Our Team


Sally Milius:
Director of Program Sustainability

Sally Milius is a former high school teacher who decided that gardens were much more fun than classrooms and Willimantic the greatest community she could ever call home. In 2011, she co-founded GROW Windham with Alice Rubin, the general manager of the Willimantic Food Coop.


Vania Galicia:
Community Farmer

Vania Galicia-Bacilio is a 24-year-old UnDACAmented immigrant who has lived in Willimantic since she was three years old. She first began organizing when she was 16 years old through GROW Windham as part of the Windham Youth Core, which encouraged her to become more involved in the immigrants’ rights movement. 

 After graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2020, she transitioned into her current position as “Community Farmer” at Grow Windham. As a Community Farmer Vania works with Willimantic youth and community members, teaching them how to grow their own food and community, so they can advocate for and create a just food system.

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Mackenzie Hill: 
Youth Coordinator

Mackenzie Hill is a former member of the Windham Youth CORE that has lived in Willimantic her whole life. This will be her 9th summer at GROW Windham. After her graduation from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts , Mackenzie began working at GROW Windham full time as the Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator. She uses her passion for art and creativity to further her work with the community. 


Sydney Clements:
Director of the Windham Community Food Network

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Melanie Desch: 
Community Table Partner

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The Windham Youth CORE

The Windham Youth CORE is GROW Windham's team of youth that grow food in our gardens, participate in community events, and learn about justice within their community. They are a big part of the GROW Windham family and the work that we do.