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As the third-time host community of the Women’s Final Four, Tampa Bay plans to elevate its sustainability commitments surrounding the impact of this major sporting event by pursuing Council for Responsible Sport certification which will provide third-party verification for the efforts of the organizations involved. Composed of the top local experts within the field, the sub-committee on sustainability for the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee is charged with ensuring the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four is hosted in a manner that aligns with the values and responsibilities of the host city and its constituents to be accountable for the impacts of the event on surrounding communities, whether social, environmental, or economic, or a combination of the three. 

Committee Members

Committee Chair:

Sam Carr

Operations Analyst, Tampa Bay Lightning


Mary Milne

Vice President of Guest Experience, Amalie Arena


Sarah McDonald

President, TECO


Julie Ward

Senior Engineer - Resource Planning, TECO


Claire Lessinger

Director of Special Events, Tampa Bay Sports Commission


Katie Kicklighter,

Graduate Resident, Tampa Bay Sports Commission


Briana Pulido
Sustainability Coordinator, Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee


Toiaya Crawford

Marketing/PR Liaison, Crackerjack Media


Alita Kane

Community Liaison for The Recycling Partnership


Jason Milton 

Recycling Coordinator, City of Tampa


Edgar Castro Tello

Recycling Specialist, City of Tampa


Barbara Heineken

Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems


Peter Stiling

Assistant Vice Provost - Strategic Initiatives & Director for USF Office of Sustainability, University of South Florida


Whitney Fung

Doctoral Student & Graduate Research Assistant, USF College of Public Health, University of South Florida


Ashley Ehrman

Assistant Director of Development, Feeding Tampa Bay


Emily Head

Development Manager, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful


Juan Lopez         

Convention Services Manager, Tampa Convention Center


Sarah Mason     

Senior Analyst - Wellness & Sustainability, SPP


Lincoln Wagacha

Director – Engineering, Hilton Tampa Downtown


Christine Watson

Sales Manager, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay


Megan Fox

Sales Manager, Westin Tampa Tampa Bay


Eddie Day           

Assistant Director of Housekeeping, Westin Tampa Waterside


Luis Miranda

Destination Sales Executive, Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel


Aileen Henderson

Youth Sports Manager, Hillsborough County Parks & Rec


Kyani White-Tate

Graduate Intern, NCAA

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