Audrey Brinkers

Garden Coordinator 

As Garden Coordinator, Audrey is excited to grow food, share food, eat food, and talk about food here at the Hub. She recently moved back to Bloomington from Chicago, where she worked as a youth farm coordinator at Windy City Harvest and a high school science teacher at Chicago Public Schools. Outside of work, she loves amateur bird watching, riding her bike slowly, and running around with her dog Gertie.

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Hub Staff

Amanda Nickey

President and CEO 

As captain of the Hub ship enterprise, Amanda steered the capital campaign that led to our new and improved 1100 W. Allen facility. Amanda has a masters degree in Education from Georgia State University and an MPA from Indiana University SPEA. She enjoys knitting, spending time with her family, and cracking jokes.

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Kristen Lucas
(she/her, he/him, they/them)

Operations Manager

Kristen is the brains and brawn behind the over 1 million pounds of food moved through our pantry each year. Kristen loves being a pop to their doggos. They love slinging cocktails, sneakers, being outside, organization, being a goofball, time with buds, and being wildly dramatic whenever possible.

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Hannah Lencheck 

Advocacy Coordinator

Hannah has been with the Hub since 2014, when she started working with youth gardeners. In her current position, she helps to build equity into MHC’s programs & policies, and to make advocacy accessible and empowering for Hub community members. On any given day, she can be found working on state legislation, building relationships with community members, stewarding the Hub Farm Stand, or regaling folks with stories of her cat, Max. 

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Georgia O'Connor

Youth Educator

Georgia has experience working with youth for over 16 years. Georgia says her love of gardening and working along side youth was inspired by, her grandmother. “My grandmother always invited me to help with the gardening. When I was young I assumed it was to get more done, as a grown up, I realize I probably created more work than I helped with. For grandma, it was more about spending unhurried time getting to know her straggly haired granddaughter, than getting the garden chores done.” How does Georgia define a successful day? “Hands in the soil, seeds planted with and in youth, seeing them both grow!”

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Erika Wheeler 

Director of Development

Erika's first experience with the Hub was as a patron. It was the food pantry that first brought her to the Hub, but it was the people and the programs that kept her coming back, long after she no longer needed food assistance. Erika became a Garden Intern in 2014, was hired on as the Garden Coordinator in 2018, and is now the Director of Development. Erika believes that her long history with the Hub, in its many forms, will be an asset as she navigates her way through the world of nonprofit Development. When Erika's not at the Hub, she is probably somewhere drenched in sweat - either working in her home garden, adventuring with her dog, or dancing away at Jazzercise Bloomington. 

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Alissa Weiss 
(she/her, they/them)

Education Coordinator

From the time I was little, my mom had me in the kitchen. When I was too small to stand at the counter, she sat me up on top so I could watch her mix batter and “help” make cookies. The kitchen has become my creative space and I enjoy    experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. After working with some community gardens in Chicago, my interest in growing food expanded and I spent a couple seasons working on organic farms. As the Education Coordinator, I am excited to share my passion for cooking and love of gardening at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

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Liz Barnhart

Volunteer Coordinator

Liz has been involved with the Hub as a garden intern, volunteer, and educator since 2016. After graduating with her B.S in Community Health from I.U, she took over the position of volunteer coordinator. She has worked in Bloomington as a farm hand, construction worker, painter, restaurant manager, wood worker, barista, rock climbing coach, and behavioral health specialist. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, listening to Jimmy Buffet, climbing, swimming, and foraging for wild edibles. 

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Julia Dotson, Chair 

Matthew Huang, 

Jane Kupersmith

David Lyman, Vice Chair

Devon Perry, Treasurer

Mitch Rice, Secretary

Stephen Westrich

Board Of Directors

Annalise Haldeman

Programs Assistant

Annalise Haldeman received their B.A. in Sociology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY where, among their research pursuits in sex, gender and sexuality studies, founded a grassroots organization that worked to hold anti-LGBTQIA+ groups accountable on campus. Their efforts led to campus wide changes including updating contracts the institution had with its religious affiliations. In their sociological research, Annalise studied how masculine queer folx conceptulaize, percieve, and navigate sexual consent. As the Hub’s newest member, they hope to continue to learn more about the ways the intersections of our identities influence and impact our lived experiences. In their day to day, Annalise is practicing living wholeheartedly through cultivating joy, fostering meaningful connection, and being present with each step and mindful breath.

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