meet the green team

City Sprouts continues to grow due to the commitment of our dedicated staff and Board of Directors, community partners, and volunteers. 

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City Sprouts Staff Pictured left to right:

Back row:

Cian Brun, Education Manager

Aaron French, Manager of Farm Initiatives

Laura Simpson, Programs + Distribution Coordinator

Emily Ramelb, Communication + Development Coordinator

Front row:

Shannon Kyler, City Sprouts North Manager

Katie Kresha, Executive Director

Edgar Romero Gonzalez, City Sprouts South Manager + Assistant Educator

(Not picutred: Leah Wambui, Soil Health + Conservation Manager)

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Katie Kresha 

She/Her

Executive Director

Katie joined us as the Executive Director of City Sprouts at the beginning of 2020. Katie is an Omaha native with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UNO and a Masters in Public Administration from Bellevue University. She previously worked in higher education for 10 years where she oversaw budgetary and financial operations, marketing and community engagement efforts, administrative staffing, and event planning. At City Sprouts, she’s excited to support efforts towards continued growth, strengthen existing programs, and create new opportunities to build sustainable, equitable food systems where they are most needed. When Katie isn’t leading City Sprouts she can be found spending time with her husband and three children and enjoying a variety of active and artsy activities. 

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Aaron French

He/Him

Manager of Urban Farm Initiatives

Aaron joined our team in 2018 and brings loads of agriculture, education, market, and outreach experience to City Sprouts. Aaron manages City Sprouts' Urban Farming Internship and City Sprouts' multiple growing sites.  

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Cian Brun

They/Them

Education Manager

Cian has been with our team since 2018 and serves as our Education Manager. They oversee the Little Sprouts youth summer program, Truck Farm Omaha, the Garden to Table middle school program, and the Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, as well as tours and outreach programs.

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Edgar Romero Gonzalez

He/Him

City Sprouts South Manager + Assistant Educator

Born in Mexico City and Midwest-raised, Edgar is bilingual in Spanish (his native language) and English. Though he is ultra-focused at the task at hand, he still loves having a good time and incorporating fun into his work. Edgar graduated from Metropolitan Community College in 2015 with a degree in Horticulture, Land Systems and Management. He is experienced in greenhouse production, organic cultivation, cultivation consulting, and is excited to be teaching some here at City Sprouts and leading a team of 2021 interns. Edgar oversees operations of City Sprouts South and will help teach in many of our programs in both English and Spanish.

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Emily Ramelb

She/Her

Communications + Development Manager

Emily joined the City Sprouts team in Spring 2021. She oversees City Sprouts branding, marketing strategy, fundraising and organizational development. Graduated from Rockhurst University, she has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and communication, and the Helzberg School of Management's Undergraduate Award for Distinguished Leadership. When Emily isn't working, she's in the kitchen whipping up something colorful and delicious, or kicking back with friends and family.

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our staff

 
 
 
Team A:
Decatur + South

 

team lead

Edgar Romero Gonzalez

Interns

Jean

Charles

Team B:
Lizzie Robinson
 

team leads

Aaron French + Mia Webb

interns

Carmina

Maira

Ella

Cassie

Our Board of Directors consists of community volunteers, who help provide oversight and direction for City Sprouts.

Executive Board

Octavia Butler, President

Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, Gomez Heritage Elementary

Courtney Herrington

Union Pacific, Manager of Marketing + Sales

Jane Hartig, Treasurer

Google, Facilities Specialist
 

LaLeesha Haynes, Secretary

Conagra, Manager of Talent Development

Board Members

Bob Wolfson

BWC Consultancy, Freelance

 

Brandon Pappas

Valmont Industries, Senior Marketing Manager

 

Candy Zollicoffer

Self Employed, Grant writer + Fundraiser Coach

Cassie Goulet

CHI Health, Senior HR Business Partner

 

Dan Walsh

Creighton University, Interim Director

 

Jeff Phelps

McGill Brothers Inc, Director Of Operations

 

Kim Armstrong

Metropolitan Community College, Faculty

 

Kimbler Harrold

Scott Center, Banquet Chef
 

Ryan Grieb

First National Bank of Omaha, Head of Deposits

Traéa Bowden

Omaha Housing Authority, Intensive Case Management

Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez

Heartland Workforce Solutions, Business Services Coordinator

Anti-Discrimination Policy

City Sprouts is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of discrimination and conduct considered harassing, coercive or disruptive, including sexual harassment. Actions, words, jokes or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, pregnancy, leave status, [mental, emotional, or physical] ability/disability, military status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic or status, will not be tolerated.

 
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Laura Simpson

She/They

Programs + Distribution Coordinator

Laura is an Omaha native, she grew up in the Keystone neighborhood of Northwest Omaha.

Laura graduated from MCC in 2013 with a degree in Business Management and Marketing, and from UNO in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts - 3D Media. Over the past few years, she has worked with a local arts non-profit, BFF.

In 2018, Laura was a Resident Farmer at Big Muddy Urban Farm and in 2019, she completed the New Roots internship with The Big Garden. Laura joined the City Sprouts team in 2020. 

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Leah Wambui

She/Her

Soil Health + Conservation Manager

Leah was born in Kenya and raised in Pennsylvania. She moved to Omaha in the fall of 2020 from Germany. Though her professional background is in tech, Leah has experience designing and implementing regenerative garden systems, including food forests.

 

During her time in Omaha, Leah has dedicated herself to building relationships with both urban and rural growers, as well as creating opportunities for the community to come together and learn about foundational topics such as seed saving. Leah is continually learning about soil health and food production, and is passionate about sharing what she has learned with others. 

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Shannon Kyler

She/Her

City Sprouts North Manager

Shannon joined the City Sprouts team in 2016. She manages our North Community Garden, coordinates volunteers for both sites, is an educator for Garden to Table, and is our resident Chicken Wranger and Beekeeper.  When she is not at City Sprouts she is attempting DIY home improvement projects and having dance parties with her kids.  

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our board of directors

Our 2021 Interns

Team C:
Cooper Farm
 

team lead

Laura Simpson

Interns

Jay

Alex

KJ

Taeh

Sye