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

Susan Casson

Mary Sood

Dr. Mike Sherlock

Paula Teague

Nicole Fall

Sandra Keener

Andrea Fitz

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 Inspiration Point Read Story
Tom Gamper   Baltimore, MD The Childrens’ Peace Center, Inc. Read Story
Todd Marcus   Baltimore, MD Intersection of Change Read Story
Tim Harris
Tessa Barnett   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Spiritual Center
Terri Carta   Brooklyn, NY Naval Cemetery Landscape | Brooklyn NY
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
Shelia Mobley
Sarah Krizek
Sandra Keener
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
Pastor Gary Dittman   Baltimore, MD Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Nicole Tudor   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsen 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, College Park 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 Arundel Community Development Services, Inc.- Wiley H. Bates Memorial Courtyard
Lisa Knauff
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
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
Gretchen Mulvihill   Annapolis, MD Anne Arundel Medical Center
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 Preservation Trust, Inc. Read Story
Dick Blackburn   Arlington, VA Barton Park (formerly Whitman Walker Clinic)
Denise White
Denise McHugh
Debbie Daugherty
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
Candace Rebuck   Baltimore, MD UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute
Caitlin Swain   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Maritime Museum
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
Adrianne Carroll   Glen Burnie, MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Cedrick Hill
Worth Barham   Pell City, AL Healing and Restorative Garden at Pell City Gateway
John Rochester   Ashland, AL Justice Hugo Black Park
Ellen Sewell
Barry Kerr
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
Brian McCormick   Brooklyn, NY Naval Cemetery Landscape | Brooklyn NY
David Farner   Arlington, VA Barton Park (formerly Whitman Walker Clinic)
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