The team

Morgan Hopkins

Morgan Hopkins the new Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Agent, starting in September 2015. She is originally from South Carolina, but considers herself an Okie (aka from Oklahoma). She holds two B.S. degrees in Environmental Science and Business Management, and an M.S. in Horticulture with a focus on water conservation, all from Oklahoma State University. Morgan has a passion for environmental education and awareness. She enjoys running, yoga, and hiking; essentially anything that involves the outdoors.


Jesus Lomeli
Jesus Lomeli was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. He enjoys visiting nature parks here in South Florida with his family.  Jesus has worked with the County for more than three years and started with the Urban Conservation Unit in February of 2010. He is eager to work with the UCU to explore and find new ways to help preserve our environment.

Barbara McAdam
Barbara McAdam has been dedicated to the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and UF/IFAS Extension programs since her first contact while training to become a Master Gardener at the Extension office in 2005. Today she coordinates and conducts the Rain Barrel/Water Conservation Workshops held each month and also takes the program to schools, libraries, corporate lunch-n-learns and more. She maintains her own Florida-Friendly landscape at her home, using three rain barrels to irrigate when necessary.  She is our hands on/hands in the dirt "green thumb" member of the team.

Laura Vasquez
Laura Vasquez began working with the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program (FYN) in September 2000.  She departed in 2003 to work for Montgomery Botanical Center and then returned to FYN in 2006.  She has conducted field research, experiments, sampling, and mapping along with developing educational programs and presentations.  She also assisted with the development and initiation of the Urban Conservation Unit in 2009.  As a native to Homestead, with a family background in agriculture she has a great interest in the environment.

Michael Gutierrez
Michael Gutierrez is a Water Resources Technician in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His technical experience includes work on projects with USDA-ARS (Beltsville, MD.), University of Miami, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, Fairchild Tropical and Botanical Gardens, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service, Orange County Utilities, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Pinellas County Utilities and SWFWMD. A founding member (and current partner) of the U.C.U., Michael is also a skilled blogger and visual media producer.