Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

Staff Bios

Dana J. Doody

Executive Director


Dana J. Doody is the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Doody brings more than 13 years of nonprofit experience to the position and most recently served as director of development with the North Florida Land Trust, where she raised more than $3 million. She is also is a Florida Master Naturalist (Uplands Graduate).

Previously, Dana worked as an Account Manager for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she created the Health Council for the Chamber – which remains one of the chamber’s most successful councils. She also worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she oversaw three events and added a new event – CF Climb – which was well-received for the town of Gainesville. She was named a Jacksonville Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’ in 2018.

Doody grew up on the Westside of Jacksonville and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is also a graduate of the Presidents Program of Sandler Sales Institute.

Brenna Blake

Operations and Outreach Manager


We are pleased to announce that Brenna Blake has joined the Arboretum Family as the Operations and Outreach Manager. She recently came from North Florida Land Trust as the Development and Operations Manager. Brenna’s passion lies in Wildlife Conservation and protecting our natural spaces.

Her proven leadership experience includes events, fundraising, and operations. Her business background includes finance and human resources administration for Hilton Hotels. She has most recently hosted successful events for North Florida Land Trust and cultivated critical relationships related to the mission of land conservation resulting in half a million dollars. She is currently working on her Nonprofit Management certificate. We are thrilled to welcome Brenna to the team as we look forward to the exciting road ahead!

Jadah Foltz

UNF Spring Intern

We are so grateful for our partnership with the UNF Intern Program. It has gained us a sparkling, energetic (and funny) young lady who brightens every meeting! She is a Communications Major with a Public Relations focus. Jadah is assisting with A Brush with Nature event and planning and all things social media. She is such an asset to our team!

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