Meet our Team


Pam Roberts

Executive Director

Pam Roberts has lived in Newark, with her husband Mike, since 2011. They have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Pam and Mike founded Together We Grow in 2012. Pam has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration that she earned at the age of 50, and has a strong desire to help others after having her own share of difficulties growing up. Pam speaks to groups about Together We Grow, writes grants and is always busy recruiting volunteers and working hard to Grow Licking County One Garden At A Time! Pam is also a Friend of Together We Grow at the Grand Champion Pumpkin level. 


Vanessa Cross

Assistant Director

Vanessa has lived in Newark most of her life, and she now lives in Newark with her husband, Doug, and 3 children: Emmett, Jonathan, and Charlotte. Vanessa came to work with TWG during the spring of 2020 and immediately became invested in and passionate about the mission of our work! She loves working with her hands in the gardens and using her organization and office skills inside. She is so excited to be working with us!

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Sarah Thomas

Program Director

Sarah Thomas, Originally from Pataskala, has lived in Newark, Ohio since 2010.  Sarah believes that gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul, and has a deep love for her community. She began as a volunteer for TWG in 2017 and now works with the purpose, as our Program Director, of carrying out the mission here at Together We Grow.


Dan Huprich

Garden Director

Dan grew up in northwest Ohio, outside of Bowling Green.  After graduating high school he headed south to attend the university of Miami in Florida where he earned a BA in business administration.  Dan returned to Ohio to start his career in the food hospitality field before transitioning to manufacturing production management. He retired in April of 2019 after a 45 year career.  While opening the Casa Lupita Mexican Restaurant on N. 21st street, Dan met his wife Julie.  They have 3 grown children- Olivia, Maddie and Ian.  Dan got involved with Together We Grow as a volunteer, helping maintain gardens and assisting in building the most recent garden at Everett Park.  Currently Dan is getting the High Tunnel Ready for increased production in the spring of 2020.  


Kristen Little 
Marketing  Specialist

Kristen first learned about Together We Grow Gardens at our annual fall fundraising Gala. She is passionate about helping others become self-sufficient and decided to come on board with us to help us achieve our mission.  Kristen enjoys working with Together We Grow to bring the community together and help others.


Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts was one of the original founders of Together We Grow. He helped start all the gardens, built hoop houses and sheds at all the gardens and helped to build the greenhouse in 2017. He also served as Board President for the first two years.  

Mike retired from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2014 from his position of Coordinator of Telecommunications and Data Management. He also received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1999 from MVNU. He now continues to help the organization with development of gardens and new projects on a part-time basis. 

Mike is married to Pam (Executive Director of Together We Grow) and has four adult children, as well as 14 grandchildren.  


Kim Burgess
Here We Grow Gardens
Garden Assistant


Patience Cooper
Tall Timbers Gardener

Originally from Granville, Patience has just recently moved to Newark and has been with Together We Grow for a year. Patience connected with our organization through attending the summer u-pick markets. With previous experience in agriculture on a commercial level as well as having a personal connection to the struggling low income population of our community, there was no hesitation in joining the Together We Grow mission. 


Kaylynn Saenz
Here We Grow Gardens
Garden Assistant