Science and his Juris Doctorate from Boston University.
Terrie Bates, Water Resources Division Director
Contact: Haley Koptak
Ms. Bates manages the agency's scientific focus on ecosystem and technology research, water quality monitoring and analysis, water supply planning and resource evaluations. Background Profile »
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.
Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
Doug Bergstrom, Administrative Services Division Director
Contact: Jennifer Aiton
Mr. Bergstrom manages the day-to-day business/administrative support operations for the entire District including budget, performance metrics, finance, procurement, information technology, facilities and human resources. Background Profile »
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 US Customs Service and the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
Mr. 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 oversaw the financial and business functions for Operations & Maintenance – the agency's largest work unit.
Mr. Bergstrom received a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master in Public Administration from George Mason University.
Karen Estock, Field Operations & Land Management Division Director
Contact: Candy McCulloch
Ms. Estock manages the operations and maintenance functions conducted by the agency's eight field stations to provide year-round water management system readiness. She also oversees the District's canal and levee rights of way and stewardship of public lands. Background Profile »
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 overseeing the District's structure inspection program, surveying and hydrologic data acquisition and management.
Previously, Ms. 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.
Jeff Kivett, P.E., Operations, Engineering & Construction Division Director
Contact: Candy McCulloch
Mr. Kivett manages around-the-clock water control operations and monitoring of the regional water management system and coordination with local entities. He also oversees the inspection and refurbishment of existing facilities, along with the design and construction of new projects and infrastructure. Background Profile »
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, Mr. 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.
Mr. Kivett holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida.
Thomas M. Teets, AICP, Office of Everglades Policy & Coordination Division Director
Contact: Haley Koptak
Mr. Teets coordinates, develops and implements comprehensive policy and projects to preserve, restore and protect the South Florida ecosystem while recognizing the needs of external constituents and stakeholders. He oversees interactions with the agency's restoration partners at both the federal and state levels. Background Profile »
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, Mr. Teets received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and his Master of Science from the University of Florida.
Sharon Trost, P.G., AICP, Regulation Division Director
Contact: Haley Koptak
Ms. Trost manages the agency's regulatory programs, which help protect, manage and improve regional water resources. The District's streamlined permitting process and online database provide ready access to historical and current regulatory information, including pending applications. Background Profile »
Sharon Trost, P.G., AICP, has been with the District for more than 30 years. First hired as a hydrogeologist, Ms. Trost has managed divisions and departments throughout the agency, bringing her technical, organizational and leadership skills to the following areas: data collection, regulation, planning, research, ecosystem restoration, Everglades stormwater, operations and information technology.
Ms. Trost has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida. She is a licensed professional geologist and a certified land use and environmental planner.
Bernard J. Ward, SR/WA, Real Estate Division Director
Contact: Andrea Schluter
Mr. Ward manages all of the District's real estate-related transactions (acquisition, sale, lease, exchange/swap, etc.). Public land is integral to fulfilling the agency's mission of environmental restoration, flood control and water supply. Background Profile »
Ben Ward has 30 years of experience handling public-sector projects, addressing complex real estate challenges and helping engineers and construction teams succeed with project implementation.
Prior to joining the District in 2014, Mr. Ward most recently served as Vice President and Senior Group Manager for Right of Way at Atkins North America. He has in-depth experience in acquisitions, leasing, surplus property management and eminent domain issues.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and holds the highest level of industry recognition as a Senior Right of Way Professional (SR/WA).