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Transition Sarasota improves overall quality of life by building community, revitalizing our local food system, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and strengthening our local economy.


Our Team

Cooper

Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. He is currently an associate editor at Sarasota Magazine. His work won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation, a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists.

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Darryl McCullough came to Sarasota in 2012, after a 33-year career as a professor of mathematics at the University of Oklahoma. He has supported Transition Sarasota since before his arrival here, and has been a Board member since Transition Sarasota became an independent organization in 2016. Darryl has more than 100 fruit trees on his two-acre property in Desoto Lakes, currently serves as Treasurer for two area fruit tree clubs, and is the founder and owner of SweetSong Groves LLC, which markets fresh local tropical fruit in the Sarasota area.

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Don Hall is the founder of Transition Sarasota and now contracts with the organization to coordinate the weekly gleaning project.  Previously, he worked for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado (now, the Local Food Shift Group), the first official Transition Initiative in North America and a statewide hub. Don holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and is a certified Permaculture Designer and US Transition Trainer.

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Jeff Vredenburg is the Sustainability Program Educator for the City of Sarasota and works on the issues of recycling, climate change adaptation, waste diversion and greenhouse gas emission reductions. He has been actively trying to help people reduce their carbon footprint through education and community involvement for a decade. He moved to Sarasota after studying sustainability science and sustainable tourism in 2015.

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Joe Chapman is a Certified Public Accountant whom has over 15 years of experience acting as Treasurer for Not for Profit Organizations in the Sarasota area. He enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering his time to local sustainable oriented organizations. His role is to assist the organization with compiling financial records to guide in its mission.

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Laurin Kocher is the Marketing Field Associate for Whole Foods Market covering Sarasota to Naples.  In 2016 she began volunteering for the planning committee for Eat Local Week.  She has also worked with Newtown Nation obtaining a grant for them through Whole Cities Foundation so they could further grow their farmer’s market.  She looks forward to making meaningful contributions to the group and in assisting the organization’s growth.  She resides here in Sarasota with her dog and two cats. 

Leigh Barber

Leigh Barber is a senior at New College of Florida in Sarasota.  She is majoring in Political Science with a focus in Environmental Studies and is an intern with Transition Sarasota's social media team.  Leigh has a passion for food, whether it be cooking for her friends and family, shopping for the freshest ingredients, or finding the best restaurants wherever she is.  She is so excited to be sharing her passion with Transition Sarasota!

Roger Landry has always been aware of humanity's impact on the natural world. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Commissioning Specialist and volunteers with several local nonprofits, including the Myakka River Branch of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Transition Sarasota. Having recently completed a Permaculture Design Certification Course, Roger is now more committed than ever to improving the environment.