Theresa Schretzmann-Myers is a Miami, Florida native. Her parents moved her family of 11 brothers and sisters to a 147 acres in North Central Florida, an old Civil War town near Olustee River, O’leno State Park on the Sante Fe River and the High Springs area. Raised on a cattle ranch and blueberry farm with a historic native tree canopy she learned the skills of veterinary science, horticulture, arboriculture and environmental conservation through practical experience as part of the family business. She enjoys being out in nature, hiking, climbing large trees to sit in the canopy, and photographing and observing wild birds.
A science project geek from middle school through high school she was a finalist in local, regional and Florida State Science & Engineering competitions for 7 years and skipped her Senior prom to attend the 1979 International Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio, Texas as a USA finalist. On a science scholarship, Theresa earned her B.A. degree with honors from Saint Leo University in 1983, majoring in science and history and doing work-study as a Reporter, Assistant Editor and Editor of the Saint Leo University newspaper. Theresa volunteered with Saint Leo Key Club doing service projects with Dade City Kiwanis, was a Student Government representative and volunteered with College Union Board setting up professional speakers and events for Saint Leo University.
Theresa worked as a paralegal with trial attorneys specializing in Civil Litigation, Corporate Law, Business Law, Medical Malpractice, Workers Compensation and Real Estate law in Gainesville and Orlando for 18 years. Since 2004 she has attended the Rollins College Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership Center to learn non-profit management and grant writing. She is currently a non-profit consultant, paralegal, grant writer and volunteer coordinator. As Chairman of Town of Windermere Tree Board she coordinates the award winning “Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festival” on Florida Arbor Day every January and Urban Forestry projects. She also serves as board member, grant writer and volunteer coordinator for Windermere Historical Board, and Henry Nehrling Society, Inc. dba Nehrling Gardens, whose mission statement is, “Historic Preservation, Horticultural Education & Environmental Conservation.” She is married to attorney Ernest J. Myers and has two daughters, Laura and Sarah who attend local Orange County Public Schools.
Her interests are natural science, horticulture, history, arboriculture, birding, canoeing, kayaking, piano and art. Her love of nature, art and history were influenced by her mother Beatrice Long Schretzmann, a Master Gardener. Her love of science, history and music were influenced from an early age by her father, Joseph G. Schretzmann. Her parents took the family primitive camping at National Parks and historic sites in the Colorado Rockies, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and the beautiful State of Florida. It was these sites where she also learned natural science and American history hands-on through exploration and interpretive exhibits.