Are you ok? How to Heal and Move Forward
Now more than ever, we need to connect with one another. This forum is intended to provide coping strategies for City employees who may feel stress or anxiety due to issues we are currently facing. By the end of the forum, City employees will be equipped with better tools to practice self-care, identify stress factors within their lives and build stronger relationships with others. In addition, City employees should leave the forum with a list of ideas and activities that deliberately nourish their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Even in times of uncertainty, please know that you are not alone.
TAMPA TALKS is an intra-City forum and idea exchange. This forum was conceived by members of the Mayor’s Staff Advisory Team. The mission of TAMPA TALKS is to provide employees from every City department and discipline with a deeper understanding of how the City of Tampa interacts with the world. It is the Staff Advisory Team’s hope that all forums will provide encouragement, information, and support to City employees in the areas of morale, training, and networking.
December 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Tampa Talks Host:
Revenue and Finance
Arnetha Lewis has worked for the City of Tampa in the Revenue and Finance Department for the past three years as an Accountant II. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems Management from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Arnetha is the founding President of the National Association of Black Accountants, University of South Florida Student Chapter and remains active within the Tampa Bay Professional Chapter. She serves on the board of directors for Helping Hand Day Care Nursery. The nursery has served the community for over 100 years.
Arnetha’s volunteer efforts also include working with Metropolitan Ministries, SISTUHS Inc., Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, and Feeding Tampa Bay.
Arnetha is an active church member of Peace Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa.
Meet the Experts
Parks and Recreation
Gabriela Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication – Production from the University of Florida. Gabriela worked in TV production freelancing for ESPN, CBS, and Sun Sports networks. She also worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm for six years. Looking for a new career path, she started with the City of Tampa in 2015 in the Central Mailroom. In 2016, she joined the Wastewater Department working in the Collection Division. Gabriela joined the Parks and Recreation Department’s Office of Special Events in 2018, where she currently serves as an Office Support Specialist IV.
Tampa Fire Rescue
Mrs. Kline is a Board-Certified Occupational Health Nurse with over 20 years of experience in occupational medicine, and she specializes in the health and safety of first responders. Tiffany started the Occupational Health Program for Tampa Fire Rescue in March of 2001. This program serves as a national best practice model for the Fire Service. It is a comprehensive wellness and fitness program that addresses every aspect of the firefighter, to include: Injury and Illness Prevention, Respiratory Protection, Infection Control and Prevention, Immunizations, Peer Fitness Training, HAZMAT Medical Surveillance, Annual Physicals, Disaster Response and Recovery, Critical Incident Stress Management, Firefighter Psychological Survival, and a Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Employee Protection Program..
Currently, Tiffany founded and leads the City of Tampa COVID-19 Task Force, Tampa Fire Rescue Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and the Peer Fitness Trainer Team. Occupational Medicine is her true passion and life’s work. She continually strives to share her knowledge and experience for the enhancement of health and safety for first responders, nation-wide.
Tampa Fire Department Training Academy
116 South 34th Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
Tracy A. Daniels is a Behavioral Health Educator and a Master Level Practitioner with BayCare Behavioral Health. As a Master Level Practitioner, Tracy assesses individuals for admission or referrals into BayCare Behavioral Health facilities. As a Behavioral Health Educator, Tracy conducts prevention trainings on a wide array of subjects including Mental Health First Aid certification trainings, Mental Health First Aid 101, parenting skills, domestic violence, sexual assault, diversity, stress management, and conflict resolution. Mr. Daniels was asked to assist with critical incident stress debriefings associated with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Pulse Night Club shooting, and provided assistance in the Florida panhandle during Hurricane Michael.
- Mental Well-Being Resources
- Resiliency & Self Care Webinar presented by Tracy Daniels
1240 S. Ft. Harrison Ave., MS-137
Clearwater FL 33756 Please contact Ms. Brittany Lynn to set an appointment: Brittany.Lynn@baycare.org
Dr. Rebecca Chermak
Tampa General Hospital
Dr. Rebecca Chermak is a licensed clinical psychologist currently specializing in obesity medicine at TGH + USF's Bariatric Center. She works with adults and adolescents who are participating in a medical weight management or weight loss surgery program. Within her treatment, she addresses the connection between mind and body and the importance of good sleep, stress management, positive eating and exercise routines, and healthy relationships with others and ourselves. Dr. Chermak believes in the benefit of an interdisciplinary approach, recognizing how a collaborative and comprehensive treatment plan promotes optimal outcomes for each patient.
Rebecca Chermak, PsyD.
Tampa General Hospital
5 Tampa General Circle Suite 410
Tampa, FL 33606
Please contact María Meléndez to set an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Ministries EFFINITY
Jamie Meyer is the Vice President of EFFINITY Training, a social enterprise of Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, where she has served children and adults experiencing trauma and homelessness for over 20 years. She is a local and national trainer on issues of trauma, poverty, compassion fatigue and resiliency. In 2018 she gave a TED talk at the TEDxUSF event where she spread awareness about the reality of trauma in our culture and how we can all learn from one another’s experiences. Jamie is most engaged and excited when she is in a room full of people who want to open up, grow, and develop as leaders to more effectively serve in their organizations.
Jamie Avant Meyer
2002 N. Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602