Board of Directors

David Freeman

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David Freeman

David Freeman, along with Sandy Mason, was the catalyst for the Prosperity Garden on North First Street. They initially chose the location for the original fourteen raised bed garden. He is a Master Gardener, a law student, and an individual who is enthusiastic about the lessons that can be learned by youth in the garden. When Prosperity Gardens needed to form a legal entity to move forward, David agreed to serve on the organizing board of directors.

 
 
 
 
 

Napoleon Knight, M.D., M.B.A.

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Napoleon Knight, M.D., M.B.A.

Napoleon Knight, M.D., M.B.A., is the Medical Director of Hospital Medicine, Regional Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services for Carle Hospital and Carle Physician Group. In addition, Dr. Knight is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and a Certified Physician Executive. He is particularly passionate about the aspect of Prosperity Gardens mission focused on combatting obesity.
 
 
 
 
 

Sandra Mason

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Sandra Mason

Sandra Mason is a University of Illinois Extension Program Educator in Horticulture. She is a double Illini, with a B.S. in horticulture and a M.S. in agricultural education. She trains and assists with coordinating the Master Gardener program. Sandy appears regularly on the Illinois Gardener program and hosts the “In the Garden” segment on WCIA TV. Along with David Freeman, Sandy was one of the two people who were the catalyst for the effort to start a youth focused garden on North First Street.
 
 
 
 

Christine Moore

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Christine Moore

Christine Moore, community member and vice president of the Prosperity Gardens board, is an avid gardener.Concerned about the consequences of poor nutrition, she is committed to teaching others how to grow and prepare foods that promote vibrant health. Moore is a hands-on volunteer who assists at Prosperity Gardens’ events and believes Prosperity Gardens has the power to make a valuable impact on the local community.
 
 
 
 
 

Rebecca Motley

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Rebecca Motley

Rebecca Motley joined the work of Prosperity Gardens because of her interest in youth development, specifically issues of youth nutrition and workforce readiness. She works as the Vice President for Administration & Special Projects at One Main Development, LLC, a property development and management company located in downtown Champaign and holds a B.S. in economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Ellen Wuellner

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Mary Ellen Wuellner

Mary Ellen Wuellner has worked for more than 25 years as a grant writer and program manager in the areas of natural resources and affordable housing, currently as Deputy Executive Director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. An avid gardener, she joined the Prosperity Gardens board in 2012 because she believes in the organization’s goal to teach about the benefits of growing and eating healthy food while providing opportunities for job training and neighborhood improvement.