The GardenWorks Project is thrilled to announce the selection of Jeannie Iseman as its new Executive Director. Jeannie follows founder and previous Executive Director, Tina Koral, who will now serve on the organization's board of directors.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said David Rhodes, The GardenWorks Project Board President. “We received an overwhelming response to the job opening and feel fortunate to have had such a rich pool of applicants. Jeannie will bring leadership and creativity to our programs and a deep sense of commitment to families facing food insecurity in DuPage County. She has the experience and perspective that we need, and a strong connection to our mission.”
Jeannie Iseman began at The GardenWorks Project as a garden build volunteer and board member. Her professional experience includes working with the public sector and various non-profit organizations focused on community development and social justice. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish.
"I am honored to take on the Executive Director role with The GardenWorks Project. I hope to continue growing our scope of work with the same momentum and heart Tina had since she founded the organization. I'm looking forward to leading our staff and volunteers as we support all gardeners in their efforts to grow and prepare food for themselves and their neighbors in need.”
The GardenWorks Project was founded in 2012 and since has grown to provide 219 families in DuPage County with raised bed vegetable gardens, promote organic suburban agriculture for the wellbeing of families and the environment, open The GardenWorks Project Suburban Agricultural Resource Center in West Chicago, and develop and expand area community and school gardens. "Jeannie will provide the experience and fresh approach to tackling the problem of food insecurity in our community that is needed to make real change," Tina Koral said. "I am excited to hand over the reigns to Jeannie and think she is a great match for the work, staff, and friends of The GardenWorks Project."
We hope that you will join with The GardenWorks Project's staff and Board of Directors in welcoming Jeannie to this new role with the organization. We look forward to introducing her to our clients, volunteers, donors and community partners in the coming months as we begin our seventh garden build season in 2018. If you have any questions or comments, please email any of us.