Board Members

JimPRESIDENT (2007) Jim Cooper, Rotonda West 

A resident of Rotonda West, Jim recently retired after more than 15 years, as the charter CEO/Executive Director of the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority. His education includes an MA in Human Relations and MBA in Business.  He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Placida, served 7 years on the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Preservation Board, 6 yrs with the Sarasota County Myakka River Protections & Oversight Board, 2 years with the Placida Area Planning Board & Vision Group, 4 years on the County’s Boca Grande Area Planning Board, served 3 times on the Charlotte County Assembly. He is a past President  of West County Republicans and currently President of Protect our Watersheds. Jim retired in June 1993 from the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel. When he retired, he was the Base Commander at Mt.  Home AFB in Idaho and the pentagon’s leader conducting an on-time requisite NEPA Environmental Impact Statement which successfully enabled the Air Force to bring a new mission to Idaho, as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, combining precision strike fighter and bomber aircraft at one base entitled the 366th Gunfighters Composite Wing.  Jim was the Chair of the LBC 2006 and 2007 Annual Toast to the Coast fundraisers. 


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 VICE PRESIDENT (2015) Irene Slattery (2014) Englewood

  Irene is a Native New Yorker from Westchester County and has been a SW Florida resident for 39 yrs. She obtained her degree in Business Administration from S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill before moving to Englewood in 1979.

A familiar face in the banking industry, Irene has 33 yrs. banking experience in the Englewood community. She is employed with Centennial Bank formerly Stonegate Bank as Vice President and Senior Branch Mgr. of the Englewood Office.

Irene volunteers her time and talents to many local non-profits and has served as a committee member for the Lemon Bay Conservancy’s annual Toast-to-the-Coast event for the past 7 yrs. She is currently an active member of the local organization BPW (Business and Professional Women), the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce serving on various committees, a supporter of Dollars For Mammograms, Inc., and has her Real Estate Salesperson’s license.


 Eva Eva Furner (2012) Cape Haze

  Eva Furner is a resident of Cape Haze, a retired IBM leader, an active birder, a sea turtle patrol volunteer, and an accomplished nature photographer. Her varied career at IBM included professional and management positions in systems  engineering, customer education, new product development, market analysis, and marketing strategy and planning. Eva  holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Miami. She is the Chair of our Wildflower Preserve Committee, working with our LBC volunteers on implementation projects and on long-range preserve planning. Eva also co-chairs the LBC Grants Committee.

adam picAdam Cummings (2015)  Punta Gorda

 Adam is a former Charlotte County Commissioner who was known for advocacy of the environment and growth management. A longtime friend of the Conservancy, he was an important participant in the Wildflower and phosphate strip mining issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, an unlimited tonnage ships officer’s license and a lieutenant’s honorable discharge from the United States Naval Reserve Merchant Marine.

Adam is a financial advisor who provides a wide range of services through his office in downtown Punta Gorda. In addition to volunteering for Lemon Bay Conservancy, he is an active supporter of Friends of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, TEAM Punta Gorda, the City of Punta Gorda, the Lifelong Learning Institute, the Renaissance Academy, Learn to Sail, and participates in the Dr. Suess reading program at local elementary schools. Adam and his wife Terry reside in Punta Gorda with their two sons, Devin and Colin.


John McCurley (2016) Englewood

John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Marketing.  He was employed for 33 years by the 3M Company, working in various sales management and Sr. Account management positions.  John was involved in local government in Mason, Ohio from 1989 t0 2005. He served for 16 years on City Council and Planning Commission, with four of those years as Mayor.  (At that tine Mason was the fastest growing city in Ohio.)  

John has also served on various civic and local school committees in Warren County, Ohio.   He is an active member and past President of Kiwanis Club, and current President of the Board of The Sanctuary at Cape Haze Condo Assoc.  John was a key organizer and participant in the opposition to development of the Wildflower Golf Course, which is now Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wildflower Preserve.   John first became a Florida property owner in 1989 and has maintained a residence in our area since 2008.