ALL ABOUT BRIANNA: CURRICULUM COORDINATOR

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Who are you and what is your position with BGP?

  • My name is Brianna Rivera & I am BGP’s Curriculum Coordinator.

How did you get involved with BGP?

  • I got involved with BGP through the COO, Onna Jones. She thought I’d be a great fit and knew I loved working with children. She invited me to a meeting and from that very first day, I felt like I was surrounded by family.

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Where did you grow up?

  • I grew up in a small South Jersey town named Pittsgrove.

What are you passionate about?

  • I am very passionate about the education of children. My goal is to encourage children to never stop learning, never stop growing, and that they can do anything they put their mind to.

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What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL!

Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

  • Yes. Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

  • Pineapple! My favorite vegetable would have to be corn on the cob. I love the rose.

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What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

  • Through my photography.

What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

  • Working all day with my Pre-K kiddies, then I go to my grad class.

What is your life motto/mantra?

  • Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

ALL ABOUT DONNA: DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD

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Who are you and what is your position with BGP?

  • I am Donna Romalino, and I am the Director of Committees for BGP.

How did you get involved with BGP?

  • It all began with a comment about gardening, that led to to the first leap, where it ALL began.

Where did you grow up?

  • Easton, PA

What are you passionate about?

  • Friends, family, gardening, Disney, books, and anything involving yarn/thread/etc.

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What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

  • Cleaning out my closet!

Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

  • Yes. Jamaica, where I met my husband (Thank God for that trip), Cancun, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Punta Cana

What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

  • My favorite fruit is grapefruit.
  • My favorite vegetable is zucchini.
  • My favorite flower is the pansy.

What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

  • As a trained artist, it could be anything from needlework, to painting, to drawing, to whatever medium inspires me.

What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

  • Feed the animals work, cook dinner, read or create something.

What is your life motto/mantra?

  • Respect others, until proven otherwise.

 

ALL ABOUT MER: DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

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1. Who are you and what is your position with the BGP?

I’m Meridith and I’m the Director of Social Media and Communications for the Bullock Garden Project, Inc.

2. How did you get involved with BGP?

When my family lived in Glassboro, we were blessed to have Sonya as a teacher in first grade (with Missy Tees!). It was the first full year the garden was incorporated in classroom learning and since I was the classroom parent, I got to experience learning with the children firsthand.

Needless to say, I was hooked. When the idea for a non-profit came about, I was happy to sign on to help with the social media element.

3. Where did you grow up?

I spent most of my childhood in central New Jersey – Manalapan. Went to school at Rowan and settled here soon after.

4. What are you passionate about?

So many things! My family, my dog, animals in general, running, writing. I’ve always said that whenever I do something, I throw myself into it completely.

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5. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

I’m the coordinator for the Healthy Kids Running Series – Mullica Hill/Mantua and our season starts in less than two weeks. Right now I’m focusing on getting everything lined up for that. There are a lot of moving pieces that all need to come together but I thrive on making everything work and enjoyable for our kid runners.

6. Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

Yes! I’ve been to Haiti (when I was a child), Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and some of the Caribbean Islands.

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7. What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

Fruit: Strawberries. Fun fact: I was so in love with strawberries as a child, I ate a whole carton and then had an allergic reaction. In my 20s I decided to try them again and now I can eat them (but I never eat a whole carton).

Vegetable: Brussels Sprouts. Specifically from Sweet Lula’s in Pitman, but as long as they’re prepared well, I’m happy.

Flower: Lilacs.

8. What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

Writing. I like to approach things from a different angle and present ideas in a way that make me think and inspire others too!

9. What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

5am – wake up for the gym, 7:15am – home from the gym. From there anything goes: sometimes grocery shopping, sometimes work (I work from home), sometimes errands. We try to update the BGP blog so I’m on our social media accounts, sharing that information.

In the afternoon I’m a mom-taxi and drive my kids to and from their activities. Tuesday is usually packed with activities so we do a quick/easy dinner. Most Tuesdays you can find me on my blog Twitter account doing a chat with a community of runners.

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10. What is your life motto/mantra?

I can and I will. It’s a reminder to myself to have faith and that I can do hard things.

 

 

ALL ABOUT TERESA: BOARD SECRETARY/ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST

1. Who are you and what is your position with the BGP?

  • I am Teresa Brown and I am the Board Secretary and Environmental Specialist.

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2. How did you get involved with BGP?

  • My kids were in Glassboro schools at the time, so I had heard about the garden. Chance had it that Lavon, Glassboro’s awesome PR guru, thought I should meet Sonya, who was also involved with Glassboro Green Team and Creative Glassboro community groups with me. We met during these community meetings, which ultimately lead to me joining BGP.

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3. Where did you grow up?

  • I grew up in the little town of Pitman, NJ, on a suburban street full of lots of kids to play with. We were always outside.

4. What are you passionate about?

  • A lot of things! My kiddos, Human rights, The earth, the arts, dance and movement, sustainability, science, laughing, and local food and drinks.

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5. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

  • Designing educational programming and events at Scotland Run Park.

6. Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

  • Yes! Canada and Colombia. Bogota, Colombia was absolutely amazing!

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7. What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

  • Cranberries! Hands down. Veggie, oh I can’t pick one, but I love eating cherry tomatoes right off the vine during the summer. Flower? So many, but I love tulips, lady slipper orchids, and Sea Lavender.

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8. What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

  • Creating: writing, dancing, and photography.

9. What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

  • Currently, I get up, get my kiddos on the bus, and go run Nature programming for Preschool aged kids. Afterwards, my boss and I do school outreach, or create more lesson outlines and activities, or we work on event planning. Then back to Mom life, making dinner, and enjoying my son’s guitar lessons.

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10. What is your life motto/mantra?

  • Life is what you make it. and, Keep swimming. I also love a lot of Mother Teresa’s teachings.  She encourages kindness no matter what you are faced with, and I have yet to be in a situation where I felt there was too much kindness.  We can always use more.

All About Onna: Chief Operating Officer

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1. Who are you and what is your position with the BGP?

  • I am the Bullock Garden Project’s Chief Operation Officer (COO).

2. How did you get involved with BGP?

  • I got involved with BGP many moons ago. I was involved in the beginning phases of the first ever garden at Bullock Elementary School. From there I began working closely with Sonya and shared my dreams and visions for non-profits to help children all over the country. Not knowing Sonya had the same vision, she asked me to assist with the start up for this non-profit that we all love so dearly.

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3. Where did you grow up?

  • I grew up in Deptford, NJ. However, I spent a lot of my childhood years in Glassboro with my grandmother and other immediate family.

4. What are you passionate about?

  • I have so many passions. I often find myself filling my plate with so many things because it is so hard to focus on just one. My main passion would be service to others. I truly believe you haven’t lived until you have been a great service to others. Small or large acts of service go a long way in the world.

5. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

  • My biggest project on my to-do list is converting my home office into a nursery for my daughter. Although I have a few months, the pressure of maternal nesting has gone into effect.

6. Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

  • I have, but I do not remember much of my trip because I was so young. But I am planning my next trip out of the country and that will be to the Bahamas.

7. What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

  • My favorite fruit is strawberries, my favorite vegetable is green peppers, and my favorite flower is a Dahlia.

8. What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

  • My favorite way to express my creativity is by finding a DIY project and putting my own twist on it.

9. What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

  • A normal Tuesday includes me going to work, having individual sessions with the members in my program, coming home and cooking dinner for my husband and I, and doing a daily debrief while we enjoy dinner!

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10. What is your life motto/mantra?

  • My favorite life motto/mantra is “Keep on keeping on”. I found this in a fortune cookie 3 years ago and I have kept it with me since.