Governing Board members
Cassia Herron Cassia | President is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and advocate with over 10 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville. She has organized farmers markets in West Louisville and supported the creation of Louisville Metro’s Farm-to-Table program. She also helped secure a $7.9 million dollar CDC grant for Louisville’s Public Health Department for obesity prevention. As the President of Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is leading efforts to open a community-owned grocery store in one of the city’s downtown neighborhoods. She has professional expertise in community engagement, project management, grant-writing, policy development and strategic planning. Cassia has served in leadership roles for several non-profits and currently is Vice-Chair of Kentuckians for The Commonwealth. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and teaches as an adjunct at Bellarmine University.
Amanda Fuller | Treasurer came to Louisville from Madison, WI, where she and her husband were members and/or workers at three different food co-ops. In Louisville she has been an active member of the Food in Neighborhoods group since 2009, and operated an urban agriculture and composting non-profit (Breaking New Grounds) for three years. Amanda bought vacant lots in 2013 to start Lots of Food, an urban market garden & orchard in west Louisville. As an urban grower, Amanda has relationships with fellow growers, local restaurants and other produce buyers, and was part of Louisville Grows’ Urban Growers Cooperative for its two seasons. She also advocates for food justice and food sovereignty as a board member of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, growing staple crops of corn, beans and squash to educate and build community around local food. Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years and holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the UW-Madison. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Favorite food: Popcorn!
Lilias Pettit-Scott | Secretary moved to Louisville, KY from Oakland, CA in 2013. While living in Oakland she worked in nonprofit administration for a fiscal sponsor, Earth Island Institute, while learning and volunteering with urban agriculture endeavors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since moving to Louisville she became involved in the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the Louisville Sustainability Coalition’s Community Engagement Action Team, and has volunteered with numerous community garden and urban agriculture projects throughout the city. She is Jefferson County’s first Urban Agriculture Conservationist, the former Assistant Director of Louisville Grows and is currently developing a fruit orchard and apiary at her home in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood of Louisville. If it were up to her, she would eat corn on the cob and peach cobbler every day.
Arielle Rogers has been an active member of her community in various capacities. She along with four other women, created Girls 2 Goddesses (G2G). This is an organization that focuses on empowering young girls and women by engaging the community with events such as movies and mentoring, head wrapping events, financial workshops, and food and clothing drives.
Doug Lowry serves as an enspirited teacher, urban farmer, and group facilitator. Passionate about justice and human need, he has worked as a change agent and board member on numerous civic and nonprofit projects from neighborhoods to fairness and racism, to organizational life, to aging and health care, to not-for-profit excellence, public K-12 education, food security and environmental sustainability. Doug is a seminary-trained former hospital administrator who consults in organizational development. He teaches individuals, organizations, nonprofits, faith communities and businesses about urban farming and organizational life with an emphasis on connecting values to action and food to spirituality. As an artist, plant lover, and writer he seeks to add beauty, insight, and meaning along the way. Favorite Food: Fresh Pumpkin Greens with Fried Squash Blossoms
Avalon Gupta VerWiebe is a public health student at the University of Louisville. She has lived in Louisville for about 9 years now and has moved from different neighborhoods over the course of those 9 years. While living in these various neighborhoods, the disparities between them became evident. This is partially where her interest in food, as well as public health, comes from. She is also a lover of gardening and has worked at plant nurseries as well as University of Louisville’s Garden Commons community gardening project. These all come together to make her a fierce defender of food equity! She has been doing outreach work for the Louisville Community Grocery for the past few years and is incredibly passionate about community-driven projects. Contact her at email@example.com.
Daniel Waters is a father and works to build a more just and healthier world for his daughter. As a graduate of UofL’s Entrepreneurial Launch-IT program, he brings the startup mentality to the cooperative table. Living in the Meriwether/Fort-Hill neighborhood, Daniel is organizing and working with other neighbors to develop a neighborhood association as an ear and voice for its residents. Daniel holds a masters degree in Applied Economics and spent many years forecasting prices of electricity, coal, oil and carbon. While not a farmer or gardener, Daniel loves to cook and explore cuisine from around the world – Thai Red Curry anyone!? Contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other leaders on our team
Ariana Levinson is a law professor at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She is a member of the Rutgers School of Labor and Management Relations fellow program and writes about worker-owned cooperatives. Her article Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law is available in the Nevada Law Journal. She has worked with the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative. She, along with local attorneys, has supervised several law students who have helped draft by-laws for the non-profit and for the cooperatively-owned grocery as part of the Law School’s Greenbaum Public Service Program.
Huda Jabbar is a Sociology and Criminal Justice major at the University of Louisville. She is working on survey administration and social media management for the Louisville Community Grocery.
Christopher M. Harrell is the Founder and Principal of Lazarus Group LLC, a firm engaged in crafting redevelopment strategies for distressed properties, corridors, and communities. Lazarus operates in Louisville, KY, Indianapolis and South Bend IN. Chris currently assists the US EPA Brownfield Community Benefits Assessment Project with the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) as its Hyperlocal Data Team Leader. Chris holds board and leadership positions in Louisville, KY with Bicycling for Louisville, a not for profit active transportation advocacy. He is a co-Founder of the Civic Data Alliance, an advocacy and action group of volunteers devoted to freeing public data and using open data for civic projects.
Andrew Kang Bartlett has worked with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Hunger Program in Louisville, KY since 2001. The Hunger Program works to create healthy, sustainable and just local food economies globally and Andrew coordinates the U.S.-based grantmaking program. In Louisville, he is active on the leadership team of the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, at the cooperative farm La Minga, and serves on the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council. Formerly, he worked with nonprofit organizations in Japan and San Francisco focusing on social and economic justice issues, including rural development and agricultural policy. He has studied in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Central America, and lived for five years in East Asia working with Koreans in Japan on their civil rights struggles. He serves on the boards of Heifer International, the National Farm Worker Ministry and the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders. Favorite food: Really Wild Blueberry Pie