Chapter Leader

Vivian Williams


Vivian Williams was raised on a farm in Cuba, Alabama where she and her family currently raise vegetables and are working toward conversion to goat husbandry. She resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Vivian is a child advocate, who worked for Project GRAD and the Knox County School system until her retirement in May, 2013. She is an active Cub Scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America where she uses her time to educate boys about production of healthy food and agricultural skills.  


Vivian’s objectives as the Tennessee Chapter chairwoman include outreach, workshops, farm tours, and addressing the local food desert.  The National Women in Agriculture Association has provided contacts and resources to make these objectives a reality.


Vivian is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Ministry and serves as Associate Pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist in Knoxville, TN.  She is an accomplished organizer, community leader and advocate for Jesus Christ.


Chapter Leader

Eziza Ogbeiwi-Risher


Dr. Ogbeiwi-Risher, known to many as Dr. Eziza, is the owner of Goddess of Healing Herbals and Director of Gardens Art Life, a non-profit. She describes herself as a planetary healer who teaches about our need to be good stewards of the earth through the use of agriculture, art and healthy lifestyles. She is currently Chairman of Healthier TN Neighborhoods Supergroup, Steering Committee member with Neighborhood Collaborative for Resilience, Family and Community Rep with TN Dept Children Services, Garden Director for Klondike/Smokey City CDC Community Garden. and a 201718 ArtUp Fellow. Before starting both the for profit business and non-profit, she spent 14 years with The State of Tennessee where she retired in 2011.


She graduated from several Colleges and Universities, including Tennessee State Univ., Meharry Medical College and Clayton College of Natural Healing and Emerson College of Herbology. Her studies include Medical Laboratory Technology, Health Care Administration and Planning, Herbology and Naturopathy. Additionally, she spent two years in Nigeria West Africa studying Traditional Medical Techniques. Dr. Eziza holds the title of Tennessee Master Gardener.Dr. Eziza enjoys gardening, painting, herbal formulation and jewelry making which she considers to be her therapy in a world filled with new adventures. She enjoys creating from the herbs and plants she grows as well as educating others of their benefits.


Chapter Leader

Evelyn Franklin


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Oklahoma City, OK 73111


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