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

Hamid Esfandiari

Donald Quarles

Paula Teague

Lauren Goodsmith

Dr. Mike Sherlock

Fred Smith

Rebecca Hoffberger

Nicole Fall

Todd Marcus

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 Childrens’ Peace Center Read Story
Todd Marcus   Baltimore, MD Choose Life Memorial Garden, in partnership with Intersection of Change Read Story
Tim Harris   Fort Payne, AL Life Garden at Fort Payne Walking Park, in partnership with CFNEA
Tessa Barnett   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
Terri Carta   Brooklyn, NY Naval Cemetery Landscape Read Story
Teresia Hazen   Portland, OR Terrace Garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Read Story
Tara Davis   Washington, DC American Psychological Association Rooftop
Tammy Perry   Heflin, AL Community Restorative Garden and Dog Run, in partnership with CFNEA
Susan Casson   Bethesda, MD St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Steven Folks   Anniston, AL West Anniston Gateway
Steve Coleman   Washington, DC Marvin Gaye Park, in partnership with Washington Parks and People Read Story
Sophie Katz   Annapolis, MD Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park, in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum Read Story
Sheila Mobley   Centre, AL Crossroads Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
Shakira Foster   Baltimore, MD Coming Soon: Splash and Shade Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works
Sarah Krizek   Annapolis, MD Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park, in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum
Sandra Keener   Piedmont, AL Timeless Season in the Sun at the Piedmont Health Care Center, in partnership with CFNEA
Sandra Abbott   Baltimore, MD Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC Read Story
Samantha Baker-Carr   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Community Mediation Center 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 Sculpture Garden Read Story
Randy Grider   Mentone, AL Dr. Stephen Brewer Sculpture Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
Paula Teague   Baltimore, MD Healing Garden and Labyrinth at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Read Story
Paul Williams   Washington DC, DC Congressional Cemetery Read Story
Pastor Gary Dittman   Baltimore, MD Amazing Port Street Garden Read Story
Nicole Tudor   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA
Nicole Fall   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Clayworks Read Story
Nichole Battle   Baltimore, MD Thanksgiving Place Read Story
Mililani Sinclair   Talladega, AL Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams
Mellie Parris   Lineville, AL Sarah's Garden at SIFAT Campus, in partnership with CFNEA
Melissa Burdick   Dallas Center, IA Brenton Arboretum Read Story
Mary Sood   Talladega, AL Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens   College Park, MD Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at the University of Maryland Read Story
Marissa Wittlinger   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Waterworks Park
Margaret Morton   , SAFE's Mind, Body and Spirit Pathway, in partnership with CFNEA
Lori Patria   Baltimore, MD Healing Garden at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
Liz Anne Ganiban   Washington, DC A Wider Circle at Sibley Plaza Read Story
Lisa Lindsay-Mondoro   Annapolis, MD Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis
Linda Tutwiler   Pell City, AL Healing and Restorative Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
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, in partnership with CFNEA
Kevin Cassidy   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
Katie Allston   Baltimore, MD Marian House Read Story
Katelynn Wiggins   Washington, DC American Psychological Association Rooftop
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
Jennifer Robinson   Baltimore, MD Fountain Garden at Patterson Park Read Story
Jennifer Finlayson   Gadsden, AL Reflective Garden at Gunn-Bellenger House, in partnership with CFNEA
Jennifer Crawford   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Light House Healing Garden Read Story
Janet Felsten   Baltimore, MD Stony Run Read Story
Holly Lennihan   , American Geophysical Union, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Hamid Esfandiari   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
Gretchen Mulvihill   Annapolis, MD Healing Garden at Anne Arundel Medical Center
Giulia Hodge   Milbank, MD Juvenile Agency Volunteer Auxiliary Garden
Fred Smith   , The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNEA) Read Story
Fred Foote   Bethesda, MD Green Road at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Emily Kohlenstein   Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Read Story
Edna Jennings   Centre, AL Crossroads Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
Dr. Phebe McPherson   Odenton, MD Epiphany Chapel
Dr. Mike Sherlock   Baltimore, MD Mount Washington Arboretum Read Story
Donald Quarles   Baltimore, MD Kirby Lane Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works
Dick Blackburn   Arlington, VA Barton Park (formerly Whitman Walker Clinic)
Denise White   Baltimore, MD Healing Garden and Labyrinth at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Denise McHugh   College Park, MD Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at the University of Maryland Read Story
David A. Greenberg   Baltimore, MD The League for People with Disabilities Read Story
Daniel Greenspan   Baltimore, MD Kirby Lane Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works
Connie Fuller   Fort Payne, AL Life Garden at Fort Payne Walking Park, in partnership with CFNEA
Colin Smith   Baltimore, MD Kirby Lane Park, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works
Cedric Williams   Cedar Bluff, AL Weiss Lake Overview
Candace Rebuck   Baltimore, MD Healing Garden at UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute Read Story
Caitlin Swaim   Annapolis, MD Annapolis Maritime Museum Garden
Brandon Bobisink   , American Geophysical Union, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Bobby Welch   Gadsden, AL Reflective Garden at Gunn-Bellenger House, in partnership with CFNEA
Bob Pickerel   Cedar Bluff, AL Weiss Lake Overview
Benjamin Ingram   Piedmont, AL Timeless Season in the Sun at the Piedmont Health Care Center, in partnership with CFNEA
Atiya Wells   , Coming Soon: BLISS Meadows Read Story
Ashley Handy   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA
Angie Stryker   Lineville, AL Sarah's Garden at SIFAT Campus, in partnership with CFNEA
Andrea Fitz   Baltimore, MD Healing Garden and Labyrinth at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Read Story
Kelcey Johnson   Memphis, TN Coming Soon: Staff Courtyard at the Hospitality Hub
Michael Cross-Barnet   Baltimore, MD Upper Eutaw and Madison Neighborhood Sculpture Park
Craig Scott   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA
Chip Rowan   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA
Rachel Cole   Gadsden, AL Sensory Garden at the Gadsden Public Library, in partnership with CFNEA Read Story
Josiah Corson   Lineville, AL Sarah's Garden at SIFAT Campus, in partnership with CFNEA
Diana Davis   Millersville, MD Langton Green Community Farm
Daniel Ierardi   Millersville, MD Langton Green Community Farm
Rita Gunther   Washington, DC Georgetown Waterfront Park
Dana Dierkes   Washington, DC Georgetown Waterfront Park
Barbara Ryan   Washington, DC Georgetown Waterfront Park
Katie Long   Baltimore, MD Joseph Beuys Garden at Patterson Park
CeCe Finney   Rosedale, MD Garden of Little Angels at Franklin Square Hospital Center
Aaron Piccirilli   Rosedale, MD Garden of Little Angels at Franklin Square Hospital Center
Erricka Bridgeford   Baltimore, MD Baltimore Community Mediation Center
Margaret Hardon   Washington, DC Georgetown Waterfront Park Read Story
Symmes Gardener   Baltimore, MD Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC
Hasan   Baltimore, MD The League for People with Disabilities
Tom Savage   Baltimore, MD The League for People with Disabilities
Seddrick T. Hill, Jr.   Talladega, AL Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams
Randy Stevens   , MD St. Timothy's School Labyrinth Garden
Mark Buscelli   Annapolis, MD St. Mary's Elementary School
Maria Leasca   Baltimore, MD Mount Washington Arboretum
Jamon McLean   Baltimore, MD Martha's Place Garden, in partnership with Intersection of Change
Psalms Rojas   Baltimore, MD Marian House
Joyce Cavey   Millersville, MD Langton Green Community Farm
William Jamison   , J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center Garden
Pam Wallace   Baltimore, MD Govans Presbyterian Church Garden and Labyrinth
Reverand Tom Harris   Baltimore, MD Govans Presbyterian Church Garden and Labyrinth
Rose Kurtz   Marriottsville, MD Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
Sandy Gataeu   Annapolis, MD St. Mary's Elementary School
Kimrey Argabright   Annapolis, MD Inspiration Point, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Sara Fisher   Joplin, MO Butterfly Garden & Overlook Read Story
Kate Tully   , Columbia Heights Green
Michelle Hawks Cuellar   Baltimore, MD Upper Eutaw and Madison Neighborhood Sculpture Park Read Story
William Jamison   , J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center Garden
Yvonne Butler   Baltimore, MD Coming Soon: Urban Farm, in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works
John Iaquinta   Millersville, MD Langton Green Community Farm
Phil Morgan   Jessup, MD Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup
Kelly Collins   , Coming Soon: Wangari Gardens
Cheryl Tyiska   , Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy
Cheryl Dixon   Washington, DC , DC Langdon Community Park
Susan Iaquinta   Glen Burnie, MD Healing Garden at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center Read Story
Cedrick Hill   Talladega, AL Talladega College | Honoring Our Ancestors, Enacting our Dreams
Worth Barham   Pell City, AL Healing and Restorative Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
John Rochester   Ashland, AL Ashland Justice Hugo Black Park, in partnership with CFNEA
Ellen Sewell   Ashland, AL Stringfellow Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
Barry Kerr   Centre, AL Crossroads Garden, in partnership with CFNEA
Donald Cryer   Washington, DC Old Market House Square