Gale Butler, Executive Director
Friends of Birch State Park, Inc.
Gale M. Butler has served since 2014 as Executive Director of the Friends of Birch State Park, Inc., a non-profit focused on revitalizing the 180-acre nature park, gifted to Florida by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1942. She is responsible for raising funds and enlisting in-kind support from the community to help preserve, conserve, enhance and promote Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
Butler’s corporate career began in 1983 with Landmark Bank (now Bank of America), where she served as Vice President of Corporate Communications. She joined Blockbuster Entertainment, Inc. in 1992, serving as Vice President of Community Affairs and Internal Communications. After Blockbuster was sold to Viacom, Inc., Butler followed her boss, Wayne Huizenga, over to AutoNation where she served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for 17 years.
During her career, her honors have included Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year, March of Dimes Woman of Distinction, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Downtowner of the Year, Riverwalk Annual Leadership Tribute, Broward Partnership for the Homeless James J. Blosser Community Trustee, Urban League of Broward’s Margaret Roach Community leader, Women in Distress Starfish Lifetime Achievement Award, United Way of Broward’s Magnolia Lifetime Achievement Award, and Junior Achievement’s Melissa Aiello Good Character Award. Butler has served for 20 years as a mentor in the Women of Tomorrow program at Fort Lauderdale High School and is an alumnus of Leadership Broward, Leadership Florida and Leadership America.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Butler attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in English. She has one son, Todd, who is Chief Technology Officer for Niido—powered by AirBNB, and lives in Miami. Butler enjoys the beach, golf, tennis, reading, and traveling – anywhere!
Trudy Reilly, Director of Development
Friends of Birch State Park, Inc.
Trudy Reilly is the Director of Development at Friends of Birch State Park. She is responsible for administration and daily operations, marketing and communications and development programs including private foundation and corporate grants, in-kind donations, special events and third-party fundraising. In addition, she oversees membership programs and volunteer outreach.
Born in upstate New York, Trudy has called South Florida home for most of her life and has lived in Fort Lauderdale for two decades. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee as well as a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Florida International University in Miami. Before forming and operating her own communications and niche marketing company, Trudy served as Director of Public Relations for the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood.
Trudy is a seasoned veteran of Broward County’s non-profit scene, having provided event and special project assistance on a contract basis to dozens of area charitable organizations while operating her own business and raising four amazing sons with her husband. She joined the non-profit sector full time in 2013 as Special Events/Social Media Manager for the Broward Public Library Foundation and then served as Director of Development for The Pantry of Broward. Trudy became the Director of Development at Friends of Birch State Park in March of 2016. She is an avid reader, an aspiring photographer and a social media enthusiast whose passions also include education, paying it forward and trying to achieve 10,000 steps every day.