BQLT Staff, Board, and Committees

STAFF

Domica Roberts

Program Associate

Domica Roberts joined BQLT as Program Associate in 2017, after interning with BQLT in 2016. She has always loved gardening and learned about food justice and advocacy, as well as how to grow her own food, through a youth program at East New York Farms. Domica is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Design and Media at the City College of New York (CUNY).


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Demetrice Mills

Board President (2017-19)
Retired Business Information System Specialist

Demetrice Mills is a Business Information System Specialist who retired from JPMorgan Chase after 25 years of service. A member of BQLT since 2006, he has served as BQLT Treasurer, Secretary, and Board President (2010-2014), and has chaired BQLT’s operations committee for over 11 years. Demetrice participated in the rewrite of BQLT’s bylaws, constitution, and garden license agreement. In addition, he has served on BQLT’s communications, events, finance, and grants committees. In addition to his work with BQLT, Demetrice is a member of the NYC Clean Soil Bank, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Healthy Soil Advisory Committee, and Land Trust Alliance Ambassador Committee, as well as a board member of the Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Board and the American Community Gardening Association.

Moriba Jackson

Board 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. During her tenure, Jackson has served on the nominations committee and as Board Secretary. She has represented BQLT at the Environmental Protection Alliance Lobby Day (in Albany, NY), nationally at Land Trust Alliance's annual conference, and as a workshop presenter at NYC Green Thumb’s Grow Together Conference. An experienced public programmer with the New York Public Library, She has a Masters in Library & Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University in Georgia and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University.


Irene Van Slyke

Board Treasurer (2018-2019)
Retired Nurse Practitioner

Irene Van Slyke is a longtime environmental advocate and member of David Foulke Memorial Garden. A gardener since the age of nine, Irene has served as Secretary and is now Treasurer of BQLT. She is one of the original incorporators of BQLT. In addition, she serves as a Board Member of Sierra Club NYC.

Hannah G. Arnett

Gardener Board Member
Program Coordinator, NYC Dept. of Health & Office of Emergency Management

Hannah G. Arnett is a Program Coordinator at the New York City Department of Health and Office of Emergency Community Preparedness. She gardened at Hollenback Community Garden for over 12 years and served as Hollenback’s garden representative for several years. She currently participates in BQLT’s operations and nominations committees. Hannah studied Public and Urban Policy at the New School for Public Engagement.


Sawdayah Brownlee

Gardener Board 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.

Sophie DeLaCour

Gardener Board Member
Gardening Teacher – Preschool & Elementary

Sophie DeLaCour is a garden educator and legal professional. A Brooklyn native, she has assisted in the creation of a community garden for a fishing village and the implementation of sustainable composting techniques abroad. Locally, Sophie designed and implemented two organic gardens and integrated classroom gardening into a local science curriculum for children aged two through the 2nd grade. She is currently the Chair of BQLT’s events committee. Sophie has a Law Degree from the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law and a B.A. in History from Princeton University.


April Greene

Gardener Board Member
Freelance Writer

April Greene is a freelance writer, bicycle enthusiast, and longtime vegetarian. Since 2004, she has helped nonprofit organizations and social enterprises throughout New York City spread the word of their good work through effective communications, fundraising, and event planning. Originally from Colorado, April has a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Jackie Henderson

Gardener Board Member
Musician / Performer

Jackie Henderson is the Chair of the Music Department at Saint Ann’s School, an independent, non-sectarian day school offering instruction to students from 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 Westbrook Memorial Garden for over six years. Jackie has a B.M. in Saxophone Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Master of Bassoon Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music from the University of Cincinnati.


Katherine Kerbel

Resource Board Member
Community Operations Specialist

Katie Kerbel is a community operations specialist at a startup company. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she worked as the Urban Garden Coordinator for College of Charleston in South Carolina's Office of Sustainability, and was also the secretary for the Farm & Garden club. Kerbel was introduced to gardening by her mother and has enjoyed being a part of community gardens ever since.

Lillian Meredith

Resource Board Member
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'Neill Theater Center, among others. Lillian has a BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at Brooklyn College.


Anne Schoeneborn

Resource Board Member
Independent Global Health Consultant

Anne Schoeneborn is an independent global health consultant and founding member of Q Gardens. In 2014, Q Gardens became BQLT’s first affiliate (leased) garden. Anne joined the BQLT board in 2015 and has chaired the grants committee since 2016. In 2018, she joined the board of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City to help facilitate greater connection between community gardens and the broader solidarity economy in NYC. Anne has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a BA from Stanford University. She discovered the power of community-led projects while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho.

Igeoma Simon

Gardener Board Member
Photographer and Director

Igeoma Simon is a photographer and director. He is a garden member at Merrick-Marsden Neighbors Association Gardens I and II, and a member of BQLT’s operations committee.


Steven Thomson

Gardener Board Member
Programs & Communications Manager, Brooklyn Historical Society

Steven Thomson is a member of the 1100 Block Bergen Street Garden in Crown Heights and serves as the Programs & Communications Manager at Brooklyn Historical Society. His previous experience includes developing public engagement programming and communications for initiatives promoting equitable public space, climate change preparedness, and justice reform through urban design. Thomson holds a graduate degree in urban studies from University College London, where his research focused on the intersection of gentrification, art, and activism.

Eling Tsai

Gardener Board Member

Bio coming soon



COMMITTEES

Communications, (chairperson position open)
Events, chaired by Sophie DeLaCour
Executive, chaired by Demetrice Mills
Finance, chaired by Irene Van Slyke
Garden Operations, co-chaired by Sawdayah Brownlee and Demetrice Mills
Grants, chaired by Anne Schoeneborn
Nominations, chaired by Dorothy Mills
Property Management (chairperson position open)

To get involved, contact us:

Brooklyn Queen Land Trust
30 Third Avenue
Room 842
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(Located in the YWCA building)

718.963.7020

info@bqlt.org