Carol Manetta
Carol Manetta
Founder & Executive Director
Carol is Executive Director for a nonprofit organization called REAP, Reentry and Preparedness. Her early history evolved from the performing arts to education to corporate training design and development at Ford Motor Company and Ford Credit, including both headquarters. After an early retirement, she moved from Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona where she first volunteered then worked inside private and state public prisons. Upon finishing her final grant period inside the prisons she founded REAP to help returning citizens from prisons and jails to smoothly reenter society with services and job security. Finding that a tall order, the Arizona Department of Corrections requested she try serving those in need in the rural areas of Arizona or Indian reservations where services are not plentiful. Without hesitation, she engaged the input of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona from whom she learned the tribes wished for agriculture for all their tribal members. This in turn led to development of a program design of erecting a greenhouse on the Navajo Nation together with Tolani Lake Enterprises, a Navajo business incubator, and growing hydroponic vegetables and fruits for tribal health gains. The fresh foods will be distributed at the end of the school day by elementary school children to their families and immediate neighbors. The working model is to develop training for a worker owned cooperative to create a Knowledge Team which will then train other Knowledge Teams on tribal lands and to Africans via use of new technologies. She presented recently at a conference, along with professors at Arizona State University, in Senegal, Africa on simplified hydroponics (no electricity) and on worker owned cooperatives. Attendees came from 59 countries, mostly African. Her recent efforts during her tenure on the board of directors of the Arizona Cooperative Initiative resulted in passage of a bill to make worker owned cooperatives legal in the state of Arizona.
Greg Smith
Board Member
Mr. Smith is a project manager with over 4 decades of experience in leading multi-disciplined project team in the planning, design, and construction of private development and public infrastructure projects in Arizona, Michigan, and elsewhere. He is a licensed professional engineer and surveyor in Arizona and Michigan. He has worked as a senior project manager and principal of several consulting firms in both Arizona and Michigan and he has served as the City Engineer for several communities in Michigan as a consultant and Arizona as staff. He was responsible for development of project scopes, budgets, and schedules and then the managing of the teams during the planning, design, and construction of those projects. As City Engineer and as a firm principal he over saw the work of multiple teams of both internal staff and outside consultants. Projects have included individual residential, commercial, and industrial sites of various sizes, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial subdivisions. As a senior project manager Mr. Smith has lead teams in the planning and design of master planned communities of various sizes in both Michigan and Arizona. As City Engineer he oversaw the development of infrastructure master plans and infrastructure extensions.
John Drury
Board Member
Since 2000 John R. Drury has been principal of Drury Design Arts. Drury’s prior experience includes 50 years of art and design experience with twenty-five years as a Disney Imagineer, designer and creative manager. He worked from concept to completion on projects that included Disneyland, Walt Disney World & The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland and the Disney/MGM Studios. As Resident Design Director for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida (1989-1992) and Walt Disney Imagineering in Japan (1992-1995) he identified, managed and resolved design issues at Tokyo Disneyland and all environments at Walt Disney World. Since relocating to Phoenix in 2003 he has developed a concept for a STEAM Theme Park which promotes the 5 E’s of the Future: Education, Energy, Environment, Economic empowerment and Entertainment.
Linee Ferguson
Board Member
Has a strong knack for imagining solutions, creating order from chaos and conceptualizing what could be. 20 + year Sr. Human Resources professional and Trainer with extensive hands-on experience and passion for starting and developing Human Resources functions and developing people. Trained mediator and engaging presenter who excels when working on multiple assignments at once. Provides quality human resources services including: • HR Strategy and Startup Coordination • Full-Cycle Recruitment/Talent Acquisition • Employee Relations • Management Training and Coaching • HR Technology Implementation • Job Analysis and writing job descriptions • Background Screening

Staff

Tyler Jackson
EPICS Team Liaison / Mentor / Advisor