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 Master of Arts in Botany in 1997 and her Master of Landscape Architecture in 2006.
Director of Operations
Darren Boyd (no relation to Phyllis) has a long history of mentoring youth that includes coaching basketball and serving as a youth pastor. Darren is skilled at enhancing the natural leadership styles of others and assisting youth with identifying and working toward their goals. Since 2002 he has been the owner/operator of a small landscaping company and has trained dozens of individuals to run their own landscaping businesses. He has extensive experience providing instruction and training in standard operating procedures, landscape maintenance, safe tool and equipment use and handling. Darren manages the GroundCorp Program and leads Groundwork Indy’s in-house skills development and training focused on aspects of landscape management and maintenance.
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 GroundWork Indy 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 coordination and daily operations of the Green Team program as well as community outreach and engagement within Northwest Indianapolis and surrounding neighborhoods.