Advisors

Ken Grudens Executive Director

Ken works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a variety of programs which protect and conserve the natural resources and special places of Indian River County. Ken has a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the State College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Buffalo. He previously managed the New York State Farmland Protection Program and before that was Director of Land Protection for the Columbia Land Conservancy in the Hudson River Valley. Ken most recently served as the President of the Alliance of Florida Land Trusts, and on the City of Sebastian Natural Resources Board.

Ann Alleva Taylor Director of Marketing & Philanthropy

Ann is a valued marketing and development resource to the Land Trust, having come from a highly-successful and diversified marketing and advertising management career serving a Fortune-50 clientele. Combining marketing savvy with strong brand strategies and development techniques, Ann consistently produces strong ROIs to meet the funding needs of the Land Trust. A native of Haverford, Pennsylvania, Ann is thrilled to share her passion for saving the Lagoon and the surrounding land, insuring that our community remains the most treasured destination on the east coast of Florida.

David Heuberger Director of Land Protection

David Heuberger has a strong background in the management of the state's natural resources, including the Indian River Lagoon. David's responsibilities with the State have included natural resources protection and management, overseeing development and maintenance of trails and other public facilities, and the development and implementation of management plans for Florida's coastal resources. David holds a Master of Science from the Department of Soil and Water Science, University of Florida (1995). David was also a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Florida. He completed his post graduate work with the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.

Ken Gonyo Volunteer Coordinator

Kenneth (Ken) Gonyo C.P.A, joined the Land Trust in December 2015 as Volunteer Coordinator. Moving from upstate New York to Florida in 1983 he began his Certified Public Accounting practice and is now mostly retired from that activity.

Ken has been extensively involved in volunteer activities both in Central Florida and in Western North Carolina where he has spent the summers. In Western North Carolina Ken volunteered for NC Forestry at DuPont State Recreational Forest and Holmes Educational State Forest. Since 2011 Ken has been an active volunteer in Central Florida working for Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island Audubon Society, and for Indian River County both at the IRLT Lagoon Greenway and at Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.

Lois Fay Database Analyst

A Baltimore native, Lois moved to Sebastian Florida in 2007, seeking a simpler life, warmer weather and expanded offshore fishing opportunities. With 30 years of administrative experience in the Baltimore-Washington corridor (11 years directly in the non-profit sector), Lois brings a solid base of skills to the Land Trust, ensuring accuracy and organization in database functions.

Leslie London Conservation Assistant

Leslie Johnson London is a Vero Beach native and graduate of Vero Beach High School. She is married and has three children. After living in Atlanta, Coral Springs, Cork Ireland Leslie made her way back to Vero Beach in 2004. In Atlanta, she worked as a Real Estate Paralegal for 8 years and in Fort Lauderdale she worked for Franklin Templeton as the Developed Markets Assistant for their Trading Desk. She recently left Riverside Children's Theatre as the Assistant to the Director to join Indian River Land Trust. Leslie has a BA in Psychology from Mercer University; a paralegal certification from the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta and is a licensed Realtor. Being born in Vero and spending much of her time on the Indian River Lagoon has made Leslie very aware of the importance of protecting and preserving our land and water ways. She is very excited to be part of the team for Indian River Land Trust.