Supervisors & Crew Leaders

Our crews are comprised of experienced professionals. Each crew consists of a Supervisor and three Maintenance Technicians or CIT’s (Crew in Training).  Supervisor and Crew receive extensive on the job training, safety training, and several other certifications such as chain saw certifications, wilderness first aid, IMOT (Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic), AMOT (Advanced Maintenance of Traffic), and trail maintenance & building as well as numerous certifications.

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Abbey Jo Toomer, Program Coordinator

Abbey is responsible for coordinating the Youth Corps Teams, liaison between partnering organizations, and overseeing the quality of services provided by the teams.  After successful completion of an OJT program as Admin Assistant and non profit management, she’s focusing her efforts on all the aspects of promoting the 21st Century Conservation Corps (21CSC) initiative creating pathways for our young adults to be included in the AGO’s (America’s Great Outdoors initiative) efforts.  She leads crews in back country infrastructure projects, trail construction, trail maintenance.

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Jarrod Ison, Supervisor and Trainer – Hillsborough County

Jarrod lived and worked in the Florida Keys in the seafood industry most of his life before he and his family relocated to Central Florida after the last hurricane blew away their likelihood.  He joined Community Training Works during its inception in 2007 and never looked back.  He has trained and mentored many CIT’s (crew in training)/corps members over the years in Highlands County, Palm Beach County and more recently in Tampa/Hillsborough County.

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Sean Pierce, Supervisor – Palm Beach County

Sean has returned to CTW in the position of Crew Chief after having worked in a variety of positions with other companies.  Sean is no stranger to CTW as he served two program terms in the past where he has completed several certification courses including AMOT.  He’s the perfect fit for a Crew Chief in Palm Beach county  as he understands the work, the contract and our production quotas.  He assists the supervisor to train and mentor CITs (Crew In Training).

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Christopher Butler, Supervisor – Broward County

Chris Butler heads up our Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County commercial chain link fencing (FDOT spec) crew.  He joined us as a CIT and was trained and mentored by Doug Morris, our former Supervisor who passed away suddenly a couple of years ago. Before his passing, he trained a crew of four in proper use of tools, installation, site design as well as promoted Chris to Crew Chief.  Chris is doing an excellent job and has achieved 100% Field Performance ratings from FDOT Broward every year since he’s taken over.  He’s more recently been taking his skills to Sarasota maintenance office of FDOT assisting Sarasota and Manatee counties with much needed fence installation and repair.  Chris’s personal story is published in the 2015 Newsletter.  He joined us as a referral from our partner, Homes, Inc. an aging out of foster care housing organization in Broward County.

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Shane Murphy, Field Coordinator 

Shane’s either heading up a team working on trail maintenance or in the office coordinating all our marketing efforts creating exposure through social media and outreach.  After successful completion of an OJT program in nonprofit management, working in marketing and supporting the organization; he successfully completed a back country infrastructure training program as well as many leadership skills trainings.  He now leads trail crews in the southeast regions as we launch a conservation agenda with our Young American Conservation Corps,  a 221CSC/ 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

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Geoni Gayle

Crew Leader – Ft. Lauderdale Fencing Contract

Geoni assists our Fencing Supervisor to mentor and train CIT’s /Crew In Training with FDOT Contracts in District 4, Broward County Maintenance Operations.  Geoni was promoted from Crew after his on the job training period.  He is an excellent mentor for the young adults.  He was referred to through a housing program for youth aging out of foster care.  He’s got a great work ethic and is very knowledgeable about the installation of commercial chain link fence as well as farm fence.

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Ashley Weiss, Corpsmember Community Coordinator

with partners YMCA First Coast, Jacksonville and The Corps Network

Ashley heads up our partnership with The Corps Network, AmeriCorps and the YMCA First Coast to implement the Department of Interior’s Play, Learn, Serve and Work Initiative also known as The Get Outdoors initiative which is one of Mrs. Obama’s priorities .  The initiative is being piloted in Jacksonville as one of the first 50 cities to launch The Get Outdoors program.  Ashley is coordinating volunteer events and efforts of partners who are cooperating to get the public, youth and veterans in the Great Outdoors.   Previously, Ashley successfully completed a nine month back country infrastructure skills training program with partner, Framing Our Community and National Forests In Florida along the Florida National Scenic Trail before heading up a summer Youth Conservation program at DeSoto National Forests in Wiggins, Mississippi.

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Ana Tapia, Assistant Community Coordinator

Ana joined CTW in 2016 and has been placed in an up to two  year internship heading up the Let’s Move! Outside and Play, Learn, Serve and Work initiatives at the YMCA Tampa Bay Metro area.

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Matthew “Hunter” Phillips, Crew Leader of Young American Conservation Corps (YACC) program

Hunter joined CTW the summer of 2016 and served on a forest service project all summer with high school age crew and earned an AmeriCorps education award.  He reupped for another term and a crew leader training program earning several certifications.

Israel Woods, Crew Leader of Young American Conservation Corps (YACC) program

Izzy joined CTW the summer of 2016 and served on a forest service project along with 5 other high school students and earned an AmeriCorps education award.  He’s reupped for another term and joined the crew leader training program earning several certifications.