ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF College of Marine Science Alumni, Stephanie Lawler-Ellington, from Keep Pinellas Beautiful, recently shared her career development experience with the College of Marine Science.
During my undergraduate career, I developed as an environmental advocate for the USFSP community, taking on leadership roles in both campus and local environmental organizations. The primary focus of these organizations was to work within the local community through environmental based outreach and activism. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I continued my studies earning a master’s degree with the USF College of Marine Science. This was by far one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of my life. I was granted the opportunity to work with Drs. Christina Kellogg, Mya Breitbart, and Pamela Hallock Muller who directly influenced my personal and professional growth. Through their guidance, I refined my analytical thinking, scientific writing, and verbal communication skills. The experiences and relationships developed during these years laid the foundation upon which all of my future success will be built.
Upon completion of my master’s degree, I was hired by Keep Pinellas Beautiful as their Program and Volunteer Coordinator. This position fully utilizes the skills and tools acquired during my academic career. Furthermore, this position aligns with my passion for the marine environment and my desire to empower future generations. As one of the leading environmental nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County, Keep Pinellas Beautiful works to conserve and beautify our natural environment through educational outreach and engagement. Our objective is to develop programs which instill pride and individual responsibility for ones community by actively partnering with individuals, local schools, and other community based organizations. As the Program and Volunteer Coordinator for Keep Pinellas Beautiful, I strive to increase our impact through the organization and management of educational events, community cleanup and beautification projects, as well as grant based programming. To ensure these initiatives are successful, I lead the efforts of volunteers who provide tangible and incremental contributions toward our long term goals.
I am highly motivated to increase our organization’s impact and partnerships with the county and continue to seek relationships with citizens, businesses and organizations who desire to Keep Pinellas Beautiful.
Written By: Stephanie Lawler-Ellington