Tom Corson

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Tom Corson


Tom, son of SIFAT co-founders Ken and Sarah Corson, was born in Puerto Rico, and his childhood was spent there and in Alabama, Bolivia and Haiti. Tom went to college at Miami Dade Community College in Florida and obtained his aviation degree from Hesston College in Kansas. After spending several years working for Groundwater Protection Corporation, Tom returned to SIFAT in 1996 and has been executive director since 1998. Tom and his wife, Dyla, have three children: Josiah, Sarah Wynn and Samuel.


My Sacred Place


Sarah’s Garden at SIFAT Campus, in partnership with CFNEA

Sarah’s Garden beckons the public to come, sit, unwind, think, pray, and meditate. It is an ideal place for those with mental health issues, as it sets up a therapeutic space. But overall, it is a communal setting for all to simply relax and reflect.

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Melissa Burdick

Melissa Burdick is a story-teller who brings to life the plants that surround us, both common and rare. A self-described “plant nerd,” Melissa’s passion for growing both plants and communities shines through as the executive director of The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center, IA. In her responsibility as a Firesoul, Melissa works to inspire visitors...

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