CNS is hiring an Operations and Outreach Manager!


President: Marry Shannon

Jennifer DiazMary taught mathematics and science to elementary and middle school students for more than 15 years and has extensive experience as a science coach and science curriculum development. In addition to the classroom, she served as a science leader, science club organizer, and team leader of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering. Prior to joining the Everglades Foundation, Mary was a Science Curriculum Specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools working with school site administrators, teachers, students and parents. Diaz provided school site support for low performing schools, to model effective science teaching, share resources, motivate, encourage and support professionalism in STEM teachers. She also served as Miami-Dade County Public Schools director of two grants, University of Florida’s STEM TIPS teacher induction program-funded by the Department of Education and University of Miami’s Promoting Science Among English Language Learners (P-SELL)-funded by The National Science Foundation. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in health education/community health and Nova Southeastern University with a master’s in educational leadership. In addition, Mary holds a science-teaching certificate in STEM Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, awarded by the NASA Endeavor Fellowship Program.


profile picture JOE CHERNAY is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environment and Society at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research and teaching interests focus on the relationships between people and nature, including political ecology, biodiversity conservation, global food sustainability, and environmental governance. He previously served on the faculty of Virginia Tech, Williams College, and the University of Tennessee. Additional experiences include appointments as President & CEO of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and as a Program Director for the International Honors Program, part of World Learning, where he managed study abroad programs on five continents. He currently serves on several Commissions for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

JOE CHERNAY served in the Unites States Army Military Police Corp for five years and has lived, traveled, and worked in more than 30 countries. He loves to travel, kayak, and hike with his dog.

Director - Thomas Mullane

Today’s generation of children is the first to grow up almost entirely indoors. Our children are spending more time in front of a screen than they are outside. The greatest gift we can give to our children is a love for the outdoors, and the greatest gift we can give to the outdoors is a generation of children who love it.  The Citizens Not Serfs (CNS) strives to ensure Florida’s children have daily opportunities to know and love their natural world—to engage in education in the environment, about the environment, and for the environment. 

My name is Thomas Mullane and I am the current CNS Treasurer.  I have been an active member of CNS for more than 30 years.  Although I am a formal teacher by training, I am an environmental educator by passion.  CNS is my support system that allows me to network, learn, and bring sound environmental education to Floridians.

Founded in 2002, the Citizens Not Serfs in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

The Citizens Not Serfs in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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