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


Durham, North Carolina

I am passionate about…

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

What is your hidden talent?

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

Best vacation ever...

My honeymoon in Key West, or visiting the beaches in eastern Venezuela with my family

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE in a big way!


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'


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 best subject in school?

History. How else can you travel back in time without 1.21 gigawatts?

What is your most treasured possession?

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

What is your hidden talent?

I am awesome at Jeopardy – like seriously good. You’ll want me on your weekly trivia team


Palmetto, Florida

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