Board of Directors
Ginger-Rose Krueck, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Ginger-Rose is a certified Master Gardener in Davidson County and has been resident of Donelson for twelve years. She brings six years experience as the coordinator and keeper of a large Montessori school garden where her work has impacted hundreds of students. She earned an Associate's degree in Elementary Education, served as a substitute teacher for Metro Nashville for many years, and has long standing relationships with many of the people necessary to support GROW's mission.
Monica Escamilla, Co-Founder, Director of Operations
Monica was the previous program director for Memorial Community Development in Evansville, IN where she spearheaded a program in which at-risk teens from the lowest 20% income levels were taught to develop urban land parcels into agriculturally-viable plots. The teens were taught how to raise vegetables, market, and sell the produce. Money they earned often went to help support struggling families in this farm-to-table program.
Jonathon Krueck, Co-Founder
Jonathon is a Co-founder of GROW, husband to Ginger-Rose, and father of two children who share his love of the outdoors. He specializes in upkeep of the website. He also possess skills as a handyman and does much of the project's carpentry work, as needed. He is especially interested in the wildlife conservation and forestry management aspect of GROW's partnership with the Parks Department at the Two Rivers site.
Board President, Dr. Olivia Travis
We were pleased to welcome Dr. Travis to our team this January, as Board President. As a former teacher within MNPS, she was the 2017 recipient of Metro's "Teacher of the Year" award. Currently serving as Vice Principal at Riverside Elementary, she brings to GROW her experience in planning, goal setting and acheivement, and building strong staff teams. We are excited to have her knowledge of the school system as a resource and look forward the the contributions she will make.
Courtney J. Brame, Vice President
Courtney is a Donelson resident with a passion for providing quality education through non-traditional means to all students. She is a parent of two elementary age children, active in their school's PTO, and also an active member of her neighborhood association. She has an educational background in environmental science and worked previously for the TN Department of Environment and Conservation.
Renay Zamora, Board Secretary
Renay, who has been a Nashville resident for almost thirty years, has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and lives with her husband and two children in Mt. Juliet, TN. She served as Secretary for two years on the board for HomeSafe, Inc., a domestic violence shelter in Gallatin, TN. Renay has a student enrolled in GROW's home-school enrichment programs and helps represent the interest of parents on the Board.
Erika Ellington, Board Treasurer
Maria is a life-long Donelson resident, parent, and business owner. She is a graduate of the Leadership Donelson-Hermitage program. She is a property manager with extensive knowledge of tax structures, property issues, and building regulations and maintains the books for four different companies in addition to managing and reporting on the GROW funds.