Board of Directors

Founding Board Members, 2005-2007

Tina Hoover, Community Volunteer
Edward Carey, K-State Research & Extension, Vegetable Specialist
Sherri Harvel, Farmer/Owner Root Deep Urban Farm Kansas City, MO

John Kaiahua, Farmer/Owner J&J Produce, retired military, Raytown, MO

Kwang Kim, Farmer, Olathe, KS

Howard Lotven, Attorney

Lisa Markely, Nutritionist, Health Educator

Beverly Pender, Farmer/Owner, Soul & Soil Rainbow Gardens, KCK

Julie Xiong, Girls Scouts, KCK Greenmarket Director

Founding staff

Katherine Kelly, Co-Founder
Former owner of Full Circle Farm, a Kansas City, KS urban farm

Daniel Dermitzel, Co-Founder
Former Associate Director
Daniel co-founded the organization in 2005 and resigned in 2012 to pursue his interests in sustainability, agriculture, and urban planning in other settings. Daniel was a key leader in the organization, using his unique set of skills as a farmer, urban planner, educator, and editor. We know that he will be an asset to whatever roles he takes on next in his life and are grateful for the passion, skills, and energy he has shared with Cultivate Kansas City and the urban agriculture community.