For 19 years, Rae Ann managed her own environmental consulting firm dealing with water, environmental and land use issues at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
In 1994 Rae Ann
assisted with coordination of a News-Press-sponsored community forum on issues related to the Caloosahatchee that resulted in the creation of the non-profit Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association
Since that time, she
has been involved with identifying critical Caloosahatchee issues and building support for sustainable solutions.
In addition, she
is involved in oxbow research, historical documentation and education projects on the Caloosahatchee and its estuary.
For 17 years Rae Ann
has guided river cruises on the Caloosahatchee sharing the history, folklore, ecology and current issues related to this historic river.
is past Commission appointee to the Lee County Local Planning Agency
and has received awards for her
work including 1998 Conservationist of the Year from Audubon of Southwest Florida, the Richard Coleman Aquatic Resources Award in 2007 from the Florida Lake Management Society
and in 2013 the Charles Edgar Foster Conservation Education Leadership Award.
In 2012 Rae Ann
was selected as one of the Women Who Make Southwest Florida.
received the 2013 Citizen of the Year award from the Sanibel Committee of the Islands
(COTI) who recognized her
work as a "tireless scientist for the environment."