BQLT Staff, Board, and Committees

STAFF

Domica Roberts

Program Manager

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 recently completed a Bachelor in Digital Design at the City College of New York (CUNY).


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sawdayah Brownlee

Board President (2019-21)
Resource Board Member
Educator and Youth Program Coordinator

Sawdayah’s curiosity about how things work and love for aesthetics & experiential learning ignited a life-long relationship with education & creation. Upon graduating from Howard University in 2011 with a BA in Africana Studies she discovered a need to cultivate herself in the science & art of growing plants for self determination. From 2015-2018, Sawdayah served as the Director of Youth Programming at The Youth Farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and a teaching artist for MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), facilitating art projects for 3rd graders and high schoolers in the theme of agriculture. Sawdayah continues her work in community building as the MINIs Program Associate (grades K-5) of racial justice centered Arts Programming at the DreamYard Project in the Bronx. 

Anne Schoeneborn

Board Vice President (2019-21)
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.


Katherine Kerbel

Board Secretary (2020-21)
Resource Board Member
Community Operations Specialist

Katie Kerbel is a policy writer in the technology industry. Katie has a B.A. in Arts Management and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston, where she facilitated and led the Urban Garden Apprenticeship program which enabled students to learn sustainable urban gardening practices. Katie was introduced to gardening by her mother and has enjoyed being a part of gardening communities ever since- including her newest community, the David Foulke Memorial Garden.

Eling Tsai

Board Treasurer (2019-21)
Resource Board Member
Registered Dietitian

Eling Tsai is a registered dietitian with a background in public health and social services. She got her professional start in the nonprofit sector, advocating for funds on behalf of community centers across New York City, and now runs a lifestyle and health management center for those with diabetes and chronic disease. Eling believes in the power of shared community space and food autonomy on the long-term health of neighborhoods and the people who live in them. Eling has a Master of Public Health from Yale University, where she focused her research on environmental and behavioral health, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Miami. 


Alonso Cordoba

Resource Board Member (2019-21)

Bio coming soon!

Sophie DeLaCour

Gardener Board Member (2019-21)
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.


Curtis Flowers

Garden Board Member (2020-22)

Curtis Flowers is a writer and editor who works in educational publishing and tends to his plants  at the Rogers Tilden Veronica Garden in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He’s interested in building camaraderie and working with others to make community gardens inviting and welcoming places where all New Yorkers can relax when they want to trade the chaotic pace of the city for surroundings with an abundance of the natural world to look at and learn from. He thinks the more we know about the living things around us, the more likely we are to care for and about them.

Racquel Forrester

Resource Board Member (2019-21)

Racquel Forrester is an urban planner and non-profit professional. In her work, Racquel elevates NYU’s scholarly strength by fostering collaboration and cultivating a community of urbanists. A Brooklyn native, Racquel spent the last 7 years advocating for low income New Yorkers. She’s implemented economic development programs that worked to preserve job-intensive land uses and provide career pathways in tech to young adults. She has organized resilience initiatives post Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn’s waterfront communities, with research published in “Prospects for Resilience: Insights from New York City’s Jamaica Bay.” Additionally, Racquel consults with nonprofits, aiding organizations on maximizing their impact, achieving their mission and training front line staff. Racquel has a Bachelor’s from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College. She recently completed Columbia University’s Executive Education Program for Developing Leaders in nonprofits.


Kelli Singleton

Gardener Board Member (2020-22)

Kelli M. Singleton, MPA is an Accountable Care Organization Coordinator with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wherein she monitors compliance of services administered by health care facilities to Medicare Fee for Service beneficiaries. She is also a regional representative on several national policy and workgroups for Drug and Health Plans Operations. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys serving in her community as the Chairwoman of the Cambria Heights Civic Association, Co-Editor of the civic newsletter, and Founder/Treasurer of the Cambria Heights Toastmasters Club. She is well known for her leadership, partnership development, community relations, and grant writing abilities, particularly on behalf of the 227th Street Community Garden. While she presently serves as the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (and Green Thumb) Liaison for the community garden, she looks forward to expanding her work with the BQLT as a board member by partnering with other Queens based  gardens to facilitate their access to services, supplies, and assist them with community engagement. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from CUNY-York College and a Master of Public Administration degree, specializing in Health Policy and Management, from New York University-Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Steven Thomson

Gardener Board Member (2020-22)
Community & Government Relations Consultant

Steven Thomson is a member of the 1100 Block Bergen Street Garden in Crown Heights and advises cultural institutions, property owners, and urban planners on thoughtful community engagement and local government affairs. He previously served as Programs & Communications Manager at Brooklyn Historical Society and Van Alen Institute. His prior experience includes developing public engagement programming and communications for initiatives promoting equitable public space, climate change preparedness, and justice reform through urban design. He holds a graduate degree in urban studies from University College London, where his research focused on the intersection of gentrification, art, and activism.


David Tockman

Resource Board Member (2020-22)

David has lived in Brooklyn since 1991 and has been gardening all his life. David has had a long career in music and media law and business development at record labels including Jive Records and Capitol Records, media and tech companies including AOL and Wanderlust and Snackable.ai, and at education nonprofit Real Industry. In all these roles since 1994, the focus has been seeking, negotiating, contracting and managing strategic and business partnerships. David is going on his 15th year as a member and compost turner at the Garden of Union in Park Slope and recently completed the fourth of eight adult education classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to earn a Certificate in Horticulture. David is also putting in the hours to obtain a Yoga teacher certificate. David has 2 sons Oliver (19) and Gabriel (16), lives in Clinton Hill Brooklyn tending their front yard, backyard and deck gardens with his partner Wendy, who runs Maple Street School in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Damon Willmott

Gardener Board Member (2019-21)

Two teenage children and a career with Joseph Joseph since its inception in 2003 have kept him busy.  Senior VP for this distinctive housewares brand has taken him all around the globe. As co-founder of this once start up business to now a multi-national brand he have actively played an integral part in shaping the identity, strategy and direction of the business. He is a keen “do it yourselfer” with a workshop in his Brooklyn basement where he designs and builds all sorts of weird and wonderful things, and helps friends and neighbors with house and garden projects. Cooking, gardening, cycling, traveling, hiking, music and all things vintage keep him interested and away from the TV and armchair.


EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Demetrice Mills

Board Member Emeritus
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.

Irene Van Slyke

Board Member Emeritus
Retired Registered Nurse

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.





COMMITTEES

Communications, chaired by Steven Thomson
Events, chaired by Sophie DeLaCour
Executive, chaired by Sawdayah Brownlee
Finance, chaired by Eling Tsai
Garden Operations, co-chaired by Curtis Flowers and Alonso Cordoba
Grants, chaired by Anne Schoeneborn
Nominations, Princess Benn James
Property Management chaired by Racquel Forrester

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