John Adornato III, Regional Director
John is the Regional Director of the Sun Coast Office of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The main campaign for the Sun Coast Regional Office are to work towards successful benefits of the Everglades Restoration for the south Florida national parks and the protection of the resources and fishery of Florida Bay. John’s duties as Regional Director allow him to travel throughout the region, including Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands where he engages allies and park enthusiasts in our campaign to protect the natural and cultural resources of America’s National Parks.
John joined NPCA in February 2002 and focused on Everglades restoration goals for more than five years. John twice served as the national co-chair of the 51-member Everglades Coalition, an umbrella group of public interest, conservation and environmental organizations that advocate for the restoration of America’s Everglades. John was appointed to a series of environmental seats on the following advisory committees: the Water Resources Advisory Commission to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District for five years, the advisory team to the federal government for the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, and currently on the federal advisory committee on the implementation of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan of Big Cypress National Preserve. John also serves as the chair of the Florida Bay Stewardship Fund of the South Florida National Parks Trust.
Before joining NPCA, John completed the year-long Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship through the National Sea Grant Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He served in the Capitol Hill office of Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) managing legislative issues related to national marine sanctuaries, fisheries, ocean exploration and aquaculture. In December 2001, John received his Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Wetland Plant Ecology. His thesis topic studied the saltwater intrusion effects of the 1996 Hurricane Lili to wetlands in the Bahamas. John holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Russian language from Tufts University in 1996. Originally from Springfield, MA, John attended Deerfield Academy, a college preparatory school in western Massachusetts.
Jacqueline Crucet, Senior Program Coordinator
Jackie is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Sun Coast Region, working with the Marine Team and throughout the region on projects focused on diversity, sustainability and cultural resources. Jackie has a special connection to South Florida’s national parks, having spent much of her childhood on the waters of Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay in the Keys. A graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in American Studies, Jackie works on programs that feed her dual passions for conservation and cultural preservation. Current projects include working with the National Park Service and Miami Dade College on the establishment of a Seasonal Ranger Academy, the first in south Florida. In addition, Jackie works as part of a team to facilitate the rebuilding of the Flamingo area within Everglades National Park.
Caroline McLaughlin, Biscayne Restoration Program Analyst
Caroline McLaughlin is the Sun Coast region’s Biscayne Restoration Program Analyst. Originally from New Jersey, Caroline received her B.A. from the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Geography. While in Florida, she worked with the National Park Service’s South Florida and Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team and volunteered on shark research trips in Florida and Biscayne Bays. She then earned a dual M.A. in Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, and International Affairs from American University and the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Prior to joining NPCA, Caroline worked with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to promote the sustainable use of coastal resources among the state’s coastal communities. She also helped implement environmental programs along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and most recently worked with the Government of Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Initiative to promote Amazon conservation and climate change mitigation policy. An avid scuba diver, Caroline has a passion for coral reefs and marine life. She is thrilled to be working to protect the Sun Coast region’s stunning biodiversity and America’s national parks.
Cara Capp, Everglades Restoration Program Manager
Cara Capp is the Everglades Restoration Program Manager at the National Parks Conservation Association, where she works to facilitate restoration initiatives and protect natural resources in and around Everglades National Park. Having lived on Florida’s east and west coasts in over the course of 13 years, Cara has firsthand experience with many of Florida’s native ecosystems and a deep affection for the state’s incredible natural resources and national parks.
Cara worked previously as the Florida Program Coordinator for Clean Water Action, where her professional focus was on water quality protection, ecosystem restoration, and prevention of toxic chemical exposure. She is a double alumna of Florida Atlantic University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Cara serves as the national co-chair of the Everglades Coalition, where she works with local, state, and national partners toward our shared goal of full restoration of the Greater Everglades ecosystem.