Bonnie Barnes joined the Deering Estate Foundation as Executive Director in July 2019. Bonnie has over 15 years in nonprofit management and a strong entrepreneurial background in marketing and advertising. Read More
Bonnie Barnes joined the Deering Estate Foundation as Executive Director in July 2019. Bonnie has over 15 years in nonprofit management and a strong entrepreneurial background in marketing and advertising. After earning her MBA at Jacksonville University in 2006, Bonnie launched into the nonprofit world as executive director of North Florida Land Trust, a land conservation organization, purchasing and protecting sensitive lands, as well as establishing major partnership programs to protect endangered species and provide public access to special places. Bonnie served most recently as development manager at Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a worldwide marine conservation organization headquartered in the Florida Keys. One of her key achievements at both organizations was establishing programs that ensure long-term sustainability through planned giving.
Michelle Streit originally from Kansas has been with the Foundation for over 7 years now. She is the driving force behind the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature events including Wine on Harvest Moon and Deering Seafood Festival.
Kristin is a native Floridian growing up less than 3 miles from the Estate. She previously worked in multiple departments on the County side of the Deering for 5+ years before moving to the Foundation as the Special Event Assistant.
Dee Diaz is originally from Michigan and is now a Floridian for life. She has over 8 years of experience in Fundraising and Events in South Florida. She currently assists in all areas with the Deering Estate Foundation.
Bob Ryan, CPA, joined the foundation in May 2017. As part-time bookkeeper, he handles all of the accounting needs of the Deering Estate Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bob has served many community organizations in different capacities, including as CFO of the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida and Controller of the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.
The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Deering Estate, one of South Florida’s largest and most significant historical, archeological, architectural and environmental treasures.