NOLI CDC STAFF
Heather hyden, director of community & Cultural initiatives
Heather Hyden started with NoLi CDC in January 2017, where she heads up the Community & Cultural Initiatives aspects of our work. She grew up in Memphis, TN and has over 8 years of Community Organizing and Development experience. She recently received her M.S. in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky, and has formerly worked as a statewide Community Organizer for Community Farm Alliance, Program Coordinator for school health reform at the Metro Nashville Public Health Department. She has also worked in Youth and Faith-Based Community Development for Jacob's Ladder Community Development Corporation in Memphis. Most recently, you may have met her through the Castlewood or East End Fresh Stop Markets, which she co-founded with neighbors as a food justice and leadership development initiative. Her work for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation is focused on implementing the North Limestone Cultural Plan recommendations, and continuing this community engagement process.
Samantha johnson, night market director
Samantha has been with the NoLi CDC since February 2016, and has managed 3 seasons of the Night Market. A native of Versailles, Samantha brings a wealth of experience - she was a Market Development Manager for Coca-Cola, Sales and Promotions Assistant at Cumulus Broadcasting, managed social media for the Roots & Heritage Festival and recently worked as event manager for Airbnb Open in Paris, France. She's been passionate about relief and development efforts in Haiti, and closer to home has been actively involved in Be Bold, and has supported young refugee women as a mentor.
KRISTOFER NONN, interim executive director
Kris has been with the NoLi CDC since June 2014, where his role is to oversee all design and construction aspects of NoLi CDC's programs and operations. Kris and his family relocated from Madison Wisconsin, where he had worked at KEE Architecture for the previous 6 years. After earning his Bachelor of Trumpet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to get his Masters of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2006. This, along with subsequent experiences designing and building his own house in Madison, as well as more experimental design & construction work done in Santa Elena Venezuela, combine to inform how he thinks of the built environment as a framework for and representation of the community's aspirations, history, individuality, beauty, and challenges. Through his time doing this work, he has come to know through all of his experiences and relationships that all work, no matter how big or small, needs to be intentionally and consciously rooted in and moving toward an ever higher degree of equity.