Cathy graduated from Florida International University with a Master in Public Administration (MPA) Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. She also studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Cathy began her employment with Miami-Dade County in 2003 with the Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2006, she moved to the [...]
Born in Miami, Brenda grew up enjoying visits to the Deering Estate, which sat just a mile away from her home. In 2013, she moved to Tallahassee and gained many valuable experiences working at environmental nonprofits and exploring nature refuges. After graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies from [...]
Born and raised in Miami, Rangel is an avid birdwatcher and all around naturalist. He enjoys spending his time outdoors documenting rare species of wildlife and keeping tabs of biodiversity on the property. He started his career with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces in 2006 and has had the privilege of assisting with [...]
Rosana joined the Deering Estate in 2008 as a Guest Services Representative and was promoted to the Assistant to the Business Manager in 2013. She assists with daily and monthly attendance reports, daily sales system data, accounts payable system processing, creating purchase orders, monitoring of the online sales system and more. Rosana can be reached [...]
Karen Solms has a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from NOVA Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science from University of Florida. Karen began her career with Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in 2000 as the lead naturalist for the Sea Turtle Awareness Program [...]
Vanessa Trujillo grew up in North Florida and attended college receiving her BS in Biology from the University of Florida and her PhD in Biology from Florida International University with a specialty in nonnative freshwater fish. Her research interests are in developing programs that bring together stakeholders, scientists, and the public with a common goal [...]
Chris Bumpus grew up in the Northeast where he attended college receiving his BS in General Biology from the University of New Hampshire, his MBA from the University of Rhode Island, and his Masters in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. After completing his Master’s degree he moved to Miami to continue his career [...]
Elias Horna started at Deering Estate in 2008 as a Summer Camp Counselor and continued as part of our Education and Interpretive Staff team. In 2014 he was promoted to Group Sales Specialist. Elias can be reached at phone extension 262.
Andres currently serves as the Manager of Grounds and Maintenance. He has been with Deering Estate for over 20 years. In the past he has been recognized by Professional Grounds Management Society and Landscape Superintendent Magazine for his excellence in grounds skills, dedication and management. Andres can be reached at phone extension 237.
Jenna has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration. She started at Deering in 2009 as a summer camp counselor and continued as part of our Education Team. In 2011 she transferred to the Special Events department as the Special Events Manager. Jenna can be reached at phone extension 236.