Staff

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Nathan Morgan, Executive Director
A native of south Alabama, Nathan has lived in Omaha for 10 years. After learning to drive in snow, he has come to love "The Good Life." He comes to the Big Garden with degrees in Geography and Library Science. His background also includes organizing faith communities around poverty issues and helping rural schools integrate gardens and greenhouses into their science curricula. Nathan, along with his wife and 2 daughters, is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Omaha.
Contact Nathan at nmorgan@biggarden.org.

 

Jaimee Trobough

Jaimee Trobough, Director of Marketing & Communications
Jaimee was born and raised in Omaha, where she studied theology and Justice & Peace Studies at Creighton University. She has participated in many service immersion experiences including work in soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters across the country. She has worked with migrant farmers in New Mexico and Florida, and has spent significant time in the Dominican Republic as well as short stays in Mali and Haiti. She is married to a United Methodist pastor and has a beautiful 5 year old daughter. She has worked for United Methodist Ministries/The Big Garden since 2010.
Contact Jaimee at jtrobough@biggarden.org.

 

Matt Freeman, Director of Operations and Development
Since beginning his work with the Big Garden as a seasonal intern in 2010, Matt has occupied many positions within the organization including garden assistant, Operations Manager, and Program Director, which have all served to prepare him for his current role as Director of Operations and Development. Matt studied Political Science and History at The University of Nebraska at Omaha and has continued his education through The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Fort Hays State University. He is currently working toward his Certificate in Fundraising Management at his alma mater. Outside of his work with the Big Garden, Matt enjoys cycling, music, and sports. He is also the proud keeper of the two greatest canines alive and is happy to thoroughly defend that claim.
Contact Matt at mfreeman@biggarden.org.

 

Cait Caughey, Director of Education
Cait Caughey joined the Big Garden in 2014, designing and overseeing the Children & Youth Summer Garden Program, the Summer Internship Program, and the Seed to Market Program. Cait studied sociology and religion at Augustana College, but soon after realized that she wanted to be an organic farmer. Cait spent a few years apprenticing in the field and started an urban farm with friends in Omaha (Big Muddy Urban Farm). Cait then moved to Southwest Iowa to start her family farm, Botna Burrow, offering a CSA program and sales to local restaurants and grocery stores. Cait is passionate about soil health, food security, protecting native and wild lands, seed saving, rural life, getting children in nature, and most of all being a mama to her two young children.
Contact Cait at ccaughey@biggarden.org.

 

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Matthew Cronin, Program Coordinator
Matt Cronin joined the Big Garden in January of 2016. He is a lifelong Omahan, raised in the Cathedral/Gifford Park neighborhoods. Matt holds a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, with minors in sustainability, social justice, and anthropology. He currently works with the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. as a visiting school educator. He is also a founding member of Big Muddy Urban Farm, a one-acre organic urban farm in the Gifford Park neighborhood of Omaha. Matt is excited to get to know the gardeners at the Big Garden sites and build relationships with them. Outside of work, Matt is vice-president of the Nebraska Farmers Union. He is also passionate about music, earthen structures, public power systems, his family, and dogs.
Contact Matthew at mcronin@biggarden.org.

 

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Mary Hanten, Education Coordinator
Mary Hanten joined the Big Garden as a 2015 summer intern after graduating from Creighton University with a degree in Biology. She minored in Environmental Science and Philosophy. Mary has always been inclined toward social justice work, leading her to seek out a job that would allow her to apply the principles and ethics gained in her volunteer work as an undergraduate. She is now working part time at the Big Garden as well as learning more about organic farming while working at Botna Burrow Farm. Originally from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Omaha's small-town, everyone-knows-each-other atmosphere has helped Mary plant roots in Omaha.
Contact Mary at mhanten@biggarden.org.

 

Not pictured:
Kay Wilwerding, Education & Volunteer Coordinator

 

Board of Directors

  • President: Craig Howell, The Hunger Collaborative
  • Vice President: Michael McClellan, McClellan Law Office
  • Secretary: Teresa Mardesen, Farm Credit Services of America
  • Treasurer: William Gess, St. Paul United Methodist Church Papillion
  • Dr. Marjorie Shreve, Missouri River District United Methodist Women representative
  • Diane Jensen, First United Methodist Church Omaha
  • Pat McGill, Secretary of Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women
  • Mike Klinefelter, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation
  • Rev. Marshall Johnson, Pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church
  • Aida Amoura, Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Marcia Ghali Bergren, LIMHP | MSW
  • Dwayne Brown Principal Architect Slate Architecture