Jim has been having a social impact for most of his career. For 17 years he built his disability service company, Inclusive Solutions, where he helped those with physical, mental and “social” disabilities find employment and lead productive lives. In 2011 he sold this business after growing it into one of the largest private disability service companies in the state of Ohio. Jim became interested in urban agriculture as a way to provide employment to those he had served for so many years. When he could not find a company that met his high standards, he took the courses and became certified as a Master Grower and developed and operated and urban renewal project in Toledo, Ohio where he met Dr. William James. Since that time, Jim developed and operated an urban renewal project in Indianapolis. He also worked on converting a 300,000 square foot old warehouse into an organic vertical farm in Indiana. Jim has been able to raise over 5 million dollars through governmental agencies such as the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a federal agency, as well as local government agencies such as the City of Indianapolis’ urban agriculture award.
Jim also co-founded Sustainable Local Foods a company whose primary focus was to provide employment opportunities for those with difficulties finding employment due to background issues. These jobs and job training were in the hydroponic grow centers. In addition, Sustainable Local Foods provided healthy, organic vegetables to many major retailers in the United States.
Jim currently lives in Toledo, OH with his wife, Emilee.
Jon began his career in commercial real estate and urban renewal after graduating from the University of Michigan where he studied urban planning, real estate and psychology. In early 2012, Jon set off on a sailing expedition across the Atlantic and came back realizing that he wanted to do more. In November of 2014 he launched a pilot version of his proprietary aquaponic filtration system, a process that purifies the aquaculture water while capturing the critical nutrients. Jon’s aquaponic farm in Indianapolis, Falling Waters, grows fish and herbs with a recent focus on industrial hemp for CBD oil production in a repurposed warehouse. Jon lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Shelly, in a tiny house.
Felecia Froe, MD
Dr. Froe obtained her medical training in Columbia, MO and completed her residency in urology in 1993. She has been practicing medicine since that time.
Felecia began her real estate investing career in 2004. Since that time she has raised funds and provided investors with solid returns. Over her investing career, she has experienced the ups and downs of the real estate market and learned valuable lessons on how to strategically position investments. She is currently actively investing for herself and investors and enjoys teaching women from all walks of life real asset investing.
Investing for social good has been an important part of her investing career. She recently opened, with her business partners, a residential assisted living home in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Food access and health with regard to food have been of interest for many years. As a physician she understands that many diseases are related to poor nutrition and that healthy food is the mainstay to longevity. She is proud and excited to be working with the group to improve healthy food access.
William James, PhD
Dr. James has been the senior pastor at The Armory Church since 2000. He earned his BA from Oral Roberts University and his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2011, Will had the opportunity to work with Jim Bloom on an urban revitalization project in Toledo, OH, that involved providing healthy foods to residents of a food desert in the downtown area. in 2014 Will authored the best-selling book Urban Gardening How to Grow Food Opportunities and Hope. In addition, with the Toledo Public Schools he launched a program with a goal of helping children learn about hydroponic growing operations and creating micro-businesses. Will and his wife Nicole founded the Neighbor Improvement Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization to help to address the education and vocational needs of communities. They Currently live in Toledo with their 4 children.
Ryan currently works as a project manager, network engineer, software engineer, and also owns and operates McKenna Real Estate. While in college at the University of Tulsa Ryan developed an interest in urban farming (particularly Hydroponic Farming). Although Hydroponic Farming was in its early stages at the time, Ryan knew he wanted to be involved, and put it on his list of things he wanted to do in life. He is excited to be able to check this off his list while addressing and improving food security and job production with EcoAlliance.
As a project manager and network/software engineer, Ryan brings an abundance of IT and Project Management Skills to the group. As the owner of Mckenna Real Estate, he also helps the group secure its real estate holdings (the under-utilized or abandoned buildings) suitable for hydroponic build out and growing. Ryan is a native of Oklahoma, currently living in Broken Arrow with his wife and 2 children and his connections to the Tulsa community are invaluable.
Aaron M. Johnson
AJ recently joined the team and brings with him over 10 years of experience in operations and management. He is currently the Executive Director of the Tulsa Dream Center where he successfully provides leadership and day to day management including managing personnel, finances, growth and development of relationships with the community. He and his team have successfully raised over $4 million dollars in his 3 years at the Dream Center for education and job training skills for the North Tulsa community. Additionally, AJ is the Administrative Pastor of Victory Church, Tulsa, OK. He and the Direction Leadership Team of Victory oversee a staff of over 400 and manage all church and school operations daily.
AJ served as a District Manager of a large grocery retailer, where he led and supervised 5 grocery stores and a staff of over 50 employees.
He was selected as a member of the 2018 Tulsa 40 Under 40 Impressive Emerging Leaders and is passionate and excited to have joined the group to help bring about positive change in the city of Tulsa. AJ is happily married living in Tulsa, OK with his wife and children.
Ross grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He then attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. From an early age, Ross showed his entrepreneurial spirit in everything he did. From a landscaping company at 16, to a commercial painting company while in college, he has never followed the crowd. His first real estate investment was at the age of 19 while in Boulder, CO. It was such a success, that he became hooked and fascinated with the industry.
After moving back to Cincinnati to start a family he worked diligently to amass a portfolio of rental properties. During this process, Ross noticed that there was a large population, in the area, that were being ignored and disregarded in the housing industry. This nearly abandoned segment of the population was men and women struggling to find housing while in recovery of drug and alcohol addiction. In his usual efforts to be creative and add significance, he began to transform his real estate portfolio to recovery housing. In April of 2010, New Foundations Transitional Housing Inc. was born. New Foundations has now housed and helped thousands of men and women with their struggles of addiction. The slogan “Save a Life, Change a Family, Impact a Community,” has never rung more true than where we find our nation today.
Ross continues his passionate drive to inspire true change by continually educating himself and building influential teams. He strives daily to inspire others with his vision of creating a life of significance through meaningful and impactful community projects.
The future is boundless, as is his energy. Ross works diligently to create a lasting legacy of purposeful and substantial change.