Nicki Myabb is a Loan Officer and the Pataskala Branch Manager at First Federal Savings of Newark. She is a member of the Newark Elks Lodge #391, the Licking County BIA, the Pataskala Chamber of Commerce. Nicki is a life-long resident of Newark, where she lives with her husband, Dwight, and son Jakob.  She is a member of The Rocky Fork Church of Christ. While she enjoys bowling, golfing, horseback riding, camping and fishing, watching her son play football at Licking Valley High School is a highlight of her Fall season.

Jennifer Cuevas, Board Vice President, resides in Heath and is a long-time resident of Licking County.  As a certified coach and national speaker, she passionately promotes healthy eating by publicly sharing her personal health journey and the importance of what she terms "wellness eating".  Her company, The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, provides specialized food products and services that are designed to support gluten-free, Paleo, and other dietary lifestyles.  Jennifer also supports local food initiatives, serves through her church's music ministry, and enjoys traveling, photography, and gardening.

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Patrick Simpson, Board Treasurer, currently lives in Newark with his fiancé and their daughter. He has lived in Licking County his entire life while raised in the Toboso area. He graduated from Licking Valley High School in 2007. During high school, Patrick was a member of the FFA. Patrick is the Branch Manager of Park National Bank in Johnstown and has worked with Park National Bank since 2009. In addition to Together We Grow Gardens, Patrick is the Board Treasurer for the Hartford Fair Board as well.

Jordan Schmidt currently lives in Newark with his wife, Annie.  Originally from Miami County in western Ohio, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduated from Newton High School in 2003. He worked for the Miami County Park District while earning his BS in Education from Wright State University in 2007, and taught Health and Physical Education for 4 years.  Jordan then earned a BS in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 2014, in Sustainable Plant Systems with a focus in Turfgrass Science.  He is currently the Assistant Superintendent at Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City. 

Duane Grady, Board Secretary, is a life long resident of Licking County. He has been married for 39 years to his wife Marj and has two adult children, Jason and Mandi. Besides serving as a board member for Together We Grow, Duane is an active member of Newark Nazarene Church. Duane serves on the Licking County Jail Ministries board and serves as an Assistant Chaplain at the Licking County Justice Center.

​Steve Duggins currently lives in Heath with his wife, Melanie.  They have a couple of offshoots currently living in Seattle and outside Chicago.  A recent transplant from southern California, he is looking for a way to combine his passion for unusual plants and helping the community. He found that in Together We Grow! He is currently employed as a rocket scientist for Boeing.

Lesly Laslo, Board President, currently resides in Mount Vernon, Ohio with her husband and 2 children. She is the Director of Digital Marketing Strategists at RevLoal, located in Granville, Ohio. She first connected with Together We Grow through a community outreach program while working with RevLocal.  Her degrees are from Kansas State University in Horticultural Therapy and Landscape Design along with an Associates from The Ohio State University in Greenhouse Production and Management. She is passionate about growing this initiative to enable and educate those in the community through the sustainable resource of gardening.

Melanie Duggins is retired from Computer Science and Adult Ed teaching careers. She has a heart to positively impact the lives of the community around her. As a result of switching to a whole foods, Paleo diet her health was greatly improved and so she desires to share how our food affects our quality of life. TWG not only teaches how to grow and prepare healthy food but is also beautifying neighborhoods, and raising up community members through gardening who will be able to care for each other. Melanie also volunteers with the High School youth group at her church.

Mike Roberts, has lived in Newark, Ohio for five years.  He has been married to his wife, Pam, for 40 years and has 4 children and 11 grandchildren.  Mike has a bachelor degree in Business Administration with an associates in Architectural Engineering, and retired from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2014. Mike has had a love for gardening all his adult life and has been a huge part of developing Together We Grow Gardens from its beginning. He now works in the office, planning gardens and scheduling projects.