Featured photo: September 2014, TTF2S Executive and Advisory board members: (L-R) Elizabeth Leib/President, Alison Fernandez/Advisory, Amanda Cosentino/Vice-President, Beth Bosserman-Curts/Advisory, Jennifer Webb/ Advisory, Grant Rimbey/contributor.
Travis Barnes is the Recycling Coordinator for Hillsborough County. He has over 10 years of experience working with local governments in public administration, environmental planning, sustainability, and solid waste management. Travis received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also has professional accreditations including being recognized as a Certified Manager of Recycling Systems by the Solid Waste Association of North America and a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Barnes is also actively involved with several local and state environmental organizations including Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Recycle Florida Today, and the Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council where he has led green schools initiatives. Mr. Barnes formed the partnership between TTF2S and USGBC and continues to serve as liaison for the organizations.
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 internship program in memory of George Fee.
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.
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.
Dr. Brooke Hansen
Dr. Brooke Hansen is a sustainability-oriented anthropologist with expertise in higher education administration, leadership, teaching and scholarship. Dr. Hansen cooperatively ran a 70 acre organic farm in central New York with the Haudenosaunee featuring Three Sisters and Native American medicinal gardens. Her research and grants have focused on indigenous studies, public health and food sovereignty, community education and farming, service learning, tourism in Hawai'i and cultural revitalization. Her professional skills include ethnographic research, needs assessment, community organizing and leadership. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the community-based organization SHARE and the Ithaca Health Alliance/Ithaca Free Clinic. TTF2S is grateful Dr. Hansen has agreed to advise the young organization on grants, research and overall growth strategy.
Arthur Ramos Polacow is recent graduate of the Global Sustainability Program at the Patel College 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 as Program Manager for the spring 2018 semester 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.
"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 in 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 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, 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.