Each August, DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) seeks to recruit new volunteers for its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing body of any nonprofit organization like DCCG. Individuals who serve on the Board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities; focusing on the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
This annual recruitment effort is led by Moria Nagy, current DCCG Board Member and Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. Moria vetted new board member candidates this past summer and is pleased to announce that three new board members have been accepted on to the DCCG Board of Directors for a three-year term:
- Angela Johnson, along with daughter Jasmin, has volunteered regularly with DCCG’s Grow Mobile at University Village-DeKalb. “I have always loved volunteering to help DCCG in any way I can. I know as a board member I can bring something new to the table,” said Angela
- Randi Napientek, Associate Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services at NIU, said, “I have experience in programming, community outreach and assessment and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization.” Her professional experience includes Student Support Services in the higher education, Student Development, Retention Strategies, Assessment, Marketing, Financial Literacy, Social Media, and Technology. Randi lives in Sycamore and has been involved in our local non-profit community for several years serving on Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary, the Board of Directors for DeKalb County Youth Services Bureau, co-chair of Money Smart Week of DeKalb, Lee & LaSalle Counties, and Junior Achievement—Western Suburbs Division.
- Virginia Sherrod is retired from DeKalb District 428 and is currently serving as the 4th Ward Alderman for the City of Sycamore. “I look forward to being a board member. My wish is to be able to continue the wonderful work that has already been started,” stated Virginia. She is an active community leader serving as a board member for the North Avenue MB Church, an Elder with SIMBA/SIMSA Nation, member of the League of Women Voters of DeKalb County and a DeKalb County Election Talley Judge/Deputy Registrar. Virginia was raised by parents who gardened and valued fresh food for their children; something she continues to hold dear.
DCCG is grateful to these new Board Members as well as those already serving: Jackie DiNatale (President), Ellingsworth Webb (Treasurer) Emily McKee (Secretary), Dorothy Coleman, Sheryl Nakonechny, Nancy Proesel, Lizy Garcia Ramirez, and Toni Tollerud.
DeKalb County Community Gardens is a local non-profit organization that takes an innovative approach to end hunger and food insecurity in DeKalb County by providing access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown organic vegetables for all who may be in need. To date, DCCG manages over 15 acres of growing space that has produced over 175,000 pounds of food for local food pantries, day care centers, schools, community meal locations, senior centers/housing units, as well as Meals on Wheels. Since hitting the road 2 years ago, the Grow Mobile has distributed 208,000 pounds of healthy food to food insecure communities in our county. The Walnut Grove Vocational Farm & Prairie, located in Kirkland, offers horticulture- and agriculture-related opportunities to allow those with disabilities a healthy, fun, integrated, and meaningful way for them to participate and contribute to the wider community. www.dekalbgardens.org