I have been diversely engaged in professional writing and knowledge management for more than twenty five years. The author of two books on health, and numerous articles across a range of topics from health to education, religion and philosophy, my work focuses on helping empower individuals to live and learn in meaningful, personally fulfilling and socially productive ways. I am the founder and current president of Learning is for Everyone (LI4E.org), where I served on the Board of Directors for 10 years, and have been lead curator and promoter for TEDxYouth@TampaBay since 2010, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 & 2013, and most recently organizer of Gulf Coast MakerCon. I am also the Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida.
Areas of Expertise
writer, Thinker, Collaborate/Co-Create/Cross-edit/Communicate
An idea worth spreading
Everyone, everywhere should have the opportunity to acquire or develop the knowledge he or she needs to live well and meaningfully; to explore his or her world thoroughly and safely, and to have ways to express and share curiosity and wonderment, ideas and insights and inventions in productive, fulfilling ways.
I'm passionate about
Lifelong learning, understanding and contributing to human societies in effective and sustainable ways
Talk to me about
Learning and education
Nature and Environment
Innovation and Invention
People don't know I'm good at
Cooking - I think! At least I like what I cook, and I have fun cooking.
My TED story
I became fully aware of TED after my hero, EO Wilson, won the TED Prize a couple of years ago. Then, about a year ago, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Wilson when he spoke at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and he fired my imagination and my soul with a desire to want to know more - about everything, about how we're connected, about the common ground we all share. After attending TEDxTampaBay in early 2010, I was inspired to apply for a license to host a TEDxYouth event. I received the license in April and on November 20, 2010 TEDxYouth@TampaBay became Florida's first TEDxYouth event. We've just wrapped up TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012, and can't wait to start planning for our 2013 event! I'm really excited to have an active role in the sharing of Ideas worth Spreading in Florida!