Staff

We work hard to make a difference in our community every day, and strive to be great at what we do (while having fun at the same time). Heartfelt appreciation to donors, volunteers, and partners, because they make our work possible.
Something I never want to do again…

Compete in a lettuce-eating contest.

On the weekends…

I pull weeds in my butterfly garden.

Little known fact…

I was on American Funniest Videos.

My most inspirational moment…

Meeting Buckminster Fuller.

Favorite place to hang out downtown?

In my new kitchen cooking.

What is your hidden talent?

Dressing up in crazy costumes.

I am passionate about…

Organizing and party planning.

An uncommon fact about me is…

I love to sing karaoke (I'm not saying I'm good at it).

Childhood Dream…

My childhood dream job was to work at a zoo.

Favorite Hangout…

My favorite place to hang out downtown is the Riverwalk; but I love to eat breakfast at Robin's, lunch at B'town, and dinner at O'Bricks.

Hometown?

Durham, North Carolina.

I am passionate about…

Empathy, justice, peace, livable cities, and brightly-painted cars (with big wheels).

Where is your favorite place to hang downtown?

Knocking biscuits in the kitchen at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Courts. Glittery beaded courts, twinkly lights overhead, vinyl spinning on the record player, and my custom-painted aqua cue.

My childhood dream was to be...

An architect. I filled notebook after notebook drawing floor plans. Some kids begged their parents for comic books, I begged mine for house plan books.

What is your hidden talent?

Making arepas, a corn patty that is a staple in Venezuela.

Hometown?

A tiny map dot of a farming town named New Riegel, Ohio.

I am passionate about…

Building community, creating experiences through events, and of course, food - cooking it, eating it, even growing it in my tiny patio garden.

An uncommon fact about me is...

I grew up on a horse ranch.

My childhood dream job was to be…

A ballerina. I started taking dance lessons when I was three years old and was obsessed.

Favorite place to hang out downtown?

I love Old Main Street - it's quaint and tucked away from busy Manatee Ave but still happenin'.

Hometown?

Amery, Wisconsin.

I am passionate about…

Traveling with my wife. It’s hard to fully understand how amazing our world is unless you experience it firsthand

What was your favorite subject in school?

History. I'm that nerd who watches documentaries and likes to learn new things in my spare time.

What is your most treasured possession?

My scuba gear – it allows me to see the world from a perspective that many never experience.

An uncommon fact about me...

I'm a certified group fitness instructor.

Hometown?

I'm a Bradenton native!


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