Greenhouse staff

Meet our staff!

  • 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

    Director of Elementary Programs

    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, traveling, and spending time with her large family of nine.

  • Brenda Martinez

    Teen Program Director

    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.

  • Johanna Ledesma

    GreenHouse Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Assistant

    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.

  • Valentina Savchenko

    The GreenHouse Garden Manager

    Valentina grew up in the GreenHouse apartments, and now she works faithfully to keep the plants thriving and the weeds under control in our educational garden! Valentina also enjoys drawing, baking cookies, and spending time with friends.  

  • Maliya Vaughan

    Youth Faith Formation and Leadership Coordinator

    Maliya grew up in Sacramento, and then moved to New Orleans to attend Xavier University, an HBCU, from which she graduated in 2019. She was drawn to The GreenHouse because of her strong value for holistic youth development, and served as a GreenHouse Summer Staff member in 2019 and 2020 before coming on board as teen staff in September 2020. She’s a talented track athlete, loves baking, and is learning to play the guitar.