Meet the Firesouls

A business executive. An artist. A doctor. A pastor. All different walks of life—all with a shared vision: to make the world a better place by helping their own community. 

Susan Casson

Nichole Battle

Brandon Bobisink

Jennifer Arndt Robinson

Denise McHugh

Fred Smith

Nicole Fall

Gretchen Mulvihill

Emily Kohlenstein

You meet a Firesoul and you know it. They burn brightly with the desire to make the world a better place—and simply by knowing them, you do, too.

As you read their stories, we challenge you to try not to feel a tug of inspiration. A spark of hope and optimism for a brighter world. We ask you to pause—just for a moment—to imagine a world with more people like them, working to improve societies. Imagine our cities, dotted with more small green spaces like these, and you’ve imagined a more peaceful, healthier and resilient society.

Perhaps you’re a Firesoul. Maybe you share some common traits with Jenny, John, or Nichole. Maybe you have been waiting to find a meaningful way to make a difference in your neighborhood. Take a tour!

Firesoul Directory

Name Location Sacred Place Story
Tom Gamper   Baltimore, MD The Childrens’ Peace Center, Inc. Read Story
Todd Marcus   Baltimore, MD Choose Life Memorial Garden at Intersection of Change Read Story
Tim Harris
Tessa Barnett   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Spiritual Center
Terri Carta   Brooklyn, NY Naval Cemetery Landscape | Brooklyn NY Read Story
Tara Davis
Tammy Perry   Heflin, AL City of Heflin: Community Restorative Garden and Dog Run
Susan Casson   Bethesda, MD St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Steven Folks   Anniston, AL West Anniston Gateway
Steve Coleman   Washington, DC Washington Parks and People – Marvin Gaye Park Read Story
Shelia Mobley
Sarah Krizek
Sandra Keener   Piedmont, AL Timeless Season in the Sun at the Piedmont Health Care Center
Sandra Abbott   Baltimore, MD UMBC: Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park Read Story
Rosemary Perez   Philadelphia, PA UPenn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Stoner Courtyard
Robin Bracey   Upper Marlboro, MD The Arc of Prince George’s County
Rebecca Hoffberger   Baltimore, MD American Visionary Art Museum
Randy Grider   Mentone, AL Dr. Stephen Brewer Sculpture Garden
Paula Teague   Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Read Story
Paul Williams   Washington DC, DC Congressional Cemetery Read Story
Pastor Gary Dittman   Baltimore, MD Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Read Story
Nicole Tudor   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library
Nicole Fall   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Clayworks Read Story
Nichole Battle   Baltimore, MD Stadium Place – Thanksgiving Place Labyrinth Read Story
Mellie Parris   Lineville, AL Sarah's Garden at SIFAT Campus
Mary Sood
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens   College Park, MD University of Maryland Garden of Reflection and Remembrance Read Story
Marissa Wittlinger   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Waterworks Park
Margaret Morton
Lori Patria   Baltimore, MD UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute
Liz Anne Ganiban   Washington, DC A Wider Circle in partnership with Sibley Plaza Read Story
Lisa Lindsay-Mondoro   Annapolis, MD Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard
Linda Tutwiler
Liesje Gantert   Baltimore, MD Village Learning Place Read Story
Lauren Goodsmith   Baltimore, MD Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden Read Story
Kim Cain   Ashland, AL Stringfellow Garden
Kevin Cassidy
Katie Allston   Baltimore, MD Marian House Read Story
Katelynn Wiggins   Washington, DC American Psychological Association
Jonathan Rondeau   Annapolis, MD The Arc of Central Chesapeake - Annapolis
John Corea   Washington, DC Crispus Attucks Park Read Story
Jib Edwards   Annapolis, MD 4th Street City Park
Jenny Crawford   Annapolis, MD Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center Read Story
Jennifer Finlayson
Jennifer Arndt Robinson   Baltimore, MD The Marble Fountain Garden at Patterson Park Read Story
Janet Felsten   Baltimore, MD Stony Run Read Story
Holly Lennihan
Hamid Esfandiari   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Spiritual Center
Gretchen Mulvihill   Annapolis, MD Anne Arundel Medical Center
Giulia Hodge   Milbank, MD Juvenile Agency Volunteer Auxiliary (JAVA)
Fred Smith Read Story
Emily Kohlenstein   Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Read Story
Edna Jennings   Centre, AL Crossroads Garden
Dr. Mike Sherlock   Baltimore, MD Mount Washington Arboretum Read Story
Dick Blackburn   Arlington, VA Barton Park (formerly Whitman Walker Clinic)
Denise White
Denise McHugh   College Park, MD University of Maryland Garden of Reflection and Remembrance Read Story
David A. Greenberg   Baltimore, MD The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. Read Story
Connie Fuller   Fort Payne, AL The Life Garden at Fort Payne Walking Park
Cedric Williams   , AL Weiss Lake Overview
Candace Rebuck   Baltimore, MD UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute Read Story
Caitlin Swain   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Maritime Museum
Brandon Bobisink   , American Geophysical Union (Nature Sacred/The Nature Conservancy partnership)
Bobby Welch   Gadsden, AL Reflection Garden at Gunn-Bellenger House
Bob Pickerel   , AL Weiss Lake Overview
Benjamin Ingram   Piedmont, AL Timeless Season in the Sun at the Piedmont Health Care Center
Ashley Handy
Andrea Fitz
Mary Wyatt Read Story
Sandy Gataeu   Annapolis, MD St. Mary's Elementary School
Kimrey   Annapolis, MD Chesapeake Bay Foundation Inspiration Point
Chuck Hecker   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Waterworks Park
Sara Jacobs Fisher   Joplin, MO Landscapes of Resilience: Butterfly Garden & Overlook | Joplin MO Read Story
Kate Tully   , Columbia Heights Green
Michelle Hawks Cuellar   Baltimore, MD Upper Eutaw and Madison Neighborhood Sculpture Park Read Story
William Jamison
Colin Smith
Daniel Greenspan
Yvonne Butler   Baltimore, MD Bon Secours Urban Farm
Donald Quarles   Baltimore, MD Bon Secours Kirby Lane Park
Shakira Foster   Baltimore, MD Bon Secours Splash Shade Park
John Iaquinta
Phil Morgan   Jessup, MD Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup
Mililani Sinclair
Melissa Burdick   Dallas Center, IA Brenton Arboretum Read Story
Kelly Gordon   Washington, DC Georgetown Waterfront Park
Kelly Collins   , Wangari Gardens
Dr. Phebe McPherson   Odenton, MD Epiphany Chapel
Connie Fuller   Gadsden, AL Reflection Garden at Gunn-Bellenger House
Cheryl Tyiska   , Mt. Olivet Cemetery | In Partnership with the Nature Conservancy
Cheryl Dixon   Washington, DC , DC Langdon Community Park (9/11 Site)
Angie Stryker   Lineville, AL Sarah's Garden at SIFAT Campus
Susan Iaquinta   Glen Burnie, MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center Read Story
Cedrick Hill   , Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams
Worth Barham   Pell City, AL Healing and Restorative Garden at Pell City Gateway
John Rochester   Ashland, AL Justice Hugo Black Park
Ellen Sewell   Ashland, AL Stringfellow Garden
Barry Kerr   Centre, AL Crossroads Garden
Teresia Hazen   Portland, OR A Nature Place | Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Read Story
Dianne Dale   Washington, DC Frederick Douglass Gardens, Inc.
Donald Cryer   Washington, DC Old Market House Square Park
Terri Bennett   Washington, DC Providence Hospital
Shantay Guy   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Community Mediation Program


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