John Leonard and his mom owned & operated a certified organic farm for 18 years. They grew a wide variety of produce and starter plants for farmers markets and restaurants. In 2008, John was nominated to the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program at OSU, where he learned about a diverse range of agriculture practices throughout the state, trained as a lobbyist in Washington DC., culminating with a stint as an ag ambassador for the state in Spain & Morocco. For the last 10 years, he has managed the Mollie Spencer Farm, in Yukon. The farm has been in the Kirkpatrick family for over 130 years and serves as an educational & festival venue, as well as a livestock rescue. John has been a Green Connections Board Member since 2022.
Sara Braden started her environmental education at an early age, when her older sister convinced her to eat a slug. She is a founding member of CommonWealth Urban Farms and an advocate for urban agriculture. Sara has been a Green Connections Board Member since 2017.
Debbie Allen initiated the AP Environmental program and sponsored the environmental club at Edmond North HS, where she taught. She was also involved for a number of years with Transition OKC, a sustainability organization. She draws inspiration, strength, and a deep sense of peace and connection from nature. Debbie has been a Green Connections Board Member since 2019.
Sara Hieke likes to camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors while trying to be mindful of her personal impact on the environment. She does her part by composting, recycling, gardening and providing habitats for native bees in her garden. Her husband also maintains several beehives for friends. As a recent retiree, she is looking for volunteer activities that will benefit our community. As a new member of Green Connections, she looks forward to getting more involved. Sara has been a Green Connections Board Member since 2023.