Meet the Team!
PROFESSOR QUINN is the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Xavier University of Louisiana. He teaches entrepreneurship, directs the Xavier University Entrepreneurship Institute and founded the X-ncubator, Xavier’s student business incubator. He also serves as the Sam Walton Fellow for Xavier’s Enactus team. His career in small business development and community development finance spans more than 25 years. He managed public sector loan funds for urban commercial real estate development and small business development totaling $60 million. He has also served as Executive Director of economic development and community development organizations where he administered programs that built the capacity of small businesses, renovated and managed commercial real estate, and implemented various community supportive service programs. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity in Washington, DC, The Foundation for Louisiana (where he Chairs the Investment Committee) and is Treasurer/Manager of the Xavier University Employees Federal Credit Union. His committee memberships include the Global Awareness Committee of Xavier University of Louisiana, Mr. Quinn’s passion is stimulating and supporting wealth creation among disadvantaged and emerging populations. He enjoys music (jazz in particular), sports and family. Mr. Quinn received his BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.
KALEB HILL attended Xavier University before Katrina studying biology/biomedical engineering and currently serves as the CEO of FitnessFleet, Inc., a biomedical and telehealth company headquartered in New Orleans, LA. FitnessFleet specializes in providing medical-fitness services, which integrates of healthcare services, wellness, fitness programs as a form of preventative medicine. Kaleb has over nine years experience in the public health industry and serves as the health and wellness chair for the Hollygrove Neighbors Association, Community Advisory Board at Tulane Research Center and Patient Advisory Board for the PROPEL obesity Study at Pennington Biomedical Center. He Btings his experience as an organic farmer and community health worker to Agrowtopia. Caleb aims to provide culturally tailored health and wellness services and fresh produce for individuals who would not have access to quality products otherwise.
JONATHAN MENYON is the man with the crazy ideas and the big plans. He loves working on Agrowtopia because it plays a small part in solving three of the major problems: The food crises, climate change, and our growing obesity rate. He took control of his life and health, and wants to share that with others because the system we live in runs off of sick, dependent people and too many of his loved ones have been the victim.
HAKEEM FRANK has been helping with the creation of Agrowtopia since it was just a business plan in Spring 2014, now he works with coordinating the volunteers at Agrowtopia, and with publicity on Xavier’s campus.
TAJ DRIGHT is the key organizer of our Healthy Eats initiatives on campus and around the city. She also helps organize the content and offerings on our weekly newsletters.
SYDNEY KIRVEN has been with Agrowtopia for two years now and primarily recruits volunteers to work on the farm on weekends, and actively attends Agrowtopia business meetings.