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. 

Nichole Battle

Fred Smith

John Corea

Dr. Mike Sherlock

Tom Gamper

Jenny Crawford

Paula Teague

Briana Walsh

Katie Allston

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
Willy Agee   Annapolis, MD Chesapeake Bay Foundation Read Story
Tom Gamper   Baltimore, MD The Childrens’ Peace Center, Inc. Read Story
Todd Marcus   Baltimore, MD Intersection of Change Read Story
Steve Coleman   Washington, DC Washington Parks and People – Marvin Gaye Park
Sandra Abbott   Baltimore, MD UMBC: Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park Read Story
Robin Bracey   Upper Marlboro, MD The Arc of Prince George’s County
Rebecca Hoffberger   Baltimore, MD American Visionary Art Museum
Paula Teague   Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Read Story
Pastor Gary Dittman   Baltimore, MD Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Nicole Fall   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Clayworks Read Story
Nichole Battle   Baltimore, MD Stadium Place – Thanksgiving Place Labyrinth Read Story
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens   College Park, MD University of Maryland, College Park Read Story
Liz Anne Ganiban   Washington, DC A Wider Circle in partnership with Sibley Plaza Read Story
Lisa Lindsay-Mondoro   Annapolis, MD Arundel Community Development Services, Inc.- Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard
Liesje Gantert   Baltimore, MD Village Learning Place Read Story
Lauren Goodsmith   Falls Church, VA St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church Read Story
Katie Allston   Baltimore, MD Marian House Read Story
Katelynn Wiggins   Washington, DC American Psychological Association
John Corea   Washington, DC Crispus Attucks Park Read Story
Jib Edwards   Annapolis, MD 4th Street City Park
Jenny Crawford   Annapolis, MD The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center Read Story
Jennifer Arndt Robinson   Baltimore, MD Friends of Patterson Park Read Story
Fred Smith Read Story
Emily Kohlenstein   Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Read Story
Dr. Mike Sherlock   Baltimore, MD Mount Washington Preservation Trust, Inc. Read Story
David A. Greenberg   Baltimore, MD The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. Read Story
Briana Walsh   Annapolis, MD Anne Arundel Medical Center Read Story
Adrianne Carroll   Glen Burnie, MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Teresia Hazen   Portland, OR A Nature Place | Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Read Story
Renae Reynolds   Joplin, MO Landscapes of Resilience: Butterfly Garden & Overlook | Joplin MO
Michelle Rowland   Philadelphia, PA UPenn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Stoner Courtyard
Brian McCormick   Brooklyn, NY Naval Cemetery Landscape | Brooklyn NY
David Farner   Arlington, VA Whitman Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia
Sandra Bjork   Bethesda, MD St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Dianne Dale   Washington, DC Frederick Douglass Gardens, Inc.
Donald Cryer   Washington, DC Old Market House Square Park
Terri Bennett   Washington, DC Providence Hospital
Rose Kurtz   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Spiritual Center
Mark Vernarelli   Jessup, MD Western Correctional Institution
John Wolfe   Jessup, MD Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup
Cheryl D. Lee   Baltimore, MD UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute
Giulia Hodge   Milbank, MD Juvenile Agency Volunteer Auxiliary (JAVA)
Shantay Guy   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Community Mediation Program
Terri Zeman   Rosedale, MD Franklin Square Hospital Center