Rena Crocker, Executive Director - Rena has worked with kids, youth and families for 20 years. She received her Master in Theology degree from Fuller Seminary, and has worked in schools, churches and nonprofits in the US and abroad. Rena and her family recently moved to Sacramento after spending 12 years in Berkeley, where she served as an Associate Pastor in a Covenant Church, and directed parent engagement and support programs at a school-based family resource center. Rena is married to Matt Crocker, and they have two kids, Noah and Naomi.
Deborah Blanco is the Director of Elementary Programs for The GreenHouse. Deborah grew up in Salinas and moved to Sacramento in 2008 to attend CSU Sacramento. Deborah graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in Social Work and soon after began working at The GreenHouse as an Americorps Summer Associate and then as our year-long VISTA. After doing a terrific job with our youth, Deborah was hired back as our Director of Elementary Programs. Deborah enjoys reading, eating, international social work and traveling. Deborah loves to spend time with her large family of nine and is passionate about working with communities that are under-resourced.
Brenda Martinez is our Teen Program Director, and our Executive Assistant. Brenda grew up in the apartments and was part of The GreenHouse programs in elementary school. After moving away, she stayed in touch through our "GreenHouse Grads" young women's group. She's been on staff at The GreenHouse over the past five years, in a variety of roles (including posting all our fun pictures on Facebook + Instagram). Through it all, her passion for young people and her heart for this neighborhood shines through. She brings a deep history with the community, strong strategic planning skills, and an inspiring vision for the GreenHouse teen program to the table. Most important of all, Brenda is deeply committed to God and our teens.
Janelle Torres is our Youth Faith Formation and Leadership Coordinator. Janelle grew up in the neighborhood brings a rich breadth of experience to her work with GreenHouse teens. Her passionate love for God, natural preaching abilities, and deep commitment to youth and their families shine through in her role at The GreenHouse. Janelle coordinates our weekly "Oasis" faith formation program and the Encore Leadership Program for Jr High and Sr High teens.
Johanna Ledesma is the GreenHouse Volunteer Coordinator. Born and raised in Sacramento, Johanna has been part of The GreenHouse since its inception in Niños Park. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and is currently studying Language Studies, with a concentration in Spanish. Johanna brings a great passion for relational ministry with kids, teens, and families, as well as a deep value for the powerful impact volunteers can make on young people's lives.