Skyler was born in North Carolina, but after a brief time in Virginia, her family moved to Northwest Florida, where she lived until she moved to St. Petersburg for college last fall. Skyler is a first year biology major at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She attended a collegiate high school, so although she is just entering her second semester at college, she completed her associates degree in the fall of 2018. Skyler will graduate in 2022, and from there she will pursue a doctorate in physical therapy with the hope of specializing in pediatrics. Being a ROC is important to Skyler because it is an amazing way to spread the word and help others in the community. One of her favorite stories is about a boy who was tossing beached starfish back into the ocean. A man asked why he bothered because he couldn’t save them all, but instead of being discouraged he said that at least he made a difference to that one.
Tatum is in her senior year at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She became interested in being an ROC because of the wonderfully planned and coordinated event, National Food Recovery Dialogue 2017, and how it brought FRN chapters closer together. She is thrilled to be working with the ROC team to organize and bring new ideas about for the Food Recovery Summit for the Southeast region. She enjoys finding new hiking trails and going to the beach. On the weekends, she tends to her plants and loves to have people over for dinner. Just a fun fact - she is terrified of raccoons. In middle school, she became vegetarian after a fad and is going on 9 years strong of being a vegetarian!
Roni is in her last semester at USF St. Petersburg studying Economics and Finance, graduating in May 2019. She has called this waterfront campus home for the last 4 years and couldn’t be more proud to represent USF St. Petersburg as a ROC. From being in USFSP’s Student Government, to mentoring 1st year students, and now recovering food twice a week, Roni strives to make change in every environment she encounters. As a result of growing up at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and living along the coast of Florida, her passion for the environment has been embedded in her life.
She believes change starts with you and every step toward that change is worth the energy invested, which is why she is thrilled to be a ROC! She is excited to see how her passion for the environment can intertwine with her experiences in business relations, as well as meet like minded individuals across the nation! As Thomas Paine once said, “Not in numbers, but in unity that our great strength lies.