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.
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.
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.
Janet Lewis is our Executive Director. She arrived in Sarasota in 2017. Janet holds a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics, and has lead research and development programs in wheat breeding in academia and industry. She is excited to help develop our community around local food and has a long-term focus on mitigating the effects of climate change on the food system.
Jeff Hollway has been a resident of Sarasota for 21 years. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida. Since retiring, Jeff has been involved with Mote Marine Research Laboratory as a volunteer educator and also volunteers with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Transition Sarasota Gleaning Program. These commitments reflect his deep interest and dedication in all aspects of the environment with particular emphasis on promoting a sustainable and healthy community in Sarasota.
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 is a senior at New College of Florida in Sarasota. She is majoring in Political Science with a focus in Environmental Studies and is a student volunteer 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.