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1/30/2024 5:00:00 AM Member News

North Florida Land Trust Adds Three New Members to its Board of Directors

Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 30, 2024 – North Florida Land Trust has welcomed three new members to its board of directors. Pierre N. Allaire, Ph.D., Charles E. Commander IV and T.R. Hainline, Jr. are the newest members of the NFLT board and will each serve a term of three years.


“We welcome Pierre, Charles and T.R. to our board and are very lucky they have agreed to help guide us in our efforts to save Florida’s natural landscapes because it is now or never,” said Allison DeFoor, president of NFLT. “These men bring a wealth of knowledge that will help contribute to our organization. Charles also has a personal link to NFLT as his late father who recently passed away, was one of our top supporters. We thank them for agreeing to serve.”


Allaire is an independent consultant and works in nonprofit fundraising, board development and management, executive coaching, campaign planning and endowment building. He retired from the Baptist Health Foundation in 2018 after serving as the vice president and chief development officer. He also spent 18 years as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the University of North Florida Foundation. He has also served on boards including the Hubbard House Foundation, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Allaire earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Louisville, his master's degree at Stephen F. Austin State University, and his bachelor’s degree at St. Edward’s University. Allaire lives in East Arlington.


Commander, who lives in Ortega, is a partner with the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of executive search, corporate culture and leadership consulting services. Commander joined the firm more than two decades ago and serves as the global sector leader of the engineering, construction and infrastructure services specialty division. Commander earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He also served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal from the Secretary of the Navy.


Hainline is a shareholder at Rogers Towers’ Governmental and Regulatory Law Department where he practices in the areas of land use law, local government procurement and governmental relations. He has extensive experience in comprehensive planning, zoning and permitting. Hainline is a graduate of Duke University where he earned his Juris Doctor. Hainline has received many awards and accolades including The Best Lawyers in America® and has served his community in many capacities including on the Mayor’s Park Task Force from 2004-2005 and Growth Management Task Force from 1996-1997 and on the board of local nonprofits including Timucuan Parks Foundation and Seamark Ranch. Hainline is a resident of Ortega Forest.


Allaire, Commander and Hainline are now part of the board which is made up of 16 individuals in diverse fields within the community. The NFLT board of directors is led by Chair Matt Rapp, Secretary Rick Hoffman, and Treasurer Scott Keith.


About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life by protecting North Florida's irreplaceable natural environment. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through the donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements.  NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.