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 (Intern Education Asst.), Emily Ramelb (Communications + Development Manager)
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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
Octavia Butler, President
Omaha Public Schools, Teacher
Courtney Herrington, Vice President
Union Pacific, Manager of Marketing + Sales
Jane Hartig, Treasurer
Google, Facilities Specialist
LaLeesha Haynes, Secretary
Honor, Senior Manager of Learning and Development
BWC Consultancy, Freelance
Valmont Industries, Senior Marketing Manager
Bespeckled Events, Grant writer + Fundraiser Coach
CHI Health, Senior HR Business Partner
Creighton University, Interim Director
Metropolitan Community College, Faculty
Scott Center, Banquet Chef
First National Bank of Omaha, Head of Deposits
Mutual of Omaha, Social Impact Coordinator
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.
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.
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.
Conservation Education Program Coordinator
Megan joined the team in Summer 2022 as the Conservation Education Program Coordinator. She joins City Sprouts from Stanford University where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems in 2021 and Masters of Science in Sustainability Science and Practice in 2022. She has a breadth of expertise, which ranges from agroecology + regenerative agriculture to economics, ecological conservation and restoration, and climate resilience. When not at work, Megan is usually busy climbing, hiking, or planning her next side project.
Intern Education Assistant
Mia first joined the City Sprouts family as an urban farming intern in 2018. Throughout her first year with the internship, Mia showed great initiative and leadership, becoming an urban farming intern lead in 2019 through 2021. A seasoned veteran, Mia was welcomed to City Sprouts' year-round staff in 2022 as the Intern Education Assistant.