Debbi Stone is Vice President of Education at The Florida Aquarium. Starting her career as a middle school educator, she transitioned to informal science education at Mystic Aquarium (CT) before relocating to Florida in 2000. At The Florida Aquarium, Debbi oversees all aspects of education programs including standards-based school programs, outreach, teacher workshops, community programs, on-site visitor programs, camps, and overall departmental growth at an informal science center with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. Read more
Dr. Jennifer Collins
Dr. Jennifer Collins is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy program in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. She obtained a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of Lancaster and a PhD in Physics from University College London. Her research focuses on weather and climate. She works closely on projects with the National Weather Service involving tornados, hurricanes, hail and fog. In addition, she collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of climate change. Read more
John Zdanowicz Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer/co-founder and board member of a privately held company, ClearGage Inc, providing technology and patient financing solutions to the healthcare sector. John has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in technology and financial services. Prior to ClearGage (2006-2010), John was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Motivano Inc, a leading provider of employee benefits and financial services technologies where he was responsible for all operational facets of the organization. Read more
Dr. Jennifer Wolgemuth
Dr. Jennifer Wolgemuth is an Assistant Professor in the Educational and Psychological Studies Department in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Educational Research from Colorado State University. She completed a three-year post-doc in Darwin, Australia, heading up a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of a web-based early literacy tool on Indigenous and non-Indigenous students’ reading. Read more
Christina Faudel is the Sales Manager at Tiffany & Co. at International Mall. She is passionate about environmental issues, nature, and overall health and wellness. She is an active member in our community thru Chamber of Commerce meetings and events. Christina is an engaged supporter of area non-profits such as the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa General Hospital, and the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a committee chair for Learning Gate’s Annual Auction Night and sits on the Resource and Development Committee. She is a native born Floridian and lives in our area with her husband and daughter.
Christina Goldstein is a Conference and Events Planner within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida. She has a B.S. degree in Advertising and a M.A. in Communication Arts. After 15 years in the advertising industry in New York, Christina relocated to Florida and pursued an events career. She contributes to the strategic and tactical development of events and programs for 26 departments and five institutes within the USF College of Arts & Sciences through staff management, customer service, event and project management, and organizational administration. Mrs. Goldstein is also an adjunct professor within the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at USF. Christina loves being involved in the community. She also has two young daughters and is a foster mom.
Stanley Kroh is the Manager of Land and Water Programs in the Environmental, Health and Safety Department at Tampa Electric Company. He has been in his current position for 14 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. He is active in the local environmental community and serves on the Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance and the Hillsborough Greenways Committee. Professional affiliations include the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) and the International Society of Technical and Environmental Professionals (INSTEP).
Jamie Avant Meyer
Jamie Avant Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Anderson University and a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of South Florida. She has served at Metropolitan Ministries for 15 years where she was a member of the planning team who opened and operated a charter school for children who are homeless. She has developed trainings for staff and for community groups to increase awareness of issues of poverty and homelessness and improve effectiveness of service and is a certified trainer in Bridges out of Poverty and The Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care. Jamie leads Metropolitan Ministries’ education programs including the PromiseLand Early Childhood Center, school-aged children’s activities (after-school program and summer camp), youth programs and adult education and she serves as the Ministries’ liaison with the Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School. She is a member of the Lutz community and has a passion for education and for using nature-based learning to bring out children’s full potential.
Karen Ramlackhan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. She obtained a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M. Ed. in Exceptional Student Education, both from the University of Florida. Formerly, she has worked as a K-12 educator in elementary and high schools. Currently, she is an instructor of several undergraduate courses in the Special Education program at the University of South Florida, as well as a university supervisor of field experiences for practicum and internship students. Karen and her husband live in Tampa with their daughter.
Amelia Terrapin is an educator and entrepreneur, focused on creating participatory learning environments in the fields of education, business and social change. After 15 years as a professional dancer and educator, she developed a method to teach academic concepts through movement. Her K-12 movement-based science curriculum has reached thousands of students across the US. Amelia also runs a small business, Mobius Method, that helps teams, organizations and communities to implement Participatory Leadership, a means of distributing leadership and power across organizations. She is on a mission to free us all from unnecessarily passive meetings, classes and conferences, and unleashing more connection and creativity.
Her approach has been presented at the Engineers Without Borders Canada, the Applied Improvisation Network Conference, and Bioneers by the Bay. Clients have included the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, the North Dakota STEM Network, the Teton Science Schools in Wyoming, the Rainbow Community School in North Carolina, and MetaIntegral Associates.
Luke Chichetto A graduate from university of Massachusetts, Boston. Luke is married to Denise and has experience working with people of all ages from toddlers to older adults. Luke worked as a physical education teacher for toddlers. He has work as a trainer with USF and help with design and ideas of the ten thousand square foot athletic training facility. While working with USF, he also worked with George Jenkins high school football.
Luke found his way to his own business called Smart fit sports and fitness. He then worked with Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers, were he helped the team win an American League championship. After 6 years Luke had his first daughter and moved back to FL to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not long after his second daughter came and he took a job working with Bay Care Hospital PT Clinic and Wellness Center. Just three years later Luke had his third daughter. Luke is now currently the Founder of Mobility Rx in Clearwater. It was founded as a result of client’s needs and providing sound functional training that relieves pain and increases mobility. Luke is a author of a book called Fighting Will.