Originally from Southern California, Danna brings over 30 years of California-specific gardening experience to the table, although she is currently learning as much as she can about gardening in South Florida.
Danna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, as well as a California State Teaching Credential. Her professional background includes Internet marketing, software development, and small business management.
An avid scuba diver, Danna enjoys adventure travel, yoga, martial arts and anything to do with the ocean or animals. She is married to the love of her life, attorney Philip Stillman, and has one wonderful adult son named Joey who lives in the Northeast. Her home includes one big brown, senior dog named Fester and she recently adopted two Hurricane Irma survivor kittens.
Bruce has been a Victory Garden member since 2005 and has been a resident of South Beach since 1997. Bruce is originally from Montclair, New Jersey.
He played tennis and attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick New Jersey and received my B.A. from St. Thomas University in Organizational Leadership. He is a professional tennis coach and currently Tennis Director and Head Tennis Coach for the St. Thomas University Men’s & Women’s tennis teams. Bruce has traveled throughout Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean playing and teaching tennis. He lived in Paris, France for 10 years and speak fluent French. Bruce loves to cook and his hobbies include music production, writing poetry and camping. He owns a lakeside 5 acre property in Central Florida in the pristine Everglades and welcomes anyone who is interested in unadulterated nature, and off-the-grid camping experiences.
Transplanted from the northwest suburbs of Chicago into South Florida over a decade ago, Keith first moved to Coconut Creek before planting himself in Miami Beach. Living only two blocks from the garden, Keith always looked in and shared in the harvests of vegetables from friends’ plots. But in 2015, he finally decided to get his own plot. Having grown vegetables from a youngster in Chicago at age 6 until the time he lived in Coconut Creek, it was good to start again in the South Beach Victory Garden.
Keith’s educational experience is Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Finance and Economics from DePaul University. Then holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Roosevelt University. Work experience includes a market research firm focused on customer satisfaction measurement and analysis.
You will often see Keith south of fifth with his Weimaraner, Chance, and in company with other dogs he walks. He has been involved with numerous professional marketing associations serving as their President and Treasurer over the years. Currently, he is treasurer for South Florida Interactive Marketing Association. He regularly meets with previous students of his from Johnson and Wales University to further assist them in their budding careers. In the garden, you will see his plot having mostly Asian greens and vegetable varieties.
Veronika was born in the Black Forest region of southern Germany and moved to Miami 11 years ago. She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Urbanism and the Environment from FIU. She works as a designer and does research about sustainable performance of infrastructure through landscape architecture. She values the Victory Garden as a place for the community to reduce one’s carbon footprint and to create a vital social infrastructure.