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Beth Bosserman Curts

A graduate of Greco Middle School and King High School, Beth has been an active contributor to Temple Terrace civic life for many years. In her professional life, she is most recently known for her work at MOSI setting up their Legacy Giving program. She has worked with public and private groups to strengthen positive corporate image, community presence, media outreach, constituent stewardship, and fundraising programs for overall program success. In her spare time, Beth does volunteer work helping lead (and singing in!) the international award-winning chorus group, The Toast of Tampa Show Chorus. Beth and her husband Gerry Curts fund the TTF2S student intership program in memory of George Fee.   

 

Arnel Garcesa

Arnel Garcesa, M.A., is a recent graduate of the Global Sustainability program at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. His passions include sustainable living, energy and agriculture. He shares with many the vision of Tampa Bay as an area growing and co-existing in harmony with its beautiful natural resources. Arnel joined the TT Farm2School organization to build and support school gardens through investing in their natural capital and most importantly their human capital – the burgeoning next generation of sustainability leaders. As a 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellow, he investigated and proposed initiatives to decrease potable water consumption at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to align with Executive Order mandates. Arnel is a WELL AP™, an accredited LEED Green Associate and proud to be a Tampa native, a graduate of King High School and Florida State University. 

 

Adrian Gonzalez

Temple Terrace Farm2School is pleased to welcome our first Program Manager for the 2017/18 school year. Adrian grew up helping his father operate a blackberry farm in Mexico that exports blackberries worldwide. He is completing his masters degree at the Patel College of Global Sustainability with a food systems concentration. Adrian has been able to apply his research about how to to increase crop productivity in a sustainable way to bring improvements to his family's blackberry farm. He says of his work at Greco during the 2017/18 school year: "I'm looking forward to working with Greco's agriculture teacher, Ms Ladd, to help students understand the interconnection between food, health and the environment." The 2017 Temple Terrace Farm2School student internship is made possible by Ken Ward, Ward-Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys and by Beth and Gerry Curts, in memory of George Fee.

 

Arthur Polacow, Program Manager

Arthur Ramos Polacow is going to graduate from the Global Sustainability Program at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida in May 2018 with a concentration in Sustainable Business. He grew up in Brazil helping his father operate commercial stores that include gas stations and now a burger restaurant. His passions include helping organizations to implement sustainable initiatives in their operations with an objective to reduce their environmental footprint and maximize their profit. Arthur is joining Farm2School with an objective to bring business perspectives to school gardens.

The 2018 Temple Terrace Farm2School student internship is made possible by Ken Ward, Ward-Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys and by Beth and Gerry Curts, in memory of George Fee.

 

 

 

Jennifer Webb

"All children deserve excellence in eduction and a diversity in the ways in which lessons are presented to them. Hands-on learning like that promoted by Temple Terrace Farm2School (TTF2S) helps teachers bring students out of the classroom and into the garden. As someone who specializes in high-impact learning practices, looks for community led initiatives, and believes i the importance of connecting kids to nature, I was honored to join TTF2S's founding board. I stay an active supporter of the groups mission and vision because I see the way this sustainable and scaleable school-based solution makes a real difference in the lives of school children." 

Jennifer Webb, M.A. is founder and director of Think Tampa Bay, a think, do and messaging tank. The organization specializes in working with the community to develop and support hyperlocal solutions to regional challenges. 

Alison Fernandez

A life-long resident of the city, Alison served on the Temple Terrace City Council for eight years and has a strong commitment to strengthening the public school system. She has served as president of the Juniors Women's Club and the Greco PTSA as well as serving in leadership positions within many civic organizations. Alison is a graduate of King High School and the University of South Florida.

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller, MA, Corporate Relations Manager at United Way Suncoast and former Future Farmer of America (FFA) student member, Melissa was immediately drawn to the Temple Terrace Farm2School.  With her oldest son a 6thgrader at Greco, she was excited when she learned that he had an interest in becoming more involved. The importance of agriculture education is near and dear to her heart, as she personally understands the value of being exposed to farming and the many skills that are taught along the way.  With her B.A. and M.A. in Gerontology, she often boasts of the intergenerational aspect of the program, since for her it has quickly turned into a family affair.  Watching her three children and her father connect with others on workdays has been just one of the many rewards of being involved.    Melissa’s passions are aging studies, poverty, volunteerism, philanthropy and intergenerational solutions to societal issues. She is most recently a Cub Scout Tiger Den Leader and ballfield mom.