Karen Brown, M.A.
Coordinator, Educational Media/Communications
Karen oversees the APIRS office and manages the online Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System database. She also serves as editor of AQUAPHYTE, and Wildland Weeds magazine for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC), of which she is a board member. Karen has worked at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants since 1983. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and has played a key role in most of the educational ventures of the Information Office. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences.
Anne Taylor works as a library assistant. She enters and maintains bibliographic records in the APIRS database, assists the cataloger, and cares for our small satellite library. Anne is a language artist.
Dehlia Albrecht, M.S.
Education Initiative Coordinator
Dehlia coordinates the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative, including the organization and preparation for an annual 5-day teacher workshop, and the preparation and dissemination of Education Initiative curricula about invasive plants for grades 2-12. She also assists with other outreach efforts at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Dehlia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Aurora University and a Master’s degree in Entomology and Nematology from University of Florida. She has had experience in curriculum development and assessment, teaching in formal and informal educational settings, public outreach, evaluating program outcomes, and in conducting biological field and laboratory research. In her free time, Dehlia enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, being with her family and pets, and volunteering with Alachua County 4-H and with local animal rescue groups.
Lynda is a program assistant for the APIRS database and the CAIP Education Initiative. She assists in expanding the database and develops and maintains systems to track production and distribution of CAIP’s educational materials. When not in the office, Lynda enjoys riding her bicycle, making crafts, and outdoor activities with her grandchildren.
Italo Lenta, M.S., M.S.
Italo comes to CAIP with a diverse background including legal work, water quality management, and higher education program administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC-Davis, and two Master of Science degrees from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Ecology and Soil & Water Sciences. A Florida resident since the 1980s, Italo has also lived in California, Oregon, Minnesota and North Carolina, giving him an appreciation for a variety of climes and natural landscapes. Since 2000 he has worked for large and small law firms, as a water quality program specialist for public agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers, University of Florida, and the Oregon State Marine Board. He also works for a nonprofit organization specializing on the rights of nature. Italo enjoys meaningful, values-driven work and is passionate about environmental protection and education. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, traveling, cooking healthy, caring for his old dog, and working on his own car.
Phil Chiocchio, M.F.A.
Since 1988 Philip Chiocchio has been collaborating with the Center translating the science into videos for a variety of audiences at workshops and as programs on DVD and the web. Phil formally taught New Media at Ringling College of Art and Design and is currently an Artist in Residence for the Sarasota County School Board’s EdExploreSRQ program. In his spare time he breeds weimaraners, studies the history of airships and researches the humor of humor. He maintains contacts with skydiving and skateboarding buddies of yesteryear and today conceptualizes on ways to save the planet.
Web Developer/IT Specialist
Charlie is the Center’s web and IT specialist. He maintains and updates CAIP’s websites, oversees content management, assists with the design of web and print assets, and handles IT support. He has a B.A. in Digital Media specializing in web and game development and has an interest in using new media for educational purposes. Outside of the office, Charlie’s biggest interests are games, geeky gadgets, world history, and ferrets.
Victor Ramey, M.S. (1948-2005)
Mr. Ramey established the APIRS office in 1981. He authored our initial websites and produced many educational materials during his 25 year tenure with this office. He passed away on November 24, 2005.