Yoga Gardening Art

Meet The Team

Leadership Team

164246_566995743341165_501753920_n-2Robbin Carroll, Founder and President

With a degree in biochemistry from UCLA, Robbin Carroll aims to combine her knowledge of the body’s response mechanisms to stress with collaborative community engagement in order to create sustainable social change. Before starting I Grow Chicago, Robbin ran her own business for 35 years. After completing her yoga teacher certification, Robbin became interested in how the body moves to heal trauma. She has trained with YogaKids in Connecticut, Radiant Child Yoga in New York, Brain Gym in California, and the Justice Center in Boston, MA. 


12314734_437731743018854_6855594665757122192_oQuentin Mables – Co-Executive Director

Quentin Mables grew up in the Englewood community and graduated from Harper High School. He is dedicated to working towards positively transforming the lives of his friends and neighbors. Certified in Yoga for Youth, Quentin has worked with I Grow Chicago for the past three years as the Assistant Executive Director and children’s yoga teacher.



13243660_1037146526371799_8819087917266117852_oErin Vogel – Co-Executive Director

Erin Vogel graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 with degrees in Criminology, Law, and Justice and Sociology. Before joining the I Grow team in April 2016, Erin worked in the real estate industry, where she developed her administrative skills. With a passion for social justice and the desire to make her city a more peaceful, equitable place, Erin is dedicated to nurturing relationships with the community to create social change. 


20160802_120206-1Clarence Franklin – Peace House Manager and Artist in Residence

Clarence Franklin is an integral member of the I Grow Chicago creative team. Born and raised in Englewood, Clarence acts as I Grow Chicago’s Artist in Residence, painting all murals and bringing color and spirit to the Peace House. He also helps manage the physical health of the Peace House, including overseeing all the house construction and urban farm landscaping. 



13246246_10154069133976011_7306691495185107186_oZelda Mayer – Director of Development

Zelda Mayer received her bachelors degree in Sociology with a specialization in urban development and social work from the University of Chicago. Zelda is also a certified yoga instructor committed to advancing racial, spacial, and environmental justice in Chicago. Combining her knowledge of mindfulness and trauma with her background in research and nonprofit management, Zelda works to foster community prosperity and organizational sustainability. 



unnamed-2Kenneth Holmes – Master Gardener 

Kenneth Holmes has pioneered the expansion of I Grow Chicago’s Peace Garden, building hoop houses and creating our Medicine Wheel. Ken received his high school diploma from Harper High School and his urban farming training from Growing Home, a USDA-certified organic farm. He has also worked as an herb packer for Goodness Greeness, where he prepared organic herbs for distribution. With more than four years of experience in warehouse operations, farming, and food distribution, Ken is helping I Grow feed and nurture our community.


 img_5457Warren Tribble Jr. – Men’s Group Leader

Warren Tribble, born and raised in Englewood, serves as the leader for I Grow Chicago’s Men’s Group, which provides a safe space for men to express their feelings. After graduating from Alternative High School, Warren started his own business, Home Court Advantage, which creates apps for recreational sports. He also teaches Spikeball at community events and in schools through I Grow Chicago. 




Sharon Fregeau – Lead After-School Tutor

Sharon Fregeau is a retired school teacher with more than 18 years of education experience working on the South Side of Chicago. After receiving her Master Gardener certification from the University of Illinois, Sharon began volunteering with I Grow Chicago as the Master Gardener for our Peace Garden. She now serves as Lead Tutor for I Grow Chicago’s Life After School program, where she provides one-on-one literacy instruction and mentorship.  



Board of Directors

Jim Bolin – Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Robert Cooper – President and COO, White Eagle Corporation

Joe Jackson – Martial Arts Instructor and Certificated At Risk Yoga Instructor

Karampal Kaur – Director, Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

Shiva Singh Khalsa – Director, Spirit Rising Yoga

Dr. Eugene Lipov – Director of Research, Northwest Community Hospital and Medical Director, Advanced Pain Centers

Vanessa Mussatto – Receptionist at Riverview Veterinary Clinic, Plainfield, Illinois