Katie Plohocky, MBA
FOUNDER/ President/Executive Director
Born and raised on a farm in Michigan, I have been playing in the dirt since I could crawl. Food security and access to healthy food is very important to me. As a single mom of three, I know what it is like to find a way to feed my children when I had no money, even though I was working two jobs. I have been cooking since I was big enough to sit on the counter and help my grandmother bake on the farm. I spent 15 years in the restaurant business before coming to Tulsa. I have spent 19 years in commercial real estate and development. I love being able to integrate all my passions of growing, cooking, and economic development.
Founder/Vice Preseident/Operations Director
Smith operated a neighborhood based small grocery store, The BlueJackalope Grocery & Coffee, near downtown Tulsa for several years. He also created "pop-up" grocery stores for each of the Tulsa Young Professionals Street Cred events showcasing emerging lifestyle areas of Tulsa. Through his work as a grocer, he became involved with the food insecurity issues facing Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma.
Smith has spoken on a broad range of grocery store related issues in north and west Tulsa, at two Rural Grocery Initiative conferences at Kansas State University, as well as before the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at the Oklahoma State Capitol. He has been cited in articles pertaining to food security and has Op-Ed pieces published in The Oklahoma Eagle, Tulsa World, Urban Tulsa Weekly, and The Journal Record.
Through his work, research and reputation, Smith has developed an extensive network of resources and contacts in the areas of regional agriculture, food security, supply chain management and nutrition.
Born in Kirksville, Missouri. Bill challenged a small town from the beginning. He has lived in over 20 cities, gathering ideas to incorporate into his life menu. From Tulsa to Chicago, Tokyo and San Diego, his passion has always been food - good food. His Thyme Bistro was a staple for seven years until he got a corporate nudge and ran Child Nutrition programs for outlining school districts. His newest endeavor rests at the locally owned Reasor's Grocery as a part of the creative engine for their flagship store on Brookside. He is proud to be a part of the local food movement found in HCSI to continue outreach and solution to food insecurity.
Schnelle works at Sysco and studied Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America.
Born and raised in the Tulsa area, Shane currently works as a Web Developer with Cubic Creative. He has a long history of working with and volunteering for local charities and non-profits in the Tulsa area. He is also an avid caver and a long standing member of the National Speleological Society where he has been the Secretary of their local division, the Tulsa Regional Oklahoma Grotto, since 2012.