A professional writer by trade, the author of two books on health and recent co-author of the book, Makerspaces in Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), I currently ply my creative passions on the societal canvas. I am the Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida, and a creative partner at EurekaFactory.net , which specializes in the development of creative spaces and programming in public libraries and community areas. We also produce Gulf Coast MakerCon and Roboticon Tampa Bay. I have been the licensee and lead curator for TEDxYouth in Tampa since 2010, and now of TEDxTampaRiverwalk.
Areas of Expertise
Thinker, Writer-Author , Collaborator, Maker Movement
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 science hero, EO Wilson, won the TED Prize in 2007. Then, in 2009, 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. In 2014, I hosted my first adult program, TEDxTampaRiverwalk, which was a joy to produce. I'm really excited to have an active role in the sharing of Ideas worth Spreading in Florida, and growing our TEDx community of thinkers and doers.