Board, Staff, & Committees

2015-16 Executive Committee

  • Meg Fellerath: President (2015-17)
  • Educator and Non-Profit Professional
  • Since joining BQLT’s Board in 2011, Meg has chaired the BQLT Conveyance Celebration in 2012, served as Board Secretary in 2013-14, and contributed to numerous working committees. Originally from western North Carolina, Meg has over two decades of experience working in the NYC non-profit sector and she holds an MS in Education. She is a gardener at BQLT’s Westbrook Memorial Garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

  • Meera Bhat: Vice-President (2015-17)
  • Urban Network Manager, North America Region at The Nature Conservancy
  • Meera is a scientist with an urban planning background. She leads The Nature Conservancy’s North America Cities program, working in 13 cities across the US to advance the role that nature plays in providing clean water, healthy trees, strong coastlines and the youth leadership cities need to naturally thrive. She is an organizer of Prospect Farm in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn and has served as co-host for "Dirt Talk" a monthly urban agriculture series. She is a resource Board Member.

  • Irene Van Slyke Treasurer (2015-17)
  • Retired Nurse Practitioner
  • Irene is a longtime environmental advocate and supporter. Since joining BQLT, she has served as BQLT Secretary, Co-Chair of the Bylaws & Garden License Agreement Committee, and maintained active involvement with the Finance/Grants committee. Irene is, also, a Sierra Club NYC Executive Group Committee member. For the past 40 years, she has been an active member of BQLT’s David Foulke Memorial Garden. She loves growing vegetables in the summer and exotic flowers in the winter.

  • Moriba Jackson: Secretary (2015-17)
  • Reference & Public Programming Librarian
  • Since joining BQLT’s Board in 2014, Moriba has actively supported the annual Bike & Walking Tour of Gardens, traveled to Albany to advocate on behalf of BQLT, participated with the strategic development process and served on the Property Management and the Nominations committees. She loves experiencing urban gardening and community building at her community garden, Tranquility Farm in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She is a resource Board Member.

  • 2015-2016 Board Members

  • OlaRonke Akinmowo: Resource Member
  • Art Director, Community Culture Worker, Certified Yoga Instructor, Healing Artist
  • A Board member since 2012, Ola has established and led BQLT’s annual Bike & Walking Tour of Gardens. As the chair of the Events Committee, she has initiated well attended film screenings, discussions and partnerships focused around healthy eating, food access and exercise. Ola has led multiple workshops centered in environmental education, food justice, and urban sustainability nationwide. She is also an avid gardener.

  • Amelia Blanquera: Gardener Member
  • Writer
  • Amelia is a writer who has worked in the publishing, financial services and legal fields. Since joining the Board in 2012, she has served as BQLT Vice-President and chaired the Bylaws/Constitution committee. A Brooklyn resident since 1996, she is an active gardener and former treasurer of BQLT’s Clifton Place Community Garden in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

  • Sophie DeLaCour: Gardener Member
  • Gardening Teacher – Preschool & Elementary
  • The Brooklyn native has assisted in the creation of a community garden for a fishing village, sustainable composting techniques abroad. Locally, Sophie designed and implemented two organic gardens and integrated classroom gardening into the science curriculum for children ages 2 through the 2nd grade. She is a member of BQLT’s 1100 Bergen Street Garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and has participated in local cleanup and planting activities.

  • Mark Jackson: Gardener Member
  • Real Estate Attorney
  • Since joining BQLT in 2013, Mark has chaired the Property Management Committee. He has facilitated setting up a framework for BQLT’s Property Intake and Acquisitions’ Process. He has worked as Assistant General Counsel, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, a foreclosure prevention counselor with the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union and in the Peace Corps, where he developed recycling and construction initiatives in Honduras. Mark is a member of the Westbrook Memorial Garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

  • Johnathan Marr: Gardener Member
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Johnathan is a new Board member. He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, he has successfully completed through Level II of the CFA Chartholders exam. He has been a member of BQLT’s McIntosh Community Garden in East Elmhurst, Queens since 2012.

  • Demetrice Mills: Gardener Member
  • Retired Business System Analyst
  • A member of BQLT since 2006, Demetrice has served as Treasurer and Secretary. He also served as BQLT’s Board President from 2010&ndash14. He is a member of New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation &ndash NYC Clean Soil Bank, a member of Cornell University Cooperative Extension Healthy Soil Advisory Committee, a member of the Land Trust Alliance New York Advisory Committee and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association. Since 2007, Demetrice has served as co-Chair of BQLT’s Operations Committee and is currently the committee Chair.

  • Daisy Okas: Gardener Member
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Daisy became interested in gardening after moving to Brooklyn from Manhattan 5 years ago. She was inspired by the greenery and colorful flowers found throughout the borough, noting that whether in window boxes, on front stoops, in tiny yards or in community gardens, Brooklynites find a place to plant. She is an avid home gardener. Since 2011, Daisy has been involved with BQLT gardens; first as an apprentice at Hollenback Community Garden and more recently, as co-chair of Clifton Place Community Garden in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

  • David Pratt: Gardener Member
  • Health and Safety Specialist Consultant/li>
  • David is a longtime member and supporter of BQLT. Since joining the board in 2010, he has served as Vice–President of BQLT and chair of the Programs Committee. He is an active gardener at BQLT’s St. Mark’s Avenue / Prospect Heights Community Garden in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

  • Anne Schoeneborn: Gardener Member
  • Independent Global Healthcare Consultant
  • Anne is a founding member of Q Gardens, a new community garden in Flatbush, Brooklyn and BQLT’s first garden located on leased land. Anne joined the BQLT Board in 2015. She is excited to foster increased cooperation and skill-sharing among BQLT’s diverse member gardens.


  • 2015-16 Staff Members

  • Zachary Schulman: Staff
  • Program Manager, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
  • Zack’s responsibilities include strengthening the relationship between the land trust and member garden groups, assessing and addressing garden operational issues, expanding and producing public programming, and he is the primary point of contact for troubleshooting and resolving a range of garden concerns. Previously, he organized community gardens, developed preservation plans, and has farmed in both urban and rural settings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies: Natural and Cultural Ecology from The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.


  • Committees

    BQLT is looking for community gardeners and other interested volunteers to participate in our work. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at info@bqlt.org.

    Executive
  • Meg Fellerath, Chairperson
  • Finance Committee
  • Irene Van Slyke, Chairperson
  • Garden Operations
  • Demetrice Mills, Co-Chairperson
  • Open(Gardener), Co-Chairperson
  • Nominations
  • Dorothy Mills, Chairperson
  • Property Management
  • Mark Jackson, Chairperson
  • Ad Hoc Committees

    Communications
  • Daisy Okas, Chairperson
  • Events
  • OlaRonke Akinmowo, Chairperson
  • Grants
  • Open(Board Member), Chairperson