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GREAT has many leaders, who provide the energy and ideas needed for each of our projects.

 

Our Steering Committee (which has exists in place of a typical "Board") guides the overall vision and values of the organization:

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Marie-Monique Marthol

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Howard Bailey

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Lindsay Stolkey

In 2017 I started having conversations and convening folks in the neighborhood to talk about creating a community land trust. That conversation evolved to what became GREAT. I do a little bit of everything in my role which is now paid-- event and meeting coordination, grant writing, facilitation, spreading compost on the cooperative farm.. One of my favorite things is developing structures and content for facilitated events. I feel grateful to and inspired all the time by folks in this group. I've learned a lot about caring, sharing, and having an energetically-guided / adaptive / emergent organizational journey. I moved to Germantown on 12-13-14, and first moved to Philadelphia in 2009, inspired by a visit during the American Planning Association Conference. My hometown is in the suburbs of Detroit.

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Maleka Fruean

Maleka Fruean is a community organizer and a community reporter for Germantown Info Hub, a community centered newsroom sharing stories and information in the neighborhood. She has lived in Germantown for 17 years, and has raised her three teens and toddler here. She works with GREAT as a steering committee member and helps facilitate discussions and dialogue on housing justice, the beloved community, and any other topics that help us meet our material and non-material needs, sustain ourselves and our community, and thrive outside of capitalistic and extractive systems. She is a writer, artist, and believes deeply in the power of people.

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Dionne Chambers

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Additional leaders / organizers / members are part of other GREAT committees and projects which are the basis of what we do:

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Yonique Myrie

Yonique has been involved with GREAT since the beginning, working on housing, mailings, and writing. She now has a part-time compensated role as Housing Organizer for GREAT. Her interest in housing work was fueled by her own housing instability and the general lack of low income / affordable housing. She believes that access to safe, affordable, and stable housing is a fundamental human right that underpins overall well-being and community health. Without housing stability, individuals and families are not able to effective in other areas of life. By advocating and educating about housing, she hopes to empower people to be advocates for their themselves and the community while shifting the focus to housing that meets that is not only in reflective of realistic income affordability of the vulnerable population but also embraces the uniqueness and history of the Germantown Community. Yonique also likes writing poetry and stories.

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Anthony Webb

Lived in Germantown for over 35 years. Involved in the cooperative farm project, and food committee. I have always been interested in improving where I live.. gardening, writing, sitting quietly.

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Susan Christian

I’ve lived in Germantown for 25 years, since moving here from Brooklyn. My neighborhood organizing and community development work dates back to 1978 in Michigan. What attracted me to GREAT years ago was finding out about the learning circles. But I became involved during the pandemic when GREAT formed the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund. I helped raise money for the Fund, helped plan decision-making processes and helped screen and approve applications. I’m very proud of what we accomplished with the GMAF. My current volunteer involvement is with the Emergency Preparedness initiative, and I also work very part time as GREAT’s bookkeeper.

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Ted Stones

I am called, Ted Stones. My passion, to help create a nourishing self motivating self aware and enlightened substainable community. As a resident of gtown of thirty four years my endeavor to assist in accomplishing this goal motivated me to become a block captain for all of thirty years, volunteer basket coach, won championship 1989 for wister warriors ball club 14 to 16 year olds. founder and president of wister playground advisory board, committee person, ward leader, member, UNIA, (Universal Negro Improvement Association), PAFO, (Pan African Federation Organization), Awarded three certificates of completion for three courses of civics beyond the classroom organized by Federal Judges of Phila. and Community College of Phila. Prince Hall Past Master, and father, brother, Husband, and enlightened member of the Philadelphia community. The Leaders Prayer If I wounded one soul today If I lead one foot astray If I walked wilfully on my way For Give Me. P.S all my activities are geared towards a greater individual leading towards a greater society and greater humanity.

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Christina Smith

Germantown resident for over 10 years, went to Saul High School. Involved with GREAT and the Seed Exchange 2022, the People’s Lot 2023, and the Water Working Group. I am a part of this organization to give back to my community, be a leader that makes a difference, empower and educate others paying it forward ….

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Dagmar Iris Holl

I was born in Southern Germany near the Black Forest region in 1948, in a small village, where I spent my childhood foraging with my Grandfather and tending to his fruit trees. When I was a young woman, I lived communal in Vermont in the early 70's where we grew our own food, learned to "put food by" and partnered with a local food co op. Being an Earth Steward most of my life, I value cooperation with humans and Earth's Bounty. I joined Great during the recent Pandemic where we gathered to create positive, creative ideas to foster hope. Hence, the Germantown Seed Saving initiate began and is now in its 4th year of Seed Exchange events. I'm happy to be a member of GREAT and it's vision to foster hope and creativity. Wanishi

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Jeannie Gerth Guido

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Calli Blau

Calli has been involved with GREAT's Food & Seeds Committee for several years now, as well as creating the initial foundation for Germantown Time Bank. She's led or co-led a backyard medicinal garden tour and canning parties, and is a gardener in the People's Lot. She also shares her knowledge of plants, medicine, and cooking via a monthly postcard: www.themeritofeverything.com/#/flourish/

Tracey Rockmore

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Melissa Lotus

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Craig Fulmore

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Heather Bowlan

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