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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

Back Row LTR: Aaron French (Manager of Urban Farm Initiatives), Edgar Romero Gonzalez (City Sprouts South Manager + Assistant Educator), Cian Brun (Education Manager), Megan Belongia (Conservation Education Program Coordinator)

Front Row LTR: Laura Simpson (Programs + Distribution Coordinator), Shannon Kyler (North Programs Manager), Katie Kresha (Executive Director), Mia Webb, Emily Ramelb (Communications + Development Manager)


Katie Kresha 


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


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


Education Manager

Cian has been with our team since Winter 2018. They oversee the Little Sprouts, Truck Farm, Garden to Table, and Home Grown Kids programs, as well as the Growing Gardeners Workshops and outreach activities. When not at work, Cian enjoys making music, crafting, and exploring the outdoors!

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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.

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our staff


Zee Elmer


Conservation Education Program Coordinator

Zee Elmer joined City Sprouts in May 2023 after graduating from the University of Nebraska - Omaha with her Bachelor's in Environmental Science, concentrating in Earth Sciences and Sustainability. She has worked with various community partners to promote sustainability and conservation during her undergraduate years and will continue that work with City Sprouts. After hours she enjoys crocheting, trying new recipes, hiking, and scuba diving.

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2022 Urban Farming Interns


2022 Urban Farming Interns mentored by City Sprouts staff members Aaron French, Edgar Romero Gonzalez, Mia Webb and Laura Simpson. Learn more about the PAID Urban Farming Internship here!

our board of directors

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


City Sprouts Board

Back Row LTR: Katie Kresha (Executive Director, City Sprouts), Brandon Pappas, Cassie Goulet, Dan Walsh, Ryan Grieb, Kimbler Harrold; Front Row LTR: Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez, Octavia Butler, Jane Hartig, Courtney Herrington

Executive Board

LaLeesha Haynes, President

Honor, Senior Manager of Learning + Development

Courtney Herrington, Vice President

Union Pacific, Manager of Marketing + Sales

Ryan Grieb, Treasurer

FNBO, Head of Deposits

Randy Vyhnalek, Secretary

Conagra Brands, Scrum Master

Board Members

Bob Wolfson

BWC Consultancy, Freelance

Brandon Pappas

Greater Omaha Chamber, Vice President of Marketing and Communication

Caitlin Ellis

Jackson Lewis, Attorney

Cassie Goulet

CHI Health, Senior HR Business Partner

Jane Hartig

Google, Data Center Contract + Financial Management

Kim Armstrong

Metropolitan Community College, Faculty


Kimbler Harrold

Embassy Suites, Executive Chef

Ryan Grieb

First National Bank of Omaha, Head of Deposits

Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez

Mutual of Omaha, Social Impact 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.


Emily Ramelb


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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Laura Simpson


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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Rocky Huibregtse


Education Assistant

Rocky joined our year-round staff as the new Education Assistant in May 2023. A former City Sprouts Urban Farming Intern, Rocky has a wealth of knowledge in sustainable growing techniques. He will assist the Farm Crew in guiding the summer internship, as well as take lead in the classroom. When he's not working, Rocky enjoys spending time reading, baking goodies, and tending to his many chickens, turkeys and quail.

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Shannon Kyler


North Programs 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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