Meet Our Board
Board Member since November 2016
Tabitha is a life-long resident of Newark, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is an Administrative Officer at Park National Bank where she has worked for the past 8 years. She is very active in her church (Christian Apostolic Church) and serves in children’s ministries.
Board Member since October 2019
Shane Hancock teaches chemistry and forensic science at Licking Valley High School. He is a life-long resident of Newark but loves to travel the world with his wife and two daughters at every opportunity. He is a licensed minister at Christian Apostolic Church and chair of the Youth Boosters Scholarship Committee. Whenever time affords he enjoys playing the cello.
Board Member since July 2017
Melanie Duggins is retired from Computer Science and Adult Ed teaching careers and hopes to positively impact the lives of the community around her. As a result of switching to a Paleo diet, her health was greatly improved and so she desires to share how food affects our quality of life. Melanie also volunteers with the High School youth group at her church.
Board Member since October 2016
Steve Duggins works at Boeing in Heath after moving here from California a couple years ago. Steve has been an avid gardener for 30 years and had 3 greenhouses on his property for his carnivorous plant collection. Steve is very interested in helping his new community, so this is a great fit for Steve!
Board Member since Decemeber 2018
Mary has worked for Newark City Schools for almost 30 years. She was Secretary at John Clem Elementary for many years and currently enrolls all children in grades K-8 into Newark City Schools. She is an active member of the 20th Century Club and Camp O’Bannon where she has held many offices over the years. She is a member of the Licking County Republican Executive Committee and was Executive Secretary for 15 years. She also served on the Licking County Board of Elections for eight years and has been active in many campaigns over the years. Mary is happily married to Tim Lollo and has one adult daughter. In her free time she enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and crafting.
Board Member since May 2020
Renetta Shaffer is a life-long resident of Utica. Gardening is in her blood, and was instrumental in her family being able to eat abundantly as a child where her family raised about an acre of garden, and NOTHING went to waste. Restaurant work has aided in Renetta’s love for cooking and experiencing different foods, and thus, leads back to the garden to raise all kinds of healthy foods. Her passion, along with her husband, Dr. Scott Shaffer, is to help people get back to cooking and eating natural foods and getting healthy through what we put in our mouths!!
Renetta is a house manager for our very generous donors, Shawn and Laura King, who first introduced her to Together We Grow Community Gardens. She also works with her husband as office manager in Shaffer Chiropractic in Utica.