Elizabeth Leib, Director

Elizabeth loves to work on community projects. An online conversation in 2011 with Grant Rimbey on a local garden blog led to her to organize a team of local gardeners to start the Temple Terrace Community Gardens. Three years and two community gardens later in spring, 2013, she passed the community garden baton to Travis and started the Temple Terrace Farm2School program. Elizabeth is a graduate student at the Patel College of Global Sustainability with a concentration in food studies. She is a graduate of Eckerd College with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. She has lived in Temple Terrace for 23 years with her nice husband who writes really, really good plays and really really good theatre reviews and with her son, an avid body builder, wrestler, who also trains in jiu-jitsu. A graduate of Lewis Elementary and Greco Middle School, he is entering his sophomore year at King High School. 

Amanda Corsentino, Vice-President

Amanda Corsentino, a Staff Attorney with the law firm of White & Case, learned about the Farm 2 School project from fellow community activist Jennifer Webb at a civic engagement event they both attended. Amanda holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She has 10 years of experience working in and volunteering for governmental and nonprofit organizations. Amanda spent much of her childhood in rural Maryland, surrounded by farmland and woodlands. Her mother, a gardener, and her father, a hunter, eagerly involved their children in the process of growing and preparing food. Amanda attributes her passion and respect for food and land to these very early experiences. She believes that an empowered, educated, and encouraged youth can serve an important role in supporting a healthy, ethical food system.

Melissa Miller, Treasurer

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.

Adrian Gonzalez, Program Manager

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 2017/18 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.

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 an accredited LEED Green Associate and proud to be a Tampa native, a graduate of King High School and Florida State University.