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:
Cian Brun, Education Manager
Aaron French, Manager of Farm Initiatives
Laura Simpson, Programs Coordinator
Emily Ramelb, Communication + Development Coordinator
Shannon Kyler, City Sprouts North Manager
Katie Kresha, Executive Director
Edgar Romero Gonzalez, City Sprouts South Manager + Assistant Educator
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.
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.
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.
Edgar Romero Gonzalez
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.
City SProuts South
& Habitat for Humanity
Our Board of Directors consists of community volunteers, who help provide oversight and direction for City Sprouts.
2020 Board Pictured (left to right)
Kirby Simmering, Cassie Goulet, Jose Labrador, Kimbler Harrold, Dan Walsh, Courtney Herrington, Katie Kresha, Octavia Butler
Not Pictured: Brittani Tanhueco,
Candy Zollicoffer, Jane Hartig,
Jamil Bah, Jeff Phelps, LeAnne Kaiser, LaLeesha Haynes, Joey Vickery
New in 2021: Candy Zollicoffer,
Jane Hartig, Jamil Bah, Jeff Phelps
Dan Walsh, President
Creighton University, Senior Program Administrator
Octavia Butler, Vice President
Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, Gomez Heritage Elementary
Jane Hartig, Treasurer
Google, Facilities Specialist
LaLeesha Haynes, Secretary
Conagra, Manager of Talent Development
Arbor Day Foundations' Lied Lodge, Human Resources Manager
Self Employed, Brave Avenue & Feeding Royals
CHI Health, Sr. HR Business Partner
Union Pacific, Manager of Marketing & Sales
Self Employed, House of Bah & Eat N' Talk Africa
McGill Brothers Inc, Director Of Operations
HDR Engineering, Project Manager
Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, R.M. Marrs Magnet Center
Scott Center, Banquet Chef
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.
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.
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.
our board of directors
Our 2020 Interns
& Sky Ranch
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.