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Meet the Board of Indian Lake
Community Association, Inc.

The Community Training Garden Literacy Project is sponsored by ILCA Inc.

Carl Gomes at 149 West Boylston Drive -

Carl Gomes


Prior to founding the Indian Lake Community Lake Association, Carl traveled and volunteered in many countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He strove to expand his awareness of inequalities regarding basic human rights, such as access to clean water, nutritious food, and a healthy living environment. This experience led directly to the development of the Community Teaching Garden Literacy Project (CTGLP). The vision of the CTGLP is to create a “Living Laboratory” learning environment that produces advocates and global citizens who will engage in food and social justice, locally and globally.

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Deb Van Batenburg (right)

Vice President

Deb Van Batenburg is no stranger to community service and leadership. A resident of the Indian Lake Community for over 30 years, she has been on the ILCA board since the start. She has led six projects in Worcester and was one of five founders of a community service group known as Worcester Shines, Inc. She recently completed 25+ years as a finish line manager for the Pan Mass Challenge. Her biggest accomplishment was raising two boys! She is an adoptive parent, along with Craig, her husband. They are very active with helping foster care teenagers transition into adulthood. Fun fact, Deb was a “Greeting Card” designer, loves to travel and moved to Massachusetts from Ohio.


Steve Jones-D'Agostino


-Bio Coming Soon-

Jie Yang


-Photo & Bio

Coming Soon-


Derek Moore


- Bio Coming Soon - 

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Craig Van Batenburg (left)

Associate Director

Craig Van Batenburg is the CEO of ACDC, a hybrid and electric vehicle technician training company based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Craig has run three businesses since starting his auto repair shop at age 26. This experience he brings to ILCA. Worcester Shines (see Debs Bio) now serves young men and women aging out of Foster Care in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Craig’s other volunteer work is cleaning and mowing the lawn at the community garden. He used an electric sit down mower to keep the planet from melting. Craig has no voting rights with ILCA as the board cannot be related to each other. Deb likes it that way. 



CTGLP's Artist in Residence




Interested? Check out Kate's 2023 programs.

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Louisa has volunteered with the CTGLP since August 2022. She is an aspiring Farm Educator. She graduated college in May 2021 and has worked in an array of environmental education settings - ranging from the classroom to the farm fields! She now works in Western MA and is passionate about regenerative agriculture and accessibility to fresh food for all people. In all that she does, she strives to lead with empathy, compassion, and kindness. 

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