Paul Rutkovsky

Paul Rutkovsky likes to work and play with creative life forms, which includes humans/animals and plants.  At The Plant Paul has been focusing on expanding the organic vegetable and rain gardens and getting more people to participate in making The World’s Largest Doodle.

Brian Damage

Brian Damage is our acting Director and a long-standing member of The Plant Collective. He is an original organizer of Kid Empowerment Day, a monthly get together for rad families that started in 2015; as well as Popcorn & Politics, our free documentary film screening series; and currently hosts our monthly Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinners. Brian is also active locally with human rights groups focusing on indigenous people’s struggles, volunteers for FNB and other local and national groups, and does a bunch of low-fi graphic design for us.

Donna Cotterell
Donna Cotterell is public school educator in Gadsden County. She has over thirty-eight years of theater experience, both in New England and Florida.

She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is the founder and director of two 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Indaba Theatre of New England and Indaba Theatre of Florida. Indaba is known for addressing such issues as domestic violence, youth violence, anti-gay bullying, HIV/AIDS awareness and homelessness. She is currently working on a theater project in Tallahassee, Florida titled “Marigold Day’s – Conversations of Change” a three-part series of performances. The title play is an original work based on five generations of history originating in the Big Bend region.

Former Core Members


Jenn is an art educator.  She is geographically misplaced from the ocean while working on her Phd.  She loves making art with others and advocates that more heads are better than one.  Here at The Plant, she participated in Artcation,  Kid Empowerment Days, All About the Curves, and Open Studios, and is coordinating Waging Peace at the Plant Workshop Series in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Art’s Waging Peace 2018 exhibition.


Media Designer and Social Media Coordinator