With an extensive green background, I have provided eco-consulting for major corporations in both the US and abroad. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Finance and Management Information Systems, and have a combination of 13 years of work experience with hospitality, real estate and construction, as well as background in environmental initiatives.
I founded Ecosante Consulting in 2006, an environmental consultancy focused on providing environmentally, economically and socially sustainable solutions for the hospitality industry. Additionally, I am the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Fertile Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to increasing environmental awareness as well as supporting environmentally-focused research. I also served as a visiting researcher with Florida Atlantic University and have participated in two studies documenting best practices for the Florida Green Lodging Program.
Most recently, I conducted several efficacy trials with earthworm tea and castings to determine its pest repellant properties at UF’s Tropical Research & Education Center. Furthermore, I sat on the Sustainability Committee for the City of Miami Beach for three years and am LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. I am certified to operate any commercial composting facility in the US and am a certified Permaculturist. In my spare time, I enjoy leading seminars and teaching workshops for different organizations on some of my favorite topics – composting and green hospitality.
Currently, as a graduate student in the Doctor of Plant Medicine Program at the University of Florida I still maintain management of the Fertile Earth Worm Farm, a program which diverts food from the landfills to feed animals in South Florida.