Meet Our Team

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

Executive Team

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.

Alison Jacobs

Alison 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.

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 Team

Brian Mariano

Brian Mariano

Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market

Originally from Massachusetts, Brian began his career working in television, film and video after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He worked on the soap opera Guiding Light and most recently, as a Visual Effects Editor at Zero VFX here in Boston. Reading book after book about food and farms, it became clear a career shift was in order. He is relatively new to farm work, but is thrilled to learn the ropes from MCG, an organization that shares his belief that good, local food is the best way to positively effect our health and community. Outside of work, Brian loves running, climbing, skiing, cooking, and singing karaoke, especially oldies. You can reach Brian at Brian[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Maddie Grant

Maddie Grant

Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator

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.

Nikki Tolani

Nikki Tolani

Assistant Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market

Originally from Singapore, Nikki is excited to be able to join the food justice movement in Lowell! She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services with a food sustainability minor at Northeastern University. Nikki developed her passion for growing fresh, local food when she started volunteering with several food justice nonprofits in Boston. Since then, she has been eager to learn more about urban farming, so she is thrilled to be apart of Mill City Grow’s farm team. Nikki can be reached at Nikki[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

 

Haela Booth-Howe

Haela Booth-Howe

Urban Farm & Food Access Seasonal Field Crew Member

Haela was born and raised in Maine and attended Stonehill College where she received a B.S. in Health Sciences. Since graduating, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic as part of the Stonehill Service Corps, where she taught English to preschool-first graders. Her passion for exploring new cultures through the lens of food lead her to job-shadowing a Nutritionist in the coffee region of Colombia and interning with a plant-based chef on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica. Haela believes all children should know where their food comes from and have access to locally grown, organic food. She is thrilled to be part of the MCG team and immerse herself in the Lowell community. Haela can be reached at Haela[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Education Team

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.

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.

Macayla Cote

Macayla Cote

Education Coordinator

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.

Maggie Nowak

Maggie Nowak

Lowell Farm to School Manager

A Chicagoland native, Maggie can’t wait to bring her commitment to food justice, environmental sustainability, and urban farming to Mill City Grows! Maggie graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2016 with a focus on food, faith, and social change. She worked for over 3 years in Providence, RI, teaching high school and college students how to grow food and build a more equitable food system. When she is not tending to her garden or whittling a spoon, Maggie loves hiking, embroidering, and fostering community at Harvard University’s Leverett House where she and her husband are residential tutors. You can reach Maggie at Margaret[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Community Programs

Enrique Vargas

Enrique Vargas

Gardens Manager

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 lead him to Mill City Grows, first as a member of the Farm and Mobile Market team, and more recently as the manager of the Community Program.  In his spare time, Enrique loves to collect records and books and talk about soccer and baseball stats. You can reach Enrique at Enrique[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Chaya Sophan

Chaya Sophan

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 Team

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, music hound, and rabid 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 Team

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

Outreach Volunteer Operations Manager

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

Veronique Ok

Vera grew up in Danbury, CT, and received a BS in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire. Vera has interned in both Providence, RI, and Manchester, NH, solving issues of food security within the New American and refugee community. She is very passionate about eating and cooking good foods, and also reading about it as well! Vera is excited to be teaching nutrition and gardening as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps member in Lowell. Vera can be reached at Veronique[at]citymillgrows[dot]org.

Samantha Keegan

Originally from New York, Sam recently relocated to Lowell to serve on the Mill City Grows team as a FoodCorps Service Member. She received a BA in Environmental Science from Drew University and discovered her passion for food systems and farming while working with various non-profit agricultural organizations in college. From these organizations, Sam acquired a dedication to increasing food access, promoting environmental sustainability, and cultivating community through food cultivation. Sam hopes to continue to foster these sentiments in her new community of Lowell and is especially excited to empower youth through the act of gardening. You can reach her at Samantha[at]millcitygrows[dot]org. 

  Our 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
UMass Lowell

Co-Vice President  •  Adam Baacke
UMass Lowell

Co-Vice President  •  Emma Campbell
Volunteer

Treasurer  •  Jocelyn Bishop – Jocelyn Bishop Consulting

Clerk  •  Kelly Will
Lowell General Hospital

Kesiah Bascom
Founder & Owner, Offbeet Compost

Robert Boley
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Vanna Howard
Lowell Community Health Center

Bonnie Hungler
 MA Department of Developmental Services

Jack Moynihan
Volunteer

Paul Schor
Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP

Vannak Theng
Lowell Public Schools

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