Change the life, Change the world

About Us

Our team

The Sprout Foundation staff is made up of passionate people with a wide range of experience within nonprofit, academic, corporate, legal, and other arenas. We passionately believe every child deserves comfort and joy during the toughest times of their lives regardless of family income status. We work every day to make that a reality.

The Sprout Foundation Board of Directors is a distinguished group of prominent executives, academics and non-profit thought leaders who guide our strategy to accomplish our mission.

Justin Barsanti (President)


Justin is first and foremost and family man. He has been married to his beautiful wife Rachel since they were young and is father to three children who he deeply adores. His other accolades include graduating cumma sum laude from University of Florida with his BSBA and finishing top of his class with his MBA from Colorado Tech University. Justin is a highly experienced business executive who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in highly competitive industries and fast-paced environments. Strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 12 years of hands-on experience in serial entrepreneurship in locally owned businesses aid his ability to run this organization. His proven ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings coupled with his passion and love for children and desire to give back to his community is what The Sprout Foundation was born from. In his spare time Justin enjoys dinners with his wife, vacationing with his family, and having friends over to enjoy each other’s company.

Steve Tran (Vice President)


Steve is a co-Founder of the Sprout Foundation. From a young age, his father, an immigrant to the States, always instilled in him the need to give back. Through his legal career, he has had the pleasure of working with many other non-profits, and has always wanted to start his own with individuals who shared the same passion and belief in giving back. In meeting Justin and Jeff, this dream becomes a reality. In his spare time, Steve enjoys being a “big kid” with his seven-year-old son.

Jeff Mejias(Executive Director)


Based in Tampa, FL, Jeff Mejias is loving father of four, a talented Fortune 500 web and graphic designer, local business owner, real estate agent, investor, and an inspiring children’s book author. With his expertise in design and commitment to philanthropy through his experience with his daughter Audriana, Jeff brings unique prospective to his role within the Sprout Foundation, and is helping to raise awareness, connect with supporters, and advance their mission of creating positive change in the lives of young patients.