Our Team


Jordan Payne

Jordan is the founder and program developer for Sprouting Minds. Jordan is an experienced program developer and Mental Health Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit industry, specializing with youth. Jordan is has over five years of experience in non-profit organizations, information technology, mentoring, volunteer management, fundraising and public speaking as well as case management. Jordan is passionate about inspiring organizations to embrace trauma responsive interventions along with immersive treatment approaches, specifically therapeutic horticulture. Jordan is a strong community and social services professional with a BA focused in Humanities and Minor in Psychology from Cincinnati Christian University. Jordan believes horticulture helps build bonds that develop resilience and heal trauma. 


Sarah Buffie

 Sarah, the founding director of Soul Bird Consulting believes that nothing has the power to heal like supportive relationships. Sarah serves as a strategic project adviser for Sprouting Minds. Specializing in trauma responsive care, she helps organizations and individuals disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma. Sarah has worked in community organizing- specifically, Asset Based Community Development, for over a decade and has a deep passion for her work.  Her focus is to spread awareness about how trauma affects the brain and body, and teach effective approaches for developing resilience within the people organizations strive to serve, and the people closest to the work: caregivers and direct providers.

Behind The scenes


Emily Vriesman-Payne

Emily serves as the primary graphic designer for Sprouting Minds. Emily is an artist and designer for the greater good. She’s passionate about creating artwork that inspires diversity, enacts social change, expands world views, and teaches inclusiveness. Emily has done graphic design for over fifteen non-profit agencies in the past five years. She believes that representation matters and aims to portray that through her work. Emily has Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Art Education from Xavier University. 


Selah Shorthouse

Selah is the Sprouting Minds publicity assistant. Selah is a writer, copy editor and board game collector located in southeast Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English writing and TESOL from Lee University. Her creative nonfiction piece "For the Director of Music: A Prayer of Thanksgiving" was featured in the 2017 Oleander review, and she has presented her research and creative writing at the 2018 International Sigma Tau Delta Convention and the 2017 Lee University writing symposium. Selah works to inspire compassion and build connection with people of all backgrounds.


Austin J. Christmon


Austin serves Sprouting Minds as a business adviser. Austin is a Savannah State University graduate class of 2015 with a bachelor of political science with a concentration in American political philosophy and a minor in English.  Austin is currently a third-year law student seeking his Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law.  Austin has a passion for securing education rights for undeserved youth in the public school system so they can receive the same opportunities he did when he was in school.