R2C Committees

THE [VOLUNTEER] COUNCIL SUB-COMMITTEE is a dynamic sub set of the larger East Central Florida Regional Planning Council board specifically focused on propelling the Collaborative forward by hearing recommendations from the steering committee and making key decisions to drive the process. They seek and leverage external opportunities within their networks to build and sustain the Collaboratives’ identity and impact. In addition, the Council Sub Committee acts as an intermediary for advancing preparedness and resilient action across jurisdictions as well as to the Regional Planning Council board.

THE STEERING COMMITTEE is a lead multidisciplinary group of stakeholders across east central Florida responsible for developing the process, framework and direction for the Regional Resilience Collaborative to achieve a comprehensive, interdependent approach to increase resilience in the region.

Council Sub-Committee

Commissioner Emily Bonilla, Chair

Commissioner Sean Parks, Immediate Past Chair

Mr. John Lesman

Ms. Courtney Barker

Council Member Billie Wheeler

Commissioner Bryan Lober

Steering Committee

Alan Harris, Seminole County 

Amanda Elmore, Brevard County

Chris Castro, City of Orlando

Darcie McGee, Brevard County

Heather Shubirg, Team Volusia

Helene Wetherington, Volusia County

Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant, UF IFAS

James Bacchus, University of Central Florida

Jeff Benavides, Orange County

Katrina Locke, Volusia County

Ken Weyrauch, Marion County

Lori Forsman, Orange County

Mital Hall, ecoPreserve

Rachel Allen, Peace and Justice Institute

Resham Shirsat, City of Orlando

Rod Braun, The Nature Conservancy

Sarah Kraum, Space Coast TPO

Stephan Harris, River to Sea TPO

Susan Caswell, Osceola County

Susan Glickman, So. Alliance for Clean Energy

Tamara Pino, ECFRPC

Tara McCue, ECFRPC

Thomas Carpenter, Lake County

Thomas Ruppert, Florida Sea Grant

Venise White, Florida Department of Health

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees were established to fill gaps in systems identified by a survey and a series of workshops conducted around the region. These regional scale committees provide productive connectivity opportunities to explore the gaps, develop and prioritize goals and cultivate shared strategies and recommendations toward a specific outcome. The committee outcomes may or may not include targets but brought together, all outcomes will contribute implementation or adaptation goals and strategies to reduce risks, vulnerabilities and our carbon footprint and increase sustainability in the region within the three pillars of (people) equity, (places) built infrastructure + natural environment, and (prosperity) economic resilience.

Engagement & Academy Development 

The Engagement and Academy Development Advisory Committee was established with the purpose of instating systems-based thinking, building awareness, and regional capacity for resilient people, places and prosperity. To achieve these efforts the committee aims to disseminate regional scale knowledge, amplify local efforts and create a universal message. 


The Equity advisory committee was established with the purpose to advance and create people focused community resilience by building capacity, guiding and supporting the Collaborative and region with the development of equitable decision-making processes, programs, and policies.

Economic Resilience

The Economic Resilience advisory committee was established to strengthen the regional economic system from exposure to shocks and stressors, increase economic mobility and investment, and develop strategies to adapt to future conditions.

Infrastructure- Green, Gray, & Blue

The Grey, Green and Blue Infrastructure Advisory Committee was  established with the purpose of providing a  consistent assessment approach to increase resilience and build on strengths of the region’s grey, green and blue infrastructure. This includes identifying regional green, blue and grey assets and infrastructure systems to strengthen functionality, accommodate growth and future migration, protect biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural floodplains and wetlands, and their economic interdependencies toward a more resilient region.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Formely known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory Advisory Committee, this committee was established with the purpose of guiding the development of a regional scale greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the 8-county region in east central Florida. This goal was achieved by utilizing ICLEI’s ClearPath tool and platform to aid in the establishment of a standardized approach to capture transportation, waste and energy data, beginning with the baseline year of 2019. As the committee plans for high impact action emissions reduction strategies across the region, the committee has shifted into a Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Advisory Committee. 

Regional Risk & Vulnerability 

The Risk & Vulnerability Advisory Committee was established with the purpose of assessing regional scale impacts from shocks and stressors in order to provide support for implementing strategies and resilient practices within the region. This regional risk efforts will be achieved by leveraging regional expertise; historic, current, and future conditions; consistent metrics and index evaluation; and through analysis of social and natural vulnerabilities.