Christina Barker is the current Chief of Staff at Vinik Family office (VFO). In her role at VFO, Christina serves as a community relations, communications, and political advisor to Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and leads projects and initiatives sponsored by the Vinik Family Foundation such as investments in early childhood learning, education, the arts, and other community impact efforts.
Christina is a co-founder of All for Transportation, the citizen-led effort that successfully place and passed a 2018 transportation referendum in Hillsborough County/Tampa, FL. All for Transportation collected more than 77,000 petitions during the 2018 election cycle to add a transportation funding plan to the Hillsborough County ballot. She and the All for Transportation team led the subsequent political campaign that amassed nearly 60% voter approval. She has extensive experience in local and state transportation policy and ballot initiatives to generate funding for transportation projects.
Before joining VFO, Christina served 4 years as a senior policy advisor to Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the City of Tampa working on legislative affairs and broad range of public policy issues such as transportation, infrastructure, and water. Prior to her time at the City of Tampa, Christina was the Public Policy and Advocacy Director at the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional economic development organization.
She began her career on local and statewide political campaigns in Florida while completing her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and her master’s degree in political science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Christina lives in Pasco County, FL with her husband, two sons, and three-legged schnauzer, Mollie.
Frank J. “Sandy” Rief, III
Frank J. “Sandy” Rief, III is a member of the firm Longhouse, Richards, Olsen & Rief, PLLC and practices in the areas of estates and trusts, taxation and philanthropic planning. He is currently serving on the Boards of The Straz Center Foundation, the Poynter Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the USF Institute for Research in Art. He has served as the Chair of the All Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation. Mr. Rief has previously served as a Trustee of the David A. Straz, Jr. Performing Arts Center, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, All Children’s Hospital Foundation, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, the Tampa Theatre Foundation, the Florida State University Foundation, the Tampa Bay History Center, the USF Foundation, the Florida Humanities Council, the Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, Florida), the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Industry. Mr. Rief is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A., 1966 Cum Laude), University of Florida Spessard L. Holland Law Center (J.D., 1969), New York University (LLM, in Taxation, 1971).
Senior Wealth Strategist for Northern Trust
Christopher has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Northern Trust, he was a Principal, Senior Client Strategist at BNY Mellon Wealth Management for 10 years, serving and advising business owners, institutions, and ultra-high net worth families. Christopher has also served in similar roles at Wachovia Wealth Management and JPMorgan. Christopher holds both FINRA Series 7 & 63 licenses and is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor® (CEPA).
Christopher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida Southern College. He has also completed a postgraduate program in Financial Planning at the University of South Florida, and Mergers and Acquisitions studies at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with the Exit Planning Institute.
Board Member –Chair, American Cancer Society Tampa Bay
Board Member and Trustee –Chair, Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation
Board Director –Vice Chair, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA)
Member –Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Member –Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors (AM&AA)
Member –Rotary Club of Tampa
Christopher is married with two daughters and lives in beautiful South Tampa. In his spare time, he loves to travel with his wife, and watch his youngest daughter play softball for the Tampa Mustangs and Plant High School.
Gregory L. Morgan
Currently serving as a Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors at the FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS. Greg has also been involved in many other non-profit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay Region.
Professionally, Greg serves as Community Relations Director for AMALIE OIL COMPANY and Broker Associate at Smith & Associates
He lives in Hyde Park with his wife Ellen. They have four adult children between them.
Director of Programs, Kessler Consulting, Inc
Miriam Zimms-Kessler is a 31-year leader in the solid waste management industry and creatively worked in the field for the corporate, public and private sector implementing programs in zero waste, recycling, composting and green procurement as well as Green Building. Miriam has served on the Board of numerous organizations and is considered a veteran Latina woman who has broken the glass ceiling in this industry. She and her husband, Mitch, have a 35-year niche Tampa based business management and planning consulting firm that is known across the country for its innovation in the industry. She has presented all over the country for award-winning and solution-driven sustainable waste management programs as a USGBC LEED AP and Certified Recycling and Compost Manager. In 2013, Miriam had a second cancer that changed her life and left her with a disability. But that monumental health challenge led her to Arts in Medicine, becoming a local award-winning emerging artist, volunteer teaching artist, and advocate/presenter in the community. Her life is now divided into three pursuits: wellness of body, mind and spirit, the wellness arts, and the environment. Miriam recently came off the Recycle Florida Today Board after serving for six years and was named the State’s Recycler of the Year in 2008. She advocates for Arts in Health and will begin her role as a Board Member on the National Association for Arts in Health (NOAH) in 2024. Miriam is a proud two-type cancer survivor (breast and chondrosarcoma cancers), and an ovarian previvor. She advocates for life over cancer in the community, radio/TV, and with Moffitt Cancer Center as a courageous Thriver who continues to Roar.
Charley Greacen is an artist working and living in Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood since 1973. He had published weekly cartoons in the Tampa Tribune and the Tampa Bay Times for over a span of 20 years.While at Denison University in Ohio, where he earned his BFA in visual arts, he was awarded fellowships from the Art and Classics departments. Charley has held the position of Advertising and Public Relations Manager for a Tampa-based restaurant chain, freelanced as Charles Greacen Illustration and Graphics, and taught college level drawing, de- sign and history & civilization. Since 2005 he has been the sole proprietor of a collection of art- based companies,Town Tiles, Lost Art Custom Stationery and Small World Maps, all of which utilize his illustration and photography.
Julie currently is the Community Investment Manager for Tampa Electric Company and oversees the integrated, and proactive community engagement program. Julie graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in chemical engineering in 2005 and joined Tampa Electric in 2007. First as an air compliance and permitting engineer for TECO’s Polk and Big Bend Power stations, then as a senior environmental coordinator for Bayside Power Station. She was a senior engineer in resource and operations planning before joining the strategy team. Most recently, she was the lead business strategy analyst. In addition she has deep roots in the community. She serves on the Board of Florida Odyssey of the Mind and Buccaneer Bay Odyssey of the Mind, and volunteers time to Feeding Tampa Bay, USF Women of Leadership and Philanthropy and Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equity (HOPE).
Mallory Dimmitt Bio
Mallory Dimmitt is the inaugural CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation. She was formerly VP of Strategic Development for Lykes Bros. Inc., a fifth-generation family-owned agribusiness based in Florida. Previously, Mallory led The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Plateau Initiative from Telluride, Colorado, assessing large-scale conservation opportunities in a four-state region of the West, and prior to that directed the Southwest Colorado Project for the Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter. She has worked extensively with local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations on natural resource issues. Mallory earned her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment, where she earned a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) in Environmental Economics and Policy. Mallory is an alumnus of Class IX of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources and of Cornerstone Class 39 of Leadership Florida. She has been a participant in all six Florida Wildlife Corridor Expeditions 2012 – 2023.
Lauren Yoho is a photographer and artist. She has worked as a Camera Trap Technician primarily responsible for helping manage Wildpath’s network of professional photo and video camera traps. Today, Lauren is Wildpath’s Social Media Manager. Lauren holds a BFA in studio art and biology from Loyola University inNew Orleans. Her degrees have helped shape her passion for photography and nature conservation.
Sandra Sroka has over forty years of administrative experience in the health and disability fields both in the public and private sector. Until her semi-retirement, she served as the Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for Hillsborough County where she was responsible for ensuring the County’s compliance with the federal ADA and other disability rights laws.
In more recent years, she served as the Adult Program Coordinator for Arts4All Florida, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. She established their adult artists program through public and private partnerships to create opportunities for public exposure and marketability of adult artists with disabilities throughout Florida including curating in-person and online art exhibitions, creating an online marketplace, and artist development initiatives.
Prior to her employment with Hillsborough County, she was marketing director in the regional healthcare environment, an executive director of the Mental Health Association, and director of a federally funded state pilot program for the elderly.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Sroka has been a staunch advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities through her past leadership roles in local and statewide organizations including several past gubernatorial appointments; served in various capacities with the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County focusing on community engagement through education and advocacy including as a Past-President; and recently completed her term on the Hillsborough County Arts Council as a Council member. She currently is a Board Director of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and serves as Secretary. She is passionate about diversity in the arts and community engagement through arts and culture.
Brenda R Gregory
Brenda holds a BFA in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, a foundation that sparked her diverse career in the arts. Commencing at the University of Iowa in the Department of Anatomy, she cultivated her expertise before venturing into entrepreneurship, establishing her own illustration and graphic design enterprise. Upon relocating to Florida, Brenda assumed the role of Creative Director at Bank of America, leveraging her artistic vision in a corporate setting.
Her passion for teaching led her to impart knowledge in metalsmithing and an array of mixed-media art forms at the Morean Arts Center and several other esteemed arts organizations, engaging both children and adults in artistic exploration. Brenda’s involvement in various art festivals and exhibitions has been multifaceted, whether as a contributing artist, a board member, committee chair, or event facilitator.
Presently, Brenda serves as the Competitive Exhibits Coordinator for the Florida State Fair, leading a team of 10 associates and numerous volunteers. In this pivotal role, she orchestrates an immersive event spotlighting the creative prowess of Florida’s residents. Her dedication ensures the curation of a vibrant and diverse showcase that celebrates the artistic talents flourishing within the state.
I am an artist, currently working in lino cut and wood printing. I chose this medium for its portability! I am currently travelling in and learning about the culture and arts of Mexico. I am a mosaic artist and have incorportated found items along with handmade tiles. Love art that is upcycled, giving new purpose to objects.
Denise Riebe is an artist who concentrates on painting, primarily using acrylic and oil paints. In the past, she has also used watercolors. She has been painting for over 20 years. To further her experience and skills, Denise is obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts (May 2024) with a concentration in painting and an art history certificate from the University of South Florida. Instagram @deniseriebeart