Florida State Parks Foundation Staff

Julia WoodwardChief Executive Officer

Julia Gill Woodward is a ninth-generation Floridian whose love for our state and our award-winning park system runs deep. She is honored to serve as the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer as we seek to help protect, preserve and sustain our state’s natural treasures for generations to come.

Julia is a dynamic leader with more than ten years of campaign and government experience. She has worked across the spectrum in Florida politics – including managing multiple campaigns, serving as a Congressional Chief of Staff in Washington and most recently, managing Gwen Graham’s gubernatorial bid. 

Campaigns under her leadership have been recognized nationally as the best-run operations in their cycle. In 2014, Roll Call named the campaign she managed one of “The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014” and the Cook Political Report ranked the campaign as one of the “Most Impressive Campaigns”. The Tampa Bay Times even named Julia the “newest star consultant in Florida."

In addition to her campaign and governmental management experience, Julia has helped raise more than $25 million dollars for candidates and organizations throughout the course of her career.

Julia is a graduate of Florida State University. She currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Paul, and son, John. She enjoys hiking with her family, craft beer and watching the latest mountaineering documentary.

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Tom Linley -  Program Director

Tom grew up in Michigan spending time camping with his scout troop and his family.  These childhood experiences gave him a love for the outdoors and enjoying state parks.  As a high schooler Tom’s family relocated to Florida where Tom later attended Florida International University earning a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation.  He then started a thirty-five year career serving the State of Florida that included twenty-six years with the Florida Park Service and nine years with the Governor’s Commission on Community Service also known as Volunteer Florida.

He started his Florida Park Service career as a park ranger at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park (now renamed Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.) He moved quickly from ranger to manager which included serving fourteen years as the park manager at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.  While at Homosassa Springs he was a founding member of the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.  From Homosassa Springs he moved to Tallahassee to serve as Volunteer Florida’s Chief of Staff and later Director of Emergency Management and Volunteer Services.  After nine years he had the opportunity return to the Florida Park Service where three years later he retired as Program Administrator in the Director’s office.

His experience with non-profit management, information technology, web-based services, volunteer management, and event management services benefit the park Friends' groups and his work on a statewide basis.  He is excited to be part of the Florida State Parks Foundation using his experience to help preserve the natural beauty and resources of the Real Florida for generations to come. 

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Paula Russo -  Grants and Programs Administrator

Paula's family moved to Florida from Long Island, New York in 1956. "Before the age of air-conditioning and when it wasn't uncommon for a moccasin or rattlesnake to cross your path -- a much different Florida than most people know today,” she says. While she is not a native Floridian by birth she thinks of herself as one by choice and believes there is no better place to live, then, or now.

Most of her working life was spent employed by a growing veterinary practice in South Florida where she began as a ‘night attendant’ cleaning cages and mopping floors eventually becoming hospital administrator for her employer’s chain of five practices.

In 1989, Paula next went to work for the Center for Independent Living of Palm Beach County as Director of Advocacy and Community Education. She rallied local support for the successful passage of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Then, conducted numerous presentations, training's, and surveys for local businesses and government entities to help them understand and comply with the new law.

Moving to Broward County in 2001 her most recent employment was with Broward County Parks and Recreation at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. She conducted environmental education programs for children and adults to teach the value of mangrove estuaries. 

Paula has been involved with the Florida State Parks Foundation almost since its inception in 1993 and served many terms on the board of directors. "I am passionate about protecting the environment. No matter where you live or travel in Florida there is a Florida State Park nearby. Lands set aside and managed for preservation and for the benefit and enjoyment of Florida's citizens and its many visitors.  We must work to make sure this is always so."

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Stacie Linley -  Membership Services

Stacie grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida riding bikes, playing tennis and baking in the sun at the beach. She was introduced to camping through Tom and discovered she loved them both! They raised their family in Florida State Parks over the course of Tom’s career, living in some, camping in others, and loving them all.

Stacie graduated from Florida International University with a BS in Communications. She enjoys writing but, as she learned early on, not with deadlines! She is more content with administrative support roles which is perfect for her work with the Foundation.

Stacie’s favorite things are her friends and family (especially the grandkids), football season (especially fanatic for the FSU Seminoles and Jacksonville Jags), red wine (especially merlot), and travel (especially with Tom)!

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