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.
Isana Singh is a student at the University of Florida where she studies Economics and Women’s Studies. Her strong energy for social sector consulting has manifested itself through pro-bono consulting work within the Gainesville community. She has collaborated with several startups and non-profits to reduce social inequities, using skills such as fundraising development, digital marketing, organizational restructuring, and market research. At the University of Florida, Isana is the President of the Undergraduate Consulting Club where she fosters professional success through providing members with industry insights, alongside opportunities to engage with consulting firms and the local community.
As a business student at the University of Florida Sophia participated in the Undergraduate Consulting Club wherein she had her first encounter with Grace Grows. Through her pro-bono consulting work with Grace Grows she realized the important role it filled in the community and was inducted as a board member by year’s end. She has been a dedicated volunteer in her own hometown of Vero Beach and is excited for the work she can do with Grace Grows. With a minor in Public Health, one of Sophia's biggest interests is in working with the community to uncover the best way to serve those in need who are lacking access to mental and physical health resources
Community Engagement Adviser
Linnea Dulikravich graduated from the University of Florida with a major in political science and business in Spring 2020, specializing in international development and humanitarian assistance. A former Board Member, she now is working for FEMA in Washington DC as a Legal Program Specialist. 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 at the University of Florida, a service leadership conference that teaches scholars how non-profits contribute to community development.
As someone who has experienced homelessness and worked for a local nonprofit, the Gainesville Community Ministry, Anna Hammock has a valuable perspective to offer the team. She has spent over a year volunteering for Grace Grows offering her insights at an executive level. Anna also has participated in the Horticulture Training Program at GRACE Marketplace when she was experiencing homelessness. She has helped Grace Grows to conceptualize the community engagement model that is essential to remaining true to Grace Grows' vision to be a resource for empowerment.