Community Crops Board of Directors

Community Crops is governed by a board of directors who help to oversee the organization and its financial status while maintaining accountability to the vision and mission. The board of directors is comprised of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences to enrich the impact of the board.

Members of the Community Crops Board of Directors:

Melissa Landis


Melissa is pleased to serve as secretary of the Community Crops board.  As a Lincoln native she has invested her time and skills into government, non-profit, and public-private partnership projects. Melissa measures her level of happiness by how thick the layer of mud caked on her shoes is on any given day. Whether it’s weeding at one of the garden plots or a taking a tour of the training farm, the Crops board keeps that happiness measure high.

Kayla Abel

Kayla is a Registered Dietitian working for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a Nutrition Coordinator for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program in the Division of Public Health.  She is passionate about providing our community with the opportunity to choose healthy products, locally.

Ben Williamson


Ben is an attorney at Invest Nebraska Corporation.

Stephanie Matejka

Stephanie works for Advantage Insurance, and is a committed member of the Crops Board due to her interest in fresh, healthy food.

Angela Lemke

Angie is currently a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and helps her husband manage several rental properties for Sundown Contractors.  Prior to her current role, she worked for the City of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights as a Civil Rights Investigator.


Ashley Steffensmeier

Ashley works as a CPA at HBE LLP.  She got involved in Community Crops because they provide great resources for Lincoln residents to learn to grow their own food, as well as the resources to actually grow the food, especially for those who, without Crops’s help, could not do this.

Joseph Flores

Joseph is an instructor at Southeast Community College.

Linda Willard

Linda is a retired attorney who believes that locally grown foods improve life because they are healthier for everyone. She loves that Community Crops provides training and opportunity for growing and using locally grown foods.

Pam Edwards

Pam Edwards is a Registered Dietitian and the Assistant Director of University Dining Services at University Housing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She strives to help to develop and promote the benefit of the wide variety of Crops gardening, farming and local foods programs throughout Lincoln’s community.

Andrew Abraham

Andrew works in marketing at Hudl and is excited to help Crops grow its programs and provide the community with resources to grow local food.

Grant Daily


Karen Moore


Eric Turner


Marlo Bergen


Zach Morrissey