About CRAVE

Empowering Change-Makers

History: Founded in 2017, Crave emerged from central Floridians of the United Methodist Church. They believed in equipping the next generation of transformational community leaders dedicated to social, environmental, and systemic justice. In 2020, it became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

How we work: Crave offers a one-year incubation/acceleration experience for participants, known as “Leaders,” who receive personalized coaching and educational workshops with experts from the non-profit, for-profit, religious, educational, and government sectors. These workshops aim to either incubate a new social entrepreneurial enterprise or accelerate an existing one. Crave is currently driven by a paid staff of three dedicated half-time employees and 60 committed volunteers who manage various efforts, programs, connections, sessions, pitch meetings, workshops, and celebrations. 

MISSION

Crave builds skills and networks for grassroots change-makers through a life-long learning community.

VISION

Central Florida’s community needs are met through professionally trained and spiritually grounded grassroots visionaries.

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BOARD MEMBERS

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Sammantha Holder
Associate Director of the Staff & Cultural Development (SCD) Department at Full Sail University
Alexander-Brady
Alexander Brady
Lead Analyst at BNY Mellon
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Kisha Connors
Underwriter at Wright Flood
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Phillip Henry
Crave Chair/CAP/Financial Planner at SmartWealth
Aisha-Johnson
Aisha Johnson
Owner at AJ Styles You
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Knicks Lau
Controller at Ruth's Hospitality Group
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Edrewnae Lewis
In Ministry at Ray of Light Advent Ministry
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Romulo Martinez
President at CREATE180 Design
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Eli Salhab
CEO at 4 the Kids Entertaiment
Marjorie-Trueblood
Dr. Marjorie Trueblood
Dean of the Student Center for Inclusion and Belonging at Rollins College

STAFF

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Kimberly Cohen
Director of Operations
Shelly Denmark
Shelly Denmark
Crave Staff - Director of Leadership Programs| United Methodist Church Pastor
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Michele Van Son Neill
Crave Staff - Founder and Executive Director | United Methodist Church Deacon

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CRAVE 2024 LEADERS

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Larico Toliver
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Amy Karg
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Crystal Hamilton
Caitlyn
Caitlyn Glatting
Arianna
Arianna Garner-Lewis
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Marlene Edwards