When Hurricane Irma took a turn for Naples last year, residents evacuated, but a team of seven conservancy co-workers stayed behind. Joneé Miller led the team as they cared for hundreds of animals through 10 days of no power and no air-conditioning, and it was one of the biggest challenges of her career.

“However, with proper planning and an amazing, dedicated team of people, I am proud to say that by the time the storm had passed, every single one of the 200-plus animals in our care was still alive,” Miller says.

Miller also has created a public awareness campaign on YouTube to teach people how they can help prevent injuries for wildlife.

Miller is an avid hiker, birder and loves to spend her time surrounded by nature here in Southwest Florida. She is passionate about singing and has recorded a few songs with a local artist.