SEEDS is led by a dynamic board of community volunteers who guide our mission, support our programs, and help us grow.
Katryna Robinson – Chair
Katryna and her family moved to Durham six years ago from New York, and was introduced to SEEDS in 2017, as she was seeking after-school programs that would support her daughter, a first grader with high-functioning autism. Her daughter was not into eating many vegetables, and also had a fear of bees, but as Katryna describes, thrived in the SEEDS classroom and on the farm. Katryna served on the SEEDS board in 2019-2020 and is excited to be back. She will continue to be an advocate for SEEDS programs in the community. She is passionate about how SEEDS will expand its programs to support the whole family and that will allow her to fulfill her dreams of becoming a gardener alongside her daughter.
Jameca Dupree – Treasurer
Jameca has worked in finance for Duke University for over 20 years and is a native Durhamite. She brings to the table over ten years of nonprofit management and enjoys working in her community. With her unique perspective, combined with love of her community, and business background, she hopes to make a positive impact as a member of the SEEDS board.
Tiayonna Liska – Secretary
Tiayonna is the owner and Lead Garden Educator for Carolina Garden Coaching, LLC. She enjoys sharing her passion for healthy living, social awareness, and eco-consciousness everywhere she goes. Growing up in many southeastern states, she has a fondness for being outdoors surrounded by nature. After graduating from NCSU in Animal Science she decided to pursue further education in Agricultural Education and Extension, which led her to discover her true calling in teaching. Currently, she enjoys spending days working in her home garden with her 3 year old and teaching others how to grow their own food.
Joe Corsaro – Fuqua on Board Member
Joe is a former consultant who is an MBA candidate at The Fuqua School of Business. Joe is serving as a member of the Fuqua on Board program and hopes to be able to apply his past governance experiences. As someone who loves to cook and is passionate about the sustainability of food, Joe is excited to help SEEDS grow the next generation of our community.
Vanessa Vargo – Fuqua on Board Member
Vanessa, a former consultant, is an MBA candidate at The Fuqua School of Business. She is serving as a member of the Fuqua on Board program and is excited to be able to apply her past experience at the East Boston community farm in Durham. Vanessa is extremely passionate about urban sustainability and farming and is looking forward to joining the SEEDS board.
Dan is studying at Peabody College/Vanderbilt University for a Doctor of Education and has a Master of Science in Management from NYU. He has been volunteering at SEEDS for the last seven years in many capacities. He also has volunteered at other non-profits in teaching technology for children and adults, and his passion is helping people learn. With a 25-year professional history working in large tech companies, Dan is keenly aware of the digital divide that negatively impacts Durham’s underserved youth communities, and he wants to help SEEDS connect STEAM concepts to community gardening to enrich the great programming SEEDS is already delivering.
Erin developed a close relationship to the land and the natural world while being raised in the heart of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of N.C. Attending UNC-CH brought her to the area and she has called Durham home for over 20 years now. Erin has a passion for teaching others about our natural world through gardening. Her focus is on building community, supporting native habitats, improving access to fresh foods, and personal empowerment through gardening.
Brittney graduated with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a particular interest in educating people on the importance of exercise in their lives and is passionate about promoting the concept of health and wellness to lead an overall good quality of life. Interest in the SEEDS program stemmed from this passion and a desire to get involved in a program that educated kids on the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, which can promote healthy weight and encourage life-long healthy habits. She feels that adolescence is an optimal time to do so and hopes to make an impact on the SEEDS program and in the Durham community by dedicating resources and knowledge to increase awareness and empower youth to take an active role in their health and wellness.
David has been at Duke the last 20 years, running science and ed tech programs for Durham students. His students have created a video shown at DPAC, published two books, written plays, taught history of medicine online, and even completed a work project at SEEDS, because few things are as satisfying as nurturing plants (and children)! He hopes to add some high-tech, like augmented reality to the high-touch of gardening.