Tucker & Bethany Green, Co-Creators


Tucker Green is a hockey-playing, Geography-studying, Philadelphia native who found his way to Florence, Alabama after hanging up his skates to figure out the next step in his journey. While hockey has consumed most (okay, all) of Tucker’s life, he has still managed to dive head-first into every adventure he can find. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Geospatial Sciences in hopes of contributing his education to a world-wide purpose of helping communities all over the globe. Tucker has experience leading groups in camping, kayaking, and hiking expeditions, and aside from living all across the United States, he has spent time in parts of Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.

Bethany Green was born and raised in northwest Alabama. She has a heart for serving others and an excitement to work with today’s youth. Bethany received her Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Her experience creating programs and connecting college students with service opportunities led her to the concept of High Tide Adventure two years ago, and since then, she has never looked back. Bethany has led student-trips to Costa Rica, Haiti, and all across the Unites States. In addition to that, she has spent time in Africa and South America. Like Tucker, she enjoys the outdoors and has an appreciation for the sweeter things in life… like, all of the desserts.


High Tide Board Members

Mike Shepherd is originally from Florence, Alabama and has worked as a Middle and High School teacher for many years in Queensland, Australia and Alabama. He has also served as a student minister for more than a decade. He has worked as an advisor and/or partnered with several student organizations in the US, Caribbean, Zimbabwe, Vanuatu, Germany and Australia. He and his family are dual citizens of the United States and Australia after serving as vocational missionaries for ten years in Queensland.


Krista Manchester (pictured right) is from Denver, Colorado and has lived in the Shoals for 19 years. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Room in the Inn Shoals, a local non-profit homeless shelter. Her heart and passion is helping others believe in themselves in a radical hospitality environment. Her background is in grant writing and research, and non-profit consulting. She has two children; Max, age 10 and Julianna, age 14 (pictured left) who participated on High Tide’s pilot trip in 2016. Krista is currently writing her memories about her time being homeless as a teenager. She loves to cook, read and entertain. She also loves guacamole and extra ice.

Mary Beth Willis is an ESL instructor at the University of North Alabama. She grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi but now calls Florence home. She travels to Desab, Haiti twice a year with UNA Alternative Breaks as a faculty leader for an ongoing sustainability and community development project. She loves working with international students, an interest she developed while traveling and teaching abroad after college. She has worked in Honduras as a missionary and in China and South Africa as an English teacher. She has also traveled through Ecuador and Thailand. She has an M.A. in Modern Languages from University of Mississippi and a B.A. In Communication from College of Charleston.

Robby Thompson grew up in the burgeoning metropolis of Athens, Alabama. He is a geographer by training and has a master’s degree in geospatial science from the University of North Alabama. Currently, Robby is in his first year of law school at the University of Alabama. Indeed, that’s a lot of “Alabama” but don’t let that fool you- Robby has spent a good bit of time traveling the US as well as several excursions to parts of Africa and Europe.


LaKetta Williams is an Alabama native who currently resides in Florence, AL. She has a background in diversity and equity training and a love for biology and physiology. LaKetta serves in a leadership role with the youth group at her church and has a growing desire to help adolescents work through the issues that they often face in today’s society. She frequently travels to serve in the village of Desab, Haiti where she has quickly become a favorite among the people there. Aside from her contagious laughter, LaKetta has a heart for others. Not only that, but she can also make a mean batch of brownies.