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:

Addie Gengenbach, Former Communications & Development Manager

Laura Simpson, Programs Coordinator

Aaron French, Manager of Farm Initiatives

Katie Kresha, Executive Director

Jasmine Marr, Former City Sprouts South Manager

Shannon Gennardo, City Sprouts North Manager

Cian Brun, Education 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 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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Laura Simpson


Programs 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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Shannon Kyler


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 staff


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

Executive Board


Dan Walsh, President

Creighton University, Senior Program Administrator


Octavia Butler, Vice President

Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, Gomez Heritage Elementary

LeAnne Kaiser, Treasurer

Seim Johnson, Audit Senior Manager

LaLeesha Haynes, Secretary

Conagra, Manager of Talent Development

Board Members


Brittani Tanhueco

Arbor Day Foundations' Lied Lodge, Human Resources Manager

Candy Zollicoffer

Self Employed, Brave Avenue & Feeding Royals 

Cassie Goulet

CHI Health, Sr. HR Business Partner


Courtney Herrington

Union Pacific, Manager of Marketing & Sales

Jane Hartig

Google, Facilities Specialist

Jamil Bah

Self Employed, House of Bah & Eat N' Talk Africa

Jeff Phelps

McGill Brothers Inc, Director Of Operations

Jose Labrador

HDR Engineering, Project Manager

Joey Vickery

Omaha Public Schools, Teacher, R.M. Marrs Magnet Center

Kimbler Harrold

Scott Center, Banquet Chef

Team A:
Urban Farm


team lead

Jasmine Marr






Mae Paw


Team B:
City SProuts South
& Habitat for Humanity


team lead

Mia Webb






Team C:
Cooper Farm
& Sky Ranch


team lead

Laura Simpson







McKenzie Blaine

Virtual Program Assistant Intern

McKenzie is the temporary Virtual Program Assistant for the summer of 2020 and she will be working directly with the team to organize virtual Little Sprouts programs, Garden to Table programs, and Growing Gardeners workshops. Along with that, she will also be helping with many online projects as well as occasionally working in the garden on the weekends. When she is not busy being a full-time student at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, or working on her self-owned jewelry business, called Celestial Body Jewelry.

our board of directors

Our 2020 Interns

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