Advisory Committee

Barbara Almario
Barbara Almario is an Area Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). She has been responsible for directing wildlife habitat management activities on Blackwater and Yellow River Wildlife Management Areas since 2006. Originally from Wisconsin, Barbara received her B.S in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University in Maryland. She moved to Florida in 2005, working for a short time at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf Ecology Division lab in Gulf Breeze and at Eglin Air Force Base Jackson Guard before transitioning to her current position.

Jennifer Barrow-Ashworth
Jennifer Barrow-Ashworth is the Regions Bank Branch Manager Milton Office Assistant Vice President and has held that position for ten years. She is a lifelong resident of North Santa Rosa County. She received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. She is married to Rodney Ashworth and they have a child, Garrett Ashworth. She has been a mentor with Take Stock in Children for five years.

Billy Danielson
Billy Danielson is the Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager for Smith Tractor Company, a John Deere dealership. He is involved in community events including Farm to City and the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce. He has a passion for bringing awareness to the communities of all ages, the different aspect of agriculture, and the impact it has on our economics as well as everyday life. He is married to Brandy Danielson and has a daughter named Bailey.

Jerry Davis

John Davy

Mickey Diamond
Mickey Diamond is a third generation farmer at JM Diamond Farms in Jay, FL. JM Diamond Farms consists of cotton, peanuts, soybean, wheat, and timber. Mickey is married to Lisa and has a daughter named Lauren.

Doug Hatfield
Doug Hatfield has a cattle and hay farm in Santa Rosa County. He is retired from the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center after 35 years of service.

Ann Hutchinson Duff

Jimmie Jarratt
Jimmie Jarratt graduated in 1998 from the University of Florida with a BS degree in Natural Resource Conservation. She currently serves as an Urban Forester & County Arborist under the direction of Escambia County’s Water Quality and Land Management Division. As the County Arborist, Jimmie works with other County departments on protected tree issues, directs urban tree planting projects, coordinates land management activities and promotes a watershed approach to the development of a quantifiable and sustainable urban tree canopy. She received her ISA Arborist Certification in 2006 and became ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified in 2013.

Trent Mathews
Trent Mathews is a 2002 graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Forest Natural Resources.  He is a District Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service and the owner/operator of Sweet Season Farms LLC. Trent is active in many community and agriculture organizations and has held leadership positions in the Escarosa Young Farmers and Ranchers, Florida YF&R State Leadership Group, Santa Rosa Young Professionals and served on Advisory committees for Farm Credit of NWFL. He has been married to Sharon for 12 years and they have four children Morgan, Lucas, Laney and Caleb.

Joe Meeks
Joe Meeks is the President of Coastal Machinery Company, a local farm and construction equipment dealer covering the Florida panhandle and lower Alabama.  He is a board member on Kubota Tractor Corporation’s national strategic planning board. Joe and his wife Donna enjoy living and working on their small 20 acre farm in Beulah.

Rick Paschall
Rick Paschall is a franchise owner and financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial since 1999. Prior to that, he was a Chief Petty Office in the US Navy. He serves on the board of directors for Independence for the Blind of West Florida and the Santa Rosa County Fair. He also is member on the Agri-Plex Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Black Water Pyrates, Milton Lions Club, and the Navy League. Rick is married to Terry Paschall and has two daughters, Nick and Rebecca, and four grandchildren.

Bill Seelmann
Bill Seelmann received a BA in Economics in 1971 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and a Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation from The American College in Bryn Mar, PA. He has worked for the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies for 24 years as an agency manager for Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. He volunteers for the Santa Rosa Farm Tour Committee, Santa Rosa Fair Live Stock Committee, Gulf Coast Agra-Business Conference Committee, Jay Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce, Okaloosa County Chamber of Commerce, and Pace Rotary Club.

Mike Thomas
Mike Thomas is the owner of Milton Tastee Freez and a co-owner of Grover T’s BBQ Restaurant. He is also the owner of Pathway Learning, a leadership, team-building, and assessment organization. He also owns the Blackwater Olive Grove.