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. 

City Sprouts Staff Pictured left to right:

John Huebscher, Urban Farm Manager 

Alex O'Hanlon, South Garden Manager

Anna Brun, Education Manager

Aaron French, Farm Manager

Shannon Gennardo, Community Engagement Coordinator

Addie Gengenbach, Communications Manager

Roxanne Draper, Executive Director

Roxanne Williams Draper

Executive Director

Roxanne has brought her love of gardening, teaching and community development together to grow City Sprouts' programming and capacity. Since 2012, Roxanne has served as the Executive Director and has grown City Sprouts from a staff of one, to a staff of seven, with 2 thriving community gardens, an urban farm, an exciting internship program, and many community partnerships. Under her leadership, City Sprouts has become a cornerstone organization in the Urban Agriculture community in Omaha.

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Aaron French

Farm Manager

Aaron, who joined our team in 2018, brings loads of agriculture, education, market, and outreach experience to City Sprouts. Aaron manages City Sprouts' growing operations. 

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Addie Gengenbach

Communications Manager

Addie is our newest team member, she enjoys reading and continually learning about food, gardening, and the environment. She manages our website, social media, and graphic design projects. 

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Alex O'Hanlon

City Sprouts South Garden Manager

Alex joined City Sprouts as its South Garden Manager in March 2017. When she's not at City Sprouts South, Alex can also be found farming sustainable landscapes around town!

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Anna Brun

Education Manager

Anna serves as our Education Manager. In this role, Anna oversees 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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John Huebscher

Urban Farm Manager

John is the Urban Farm Manager at City Sprouts. John has been working at City Sprouts since 2012 and has helped to develop our summer Urban Farming Internship, which has grown from employing 2 youth in 2012 to 16 youth in 2019. Interns work with John on our Decatur Urban Farm, learning skills of cultivating vegetables, fruits and herbs, harvesting, processing and marketing the produce, job readiness skills and so much more. John is a retired OPS teacher and also works at Creighton University Athletics as an Academic Advisor. He has a love for growing great tomatoes and sweet potatoes (and not so much eggplant...) and is a great mentor for our interns. We're lucky to have him as part of our team!

Shannon Kyler

Community Engagement Coordinator

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 staff

 

Our Board of Directors consists of 14 community volunteers, who help provide oversight and direction for City Sprouts.

2019 Board Pictured (left to right)

 

Back Row: David Arrell, Jose Labrador, Dan Walsh, Cassie Goulet, Patricia Seivert, Kristie Willis, Kirby Simmering, LeAnne Kaiser, Roxanne Draper (Executive Director), Octavia Butler

 

Front Row (Executive Board): Brittani Tanhueco (Secretary), Seana Fairchild (President), Cassandra Zywiec (Vice President), and Jack Round (Treasurer)

 

Not Pictured: Sara Going, Kimbler Harrold

New in 2019:  Cassie Goulet, LeAnne Kaiser, Patricia Seivert

Executive Board Members

 

Seana Fairchild, President

Union Pacific Railroad, General Director, Marketing and Sales

 

Cassandra Zywiec, Vice President

Mission Maven Marketing, President and Founder

 

Brittani Tanhueco, Secretary

Avenue Scholars Foundation, Business Outreach Coordinator

 

LeAnne Kaiser, Treasurer

Seim Johnson, Audit Senior Manager

Board Members

 

Octavia Butler

Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, Gomez Heritage Elementary

 

Sara Going

First National Bank; Senior Associate of Community Development

 

Cassie Goulet

CHI Health, Sr. HR Business Partner

 

Kimbler Harrold

Scott Center, Banquet Chef

 

Jose Labrador

HDR Engineering, Project Manager

 

Jack Round

AKSARBEN Foundation, CFO

 

Patricia Seivert

UNMC Children's Physicians, Pediatrician

 

Kirby Simmering

National Association of Home Builders, Director

 

Dan Walsh

Creighton University, Senior Program Administrator

 

Kristie Willis

Community Volunteer

 

our board of directors

Sustaining Community Through Gardening
Since 1995

Call us:

402-504-1910

Visit us: 

4002 Seward St., Omaha, Nebraska 68111