Our Staff

Victoria Beaty

Executive Director

Victoria is an accomplished marketing and public relations professional with nearly 10 years of experience in delivering strategic thinking, public relations leadership, and innovative experiential marketing ideas. Born and raised in the Midwest, Victoria holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

After years of working for world-class brands like McDonald’s and learning how the food system works, she decided to resign from her corporate leadership position and enroll in an urban farming program, where she found her true passion for educating her community on the importance of the farm-to-table movement and eradicating food deserts plaguing people of color. Additionally, she helped Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis’ largest black church, develop their first urban farm where she also runs the day-to-day farming operations.

Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley is a 6th generation Indiana farmer. She works with agricultural systems that echo natural ecosystems to provide a harmonious cohabitation between farming and nature. She is passionate about advancing her agricultural knowledge to secure a sustainable future for food and environment to enhance the community through education, food accessibility, and modeling appropriate land stewardship.

Chris has experience in being a dairywoman, greenhouse manager, market gardener, and horse farm manager. Her hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, crafts-sewing, embroidery, pyrography, and wrangling her nine-year-old son, Bash. She is currently advancing her knowledge through studies in urban horticulture.

Growing Places Indy | GPI operates with the mission to improve lives in Indianapolis through Urban Agriculture, Fresh Local Produce and Mind-Body Education.

Natalie Mahlan

Financial Manager

Natalie grew up on a farm in Brazil, although plants are not exactly her strong suit! Luckily, as the financial manager, Natalie does very little planting! She has enjoyed her role as the Financial Manager at Growing Places Indy, and is particularly thankful for the flexibility it allows her so she has more time to stay home with her four children!

Board of Directors

Danielle Dove

President

Melanie Priest

Vice-President

Germaine Willett

Secretary

Stacia Buechler

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Laura Henderson

Growing Places Indy Founder & Kitchen Community Program Manager

Carol Johnston

Christian Theological Seminary

Cris Pyle

VP, Marketing and Industry Outreach, CEDIA

Growing Places Indy | GPI operates with the mission to improve lives in Indianapolis through Urban Agriculture, Fresh Local Produce and Mind-Body Education.

Ed Rice
Director of Product Design at Eli Lilly

Shellye Suttles

Assistant Research Scientist in Sustainable Food System Science for Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University

Advancement Committee

Catherine Adams

Financial Controller at Mitsch Design

Dani Borns

Brand Manager at IU Health

Crista Carlino

Councillor Elect

Clemesia McCarty

Community Benefit Analyst at Community Health Network

Naomi Paradise

Retail Sales

Eric Woods

Tranquil Woods Farm Owner and Operator

Key Volunteers

Maggie B.

Volunteer positions held: Yoga Instructor Winter & Summer series, former Advancement Committee Member

Lauren D.

Volunteer positions held: Welcome Table Host at IWFM

Sophia M.

Volunteer positions held: Summer High School Intern 2018, Farm Stand Volunteer

Bobby O.

Volunteer positions held: Farm Volunteer for 4+ years, Summer Apprentice 2018

Amy P.

Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Spring, Summer, & Fall, Weekly Deliveries Driver

Megan P.

Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Spring, Summer, & Fall, Farm Stand Volunteer

Growing Places Indy | GPI operates with the mission to improve lives in Indianapolis through Urban Agriculture, Fresh Local Produce and Mind-Body Education.

Sara N.

Volunteer positions held: WorkShare in Winter, Farm Stand Volunteer

Sponsors & Partners

We could not do the work we do without the generous support of our partners. We thank them for their continuous support and attempt to recognize them as often as possible.