Meet Our Team

We are farmers, growers, and healthy food advocates with a passion for our community

Job Opportunities at Mill City Grows

We are currently accepting applications for the following position at our MCG headquarters in Lowell, MA:

Community Gardens Team Member
Full-time, year-round position

The Community Garden Team Member works in partnership with other Community Gardens staff to aid in program administration, program delivery, community building, and the maintenance of the physical infrastructure of Mill City Grows’ community garden locations.

Executive Staff

Jessica Moore Wilson

Jessica Moore Wilson

Executive Director

Jessica has worked in non-profit administration and fundraising for over 15 years, with a strong focus on writing and communications. Jessica holds a BA in Communications from UMass Amherst and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She loves gardening with her husband Peter, and is particularly proud of her swiss chard. She is also the loving mom of her daughter River, who’s being raised on local veggies. You can reach Jessica at Jessica[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Ali Jacobs

Ali Jacobs

Director of Programs

Originally from Springfield, MA, Ali has been an operation and project manager for over a decade. She started her career in agriculture in New York City where she lived for many years and helped found and develop community gardens, urban farms, and other food justice projects. She comes to Mill City Grows after managing a large organic farm in Western Mass. Ali can be reached at Ali[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Enrique Vargas

Enrique Vargas

Associate Director

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Enrique first came to Lowell in 2001 because of his passion for music, which led him to earn a degree in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell. His passion for community and social justice led him to join Mill City Grows, first as a member of the Farm and Mobile Market team, then as Gardens Manager, and now as Associate Director.  In his spare time, Enrique loves to collect records and books and talk about soccer and baseball stats and watch professional wrestling. You can reach Enrique at Enrique[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Katherine Noelle Davis

Katherine Noelle Davis

Director of Development

Katherine has worked for 12+ years in administration and fundraising and comes to MCG after a career in the arts and culture sector. Katherine holds a BA in Art History, a graduate certificate in Public History, and an MA in Architecture & Design with a focus in green building and historic preservation. MCG’s culture aligns with Katherine’s values—environmental sustainability, community building, promoting social change, and advocacy. She currently spends most of her time researching native plants, exploring the conservation land that abuts her property, and redesigning the landscape around her home. You can reach Katherine at Katherine[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Food Access Staff

Maddie Grant

Maddie Grant

Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market

Maddie was raised in New York City and went to Williams College in the Berkshires. At Williams, she studied Geosciences and developed a love for science and environmental education. Following her lifelong passion for growing plants and being outdoors, she has spent her summers working in horticultural gardens on community farms where she was exposed to the exciting work of food justice. Maddie is thrilled to combine her passion for science communication, education, and food justice in her position at Mill City Grows. Maddie can be reached at Maddie[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Brian Mariano

Brian Mariano

Grower's Aid Manager

“When I wrote my bio as an apprentice at MCG five years ago, the thought that I could be here long enough to need to update it would have shocked me. Five years ago was my first season farming and I did not know if I was cut out for the work, but since then, the journey has been so good! The experiences of doing a busy summer market at Lucy Larcom Park, feeling a thunderstorm approach the Greenhouse along the Merrimack River or shifting the crop rotation at Fowler so we can have larger windows for growing cover crop to improve our soil, make me realize how grateful I am for the last half decade. Learning all the ways time can be measured on a farm has been one of the most exciting lessons I’ve learned recently because it inspires me to imagine what the next years can look like. Strengthening the local food economy, growing food for our community, and caring for the land that provides it are directions for the path ahead, and I am even more grateful to be able do this work here!” – You can reach Brian at Brian[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Anna Marinescu

Anna Marinescu

Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator

A recent graduate from Clark University, Anna has been a market manager at the Regional Environmental Council (REC) farmers and mobile markets in Worcester for the past two years. Working at various farms in Massachusetts and Oregon deepened Anna’s learning about sustainable agricultural practices, brewing biodynamic plant remedies, and supporting local food systems. Besides tending the farm, you can find her biking around Lowell or exploring the surrounding parks. You can reach Anna at Anna[at]millcitygrows[dot]org. 

Grace McKay

Grace McKay

Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator

Grace was born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, and has been farming and gardening in Mass for the past seven years. After beginning her studies in Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass Amherst, Grace began working on a diversified organic veggie farm. Concurrently, she began studying jazz and graduated with a dual degree in Food and Farming and in Music. Grace has experience working with food access organizations and managed a small donation garden at UMass Amherst that centered its work in providing organic vegetables to hunger relief organizations near the college campus. Grace also comes with experience in food service, education, and backyard gardening, and is eager to contribute her passion for food justice to her work at Mill City Grows. Outside of growing food, Grace can be found making music with friends or appreciating a nice cup of tea. Grace can be reached at Grace[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Randy Violette

Randy Violette

Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator

Randy’s journey into regenerative agriculture began with his passion for cooking and food politics. After a couple of years working in education and nonprofit, he decided to try a culinary apprenticeship on an organic farm in Michigan. It didn’t take very long for him to realize that he’d rather be out in the fields working with the soil as opposed to the more frenzied environment of the kitchen. Since then, he has worked on organic vegetable farms in Oregon and across Massachusetts. The dynamic and fulfilling work of regenerative agriculture has brought together his interests in environmentalism, science, social justice, community development, cooking, and more. Randy is a strong believer in farms and healthy, accessible food as strong vehicles for healing, and he is excited to support the ways in which Mill City Grows cultivates health and growth in the Lowell community. You can reach Randy at Randy[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Education Staff

Giuliana Cappucci

Giuliana Cappucci

Education Manager

Giuliana Cappucci has worked in the food justice system in Lowell for about five years and is very excited to continue her work at Mill City Grows as their 2 year AmeriCorps/FoodCorps Service Member! She believes that any child should have equitable access to nutritious, locally grown food, and have an understanding of where food comes from. Giuliana can be reached at Giuliana[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Macayla Cote

Macayla Cote

Assistant Manager, School Education

Born and raised in Lowell, Macayla is excited to continue her journey in the local food movement on MCG’s Education Team. She started with Mill City Grows as a youth J-Squad member in 2016 where she quickly realized her passion for urban farming. Macayla completed her associate’s degree at Middlesex Community College in 2019 and wishes to continue her dreams of becoming a teacher. Other than being caked in soil, Macayla loves to bike, jam to classic rock, and go hiking. You can reach Macayla at Macayla[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Charline Xu

Charline Xu

Food Is Medicine Coordinator

Born and raised in New England, Charline is excited to continue their learning of local food systems throughout the NorthEast at Mill City Grows. Charline started on the MCG farm team and has since transitioned to the education team collaborating across the board to find the best way to support food access and distribution goals in their new position. Having an Education and Sculpture Bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art, Charline is always looking for ways to connect creatively and educationally while on their journey for Food Justice advocacy. On Charline’s off time, they like to grow and experiment with Plant Medicine, trying to establish a mobile apothecary and resource library. You can reach Charline at charline[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Maggie Montoya

Maggie Montoya

Community Education Coordinator

As Community Education Coordinator, Maggie searches for ways to educate the people of Lowell about their right to access fresh, healthy foods. Working alongside fellow edcuation team members and the MCG farm team, Maggie assembles CSA bags of fresh produce on a weekly basis. Her passion for social justice leads her to spend most of her time studying the effects of racism within food access. Maggie is currently enrolled at Middlesex Community College pursuing her associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She hopes to become and English teacher for second language learners. You can reach Mags at mags[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Veronique Ok

Veronique Ok

School Garden Coordinator

Vera grew up in Danbury, CT, and received a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire. Vera has worked in Rhode Island and New Hampshire striving to solve issues of food security within the New American and refugee communities. She has also been an AmeriCorps FoodCorps Member with Mill City Grows as a nutrition and garden educator. She is very passionate about baking and is currently perfecting her cake decorating skills. Vera can also be found enjoying a nice read or studying for her classes. You can reach out to Vera at Veronique[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Community Programs Staff

Chaya Sophon

Chaya Sophon

Community Gardens Assistant

Chaya has a degree in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, where his volunteering at their organic gardening club fostered his interest in food justice. He has had three AmeriCorps service years/terms as a youth worker/woodworker and visual information assistant with UTEC Lowell and the National Park Service respectively. In addition to believing that healthy food is a way to healthy communities, Chaya enjoys watching horror movies, collecting books, and drawing. You can reach Chaya at Chaya[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Development Staff

Kerri Keeler

Kerri Keeler

Development Associate

A current resident of Lowell, Kerri’s volunteer work both here in the U.S. and for a children’s home in Honduras sparked a love of working in the nonprofit world.  After years of diverse experience in a corporate career, she is putting her expertise and passion to work for Mill City Grows.  Drawing on her talents in marketing and connecting with donors, along with gardening, beekeeping, and working with children, Kerri is thrilled to give back to her community through MCG. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, gardening, and working on DIY projects in her bungalow home. Kerri can be reached at Kerri[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Suzzanne Cromwell

Suzzanne Cromwell

Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

Originally from Houston, Texas, Suzzanne’s work experience includes over 20 years at the Boston Museum of Science and 15 years with The Walt Disney Company. She worked 8 years at the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and was a founding member of Mill City Grows’ Board of Directors before joining the MCG team. An avid foodie and cinephile, Suzzanne co-founded The Lowell Film Collaborative with her movie-loving husband, Brett. You can reach Suzzanne at Suzz[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Administrative Staff

Solimar Berrios

Solimar Berrios

Head of Office Operations

As Mill City Grows’ Head of Office Operations, Solimar touches all aspects of programming and administration at MCG headquarters. Though she grew up in Lowell, Solimar spent much of her adult life living, studying, and working in Puerto Rico, where she acquired a wealth of human resource, administration, and office management experience. Solimar has an identical twin sister, is passionate about chocolate, and is mother to two beautiful daughters. You can reach Solimar at Solimar[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Dai Kim

Dai Kim

Operations Manager: Community Engagement & Outreach

Born in North Carolina, Dai (dye) has called Lowell home for the past 25+ years. His humble beginnings with Mill City Grows started with the management of their Mobile Market Program from 2016-2018. After exploring opportunities in corporate philanthropy and corporate marketing, he rejoined MCG with a new sense of duty. He is bound by the idea that we all have a commitment to community, and believes that advocating for a socially just food system starts with your village, and for him, that’s Lowell. Dai can be reached at Dai[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

FoodCorps Service Members

Alissa Haskins

Alissa grew up all over the U.S., but considers Wisconsin to be home. She graduated with a BS in Political Science: Global and Comparative Politics from Edgewood College, but has since discovered her passion for food can translate into a meaningful career. After volunteering with several food justice non-profits, her love for all things food related was reignited – cooking, trying new foods & restaurants, and exploring different communities’ cultures. Alissa is a second-year FoodCorps Americorps service member, coming to Lowell after serving in Van Buren, AR teaching nutrition, garden education, and where food comes from. She is excited to share her love of food during service with Lowell Public Schools and Mill City Grows! Alissa can be reached at Alissa[at]citymillgrows[dot]org.

Mill City Grows Co-Founders
Francey Slater and Lydia Sisson

Francey Slater

Francey Slater

Co-Founder

Francey is a seasoned educator and gardener who focused on garden education program development; designing, building and coordinating physical gardens; cultivating volunteer participation; and establishing partnerships to leverage resources to support community health and wellness.  

 

Lydia Sisson

Lydia Sisson

Co-Founder

Lydia is an experienced commercial farmer and small business owner, and holds a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions. Before starting Mill City Grows, Lydia ran a CSA farm for 4 years.  

Mill City Grows Board of Directors

President  •  John Wooding

Vice President  •  Emma Campbell

Treasurer  •  Craig Thomas

Jocelyn Bishop

Robert Boley

Tara Hong

Jamie Klufts, MPH

Diego Leonardo

Elizabeth Campbell

Yesenia Maysonet

Jack Moynihan

Vannak Theng

Kelly Will

Jessica Moore-Wilson
Executive Director

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