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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Williamson

Ben is an attorney at Invest Nebraska Corporation.

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.

David Burnette

David is an accountant and gardening enthusiast.  He wants to ensure all people in Lincoln have the opportunity to enjoy fresh, locally grown produce.

Stephanie Matejka

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

Jeremiah Picard

Jeremiah owns Cook Grow Sew Farms and Big Red Worms. Creating compost from food waste generated by local schools and business, runs a small urban homestead and a men’s beard care products business. Jeremiah is a graduate of the Growing Farmers Training Program, using his experience as a farmer to help foster the growth of Community Crops

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.

Megan McGuffey

Megan is a doctoral candidate in Public Administration at UNO whose research focuses on food and farm policy. She also serves as coordinator of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council She is passionate about Community Crops because she enjoyed her experience as a community gardener and sees numerous ways Community Crops supports and improves the food system of our community.