The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) Board of Directors has announced its appointment of Barbara Schlitt Ford as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. Ms. Schlitt Ford will head up one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations, which focuses on making environmental education and nature accessible to all. She will assume her new role beginning April 1.
“We’re delighted to have Barbara join our team and grateful that she has stepped into this role during our board’s search for an executive director,” ELC Board Chair Donald E. Barr said. “She has a unique blend of compassion, education and business acumen that is certain to lead the ELC on a productive, exciting path.”
A second generation Indian River County native, Ms. Schlitt Ford served for six years as the executive director of Youth Guidance, a nonprofit organization that works with over 700 at-risk youth throughout Indian River County. During her tenure at Youth Guidance, she headed up the organization’s program administration and financial well-being.
“I am thrilled to be working with this exceptional organization,” stated Schlitt Ford. “The Environmental Learning Center is a true gem on the Treasure Coast. With a spectacular 64-acre lagoon campus in Vero Beach, the Center’s mission to ‘educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being’ is perfectly in-line with where I want to be utilizing my energy and skills.”
Ms. Schlitt Ford’s experience as a respected attorney, educator and corporate executive, together with her passion for the environment and community, made her a clear choice to work with the wonderful team at ELC. For the past six years, she has been the Chief Operations Officer, Human Resources Director and In-House Legal Counsel for Coldwell Banker Paradise, a company of over 350 people serving Brevard, Indian River, and St. Lucie counties.
Ms. Schlitt Ford received her Bachelor’s of Business and Law degrees from Florida State University and holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida.