ReThink Energy Florida’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower Floridians to take action and achieve a just transition to clean energy for a healthier, more sustainable environment through youth education, adult engagement, and community organizing.
Who We Are
The ReThink Energy Florida family is comprised of two distinct but connected organizations – ReThink Energy Florida, our 501(c)(3) educational charity founded in 2010, and ReThink Energy Action Fund, our 501(c)(4) social welfare advocacy organization founded in 2016.
After the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010, many Floridians were left feeling hopeless and helpless, and wanting to take action to help ensure that Florida’s environment and economy were protected from the adverse effects of risky fossil fuel development. Founders Kim Ross and Brian Lee, operating as Crude Awakening Tallahassee, organized letter writing parties to engage citizens in demanding that then Governor Charlie Crist call a special session of the Florida legislature to place a referendum for constitutionally banning offshore drilling on the ballot. Although we did not get the legislative results we set out for, we did connect people from all over Florida with their legislators and began building a network of citizens willing to educate and engage on energy and environmental issues.
Empowerment through deliberative democracy
Solutions-based problem solving
Education-driven, particularly youth-focused
Engagement with local, state, national, & world communities
Grassroots organizing, education, & action
Inclusion and Diversity
- Equity and Environmental Justice
We envision a world where communities are motivated and empowered to combat the effects of climate change, and where 100% of clean and renewable energy is available and affordable to all. Florida communities will unite in protecting and preserving their environment and lead the nation in developing more sustainable and energy independent communities.
ReThink Energy Florida will:
Support Floridians in their efforts to affect climate change
Educate young people about clean energy and motivate them to help in the transition towards global energy independence
Help create healthy and sustainable communities
- Promote policies making Florida a leader in renewable energy
Kim Ross serves as an ex-officio Board member and the Vice-President of ReThink Energy Action Fund, ReThink Energy Florida’s sister 501c4 organization. She serves on the Board of Spectrabusters, and is a member of Sustainable Tallahassee.
Ben Collins has spent his career founding and fundraising for innovative spiritual communities. As a self-described “brand evangelist,” Ben advocates for responsive fundraising that enriches both the donor and the non-profit.
ReThink Energy Florida co-founder, Brian Lee has engaged in progressive and environmental campaign organizing for over fifteen years. Brian has also served as a Leon Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor since his election in 2014. ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb
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Dr. Hairston has a Ph.D. in Public Health and over 36 years as a strategist, researcher, facilitator, educator, and analyst. She is Founder/CEO of Project S.W.A.N, President of J.M. Hairston Consulting, and Community Health Initiative Advocate for the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council.
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Joey Lamar has experience as a sports broadcaster.
Associate Communications Director
Lachanthia Hall is a Pastor at Fresh Wind Ministry, disability advocate for families in Florida, and a Medicaid provider with more than 10 years of experience. She has worked in the healthcare field for more than 20 years.
Education Team Director-In-Training
Te’Rel Bowman attended Florida A&M University, for twenty years at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, and now serves as Operations Manager for Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
S.E.E.D. Project Manager
Joan Leggitt has been a typesetter, proofreader, graphic artist, manager of an educational materials distribution facility, and freelance editor. In 2013, she founded Twisted Road Publications, an independent press with a mission of publishing marginalized voices.
Kimberly Murphy has a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology and Clinical Psychology with minors in Construction Engineering technology and Sociology. She has worked with many community development and environmental consulting firms and government divisions.
S.E.E.D. Neighborhood Leader
Lauren Chrisien is a Senior at USF St. Petersburg pursuing a bachelor’s in sustainability studies and a minor in environmental health. Lauren loves the outdoors, cooking, meeting new people, and trying new things! She is eager to encourage and inspire communities to protect our environment.
Associate Director of Campaigns
Shelia is a native of Tallahassee and a graduate of Florida A & M University. She has worked in health care for 30 years. In Shelia’s spare time, she gives back to the community by volunteering, spending time with her family, shopping, reading, and meditating. ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb
S.E.E.D. Neighborhood Leader
Talethia O. Edwards is a grassroots organizer, advocate for equity, coalition builder and speaker. She is the Founder and President of the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association, executive director of The H.A.N.D, Up Project, and CEO of her own Community Development consulting firm.
S.E.E.D. Neighborhood Leader
Anya Johnson is studying for a bachelor of science in sustainability at the Florida Institute of Technology. They completed the Climate Reality Leadership Training in July 2020 before founding the Florida Tech chapter of the Climate Reality Project. ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb
Hannah Angelo-Walker is a student at FSU studying Public Relations and Environment and Society. She is passionate about environmental justice and education, and has worked with environmental conservationists to expand her knowledge within the field. In Hannah’s free time she likes to dance and explore nature around her.
Kyleigh Hazelwood is a Junior at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science and International Affairs from St. Petersburg, Florida.
Political Advocacy Coordinator
Miles Kelsey is FSU student studying geology and environmental science. Music is a big part of Mile’s life, and in their free time they DJ at the student radio station for FSU.
Adult Outreach Coordinator
Eva Armstrong has been on the board of ReThink Energy Florida since May 2017 and has been President since January 2018. She is also a member of the Leon County Water Resources Advisory Committee and the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. ebebeb ebebeb ebebeb
Cynthia Ebben started with ReThink Energy Florida in May 2017. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in counselor education. For 33 years she served New York’s and Florida’s healthcare delivery systems as a government operations consultant.
Dr. Bruce Strouble is the Senior Manager of Equitable Climate Resilience Projects at GroundWork USA and an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University. He has been on ReThink’s board since January 2019.
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Rachel Christensen has a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from Virginia Tech and a wide range of experiences working with institutions of higher education and community-based nonprofits.
Ronald Ebben is a retired broadcaster from WFSU. He has been on the board of ReThink Energy Florida since January 2019.
Walter Liebrich has studied the science behind renewable energy since 1997. Walter has worked to create renewable energy policy and is now with IGT Solar to transition Tallahassee to 100% renewable energy.