Meet the Board of Directors

Erica Hall

Chair of the Board

Erica Hall, M.S. CED, MBA, ARM, has an extensive background as a community organizer, advocate, trainer, Board member, and Senior Legal Professional who has worked in urban agriculture, food policy, community engagement, neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation and community economic development. Erica is active in the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Planning Association, and other environmental, neighborhood revitalization groups  working in youth development, Black Farmers, food insecurity, workforce training, historic preservation, and urban agriculture in DC, VA, MD, NYC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and now Florida. Erica is currently on the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Institute of Real Estate Management and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Society of Aging.  Erica previously chaired a DC non-profit, Healthy Solutions, that worked with Community Supporting Agriculture (CSAs), Community Gardens, Brownfield Remediation, food insecurity, and urban agriculture. She served on the Board of Directors of Groundwork Anacostia River DC, a local non-profit that utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development, and is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a dynamic network of 900 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders. Erica was also selected as Co-chair of the Host Committee for Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to Green Building. Since 2011, Erica has been a Grant Reviewer for the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture's Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program including the Local Food Promotion Program and the Farmers Market Promotion Program. As a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Enoch Davis/St. Pete Youth Farm, Erica helped to define the mission statement for the project, helped guide project direction, while producing some broad actions needed to implement the project. Through this program, youth are empowered to lead urban agriculture projects under community guidance and resources has proven to be a successful strategy in youth, workforce, and neighborhood development.  

Stacy Brown

Board Member

Over the past 15 years, Stacy received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University, has served in various capacities on nonprofit boards and has worked with educational, environmental, and religious nonprofit groups. A few central themes exist in all her non-profit work: Making our communities more connected, teaching our residents to grow their own food and enabling our citizen scientists to save our environment. Her hard work and experience with science and event programming allowed her to establish STEAM field trips, after school programs and summer camps and to manage Urban Farming Institutes’ programming to better serve the children of Broward County. In 2019 she began a marine biology education initiative, Coral Rangers, which helps local students to gain their open water SCUBA Certification and teaches them to be environmental stewards for our coral reefs. In 2021 Stacy began coordinating a new community garden project, The All Community Garden, in Dania Beach, Florida for NFL Sisters in Service. The new garden concept will help ease food insecurity in Broward County through the development of a community garden and food forest concept to demonstrate food growing techniques to the residents of Dania Beach, Hollywood and Liberia.  Stacy joined FLFPC in 2021 to serve the greater Florida community in decreasing food scarcity and to empower community members across Florida to grow their own food and to create a more resilient environment. 

Anthony Olivieri

Chair of the Development Committee

Anthony Olivieri, the founder of FHEED LLC (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy & Democracy), has a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from FAU (2011) with a focus on community food systems, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His specialties are geographic assessments of food and health disparities, program design for healthy food access initiatives, and public speaking about health equity. In addition to his consultancy, Anthony was a full-time instructor with the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, where he developed and taught the region’s first urban planning course on community food systems (2014-2016). A Fort Lauderdale resident since 1998, Anthony is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a B.A. in psycholinguistics from the University of Southern California (1994).

Dell DeChant

Chair of the Policy Committee

Dell deChant is the Associate Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. He is a Master Instructor and has served at USF since 1986. The author of three books, over 30 articles in professional publications, and chapters in twelve books, his specialization is religion and contemporary cultures. His current research focuses on religious, literary, and ecological expressions of Agrarianism as they manifest in American popular culture. He is Chair of the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey, a founding member of Food Policy Council of Pasco County, a member of the Florida Food Policy Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of Ecology Florida.

Erica Hardison

Board Member

Erica Hardison has worked in St. Petersburg for over 20 years to help develop sustainable change in many areas including food/agriculture, education, healthcare, and housing. She brings her foundational goal - making the lives of all people better through sustainable, cooperative and collaborative development - to every project. Presently she serves as the board president for One Community Grocery Co-op, a start-up cooperatively-owned grocery store in St. Pete’s Southside neighborhood. Through her experience as an educator, a small business owner, and a community organizer - she has honed her natural ability to solve problems and think logically, creatively, and globally, while acting locally.

Meet the Team

Kyndra Love

Co-Manager, Intro to Food Policy Course

Based in Central Florida, Kyndra Love is interested in facilitating dialogue about current challenges in the food system and how to implement effective, sustainable and regenerative solutions. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Master's degree in Korean Studies, focusing on Korean food history and policy. Kyndra previously worked with international organizations interested in building global sustainable food systems and communities. She also has a BA in English and Second Language Studies.

Krystyna Medina

Americorps VISTA

Krystyna is passionate about striving to restructure the food system. Establishing a multi-faceted food structure empowering consumers and growers without the destruction of anyone or the environment is important to Krystyna. Her journey within the nonprofit sector began about two years ago. She is the founder of a food security and gardening-focused organization in its early stages of development called Nourished from Nature Inc. She seeks to help other nonprofit leaders and the community change the world. She loves design and working to inspire change. Currently, Krystyna is obtaining her bachelor's degree in Public Administration with a minor in Nonprofit Management.

Lana Chehabeddine, MS

Research & Development Manager

Lana Chehabeddine is based in South Florida and is currently assisting with research, writing, and development of programs. She is a recent graduate from Oregon Health and Science University’s MS program in Food Systems and Society, where she researched the relationship between the nationwide empathy deficit and the tolerance for structural injustice within the US food system. Lana is an alumna of the University of Miami, where she studied nutrition and furthered her studies in Plant-Based Nutrition at eCornell and the T. Colin Center for Nutrition Studies. Her professional experiences involve marketing, research, and public health roles within both for-profit and non-profit sectors of the food industry. She aspires to tackle and shed light on large systemic issues and help build a more equitable and empathetic society.


Morganne Hicks,

Americorps VISTA

Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, Morganne Hicks, takes pride in how she serves her community through communication and bannering for the improvement of living in underprivilege communities. Her previous work has helped her maintain an understanding of community engagement through social media platforms and civic engagement. She is pursuing a BA in Sociology with a secondary academic discipline in Nonprofit Leadership at Georgia State University, where she hopes to start her own nonprofit aiding underserved communities learning various ways to improve their quality of life while living within their means.

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