George Stefanakis

George Stefanakis was born in New York City, raised in Athens, Greece, and self-actualized in Tucson. After coming to the heart-breaking realization that winning Magic: The Gathering tournaments was not a sustainable career for him, George worked as a Behavioral Health Technician in a rehab center for six years. Here he developed a passion for helping people, supporting those battling substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. Later, during a very brief volunteer stint with Iskashitaa, he discovered the AmeriCorps. The idea of a committed term of service in the local community planted a seed in his mind. The seed rooted, grew, then bloomed into a year of work at Tucson Village Farm in 2011-2012, many harvests ago, along with fellow members Alex and Thom. Then, a subsequent position sprouted, as an Instructional Specialist. George has been at TVF for ten years ever since, and though his name literally means "farmer", he is a novice when it comes to agriculture. Instead, he specializes in building teams at the 4-H Ropes Course, where groups come to develop essential life skills such as leadership, communication, and self-belief. As a bonus he gets to yell at children and adults who are terrified of heights. George's favorite pastimes are to play soccer in local leagues, watch Arsenal F.C., and to climb on Mt. Lemmon as well as the local rock gyms. Most impressive of all, George makes the best Greek coffee you've ever sipped. He loves to spend quality interspecies time with his family and pets and plans on somehow using all these above skills to eventually retire to a sailboat in the Ionian Sea.