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Meet The Team

Leadership Team

 

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. In 2013, Quentin met I Grow Chicago founder Robbin Carroll when she was passing out Subway sandwiches on the street corner and sharing her ideas for a Peace House in West Englewood. Quentin was one of the first people to stand up and commit to taking back his community, and he immediately began cleaning up trash from the street. Quentin has continued to demonstrate his immense love for his community ever since. Certified in Yoga for Youth, Quentin has worked with IGC for the past three years as Assistant Executive Director and children’s yoga teacher. Quentin now serves as IGC’s Co-Executive Director since August 2016. His leadership in the Englewood community through IGC has been featured in news outlets including CNN and the Chicago Tribune.


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 Chicago team in April 2016, Erin worked in the real estate industry, where she developed her administrative skills and passion for community-centered urban development. As Co-Executive Director, Erin is now leading I Grow Chicago in its next phase of growth, purchasing and transforming more abandoned homes and empty lots into positive community spaces. In April 2017, Erin will be completing her 200-hour teaching certification in yoga and mindfulness, better enabling her to serve the Englewood community through all pillars of I Grow Chicago’s holistic engagement model. With a commitment to social justice and desire to make her city a more peaceful, equitable place, Erin is dedicated to nurturing relationships with the Englewood community to create long-lasting social change.


13246246_10154069133976011_7306691495185107186_oZelda Mayer – Director of Development

Zelda Mayer received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in urban development and social work from the University of Chicago. Zelda is also a yoga teacher with trainings from Street Yoga and Yoga for Recovery, and she is currently receiving her 1,000-hour certification in yoga therapy accredited through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In October 2016, she became the Director of Development for I Grow 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.


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Clarence 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. 

 


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.


Board of Directors

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 foster hope and healing in Chicago. 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 Street Yoga in Seattle, YogaKids in Connecticut, Radiant Child Yoga in New York, Brain Gym in California, and the Justice Center in Boston, MA. In 2012, Robbin began her work in Englewood as a volunteer yoga teacher for children at the Montessori School of Englewood. Through yoga and mindfulness practice, her intention was to provide children with some relief from the stress and trauma caused by continued exposure to violence. It became evident, however, that much of the stress and challenges experienced by the children occurred outside the school’s walls. In 2013, Carroll expanded her efforts by purchasing an abandoned home in Englewood and officially incorporated I Grow Chicago to address the root causes of trauma in Englewood. Through I Grow Chicago’s Peace House, Robbin works to integrate the practices of restorative justice, artistic expression, mindful movement, and economic development to create a new model of social change.

Jim Bolin – Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Karampal Kaur – Director, Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

Vanessa Mussatto – Riverview Veterinary Clinic, Plainfield, Illinois

Advisory Board

Shiva Singh Khalsa – Director, Spirit Rising Yoga

Dr. Eugene Lipov – Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Medical Director, Advanced Pain Centers