Before becoming the Executive Director of Groundwork Indy in August 2015, Phyllis was a landscape architect and urban designer focused on sustainable design and planning and dedicated to working with diverse communities to transform their built environments into meaningful, relevant, and life-enhancing places. After eight years in the field, she decided to transfer her skills and passion for working on community-oriented revitalization projects to the non-profit sector and joined Groundwork Indy. Her experiences during her teen years working on Student Conservation Association trail crews in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico and in Baxter State Park in Maine were transformative. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington and is a two-time alumna of The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Masters of Arts in Botany in 1997 and her Masters of Landscape Architecture in 2006.
Youth Programs Coordinator
Montell’s work in nutrition and food education began while working in a rooftop greenhouse in the science department at the University of Southern Indiana. While studying at USI he was also able to help mentor local elementary students through the university’s college mentorship program. This work led to a passion in nutrition and working towards improving food conditions and access especially throughout urban communities. Montell joined the GroundWorkIndy team in the summer of 2016, coming on as a Green Team Crew Leader responsible for leading youth and volunteers during projects. He is now a program coordinator with responsibilities including daily operations of both the Green Team and the GroundCorps programs as well as community outreach and engagement within Northwest Indianapolis and surrounding neighborhoods.
Gerald was born and raised in Indianapolis. He is a Public Ally in the AmeriCorp Program and supports the coordination and development of Groundwork Indy’s GroundCorp program. Gerald is a graduate of YouthBuild Indy where he earned a General Education award and a Certificate for Construction from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. During his time at YouthBuild, Gerald worked on job readiness, learned professional development skills, and also found an interest in helping others in his community. This interest has grown into a passion for community advocacy and community building.