Meet Our Team
Prosperity Gardens’ board of directors is a diverse group of community members dedicated to supporting Prosperity Gardens and the continued growth of the organization. Board members participate in monthly meetings, and serve as volunteers in many ways.
Nicole musumeci, executive director
Nicole Bridges currently serves in the dual role of Cooperative Extension Program Coordinator and Executive Director of Prosperity Gardens, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Agriculture and Environmental Communications. Prior to her employment with Prosperity Gardens, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Champaign and worked for two years in communitybased programs in Zambia, Africa as a member of the US Peace Corps. She has been with Prosperity Gardens since its inception and continues to support and grow the organization.
Rebecca joined the work of Prosperity Gardens because of her interest in youth development,specifically issues of youth nutrition and workforce readiness. She works as the Vice President for Administration & Special Projects at One Main Development, LLC, a property development and management company located in downtown Champaign and holds a B.S. in economics and an M.B.A.fromtheUniversityofIllinois at Urbana- Champaign.
Mary Ellen Wuellner
Mary has worked for more than 25 years as a grant writer and program manager in the areas of natural resources and affordable housing, currently as Deputy Executive Director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. An avid gardener, she joined the Prosperity Gardens board in 2012 because she believes in the organization’s goal to teach about the benefits of growing and eating healthy food while providing opportunities for job training and neighborhood improvement.
Along with Sandy Mason, was the catalyst for the start of the Prosperity Garden on North First Street. They initially chose the location for the original fourteen-raised bed garden. He is aMaster Gardener, a law student, and an individual who is enthusiastic about the lessons that can be learned by youth in the garden. When Prosperity Gardens needed to form a legal entity to move forward, David agreed to serve on the organizing board of directors.
Sandra is a University of Illinois Extension Program Educator in Horticulture. She is a double Illini, with a B.S. in horticulture and a M.S. in agricultural education. She trains and assists with coordinating the Master Gardener program. Sandy appears regularly on the Illinois Gardener program and hosts the “In the Garden” segment on WCIA TV. Along with David Freeman, Sandy was one of the two people who were the catalyst for the effort to start a youth focused garden on North First Street.
Jessica Lopez recently joined the board. She has a BS in Horticulture from the University of Illinois and is a Master Gardener. Jessica has worked in the community for the past 20 years as a Landscape Designer and is passionate about growing food. She believes Prosperity Garden's goals of educating our local youth about healthy eating where their food comes from will have benefits for generations to come.
community member and vice president of the Prosperity Gardens board, is an avid gardener. Concerned about the consequences of poor nutrition, she is committed to teaching others how to grow and prepare foodsthat promote vibrant health.Moore is ahands-on volunteer who assists at Prosperity Gardens' events and believes Prosperity Gardens has the power to make a valuable impact on the local community