Okra Abbey Staff

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Rev. Hannah Quick


Rev. Hannah Quick is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She hails from northern California but comes to New Orleans from Philadelphia where she recently served as a Pastoral Associate at Beacon Church, a new church focused on neighborhood engagement. Hannah loves being a neighborhood pastor and enjoys the opportunity to extend the reach of a worshipping community through the simple act of being neighborly. 

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Brooke Bullock

Lead Gardener

I graduated from Loyola University where I conducted research on urban insect pollinators in community gardens and parks, and developed my passion for ecology.  I learned to understand urban gardens as a refuge for both pollinators and humans alike, which is why I was so drawn to Okra Abbey's mission. I strive to be apart of the food justice movement and spend my summers working for an organization that provides resources to migrant farm workers. 


Regi Jones

Assistent Gardener 2018-2019

Regi is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and a recent graduate of Chowan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. She is passionate about social justice issues, and understanding how to help people reconcile differences. Regi comes to Okra Abbey through the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, an ecumenical, faith-based year of service in sites around the world and across the United States.


Ellie McDermott

Assistent Gardener 2018-2019

Ellie is from Charleston, South Carolina and recently graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in Christian Education. She has always been heavily involved in the church and first felt a call to serve God and the church when she was just 15 years old. Through the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, Ellie is spending the year serving Okra Abbey and Jefferson Presbyterian Church.