Freddie Johnson (Executive Director)
Freddie is one of the founders of Conservation Burial Inc. (CBI), the non-profit that manages Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery (PCCC). He served as CBI's Board President for three years prior to becoming PCCC’s Executive Director in 2011. Freddie was president of a North Carolina sports company he founded in 1976, inspired by playing collegiate tennis at Pfeiffer University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, until 1989. That year he and his wife Peggy moved to Gainesville, and he began a 19-year career with a pharmaceutial company specializing in dermatology. He is a certified USPTA teaching (tennis) professional. Freddie has been a nature and animal lover since his childhood experience of growing up in and around the woods and creeks of North Carolina.
Sarah uhrig (Assistant Director)
Sarah was born and raised in Orlando, however has deep family roots in Gainesville and grew up frequently visiting the city before moving here in 2015. She first came to Prairie Creek as an intern in January of 2019. During her internship she developed a deep appreciation for conservation burial’s ability to connect people with nature. In May of 2019 she graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies and began working at Prairie Creek as Assistant Director.
Chris Roeder (Operations Coordinator)
Chris Roeder came to Prairie Creek as a volunteer grave-digger in 2016, after 30-odd years as an environmental regulator and an instructor at the University of Florida TREEO Center. Following 9-11, Chris designed and implemented innovative emergency response and recovery strategies for Florida’s Dept. of Environmental Protection. Now, at PCCC, Chris facilitates gravesite preparation and burial operations, along with various public outreach and administrative duties. Chris is a life-long fan of Florida’s wild spaces, and sees his work here as a logical extension of his environmental interests, …in keeping with one of his favorite maxims, “service to humanity (and nature) is worship to god”.
Eli Chase (Operations Coordinator)
Eli Chase moved to Florida from Vermont when he was ten years old and slowly developed an appreciation for Florida's climate. Some years later he gained a keen interest in plants and animals when he ran into difficulty starting a home vegetable garden. Determined to learn more, he came to Gainesville in 2014 to study horticultural science at the University of Florida. Eli spent time working at the university as a research assistant, studying the effects of grafting tomatoes and melons onto disease resistant rootstock. Since graduating in 2016 he has worked on farms and gardens in and around Gainesville. He loves to learn about the complex interactions between plants, people, animals, and their environments.