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.