Board, Staff, & Committees

2017-18 Executive Committee

  • Demetrice Mills: President (2017-19)
  • Retired–Business Information System Specialist (AVP)
  • Demetrice Mills is a retired Business Information System Specialist from JPMorgan Chase after 25 years of service. A member of BQLT since 2006. He has served as Treasurer, as Secretary, and as BQLT’s Board President from 2010 to 2014. Demetrice is a member of NYC Clean Soil Bank, a member of Cornell University Cooperative Extension Healthy Soil Advisory Committee, a member of the Land Trust Alliance Ambassador Committee, a board member of the Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Board, and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association. He has served as Chair of the Operations Committee and been on the committee for 11 years. Demetrice participated in the rewrite of the BQLT Bylaws, Constitution, and the Garden License Agreement. He has served on the Communications, Events, Finance, Fundraising, Grant, and Technology Committees.

  • Moriba Jackson: Vice President (2016-18)
  • Reference & Public Programming Librarian
  • Moriba Jackson has served on the BQLT Board since 2014. Since joining, she initiated the "Our Gardens, Our Stories" Oral History Project, a collaborative partnership with Brooklyn Public Library to collect, preserve and make accessible the stories of BQLT gardens and gardeners. From 2015-17, Jackson served as BQLT Secretary. She has represented BQLT during the Environmental Protection Alliances’s Lobby Day, in Albany, NY, as a workshop presenter during Green Thumb’ss GrowTogether Conference, and at Land Trust Alliance’ss Rally. She has served on the Nominations Committee and developed an orientation process for new Board members. An experienced public programmer with the New York Public Library, Jackson has a Masters in Library & Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA, a Certificate in Genealogy Librarianship from Toronto, Canada, and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. She is a member of Tranquility Farm in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

  • Johnathan Marr: Treasurer (2017-19)
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Johnathan Marr has been a BQLT Board member since 2015. He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University and is a Certified Public Accountant and CFA Charterholder. Johnathan works as a regulatory specialist in the alternative investment industry, servicing hedge and private equity fund managers for their various regulatory reporting obligations. He is a member of the Finance Committee. Since joining BQLT he has served a fundamental role on the finance committee and has implemented several new financial tools to improve the organization. In addition, he has been a member of BQLT’s McIntosh Community Garden in East Elmhurst, Queens since 2012.

  • Lillian Meredith: Secretary (2015-17)
  • Executive Assistant - Brooklyn Heights Association
  • Lillian Meredith is the founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company which has presented over 35 new, site-responsive plays in public spaces throughout the city, including summer plays at several BQLT and NYC community gardens. A theater artist and life-long New Yorker, she believes that public, community-oriented spaces are vital to the character and diversity of the city and she is committed to helping highlight and maintaining them as gathering places. In addition to her work with The Motor Company and BQLT, Lillian has worked with theaters and venues around the city and across the country, including Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, IRT, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Eugene O’sNeill Theater Center, among others. Lillian has a BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and this fall will begin studying for her MFA in Directing at Brooklyn College.

  • 2017-2018 Board Members

  • Hannah G. Arnett: Gardener Member
  • Program Coordinator – NYC Dept. of Health & Office of Emergency Management
  • Hannah G. Arnett is currently employed by the New York City Department of Health and Office of Emergency Community Preparedness as Program Coordinator. She has been a gardener and member for over 12 years at Hollenback Community Garden Hannah has previously served as the Garden Representative for several years. She has served on the Operations Committee. She is currently a member of the Nominations Committee. Hannah studied Public and Urban Policy at the New School for Public Engagement, The New School, New York, NY.

  • Sawdayah Brownlee: Gardener Member
  • Educator and Youth Program Coordinator
  • Sawdayah Brownlee works as an educator and Youth Programs Coordinator with the Youth Farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. and as a teaching artist for MoCADA. At the Youth Farm, she decides on agricultural partners and teaches horticultural practices in the Summer Youth Tillers program. As a teaching artist, she helps her students understand agriculture to mean the cultivation of a product or crop for maintenance of self and the source it originates from. Sawdayah loves teaching environmental sciences and nutrition to children and working with organizations specializing in ecological landscape, community agriculture, nutrition, and food justice. Sawdayah has a B.A. in Africana Studies from Howard University, Washington, DC.

  • Raymond Crouch: Resource Member
  • Videographer & Intern, Lukumi Arts
  • Ray aims to radically update the field of environmental stewardship and an ecologically-based community in urban spaces by including a frequently left out voice, that of the urban youth.

  • Sophie DeLaCour: Gardener Member
  • Gardening Teacher – Preschool & Elementary
  • Sophie DeLaCour is a garden educator and legal professional. The Brooklyn native has assisted in the creation of a community garden for a fishing village, sustainable composting techniques abroad. Locally, Sophie designed and implemented two organic gardens and integrated classroom gardening into the science curriculum for children ages 2 through the 2nd grade. She is a member of the 1100 Block Bergen Street Garden in Crown Heights and has participated in local cleanup and planting activities. She is the Chair of the Events Committee. Sophie has a Law Degree from the University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI., and a B.A. in History from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

  • Jackie Henderson: Gardener Member
  • Musician / Performer
  • Jackie Henderson is currently the Chair of the Music Department at Saint Ann’s School an independent, non-sectarian day school offering instruction to students in preschool through 12th grade. She has a background as a music teacher, an instrumentalist and conductor. She has performed in the orchestra pit of various Broadway shows. Jackie has been a member and gardener at the Westbrook Garden for the past 6 years. Jackie has a B.M. in Saxophone Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, MI., and a Master of Bassoon Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

  • Andrew MacDowell: Gardener Member
  • Founder & Principal – Brooklyn Strategic LLC
  • Andrew MacDowell convenes and directs project teams working on communications campaigns and software development projects for institutions in the education, finance, and social purpose sectors. He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches seminars on digital communications strategy and critical business skills as part of the Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. Mr. MacDowell is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Business Networking International. Andrew has been a member and gardener at the Classon Ful-Gate Garden for the past 3 years. Andrew has a B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and English Literature & Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH., and has studied philosophical thought and doctrine as a Foreign Scholar at University of Edinburgh Philosophy Department, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Anne Schoeneborn: Gardener Member
  • Independent Global Health Consultant
  • Anne Schoeneborn is an independent global health consultant focused on strategic communication, new business development, and helping organizations operate more efficiently. She is a founding member of Q Gardens, a community garden in Flatbush, Brooklyn that, in 2014, became BQLT’s first garden located on leased land. Anne joined the BQLT board in 2015 and has chaired the grants committee since July 2016. Anne has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a BA from Stanford University. She discovered her love of community-led projects while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho.

  • Mambo Tse: Gardener Member
  • Executive Director – Siren-Protectors of the Rainforest
  • Mambo Tse is the Executive Director of Siren–Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc whose mission is to protect and save the rainforest as it significantly influences the health of our entire ecosystem, planet and people. Siren-Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc also creates various educational and artistic programs that incorporates the diverse cultures and histories of Africa and its people and presents them through Performance Art. Mambo is seeking a garden space to launch an initiative to garden and grow fruit and nut trees. Mambo has a B.A. in Communications with a Minor in French Business from Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY., and has studied Corporate Communications at Mercy College, New York, NY.

  • Irene Van Slyke: Gardener Member
  • Retired Nurse Practitioner
  • Irene Van Slyke is a longtime environmental advocate and supporter. Since joining BQLT, she has served as BQLT Treasurer, Secretary, Co-Chair of the Bylaws & Garden License Agreement Committee, and maintained active involvement with the Finance, Grants, Events and Operations committees. Irene is a Sierra Club NYC Executive Group Committee member. For the past 40 years, she has been an active member of BQLT’s David Foulke Memorial Garden. She loves growing vegetables in the summer. Irene has been an active member and gardener in the community she lives, and loyal member of BQLT since its inception.

  • 2017-18 Staff Members

  • Domica Roberts: Staff
  • Program Associate, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust

  • Committees

    BQLT is looking for community gardeners and other interested volunteers to participate in our work. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at info@bqlt.org.

    Executive
  • Demetrice Mills, Chairperson
  • Finance Committee
  • Johnathan Marr, Chairperson
  • Garden Operations
  • Demetrice Mills, Co-Chairperson
  • Sawdayah Brownlee, Co-Chairperson
  • Nominations
  • Dorothy Mills, Chairperson
  • Property Management
  • Open Position Chairperson
  • Ad Hoc Committees

    Communications
  • Mambo Tse, Chairperson
  • Events
  • Sophie DeLaCour, Chairperson
  • Grants
  • Anne Schoeneborn, Chairperson