Ken is the Director of the Innovation Hub at Florida State University, a collaborative community founded on a culture of creativity and innovation that identifies issues, explores opportunities, and develops solutions using Design Thinking and emerging technologies. He has served on the faculty at FSU since 1997 and has authored several textbooks on computing and technology topics. Ken is a Sharing Tree board member because he believes that building creative confidence and collaborative problem solving skills are key to achieving our highest human potential. He is a father of two and enjoys cycling, racquetball and yoga.
Small business co-owner, wife and mom to four. As a mom to four children with a wide range of interests, I love to find opportunities to further my children's creativity and interests. My first interaction with the Sharing Tree was as a consumer and I loved the idea of using recycled objects in our every day life. When I saw the Creative Play Lab last year, I was immediately inspired by the vision of the Sharing Tree and saw so much opportunity to engage my whole family in the arts, sciences and the community. As an owner of Paper Fox Coffee, I am constantly looking for ways to better serve our customers and define who we are as a community coffee shop. We focus on a great atmosphere for our customers and our staff. It takes a team to achieve success. I was honored to be invited to join the board of The Sharing Tree as we continue to serve our community in amazing ways and I look forward to helping grow this community. As a native to Tallahassee, I can see the great need for an indoor creative outlet for our children. I am passionate about allowing children to be who they are and express themselves creatively, whether that is through art, music or science, or all three together!
Michele is an experienced teacher and trainer who is committed to education. Raised by teachers, she fondly remembers early environmental lessons as family trips to recycling centers, before curbside pickup. She holds degrees in art and education and is passionate about reuse, creative thinking, and helping others reach their goals.
Kathy Hood is a retired educator, mother of two sons, grandmother of one super granddaughter. She began her professional career as a high school English teacher in Augusta, GA. After moving to Florida, she co-owned Get Smart in Tallahassee, a retail school supply store, for ten years. She completed her working life as Director of AmeriCorps Tallahassee managing/supervising reading tutors for low-achieving elementary students in Leon County Schools. Since retiring, Kathy has been an active volunteer with The Sharing Tree for nine years. She’s a participant in OLLI at FSU and a member of Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority.
Richmond is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied economics and philosophy. Following his undergraduate studies, Richmond obtained his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and is a member of the Florida Bar. He is currently a staff accountant and CPA at Carr, Riggs, and Ingram, LLC.
Devan is the Special Projects Administrator at Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department. He has a strong professional and academic background in planning bringing 14+ years of combined experience in both the public and private sectors. Devan applies a creative, non-traditional, solution driven approach to each of his projects. He graduated with a double B.S. degree in Sociology and Social Science in 2006 from The Florida State University. In 2009 he completed a Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning at the University of Central Florida, and in 2010 his Masters of Science in Planning, as well as his Graduate Certificate in Urban Design from The Florida State University.
Dr. Emily Pritchard
Dr. Pritchard is a Research Faculty member in Florida State University College of Medicine. She has been crafting and building since she was a kid, and now as a biomedical engineer she builds new medical devices to improve patients lives. A mom to 2 kids, she values the importance of art, play, and tinkering as a foundation for lifelong creativity, innovation, and invention. In her spare time, you'll find her family exploring events around Tallahassee or hiking/biking/kayaking in the great North Florida outdoors.
Tessa Schreiner serves as the Recycling and Sustainability Manager for Leon County's Office of Sustainability, and has served on the Sharing Tree Board for four years. She is passionate about education and waste reduction, and sees the Sharing Tree as a creative vehicle to drive sustainability progress in the community. Tessa spends her free time doing art, playing sand volleyball, and traveling around the world.
Mrs. Scott is the Director of Title I & Migrant Education Programs for Leon County Schools. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida After-School Alliance and Big Bend March of Dimes. She has been invited as guest speaker and expert presenter at Educational Conferences throughout the state. It is through her expertise that she is able to assist in the successful development, implementation and evaluation of programs funded by the Federal, State and County Governments. Mrs. Scott attended The Florida A&M University and Saint Leo University earning a Masters In Educational Leadership. Mrs. Scott is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Chi Theta Zeta Chapter. She enjoys creative writing and traveling with her family.
Mari Therrien, PT, DSc
Dr. Mari Therrien is the owner of Lil’ Explorers Pediatric Therapy, practicing physical therapist, mother of triplets, and a true believer in the power of play. Mari was a driving force behind the creation of version 1.0 of the Creative Play Lab, designing & building many of the exhibits. Mari is a staunch advocate for the loose parts philosophy of learning and marvels at children’s ability to turn a simple block or box into a million different things within the context of play. Play is not only critical in building developmental skills, but has the ability to add joy, connectedness, and creativity to everyone’s lives and Mari is excited to provide new play opportunities to the community.
John Van Gieson
John has 28 years experience as a reporter and editor; 16 years as a public relations consultant. In addition to serving on the Sharing Tree Board, his volunteer positions include: Noon Lectures Chair, Advisory Board, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU; Cultivate Cascades catalyst, Knight Creative Communities Initiative; Board of Directors, Communications Chair, Sustainable Tallahassee; American Red Cross volunteer.