Meet the Team

Mesa Urban Garden is a non-profit community garden managed by a board of passionate Mesa residents. Our team is comprised of dozens of passionate individuals with a wide-range of skill sets. Each person brings their own unique ideas and talents to the garden, and without their efforts, this amazing project wouldn’t exist.

Mesa Urban Garden Board of Directors:

David Crummey – Chairperson –
Studying in Tucson, Guanajuato and Tempe, David has a long and varied experience across disciplines and brings that knowledge to his work and community. In addition to being a founding board member of the Garden, he serves on the board of the Mesa Arts Academy (a K-8 charter school), is a founding member of the RAILmesa neighborhood group, and was recently appointed to the Southeast Maricopa Regional Council of First Things First. Bringing community back into the public realm is a grounding force for his efforts.

Amy Del Castillo– Vice-Chair
Amy Del Castillo is headed into her tenth year as co-owner of Lulubell Toy Bodega, which is a toy art retailer & lowbrow art gallery with the retail store/gallery based in Downtown Mesa, Arizona, and a full scale art toy production studio located in Tokyo, Japan. With a passion for community engagement, Amy does extensive volunteer work to make more opportunities for local artists, art based community events, and elementary school special engagement projects. Active volunteer projects include Junior Achievement of Arizona, Arizona Pug Rescue, Creative Catalysts Group, RAIL Mesa & the Mesa Urban Garden. Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Business with a concentration in Marketing from CSU Sacramento.

Laurie Blitz – Treasurer/ Garden Coordinator 2018

Ryan Winkle – Past Chair

Andrew Douglas

Marco Meraz

Donna DiFrancesco – Ex-Officio


Jaime Glasser
Jaime Glasser is a Downtown Mesa artist and community activist. A former veterinarian, she has also been involved in gardening for many years. Jaime is thrilled to be involved with the Mesa Urban Garden and help realize it’s potential to grow our community and be a welcoming and inclusive place in our emerging Downtown Mesa.

Prior Board Members:

  • Mandy Buscas
  • Terri Rettig
  • Terry Benelli
  • Drew Trojanowski
  • Amy Busch
  • Liz Paulus
  • Miyuki Ketchum
  • Ed Haugen