Meet Our Team
Guidance, Inspiration & Support
Founder and President
In 2015, after working in retail horticulture and as agricultural biotech researcher and business person for over a decade Abigail began volunteering in her spare time at GRACE Marketplace, Gainesville's shelter and housing services center for people experiencing homelessness. Inspired by her own life experiences and by the humanity and resilience of people in such circumstances, Abigail realized that being at GRACE was more rewarding than any other work she had done before and that she could use her expertise with startups and agriculture to benefit people who needed resources the most.
Dr. Amanda Hodges
Dr. Amanda Hodges has served as the director of the interdisciplinary Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) program since 2012, and has been an extension entomologist with the University of Florida since 2003. Amanda has been involved with Grace Grows since 2018, and she coordinates DPM student instruction for the horticulture vocational course. Amanda brings years of extension, classroom, and agricultural experiences to the continued educational development of the Grace Grows horticulture vocational course. Students learn by teaching and serving-this is a philosophy that Amanda has integrated into the DPM Program learning culture. Grace Grows is a very important service learning partnership with the UF/IFAS DPM Program.
Community Engagement Adviser
Homeless Community Advocate
Sienna Turner started with GRACE Grows in the Summer of 2018 because of her interest in global food security. Having volunteered with Victim Services for several years she was accustomed to working with people who experience trauma. When she came to GRACE Grows she was finishing her Bachelors degree in Plant Pathology. With a keen interest in social systems and her background in science she brought new insight to the organization, spearheading major program development in a pivotal juncture in GRACE Grows' development.
Linnea Dulikravich is a University of Florida student majoring in political science and business, specializing in international development and humanitarian assistance. She has conducted international research and worked with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, U.S. Commercial Service, the Florida Supreme Court, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Linnea is the Co-Founder of Assembly for Action, a service leadership conference that teaches Scholars how non-profits contribute to community development. She believes institutions have a duty to empower their members to serve their communities. Therefor, she aspires to deepen GRACE Grows' relationships to the community through recruitment and forging long-lasting partnerships with service-oriented organizations.