Founding Board Members

Sharon Linezo Hong is an environmental activist, social justice educator and award winning documentary filmmaker. After 15 years living in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston, Sharon returned to her hometown to build inclusive educational spaces in the deep south along the Gulf Coast, including the new campus of the Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts and her own non-profit the School House 4 Reimagining Education, SH4RE. Sharon is a collaborating member of the collective, Another Gulf Is Possible, working to envision just economies, vibrant communities, and sustainable ecologies.  

Jacqueline Ann Tarver has lived in the Esca Rosa (Escambia County and Santa Rosa County) area of Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze, Florida since 1990.  She earned her master’s degree at the University of West Florida in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Secondary Education. As head of school for the Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts ("SoLA"), she is passionate about education. Supporting inclusive learning environments, she hopes to offer her knowledge and experience in curriculum building and education to the community through projects & events at the School House 4 Reimagining Education, SH4RE.

Monique Michelle Verdin has intimately documented the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate, and change along the Gulf South, for decades. She is a citizen and former councilwoman of south Louisiana’s United Houma Nation and is a part of the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborativecore leadership circle of brown (indigenous, latinx and desi) women, from Texas to Florida, working to envision just economies, vibrant communities, and sustainable ecologies. 


Monique is the primary subject/co-writer/co-producer of the documentary My Louisiana Love. Her interdisciplinary work has been included in an assortment of environmentally inspired projects, including the multiplatform/performance/eco-experience Cry You One as well as the publication Unfathomable City : A New Orleans Atlas. Monique is also the director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange. The Land Memory Bank is a series of southeast Louisiana activations sharing native seeds and local knowledge through citizen collaboration, with a goal to build a community record of history and present culture through sustainable agriculture.