Meet the 2019/2020 Board of Directors: 

 

 

 

In my professional life, I work in procurement for Indirect Sourcing at Hill-Rom. My true passion is gardening, seed saving, and all things canning and food preserving. Each year my family and I try to learn new things and add experiences that provide healthy options for us, support our local farmers, and help the environment. A couple of years ago we ventured into beekeeping which has been an awesome experience. I’ve been a board member since 2015 and president since 2017. As president, I invite you to join the FGA and help us support our farmers and grow our local economy. 

PRESIDENT

MELISSA
WATKINS

By trade, I am a computer analyst working at my client, Global Atlantic Financial, but one of my hobbies is gardening with houseplants, outside ornamentals, and vegetable gardening.  My extended family’s background is in commodity farming, having farmed the same property for nearly 100 years, but my great-grands, grands, and parents always put out huge gardens every year, and canned and froze and butchered.  It was how we lived and ate.  I have been on the board of FGA since 2012.

TREASURER

DEANNA
HOOKWAY

Jerilyn teaches English at Batesville High School. She has a passion for writing and writes a weekly column, Hoosier Watch, for the The Versailles Republican. Often, she writes about enjoying time in nature including picking local blueberries, visiting local orchards, and farmers’ markets. Her first raised-bed garden this summer overgrew its boundaries and was a rousing success. She looks forward to helping the FGA expand its mission.

BOARD MEMBER

Jerilyn Lowery

​Kris is a resident of the Batesville area.  she grew up on a small farm in Batesville and really enjoys gardening.  Kris works for Batesville Casket as a Product Manager.

BOARD MEMBER

Kris Reynolds

I am currently attending University of Cincinnati, where I am majoring in dietetics.  Over the past four years I have worked for the Sisters of Saint Francis at Michaela Farm in Oldenburg, Indiana as a seasonal gardener, chicken caretaker, and lead gardener.  I recognize the impact that the foods we consume have on our overall heath and well being; and therefore, I dedicate a lot of my time to providing and promoting local foods. 

SECRETARY

OLIVIA FLEDDERMAN

I currently reside in St. Maurice with my husband Scott and our dog Max. In 2018, I started my own natural skincare label, Blue Mum Soap Co., LLC. 

I originally became involved with FGA first as a member, then as

part of their Steering Committee in hiring our Value Chain Coordinator. I wholeheartedly believe in the FGA mission and intend to work diligently to support that to the very best of my ability. 

BOARD MEMBER

Alison Hountz

Although I live on the Westside of Cincinnati, my family owns property in Sunman Indiana.  My goal is to move to Indiana in the near future.  I discovered the Food and Growers association at the Batesville Farmers Market and have been an active member for the last couple of years.  I have a passion for local healthy food access for everyone and began volunteer work at Our Harvest cooperative. I am also a member of the Board Family Promise NKY and the Christian Educator at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Thomas Kentucky.  I am so excited to be part of the Board of the FGA and helping the organization reach our goals. 

BOARD MEMBER

Pam Rieke

By trade, I am a computer analyst working at my client, Global Atlantic Financial, but one of my hobbies is gardening with houseplants, outside ornamentals, and vegetable gardening.  My extended family’s background is in commodity farming, having farmed the same property for nearly 100 years, but my great-grands, grands, and parents always put out huge gardens every year, and canned and froze and butchered.  It was how we lived and ate.  I have been on the board of FGA since 2012.

TREASURER

DEANNA
HOOKWAY

Jerilyn teaches English at Batesville High School. She has a passion for writing and writes a weekly column, Hoosier Watch, for the The Versailles Republican. Often, she writes about enjoying time in nature including picking local blueberries, visiting local orchards, and farmers’ markets. Her first raised-bed garden this summer overgrew its boundaries and was a rousing success. She looks forward to helping the FGA expand its mission.

BOARD MEMBER

Jerilyn Lowery

​Kris is a resident of the Batesville area.  she grew up on a small farm in Batesville and really enjoys gardening.  Kris works for Batesville Casket as a Product Manager.

BOARD MEMBER

Kris Reynolds

Kenny and I reside in Union County.  We have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.  I work for the USDA/Farm Service Agency in Franklin County.  I was introduced to FGA by Ted Cooley when he was in my office and mentioned a program to educate farmers about growing produce and marketing locally.  His wife Kathy told me about the scholarship for the program and I found myself in the SIFTI program.  What a great opportunity it was.  I have utilized most all I learned through the program while starting our road side stand.  I now find myself on the board and believe in the mission of this group.

Tracy Jaeger

BOARD MEMBER

I am currently a third-grade teacher at Batesville Intermediate School, and have been teaching for 27 years.  I would love to say that gardening has been a passion all my life, but when I decided to start a school garden with my students around 7 years ago, I had no understanding or knowledge of what to even plant, when and how.  I just knew that a school garden was a valuable teaching tool connecting students with their natural world and the true source of their food.  I am proud to say that our garden is growing bigger and stronger every eyar, as is my knowledge!  I am excited to work with my fellow FGA board members to make a difference in our community.

Cindy Weisenbach

BOARD MEMBER

I live on the west side of Cincinnati but my family owns property between Sunman and Batesville.  I discovered the FGA at the Batesville Farmers Market and have attended the potlucks for several years.  I also volunteer at FGA events such as the winter Conference and Salsa competition.  I see the value in local healthy food access and began volunteering with Our Harvest Cooperative and O2 Urban Farms.  

Brad Silber

BOARD MEMBER