Citizen Spotlight is our way of introducing interesting and important people working to impact our city.
Citizen Spotlight Young Activist We've had the privilege of getting to know Arthur through friends of The Well, The McLaughlins, who were actually some of the first people we spotlighted in this column. Therefore it is no surprise that Arthur, their son, is equally as impressive. At such a young
Citizen Spotlight Caroline Merriman is a Sophomore at the University of South Florida dual majoring in Marketing and Finance. Throughout the summer she has served as our executive leadership and administration intern. Caroline has an extensive background in various community service roles and strives to use her education and talents
Tampa Bay Harvest
Organization Spotlight Established in 1989, Tampa Bay harvest is one of the longest running nonprofits in the Tampa area that operates to address food insecurity. "we originated from the humble efforts of a few incredibly dedicated neighbors who wanted to help people in our community who were struggling to secure
Meet Mary Mac. Home school parent, community builder, commonality seeker, gardener, artist, perpetual student, nail art enthusiast, yoga practitioner, and follower of Jesus - Mary Mac is an incredible asset to her community. We have the pleasure of knowing Mary Mac through her active involvement with The Well's Kinship Free
Citizen Spotlight Dr. Thomas Unnasch is a distinguished professor at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health. His lab currently focuses on initiatives and research surrounding vector-borne diseases. His long and impressive career is marked by impactful public health initiatives and is characterized by his passion for people.
JGHC Community Garden
Organization Spotlight The JGHC community garden was founded in the late summer of 2021, and has since been utilized by USF students and faculty to build a stronger and more united community. The goal of the JGHC Community Garden is to create a welcoming, shared space where students connect both
Engineers Without Borders
Organization Spotlight Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an organization that strives to empower communities by meeting basic human needs through the implementation of various engineering projects. EWB collaborates with volunteers and underserved communities to create sustainable infrastructure that addresses needs such as water sanitation, healthcare access, health literacy, and education.
Camp Kesem USF
Organization Spotlight Camp Kesem at the University of South Florida is an organization that works to provide a summer camp program for children who have been affected by a parent's cancer or terminal illness. Camp Kesem's mission is to provide support for children who's parent's are suffering from declining health
Citizen Spotlight Jeremy Gloff is currently one of the managers of Trinity Cafe, a program of Feeding Tampa Bay. Through his work managing Trinity Cafe, Gloff ensures that underprivileged populations in the Tampa area are served every week with a warm meal and kind service, with the goal of facilitating
Citizen Spotlight Madeline Riley recently graduated from the University of South Florida. Madeline's exemplary achievements throughout her collegiate career, in both academics and community involvement, illustrate her propensity to utilize her knowledge and talents as a platform for inciting positive change. Having completed her Bachelors of Science in environmental policy,
Dr. Lindy Davidson
Citizen Spotlight Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction in the Judy Genshaft Honors College, Dr. Davidson is revered for her commitment to guiding students through their academic and personal passions. She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Belmont University, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.
Richa Bisht is a medical student at Morsani College of Medicine [https://health.usf.edu/medicine] and exemplifies what it means to be an active citizen in her community. Involved with Tampa Bay Street Medicine [https://wordonthestreets.ghost.io/tampa-bay-street-medicine/], TBSM Refugee Clinic, and a co-founder and board member of
Tampa Bay Street Medicine
Tampa Bay Street Medicine (TBSM) [https://health.usf.edu/medicine/studentorgs/tbsm]is a student organization at USF Health dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations in our community. Through outreach on the streets and in local shelters, and via TBSM-run free clinics, they provide medical care, education, and
Organization Spotlight Food is physically necessary, socially and culturally central, and food insecurity is a fundamental threat with existential consequences. Food is power, and food security is a path to communal resilience. WellFed Community is a service provider for all things food. An initiative of the Well, WellFed implements a
Citizen Spotlight Community Wellness Coordinator, Gardner, & Videographer Alex Baron a graduate of health sciences from the University of Central Florida fell in love with gardening and teaching about agriculture after volunteering at the school's arboretum. After leaving university Alex worked for Brickstreet Farms [https://brickstreetfarms.com/], a urban farming company
Citizen Spotlight Advocate for Local Food Systems Monica Petrella has blazed a trail in Hillsborough County for Food Systems professionals. Previously involved in community organizing and political advocacy, Monica recently joined Hillsborough County as the inaugural Food System Coordinator. Having worked on small farms, in farm-to-table restaurants, volunteered in community
Pastor Gabriel Morgan
Citizen Spotlight Pastor, Educator, and Climate Justice Organizer A pastor of St Paul Lutheran for the past three years, one of the oldest continuously operating Lutheran churches in Tampa, Pastor Gabriel has dedicated his ministry to the support of community organizations and activities. Specifically, he sits as the Chair of
Bicycle ownership is a tool that serves as a bridge to independence, employment, community-involvement and physical health for those who do not have the option to own a vehicle. WellBuilt Bikes, a local bike shop, began meeting the transportation needs of homeless, low-income, and precariously housed community members in 2014
Citizen Spotlight Educator & Entrepreneur Jaime Manfra saw a need in her community and as a response to that need started the original Service Learning Micro-School [https://www.servicelearningschool.com/about-us]in Clearwater, FL. Since its founding in 2012, Jaime as inspired other women to serve their community and has since
Citizen Spotlight Educator, Builder, & Writer Co-creator, professor, collaborator, and writer, Walter Balser [https://www.linkedin.com/in/wbalser/] is on a mission for smarter, better connected communities. Most notably, Walter is the founder of the Open Partnership Education Network [https://www.learnopen.org/] (OPEN), an open source-inspired platform fostering interdisciplinary
Erica Moody (Nelson)
Citizen Spotlight Director of Operations at UACDC Erica has a presence in the University Area Community that radiates with the same energy she brings to all that she does. Currently the University Area CDC's Director of Operations, Erica also teaches yoga and meditation classes, as well as is a blog
Citizen Spotlight USF Faculty, Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, & Homeland Security Specialist A simple google search of Elizabeth Dunn showcases her commitment to building community resilience through evidence-informed public health practices designed to engage, inspire, and drive change while facilitating interdisciplinary dialog, developing social capital, and supporting economic development. However, at
Citizen Spotlight Executive Director, Founder, & Writer The first time you meet Terri you are immediately captivated by her intellect and energy. An active citizen in her community, Terri has been working in the nonprofit space in the Tampa Bay Area for over 10 years, and before that, authored an educational