Marguerite Leek


Marguerite is a sophomore double majoring in Communications and Global Studies. She was raised in Western North Carolina and her constant exposure to the outdoors from her parents resulted in her affinity for the outdoors and flowers, which led her to join Hope Gardens in the fall of her freshman year. She loves getting to be a part of the community Hope Gardens has built!

Cassidy Hampton


Cassidy is a sophomore majoring in Economics and the Sustainability Track of Environmental Studies. She considers herself the only Floridian who doesn't like seafood or orange juice. In her free time, she loves to explore and go hiking. She is also a compost nerd and is counting down the days until she gets to see a platypus in real life. She hopes to work with businesses to implement sustainable practices throughout their supply chains. 

Eryn Upton


Eryn is a sophomore and majors in Business and Peace, War, and Defense. She's lived in Florida and Texas and has lived in North Carolina for six years. She loves exploring places to eat, hiking during the summer, and drinking coffee at inopportune times (she cites 3am as being an example of such). She is also involved with A Drink for Tomorrow, which attempts to address water access in local and international communities. 

Steve Wood


Steve is a sophomore majoring in Business and minoring in Sustainability. He grew up hiking and camping with his family, and he loves spending time backpacking in the mountains. He has become a passionate advocate for the environment and sustainability, and he hopes to use his business and sustainability education to expand renewable energy in the United States. Additionally, as a Nashville native, he is a huge music fan. He plays guitar, records rock music, and loves going to shows and festivals.  

Danesha Byron

Herban Garden

Danesha Byron (aka D-Yarro) is a transfer student from FTCC, double majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Science. She completed the Herban Garden Summer 2017 Internship and is currently an Herban Garden Co-Director. Falling in love with the garden after showing interest in medicinal herbs and nutrition has been a fantastic and life-changing experience. Through Hope Gardens, she is following her dreams to pursue sustainability through food and clean technology.

Laurel Cunningham

Laurel is a junior majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Chinese. In addition to Hope Gardens, she is also involved with Enrich ELL, is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, and writes for the Campus Y's blog: The Arc. She's from Nashville, TN, and because of this, she loves live music. She also loves to read and cook, Korean bibimbap is her heart song, and she's pretty much always wearing blue jeans. In the long term, she's interested in refugee studies and immigration. 

Mickaela Smith

Herban Garden

Mickaela Smith (aka MC Comfrey) is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Chemistry. She is currently working to pursue a career in medicine, but hoped to discover something else she loved at Carolina. She stumbled upon Herban Garden in the spring semester of 2017 after attending a Hope Garden meeting, fell in love with its mission, and decided to continue working with the committee throughout the summer. Outside of Herban Garden, she loves to spend her time traveling, working with people and animals, and most importantly: EATING!

Kristen Wagner

Kristen is a junior majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Biology. She has been involved with Hope Gardens since the Fall of 2015. As an East Coast North Carolinian, she has a love for the vast expanses of Atlantic Ocean that give her hometown the salt in its air. She loves her Hope Gardens family and the work that Hope Gardens does in the Chapel Hill community. In the long term, she hopes to be a part of this country's current renewable energy transition. 

Chloe Green

Chloe is a senior double majoring in Business and Information Science with a minor in Sustainability. During her time with Hope Gardens, she has been Historian, Grant Manager, and Development Director. She works part-time off campus mainly and in her free time, you'll most likely find her reading, looking for new books to read, or discussing books with her reading buddies. She's a huge nerd, so you could also find her watching Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, making and managing personal budget spreadsheets, or generally making life plans.

Sierra Dunne


Sierra is a sophomore majoring in Communication and Southern Studies with a minor in Social & Economic Justice. Her academic interests include agriculture and food access issues in the American South, but she also loves to grow, make, and eat food in her free time. She's a former chair of Hope Gardens, and is currently a leader at the Jackson Center. The greatest loves of her life are her six cats, who are basically her children.