Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Vitality in Service

Celebrate Outreach is governed by a diversely-composed Board of Directors. The officers and directors come from various walks of life, but they are unified on the mission to prevent and end homelessness in the St. Petersburg area. Going beyond setting policy and overseeing our programs and services,

“this Board actually gets involved in building . . . serving . . . embracing.”

Below is the current listing of the Board of Directors of Celebrate Outreach, Inc. 

Reggie Craig

Reggie Craig

President

Reggie Craig a retired General Contractor whose 40-year carrier  has been in universal design and construction focusing on environmental modifications for children. Currently is contractor of record for Celebrate Outreaches’ Tiny Homes program.

His long-term involvement in social justice issues at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg led to helping in the creation of Celebrate Outreach.

He continues to advocate for those people who are unsheltered, underserved and marginalized.

Reggie enjoys baking, reading and gardening in his spare time. He is a frequent traveler with his partner Karen to northern Vermont for extended vacations in a cabin they built.

Term ends January 2023

John Stewart

John Stewart

Vice President

John Stewart has been providing homeless aid in St. Petersburg since 1982, when his house church started a Saturday morning soup line in Williams Park.  He was active with ASAP Homeless Services, organizing their annual Still No Room in the Inn Carol Sing at homeless shelters.  When ASAP closed its doors, he became active with Celebrate Outreach, volunteering at meals and moving the annual caroling to Celebrate’s sponsorship.  John is a retired high school teacher who volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Salvador Dalí Museum. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Sheila and their cat Lena. 

Term ends January 2022

Sabine von Aulock

Sabine von Aulock

Secretary

Sabine von Aulock has worked in the field of Community Development and Planning for 30+ years. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise just as long and now spends free time working on the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

Term ends January 2022

Debra Canning

Debra Canning

Treasurer

Debra Canning returns to CO as Treasurer after recent retirement from Pinellas County Schools.  After a career in banking, she switched professions to the education field seventeen years ago. Most recently serving as Program Manager for 21st Century Learning Centers Afterschool Academic/Enrichment Program serving South St. Petersburg’s South County Title One Elementary Schools. Deb has two grown sons. She spends her free time doing yoga, bike riding, gardening, as well as volunteering with other local outreach organizations.

Deb believes every Man, Woman and Child deserves a roof over their head, food in their bellies and access to an opportunity to succeed.

Term ends January 2023

Geneva Nelson

Geneva Nelson

Director

Geneva Nelson is semi-retired from a long career in software development. She has been a social justice activist for 40 years, working on many issues – women’s rights, racial justice, economic justice, environmentalism, and homelessness, among others. In 2002 the man in her life passed away, so she decided to concentrate most of her social justice work on homelessness, which had been his passion. In 2006 she moved to St Petersburg, FL, and became a volunteer with Celebrate Outreach! in the year it was founded, 2008. BA in Mathematics, University of Tennessee

Stop looking for the light. Become the light instead.   – Anonymous

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.  –  Theodore Roosevelt

Term ends January 2022

GW Rolle

GW Rolle

Director

A tireless advocate for human dignity, Reverend Gregory Rolle has appeared on television in France, Denmark, Austria, Mexico, and Germany, as well as Swiss National Public Radio, and National Public Radio here in America.  His interviews and speeches, as well as his writings have appeared in numerous blogs and publications.

In September of 2009, Mr. Rolle was awarded the Personal Achievement Award from the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty.  He was elected to that body’s Board of Directors.  He serves on the Board on the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network. He also serves with pride on the Board of Directors of The Edible Peace Patch, an organization that builds curriculum tied schoolyard gardens in impoverished Title I elementary schools, with an eye towards building a community garden on St Petersburg’s Southside. An ordained minister since 2008, he can be found cooking supper on Friday nights for about one hundred people in need for Celebrate Outreach!, and distributing coffee and sandwiches around the city at various times while being briefed on homeless issues and concerns.

Term ends January 2023

Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard

Director

Brittany has always enjoyed helping others since a young age. She has been involved with helping the people of St. Petersburg since she met John Stewart in high school. She was lucky to have him as a teacher and attended a caroling event he invited the class to. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the lack of affordable housing in St. Pete. While caroling, the group came upon a pregnant woman and her husband who were homeless and living on the streets. This event had a profound effect on her life and she continued to attend these events over the years.

In 2019, she created a new identity for Celebrate Outreach. In 2022, she decided to take a bigger role in the charity and was honored to become a Director on the Celebrate Outreach board. Now she continues to support the mission of CO! with branding and marketing, while also participating in ground roots efforts. 

Term ends January 2023