I am a Florida native who has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years and am a speaker, published writer, non-profit entrepreneur, missionary, wedding officiant and part-time barista. After participating in several overseas missions trips, I decided to focus my efforts on local U.S. cities by bringing hope to neighborhoods through tangible projects.
In 2008, I founded Current Initiatives, a Tampa-based organization with the mission of educating communities on social initiatives while mobilizing them to bring about change. Current’s most prevalent program, the Laundry Project, assists lower-income individuals and families by covering all expenses and providing necessary items required to wash clothes and linens. Affordable Christmas is a seasonal initiative giving needy families and parents the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their children at a tenth of the original cost. Current’s third project, Hopes for Homes, provides free repairs and renovations to homes owned by working class families.
My work has been featured on NBC Nightly News as well as the nationally-syndicated morning talk show, Daytime as well as in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune and on numerous television stations including Bay News 9, WTSP-CBS Channel 10, WTVT-Fox 13, WFTS-ABC Action News and many more.
As a 2011 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award winner, I have also been recognized as a Fox 13 Hometown Hero and received the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for 2011 through 2016. I am a guest lecturer for USF’s College of Social Work, speaker for TEDx Talks and served as a guest co-host during the 2014 Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) IdeaLab & IdeasChat. I am also a published author and regular contributor to various publications. Most recently, I was honored by the Southern Early Childhood Association’s (SECA) 2015 Friend of Children Award and recognized as the 31st Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero of the 2014-2015 season.
In my dream world, I live on the beach in Southern California and am a pro surfer. In real life, I live in the city of Tampa where I never actually surf.